One of Jackson Hole’s great wildlife attractions is the National Elk Refuge. The National Elk Refuge is a safe haven for the Jackson Elk herd as well as other birds, fish, large game and other endangered species. This refuge was established almost 100 years ago in an effort set forth by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900′s to preserve our nations fish, wildlife, and plants. The National Elk Refuge is located just across the street from one of the finest resorts in Jackson Hole, The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole. The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole welcomes visitors to the area and encourages everyone to check out the National Elk Refuge.
One of the main purposes of the refuge is for the Elk to feed in the winter. Utilizing the Elk Refuge as a place to feed these animals greatly decreases the chances of Elk grazing on the well kept land of area farmers and ranchers. Because the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole is located so close to the Elk Refuge, you may even get a chance to see them from your window.
The National Elk Refuge just celebrated its centennial, and did so in grand fashion. The ceremony began with some tremendous speeches, musical performances and a special appearance and speech from a great Teddy Roosevelt impersonator. USFWS director Dan Ashe, Governor Matt Mead, and the talented a capella group, Bar J Wranglers, led the entire crowd in the singing of the Happy Birthday song to commemorate this momentous day.
The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole welcomes all wildlife lovers to stay in the comfortable accommodations of this beautiful resort and enjoy the views of Jackson Hole and the National Elk Refuge. If you are planning a trip to see some Jackson Hole wildlife, don’t pass up the opportunity to see the National Elk Refuge. Contact the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole for to book a room or to find more information about wildlife in the area.