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Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

There’s a special beauty to Grand Teton National Park in the snowy silence of winter, free of the summertime crowds. On this Grand Teton day trip from Jackson Hole, a guide helps you search for bison and bighorn sheep, and you could also see moose, coyotes, eagles, or even wolves. In addition, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art as well as the National Elk Refuge, where you ride past herds of powerful elk on a comfortable, horse-drawn sleigh.
  • Full-day guided wildlife tour through the Teton Range, from Jackson Hole
  • Drive deep into Grand Teton National Park to view wildlife
  • Enjoy lunch and incredible views at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Bundle up for a fun ride on a horse-drawn sleigh in the National Elk Refuge
  • Learn about the Wyoming wilderness from your guide
  • Snap great photos of wildlife and mountain scenery

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If you are an animal lover or nature photographer, this tour is definitely for you. A naturalist guide knows the spots to go to see critters roaming their natural habitat. And you'll do it all in the comfort and safety of provided transportation.
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Naturalist guide
National Elk Refuge admittance
Snacks
Beverages
Use of binoculars
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Restaurant lunch
Guide Gratuities (recommended at 10-15% of the tour cost)
National Park Entrance fees ($15 USD per person)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please let us know where you are staying in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area including Teton Village, Jackson, and Wilson, Wyoming. We will offer front door pickup for MOST locations in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
This Grand Teton wildlife tour begins at your Jackson Hole hotel, where your local guide will transport you to Grand Teton National Park.

Upon entering the snowy and scenic park, join your guide in scanning the landscape for movement and signs of wildlife, and since your knowledgeable guide knows right where to look, there’s a good chance of spotting a wealth of wildlife from bison to eagles to elk. Bighorn sheep are also common in Grand Teton National Park, as are moose, mule deer, coyotes, pronghorn antelope, and wolves.

After 43 miles of touring the park, you’ll warm up with lunch near Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Peruse the museum’s 14 galleries of nature-inspired art, and children can even create their own art at the Children’s Discovery Center.

After exploring the exceptional wildlife museum, you’ll return outdoors for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the heart of the National Elk Refuge. Your guide will discuss how the herds of elk migrate all the way here from Yellowstone. This refuge stretches across 24,700 acres (9,996 hectares). In addition to being the elk’s winter home, it also plays host to 47 mammal species and 175 species of birds.

Finally, after a day of searching for wildlife and celebrating the beauty of nature, your Grand Teton day trip concludes with a warm, comfortable ride to back to your Jackson Hole hotel.     
Itinerary
Stop At:  
BrushBuck Wildlife Tours
After early morning pickup from your Jackson Hole hotel, your naturalist guide takes you into Grand Teton National Park. Even in the quiet of a snowy winter, wildlife can be spotted in the park and your guide knows where to look for animals. On any given day, you could see moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, or even wolves as you explore the park. At midday, come in from the cold to enjoy lunch in the famous western cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. After lunch, head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge. Snap social media–worthy pics of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary to 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, your guide returns you to your hotel where your tour ends.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge, Jackson, WY 83001
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • What to wear: Snow boots/sturdy hiking boots, a winter coat, long/warm pants, gloves, scarf, and gloves
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brushbuck Guide Services, Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "The scenery is breathtaking if you get a clear day like we did." See review

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Very enjoyable day.
Judy_D
, Apr 2021
Seeing the elk and spotting moose, The views. The wagon ride into the Elk reserve was the highlight. Also enjoyed the big horn sheep. Brandon our guide was excellent!
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Young and Inquisitive
Yvette_M
, Mar 2021
Our guide, Hailey, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was also patient with our young son, who had a lot of questions.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are happy you had a great time, thank you for your review!
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Trip of a lifetime!
Maureen_C
, Mar 2021
The views were incredible. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and personable. He was very patient with my 11 year old grandson’s many questions. It was money well spent! I would do it again!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are so happy you all had a great time! Our guides do a great job with kids and keeping them entertained. Thank You for your review!
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Do this tour
stuart_b
, Mar 2021
Amazing experience for a newbie to an experienced visitor to jackson hole. Includes hours of looking for wildlife + a great lunch . A great day was had by all .
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
So happy you had a great day! Thank you for your review!
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Winter wildlife wonderland
Virginia_A
, Mar 2021
This was a five star experience from start to finish. Kelsey was delightful and very knowledgeable. She made the whole day special and had lots of interesting facts to share. She inspired a genuine interest in tge region and the ecosystem with her spunky enthusiasm. She took photos and films with the special telescopic lens and shared on the phone with the group.This was a great bonus. Seeing the wildlife at such close range was breathtaking. The sleigh ride in the elk refuge was also fascinating. At the end of the tour I had forgotten to return the binoculars. I called the office and Kelsey returned promptly to retrieve them. I look forward to coming again and hope to have this brilliant guide again and another amazing experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for your review we are so happy you enjoyed your time with Kelsey and BrushBuck! We would love to take you on another tour!
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The day trip was so much...
gail_f
, Mar 2021
The day trip was so much fun! Daniel was a great guide! He is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and we saw all kinds of wildlife. Highly recommend this trip!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are so happy that you enjoyed your day with Daniel! Thank you for your review!
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Highly recommend this tour!
SUZANNE_F
, Feb 2021
I can’t say enough good things about the guide and tour. It was paced well and the guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Great value for money and a wonderful way to see the wildlife. Tour company does and excellent job. Out guide was the best.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for reviewing your trip with us!
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Great tour!
Susan_C
, Feb 2021
Awesome trip! We saw a lot of wildlife and our guide Neil was great. He was fun and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
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Great Guide!
NATHAN_N
, Feb 2021
Kelsey was an awesome guide. Very informative and enthusiastic. Saw lots of animals! Wolves, elk, bison, eagle, big horn sheep. Tour of mountains was fantastic, geology and history educational.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for reviewing your trip with Kesely! We're so glad to hear that you had an awesome day!
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Amazing adventure, but something you only do once.
Boyd_J
, Jan 2021
Eventhough our guide was very informative about the area, history and animals in the area we feel the tour was overpriced what what it was. It was a great adventure but we will not do this again. On top of the $400 ticket price for two adults we were instructed to tip the tour guide at least 10%.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review our company. Have a wonderful New Year.
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