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8.4 miles

National Elk Refuge Road


Fee: $0.00


Access to the Elk Refuge Road is on the southeast corner of the National Elk Refuge, at the far eastern end of Broadway, East Jackson (approximately 1 mile east of Town Square). Park at the entrance or on the side streets adjacent to Broadway.


The National Elk Refuge Road is a picturesque, flat-to-rolling 2-lane dirt road that is typically snow-covered in winter. It serves as a beautiful road-trail with opportunities to encounter elk and bighorn sheep and enjoy views of the Tetons. Wildlife enthusiasts might want to bring binoculars for a chance to observe animals such as wolves in the meadows of the Elk Refuge.

Parking: Parking is available at the entrance or on the side streets adjacent to Broadway.

Skiing Experience: The trail offers a scenic and varied skiing experience, suitable for fat bikers, walkers, runners, and, after regular snowfall, classic cross-country skiing. It's a flat to rolling terrain with a well-maintained dirt road, providing an opportunity for a quick and enjoyable winter outing.

Directions: The trail begins at the east end of Broadway, marked by the entrance sign to the National Elk Refuge. It has a few rolling sections, with Miller Butte rising about 500 feet above the road at approximately 1.5 miles. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Teton Range and keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk and bighorn sheep. The trail becomes impassable beyond the house subdivision at 3.5 miles, and visitors should turn around and return via the same route.

Winter Grooming: The National Elk Refuge Road is plowed by Teton County, providing a well-maintained surface for fat biking, walking, and classic cross-country skiing. Exercise caution at road crossings, which may be plowed or contain gravel.

Summer Conditions: During summer, the trail remains accessible for hiking.

A Note for:
Dog Owners: Dogs are allowed on leash and restricted to the Refuge Road and approved routes. Stay on the road and respect wildlife to minimize stress.

Cross-country skiers: This trail is best suited for cross-country skiing after a fresh snowfall.

Fat Bikers: The trail is suitable for fat biking in winter, offering a unique experience with varied terrain.

Elevation gain: 37m