The Field Guide

The Field Guide

Take Refuge in the Wild

July 15,2020
elk mother and calf

As its name implies, the National Elk Refuge was established primarily to manage and maintain the area’s significant elk population. Since its founding over a century ago, however, it’s become one of the best ways for locals and visitors alike to commune with nature and experience a great variety of wildlife, including bison, wolves, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and many other species. Bird watching, fishing, biking, and hiking are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy. Big game hunters will also find opportunities to hunt in conjunction with the refuge’s efforts to preserve a healthy population of specific non-endangered animals. We strongly recommend taking some time to explore the multi-use pathway, a five-mile trail that winds through a majestic stretch of America as it makes its way to the Gros Ventre River. And before you leave, check out the historic Miller House. This fine specimen of late 19th century ingenuity, which once served as the hub of social life for frontier settlers, is now the home base of the National Elk Refuge.

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