JACKSON, Wyo. — Winter sleigh rides on Jackson’s National Elk Refuge are in full swing now through early April, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on conditions.

The roughly one-hour ride takes visitors through the elk refuge to view the wintering elk population up close.

According to Eric Cole, senior wildlife biologist at the National Elk Refuge, elk numbers in the southern area of the refuge have ranged from 5,500-6,000 in recent days.

The elk population historically begins arriving in November and December, remaining consistent through January and February. In a normal year around 6,000 to 7,000 elk make their way to the refuge. In the spring, elk begin migrating off the refuge toward their summer ranges. The majority will follow the receding snow line up to higher elevations in Grand Teton National Park and in the Teton Wilderness in the Bridger Teton National Forest.

Sleigh rides are operated by a private contractor, Double H Bar, Inc. Readers can learn more about the experience here.