JACKSON, Wyo. — After being closed for the majority of October to work on improvements, the National Elk Refuge and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center has reopened.

During the closure, the facility updated signage and partnership branding, painted the facility, updated exhibits, fixed carpeting and rearranged the layout of the first floor.

The National Elk Refuge and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is an inter-agency visitor center that involves several local partners including the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Grand Teton Association, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

While the recent updates at the Visitor Center were needed, more transitions are on the horizon for the building.

In 2025, design and construction of a new Visitor Center will begin and will aim to morph the role of the facility into that of a nature center. The project was made possible by funding from the Great American Outdoors Act.

“The completely redesigned facility, which will include indoor and outdoor components, will enable the Service to reach a more diverse audience, both within the local community and among the millions of national and international visitors to the Jackson Hole area each year,” said the Refuge. 

“It will physically and symbolically serve as the front door of the National Elk Refuge as a National Wildlife Refuge System destination within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”

The Visitor Center will be open five days per week through the end of November, Tuesday-Saturday due to staffing constraints. 

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