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Check out the elk at Hardware Ranch. Much like the more famous elk winter feeding program in Jackson Hole, the Hardware Ranch feeds the elk in the winter in order to prevent them from coming further down into the valley to feed in the farmers fields- and more often now not having even that as housing takes over traditional feeding grounds.
How many they have an any one time depends on the snow level. If the elk can find feed elsewhere they won't come to the ranch. But when the snow is deep they can have over 600 elk in the area.

Visitors can take a half hour sleigh ride through the herd. Not allowed to leave the sleigh and subject to going where the driver directs, the experience may not be outstanding. Nevertheless it is amazing to get so close to so many elk at one time. They feed on the hay and rest. When we were there some younger elk were running at each other a little further away from the rest expressing their eagerness for action.

Directions: Drive through Hyrum Utah, south of Logan to the Blacksmith Fork canyon. There are signs.
Website: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hardwareranch/visit.php

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  • Written Feb 26, 2011
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