(Jackson, Wyo.) - The National Elk Refuge recently announced a change in regard to Refuge access and travel
wintering wildlife closures are lifted this spring.
For many years, the Refuge allowed people interested in accessing the
National Forest on May 1 to line up on the Refuge Road beginning April 30.
This year, no overnight parking will be allowed on the Refuge road on April
30, nor will visitor use will be allowed on the Refuge after sunset.
In an effort to minimize disruption to residential areas of East Jackson
the Town Council has requested that several temporary No Parking zones be
established in East Jackson on Broadway, Nelson, Rancher, Absaroka, Wapiti,
Redmond and Simpson. Parking will not be permitted in these zones beginning
at 6:00pm on April 30. This restriction, applying to both visitors and
residents alike, will remain in place until 12:00 a.m. on May 1.
“We anticipate that between 100 to 200 vehicles, many with horse trailers,
will be looking for a place to park as close to the Elk Refuge Road as
possible in order to access the National Forest,” said Police Chief Todd
Smith. “Many of the streets closest to the Refuge entrance are located
within residential areas and in an effort to prevent disturbances in these
neighborhoods we will be educating visitors and enforcing this temporary No
Parking in the Town of Jackson near the entrance to the Elk Refuge on April
30 will be extremely limited. Antler collectors are encouraged to stage at
any of the public parking lots in town including the Home Ranch Lot, the
Deloney Lot, the Phil Baux Lot and the Fairgrounds Lot.
“The intention is to encourage elk antler collectors to find more
appropriate places to park or have them seek lodging for the evening rather
than parking in front of homes and potentially causing disturbances for
local residents in surrounding neighborhoods,” said Town Manager Bob
The goal of the Police Department is to maintain a high level of quality of
life for Jackson residents in the least obtrusive manner possible. In an
effort to keep the streets clear of vehicles until midnight on May 1,
residents are encouraged to plan on parking their vehicles their driveways
and visitors are advised to park in public lots throughout town or to seek
lodging at a local hotel.
For more information on these temporary No Parking zones and public parking
locations please contact the Jackson Police Department at (307) 733-1430 or
visit the Town of Jackson’s website at www.townofjackson.com.
The new Refuge access and travel regulations are explained in a news
release on the web athttp://1.usa.gov/21y0iuN. For more information
regarding the May 1 Refuge access and travel changes please contact the
National Elk Refuge at (307) 733-9212 or stop by their administrative
headquarters located at 675 East Broadway. You can also find informational
handouts at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center which is
located at 532 N. Cache Street, or on
the web at http://1.usa.gov/1pyxSp2.
*Feature Photo: Town of Jackson Parking Map. h/t Town of Jackson /