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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

At Hardware Ranch You Can See Hundreds Of Wild Elk

Hardware Ranch is open for the season, with both snow and elk available to visitors.

The ranch, a wildlife management facility operated by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, serves as wintering ground for hundreds of wild elk. The animals are fed in the high mountain valley, to keep them from migrating lower and impeding farm operations.

Horse-drawn sleighs are used to carry hay out to the elk. Visitors are allowed to ride on the sleighs, out among the animals. The wild elk are not afraid of the horses and often allow the sleighs to approach quite closely, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to see and photograph the wild animals.

Several large bulls usually winter at the ranch.

A visitor center provides interactive wildlife displays and staff works are happy to answer questions. Limited services are available at the center.

Hardware Ranch is located east of the town of Hyrum, near Logan, in northern Utah.

This news release has details about elk viewing opportunities.

See the Hardware Ranch website for more information.

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