Hardware Ranch to host annual Elk Festival

A new tradition is beginning this year at Hardware Ranch, where thousands of people come every winter for sleigh rides out to the meadow to see hundreds of wild elk on their feeding grounds. Hardware Ranch opens to the public on Friday, Dec. 16. Ranch Superintendent Dan Christensen said this year the annual Elk Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, instead of its usual date in October.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Christensen said one reason for the change is that there were often no elk around for the festival when it was hosted in October. There are already almost 400 elk on the meadow. He said wagon rides will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and this year rides will cost 3 dollars for kids ages 4 to 8, 5 dollars for guests aged 9 and older with kids under 3 able to ride for free.”People, like the State Parks and Recreation from Hyrum State Park, are going to bring up some outdoor activities as well with some snowmobiling and respecting winter and some recreation-type activities,” Christensen said.Christensen said the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is a favorite attraction all winter. In addition to hosting hundreds of wintering elk, it is one of three trail heads in the Shoshone Trail, which hosts hundreds of off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles throughout the year.

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