One of the annual signs of the season in Jackson Hole is the closure of various roads in the national parks, on the national forest and on the National Elk Refuge. Refuge Spokesperson Lori Iverson says after this week, a portion of the National Elk Refuge Road will be closed through the end of April in order to protect wintering wildlife on the reserve. Iverson says that portion of the road extends from 3 ½ miles northeast of Broadway in Jackson through Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek Roads. However, elk and bison hunters with National Elk Refuge permits will be allowed to drive through the closure to access hunt parking lots during the days their permits are valid. Elk season concludes at dusk December 15th and bison season runs through January 12th. Then after the hunting seasons conclude, Iverson says no public travel beyond the closure will be allowed.