In conjunction with Bridger-Teton National Forest winter travel restrictions, a portion of the National Elk Refuge Road will be closed to public travel from December 1st through April 30th to protect wintering wildlife. The closure, which begins approximately 3 ½ miles northeast of the Refuge’s entrance on East Broadway Avenue in Jackson, includes both Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads. 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. Hunters must drive directly to the designated lots to park prior to hunting. The elk season concludes at dusk on Sunday, December 13th, with the bison season tentatively continuing through Sunday, January 31st. No public travel beyond the closure will be allowed after the hunting seasons conclude. The Refuge Road is also a popular destination in the winter as elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals can frequently be viewed close to the roadway, providing both wildlife watching and photography opportunities. However, travelers are reminded that stopping on the refuge road is not permitted. Drivers wanting to extend wildlife viewing experiences or take photographs should pull into designated pullouts.