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Hardware Ranch

Annual Elk Festival

December 13: Celebrate Utah's wildlife at this year's Elk Festival.

It's time to celebrate the return of the elk to Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area with the annual Elk Festival. This year's festival will be held at Hardware Ranch WMA on Saturday Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be many fun and free family activities in addition to the regular sleigh rides and visitor center. Activities will include fish printing, wildlife Christmas ornament crafting, and more.

Elk viewing and wagon rides begin in December

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Depending on weather and snowfall, elk-viewing rides at Hardware Ranch WMA generally run from the middle of December until March on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The 2014-2015 season will begin on December 12, 2014 and will run through March 2, 2015.

Days Hours
Friday Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Elk-viewing ride prices

We cash, checks, credit and debit cards.

  • Adults (9 and older) — $5
  • Children (4 through 8) — $3
  • Children 3 and younger ride for free.

Ticket sales for rides will close promptly at 4:30 p.m. You must have your ticket purchased and be in the sleigh line by 4:30 p.m. There is no food or fuel sold at the ranch.

We are closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are also closed on Christmas day.

Other area activities

Fishing on the Blacksmith Fork River, Curtis Creek and Rock Creek provides miles of access to excellent fishing. All waters on the management area are open to fishing year round with appropriate licenses.

Primitive camping spots are available during the year. No restroom or garbage facilities are offered. Please take care of these areas and pack out trash.

The majority of the 14,000-acre management area is open for recreational hunting during appropriate hunting seasons. Deer, elk, moose, chukar, ruffed grouse and cottontail rabbits are all hunted on the management area.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Division of Wildlife Resorces Hardware Ranch home page