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Elk herd at Hardware Ranch

Hardware Ranch WMA

Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) — located at the top of Blacksmith Fork Canyon in northern Utah — provides habitat that supports a variety of wildlife species and public access for wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

Elk herd at Hardware Ranch
Elk herd at Hardware Ranch

During the winter months, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources feeds between 500 and 600 Rocky Mountain Elk in the big meadow near the visitor center each day. The grass hay used to feed the elk — approximately 300 tons — is grown on the WMA throughout the summer.

Visitors can access the visitors center and two outside viewing areas to observe these animals.

An annual Elk Festival event celebrates the start of the winter elk-viewing season is a free, family friendly activity that typically includes crafts, mountain men demonstrations, elk calling classes and competitions.

Scenic, 180-degree views from the visitor center provide visitors with a bird's eye view of the big meadow below and opportunities to learn about elk and other wildlife species, though an assortment of exhibits and displays. Visitors will receive a map and activity guide, and will be allowed to remain inside the vistors center for up to 15 minutes to limit the total numbers in the building.

In addition to the wildlife around the visitors center, fishing opportunities abound. Licensed anglers can catch several trout species in nearly 15 miles of streams and rivers on the WMA.

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