Hardware Wildlife Education Center
The Wildlife Education Center at Hardware Wildlife Management Area The Wildlife Education Center at Hardware Wildlife Management Area
Herd of elk standing in a meadow at Hardware WMA in snow

Hardware WMA

Open gravel road at Hardware WMA in the late summer or fall, under a cloudy sky

Hardware Wildlife Management Area — located at the top of Blacksmith Fork Canyon in northern Utah — provides habitat supporting a variety of wildlife species, as well as public access for wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

Wildlife-viewing opportunities

The Wildlife Education Center at Hardware WMA is closed for the spring, summer and fall, but will reopen for the winter next December. Check back here in the fall for details and hours of operation.

Year-round, visitors can access viewing areas to observe wildlife from the WMA parking lots. Scenic, 180-degree vistas from the Education Center provide visitors with a bird's-eye view of the big meadow below and excellent wildlife photography opportunities. On days when the Education Center is closed, elk viewing is possible from the WMA parking lots.

Recreational and educational activities

In addition to the wildlife around the Hardware Wildlife Education Center, fishing opportunities abound. Licensed anglers can catch several trout species in the nearly 15 miles of streams and rivers on the WMA (anglers 12 years of age and older must have a valid Utah fishing or combination license).

Horse-drawn sleigh full of people being pulled through snow at Hardware WMA

Horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides on the WMA are offered in the winter months as well, and are a unique opportunity to see elk up close and in their natural habitat.

If you are a teacher or school group interested in learning more about year-round educational opportunities at Hardware WMA, find more details here.

Keeping elk herds healthy

Antlerless elk eating hay in a meadow, surrounded by other elk, at Hardware WMA

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

Also during the winter, DWR employees use the WMA's trapping facilities to capture some of the elk before weighing them and attaching ear tags. The DWR uses the ear tags to identify individual elk and study population characteristics. We also test a representative sample of elk each year for brucellosis and, occasionally, tuberculosis.

Quick links
Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
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Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
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