Weighing as much as 2,200 pounds and often traveling in large herds, bison aren’t hard to spot – assuming you can find them.
One of the best places to observe some of the approximately 500 bison that inhabit Grand Teton National Park is along Highway 191, just south of Moran Junction. Once a private ranch, this grassland expanse at the north end of the Jackson Hole valley known as Elk Ranch Flats is excellent bison habitat.
While bison can be found here year-round, the herd here tends to disperse south to the National Elk Refuge during winter. As the snow recedes in April and May, look for newborn “red dogs,” the young-ofyear calves, amongst the herd. Bison rut really gets going in July and August and can make for especially exciting wildlife-watching. Closer to the Town of Jackson, bison may also be found on Antelope Flats Road in the vicinity of the Moulton Barns.
As always, please be respectful and give wildlife its space. Bison especially can be aggressive and dangerous, and visitors are gored in the Parks each year after getting carelessly close to this magnificent megafauna.