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extinct geyser basin. Groups of- ten split up, with some travelers enjoying a relaxing fl oat trip and others venturing out to see the wild horses, then trade off . N E A R B Y PA R K S : Bighorn National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, Yel- lowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill State Park JACKSON Jackson is widely know for its winter sports and arts scene, but the city is also a great year- round outdoor destination perfectly situated to explore the two closest national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Groups can take any of the many guided tours of the val- ley or the nearby parks. Tours vary in length from a few hours to multiple days, with options like wildlife watching, hiking, photography and viewing the region's dramatic scenery. e National Elk Refuge is lo- cated on the edge of town. e refuge is a great destination for wildlife viewing, since it is the winter home of the largest elk herd in the world. On average, there are 7,500 elk migrating from as far away as the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park to the area each year in one of the world's longest animal migrations. e refuge is also home to bald eagles, trumpeter swans, bison, pronghorns and bighorn sheep. For others who want to em- brace the area's well-known win- tertime off erings, snowmobiling and skiing are popular activities, as well as a stay at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or the Snow King Resort. N E A R B Y PA R K S : Grand Teton National Park, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, Shoshone National For- est, Yellowstone National Park Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge National Museum of Wildlife Art overlooks the National Elk Refuge, making it a great spot for wildlife watching. Courtesy Casper Area CVB Courtesy Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Courtesy Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Cour our tesy y tes J Jac ac kson kso Hol Hol e Ch e Ch ambe ambe r of r of Com om merc merc e Courtesy Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Courtesy Casper Area CVB Casper Mountain features many hiking trails including the Lee McCune Braille Trail. Black bears, elk, bison and many other wild animals can be spotted in the parks surrounding Jackson. Co After a day of outdoor activities, a leisurely exploration of Casper's historic downtown and galleries is a nice change of pace.