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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wildlife Sleigh Rides Set To Begin

Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area offers winter sleigh rides into a meadow where riders can easily see hundreds of wild elk. This season rides will begin on Dec. 17.

The ranch is located SE of Logan in northern Utah. It serves as a wintering area for a large elk herd, and numerous other kinds of wildlife.

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources offers this information about Hardware Ranch and the sleigh rides. Below are excerpts.

You can take a sleigh ride that gets you close to as many as 600 wild elk. The rides are available four days a week at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area.

Hardware Ranch is 17 miles east of Hyrum. Its winter elk viewing season begins Dec. 17, 2010. The WMA offers the following during its winter season:

The sleigh rides last 20 to 30 minutes. They wind through the center of the elk herd and make occasional stops so you can get a perfect photograph.

During the rides, the sleigh drivers share the history of the ranch and explain why the elk behave like they do. They're also happy to answer questions you have.

The sleighs are pulled by a team of large-breed draft horses. If snow conditions get poor, the sleighs can be converted into wagons.

The WMA's winter season should run until Feb. 28, 2011. The sleighs are running and the visitor center is open during the following days and times:
Friday – noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday – noon to 5 p.m.
Hardware Ranch WMA will be closed on Dec. 25, 2010.

If you want to take a ride through the elk herd, you must buy a ticket at the visitor center before 4:30 p.m. The last sleigh ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.

The sleigh rides cost $5 for those nine years of age and older, and $3 for those four to eight years old. Children three years of age and younger can ride for free.

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