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Elk antlers are special in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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What could you or your community do with old elk antlers? Consider the unique conversational value and grand quality of town arches made of thousands of elk antlers. Wyoming’s wonderful Jackson Hole has four elk antler arches that mark the corners of its famous Town Square, also known as George Washington Memorial Park. Created without harming elk, the intriguing antler arches of Jackson Hole emphasize the area’s close connections to wild nature.

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Iconic vacation image

Jackson Hole’s elk antler arches help to create memories. They are iconic landmarks and tourist attractions, easily integrated into family travel. Visitors and locals, alike, often stand next to and beneath the elk arches of Jackson Hole for the family photographer, so elk arch pictures become natural momentos of vacations in the Jackson Hole area.

Connected to wild nature

Jackson Hole cherishes its wildlife. Elk, also known as wapiti, don’t have to be hunted and killed in order to collect their antlers as arch-building materials. Annually, male elk shed their antlers, so, in essence, antlers can be gathered as a natural harvest. Jackson Hole’s iconic arches, all obtained from annual elk antler shedding, are well-aligned with the town’s commitment to the preservation of its natural resources.

Special in all seasons

Nestled amid breathtaking views of the Teton Mountains range, Jackson Hole’s rugged, natural beauty, hiking, biking, and skiing opportunities, and abundant wildlife make the town and area a four season wonderland. Jackson Hole is near two, immense national parks: Grand Tetons National Park and Yellowstone National Park. In addition, the National Elk Refuge is located just outside this recreation-filled resort town. Simply driving the roads into and around the town offers a wealth of natural beauty and the chance to encounter wildlife.


View the slideshow accompanying this article both the see the unique elk arches of Jackson Hole as well as to enjoy images of the area’s natural beauty and exciting wildlife, including the region’s magnificent elk and majestic moose. To get tips about photographing the natural phenomena of elk in rut, go to the article, Astounding Nature Brings Elk Rut Adventure.

Find the take in this article to be helpful? National and International Travel and Recreation as well as National Education and Industry materials come from a husband and wife creative team, who travel extensively as photonaturalists and writers. One is an experienced research scientist with a doctorate in Material Sciences and background in optics research. The other is former Vice President of GKE (Global Knowledge Exchange), who served as a US Web-based Education Commissioner during the Clinton administration, and was a former US National Tech&Learning Teacher of the Year.

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