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The Wild Elk Festival will be in Southern Utah this weekend. So, come out with your family and friends and participate in all the fun outdoor activities. Best of all, if it gets cold and snowy, the wild elk may come into the ranch and you could end up getting sleigh ride right through the center of the elk herd.

This year, the Wild Elk Festival will be held at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. You can expect games, food, music, sleigh or wagon rides through the meadow of the ranch.

More Activities Include

* Making Christmas Ornaments out bitterbrush, sagebrush and other plants at the ranch

* Turning a pinecone into a bird feeder

* Painting your own replica of a fish

The ranch staff is asking that you dress for cold weather, bring binoculars since elk have been making their way to the meadow, and bring cash for sleigh rides since they don’t get good enough phone reception to accept credit cards. You can also enjoy a beautiful scenic drive up Blacksmith Fork Canyon on your journey to the ranch.  The ranch does not serve food so you can bring food with you.

Sleigh Ride Information

Sleigh rides start December 13, 2013 but are not available on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s or Thursday’s. Friday’s, Saturday’s, Sunday’s, and Monday’s are the only days the sleigh is running.  Hours are from 10 am to 4:30 pm each open day. You can still come to the ranch on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s for wild elk viewing and other activities, you just won’t see the sleigh rides running. Sleigh ride fees are $5 for 9 and older, $3 for 4 to 8 years of age. All other festival activities are free for everyone.

Event Details

Date: December 13, 2013 – December 31, 2013

Time: Noon to 4:30 pm

Location: Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Center

Cost: Sleigh Rides Only – $5 for 9 and over, $3 for 4 to 8 years.

This wild elk festival information is brought to you by: Erika Rogers, your for St. George, UT and surrounding communities.

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