WOODS CROSS – If you don’t mind taking a brief trip over the weekend to Hyrum, you’ll have a great opportunity to see wild elk in their habitat.
There, the city has organized the “Elk Festival,” and if the weather is cold enough, participants may get an opportunity to see the elk get pushed into the ranch.
The festival will be held this Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Activities at the event will be making Christmas ornaments using sagebrush, bitterbrush or other plants found at the management area.
There may also be an opportunity to either take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the elk herd.
“We’ll also teach them how to turn an pinecone into a bird feeder,” said assistant manager Marni Lee in a press release sent to the Clipper. “Kids will also be able to paint their own replica of a fish, too.”
Sleigh rides will be available through the weekend, lasting until Monday. Rides on Friday will be available from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will have rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, rides will go from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Cost to attend the event is free; however, costs to ride the sleigh or wagon through the meadow will cost $5 per person 9-years-old and older.
Children 4-8 years old cost $3.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, just in case the elk don’t get close enough.
Food will not be served, however, people are encouraged to bring their own food and eat in designated areas of the area.
For more information, visit hardwareranch.com or call 435-753-6206.