Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Hardware Ranch Elk Festival scheduled Oct. 9
Hyrum -- You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at the Elk Festival at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. And if the weather gets colder, you might even see some wild elk!
The festival is free of charge. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 9. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can reach the ranch by traveling 18 miles east of Hyrum on state Route 101.
Taking a free wagon ride, painting pumpkins, turning balloons into antlers, and shooting pellets guns at targets are among the nature-related activities you can participate in.
Whether you’ll see some elk is still in question. “We have not seen any elk in the meadow yet,” Marni Lee, assistant manager of the Hardware Ranch WMA, said on Sept 22. “Right now, the elk are at higher elevations. But we’re hoping some of them will come into the meadow before the festival starts.”
Lee encourages you to bring some binoculars and to dress for all types of weather. “We will host the event, rain or shine!” she says.
On your way to the ranch, you can enjoy the fantastic fall colors in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. Food is not available at the ranch, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat it in the dining room at the ranch.
Hours of operation
Another chance to take a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride through the middle of hundreds of wild elk starts at the ranch on Dec. 17.
Starting Dec. 17, the ranch’s visitor center will be open and sleigh rides will be offered 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.
If you want to go on a sleigh ride, you must buy your ticket at the visitor center before 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the sleigh rides will not be running and the visitor center will not be open. You can still bring your binoculars and view the elk from a distance, though.
For more information, call the Hardware Ranch WMA at (435) 753-6206.