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Elk herd at Hardware Ranch

Hardware Ranch WMA

Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) — located at the top of Blacksmith Fork Canyon in northern Utah — provides habitat that supports a variety of wildlife species and public access for wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

Elk herd at Hardware Ranch
Elk herd at Hardware Ranch

During the winter months, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources feeds between 500 and 600 Rocky Mountain Elk in the big meadow near the visitor center each day. The grass hay used to feed the elk — approximately 300 tons — is grown on the WMA throughout the summer.

Although public sleigh rides to view the elk have been popular during previous winters, no sleigh rides will be offered during the 2020–21 season due to COVID-19. Visitors will still be able to access the visitors center and two outside viewing areas to observe these animals.

Scenic, 180-degree views from the visitor center provide visitors with a bird's eye view of the big meadow below. Visitors will receive a map and activity guide, and will be allowed to remain inside the vistors center for up to 15 minutes to limit the total numbers in the building.

In addition to the wildlife around the visitors center, fishing opportunities abound. Licensed anglers can catch several trout species in nearly 15 miles of streams and rivers on the WMA.

Please note that due to COVID-19, all Hardware Ranch field trips and events have been canceled this season.

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