Hardware Ranch Wildlife Viewing Area
Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was purchased by the State of Utah in 1945 as a location to operate a winter feeding program for Rocky Mountain Elk. Today, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources continues the feeding program but has expanded the mission of the management area.
Hardware Ranch WMA provides habitat for many species of wildlife, promotes wildlife research and management, and provides visitors recreational wildlife education.
Winter Elk Tours: On your visit to Hardware Ranch during the winter season, you will have the opportunity to ride a horse drawn sleigh among the herd of Rocky Mountain elk. The sleighs often come within arms length of these majestic animals. The large antlered bulls are always a favorite of visitors. Be sure to bring your camera for some great close up shots, while the sleigh drivers inform you about the ranch and the elk that winter there. Be sure to dress warmly for the 15- to 20-minute ride. Tickets can be purchased in the visitor center, ticket sales close at 4:30 and the last ride leaves at 4:30.
Ranch Location: Hardware Ranch is located 15 miles east of Hyrum, Utah, on Hwy 101 in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. From Logan, Utah, travel south on State Road 165 to Hyrum, then east to the ranch. Signs lead the way to the ranch.