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Ely Elk Viewing Area
Wildlife Watching > Ely Elk Viewing Area (NV) 
Location
11 miles south of Ely, Nevada.
 
Description
This area offers motorists a chance to stop and see Nevada’s largest native animal, the Rocky Mountain elk. The biggest herd of elk in Nevada can be observed feeding during the fall and spring seasons, both along the paved highway south of Ely and at the viewing area pull-out. Peak viewing times are October through November and March through April, with elk sometimes also seen in mid-winter. Fall is the rutting season, when mature elk bulls join does, calves, and young bulls. 
 
Directions
From Ely, drive south on U.S. Highway 6/50/93. Elk can be seen on either side of the highway, starting about 6 miles from the town. Elk viewing signs along the highway designate the best viewing areas.
 
Visitor Activities
Wildlife viewing, interpretation, picnicking, and birdwatching.
 
Special Features
A mile-long corridor has been dedicated to allow visitors a chance to stop and view elk right from their vehicles. Hawks, ravens, and eagles perch on poles along the highway, and golden eagles are common year-round. Bald eagles arrive in late fall and spend the winter here. Other animals commonly seen in the area include golden eagles, black-tailed jackrabbits, badgers, and chipmunks.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Day-use only.
 
Accessibility
The facilities at the main parking area are wheelchair-accessible.
 
Camping and Lodging
No camping is available on-site. Parking is available for RVs, but no hookups are provided. The nearest developed camping facilities are at the KOA Campground located 3 miles south of Ely on U.S. Highway 6/50/93. Numerous motels are also available in Ely.
 
Food and Supplies
No supplies are available on-site. Food and supplies may be purchased in Ely.
 
First Aid
There are a hospital with an emergency room and two clinics in Ely.
 
Additional Information
Elks usually feed at dawn and dusk. Elks are large animals—adults weigh from 450–1,000 pounds and stand 5–6 feet high. Bulls have large, swept-back antlers that can be up to 5 feet long. Visitors are cautioned not to approach them. Motorists should be particularly cautious at night, because elk sometimes bed down on warm highway pavement. Wildlife viewers share the area with hunters in the fall.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Ely District Office
HC33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301-9408
Tel: (775) 289-1800             

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Last updated: 10-23-2009