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Hardware Ranch hosting annual Elk Festival

HYRUM — The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area has announced this year’s Elk Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

If the weather gets cold and enough snow falls to push wild elk into the ranch, there will be opportunity to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the herd.

There is a fee to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the meadow at the area — $5 for those ages 9 and older, or $3 for those ages 4-8. All other festival activities are free.

The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is 18 miles east of Hyrum on state Route 101.

There are new displays in the visitors center and in the area where sleighs are boarded. Sleigh rides start Dec. 13 and take place noon to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Rides will take place throughout the season, which ends the first Monday in March.

Tickets for sleigh and wagon rides must be purchased at the visitor center by 4:30 p.m.

On other days, while rides are not available and the visitors center is closed, people can still bring binoculars and view the elk from a distance.

For more information, visit www.hardwareranch.com, call 435-753-6206, or email ranch manager Brad Hunt at bradhunt@utah.gov or assistant manager Marni Lee at marnilee@utah.gov.