News / 

Utah Field Guide: Hardware Ranch

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

Located 15 miles up Blacksmith Fork Canyon is the 19 thousand acre Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. The ranch was purchased using sportsmans' dollars generated from the Wildlife Restoration Act.

The state established the Ranch as a location to operate a winter feeding program for Rocky Mountain Elk.

(Randy Grover) And it's just a perfect place to do it because it's right in the migration pattern of the elk, from the mountains down to the valleys.

Hardware Ranch WMA has also served as a center for elk research since the 1950s. Today, the Utah DWR continues these programs and has expanded the mission of Hardware Ranch WMA to include public tours of the wintering elk herd.

On Saturday, December 14th the ranch will celebrate the return of the elk with it's annual Elk Festival.

There will be free family activities in addition to the regular sleigh rides and visitor center.

Activities will include fish printing, wildlife Christmas ornament crafting, and more.

The Elk Festival only happens once a year, but the WMA Sleigh Rides and Visitor Center are open Friday-Monday for the rest of the season.

Most recent News stories


Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast