I’ve never been a big fan of Quentin Tarantino movies. The guy includes way too much blood and guts in his movies for my tastes. But if you like his movies, you surely enjoyed “Django Unchained,” a movie I would consider watching just for the scenery.
That’s because the winter scenes were shot near the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Wyoming near the Grand Teton National Park.
The National Elk Refuge was established in 1912 to help as many 10,000 elk survive the often tough cold weather seasons in Jackson Hole by providing extra hay and food. A series of severe winters a century ago caused mass elk die-offs and prompted the refuge’s formation.
We passed the Elk Refuge several times during our visit, but we didn’t see an elk. That’s because we were there in October and the snow was just starting to fall. The elk don’t come down from the high country until it starts getting really cold and snowy.
But we saw all kinds of other wildlife.
My personal belief is that winter is best enjoyed in the Caribbean, but this winter, I just may have to return to Jackson Hole, just to see more of this and those elusive elk that Quentin Tarantino found so beautiful.