“View the Majestic Tule Elk!”
Until further notice the Reserve will be closed Monday - Thursday. The reserve will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and any scheduled special events. Tule Elk State Natural Reserve protects a small herd of tule elk, once in danger of extinction. In the 1800's, the vast herds of tule elk were greatly reduced in number by hunting and loss of habitat. In 1874 cattleman Henry Miller began efforts to save them. At that time few elk remained. In 1932, the herd was given permanent protection on the land now known as Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. Elk from the reserve have been successfully transplanted to other areas in California. Today nearly 4000 tule elk are again free roaming the foothills and grasslands of California. The elk are most active from late summer through early autumn. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars for better viewing. The park has a picnic area that offers an excellent opportunity to observe birds of San Joaquin Valley. Interpretive exhibits may be viewed to the south and east of the comfort station.
I thought it was a neat little stop. Very hot in the summer. We were there July 1st and it was 107. We saw 4 elk. The visitor center was closed so we were only there for about 15 minutes. The Safari tours sign said 2nd and 4th Sunday's. Open until dusk. $8.00 to park.
This place has a great little "Auto Safari Tour". If you call ahead, you can schedule one with the Park Ranger.
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Tule Elk Reserve State Park
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