Yellowstone Elk Migration Trail: Amazing Camera Trap Highlights


Like rivers, Yellowstone’s migration corridors have many tributaries. One of these passes through Pitchstone Waters Ranch. We see herds of as many as 100 elk exiting the national forest, passing through our meadows and across the Fall River, and then reentering national forest to the north. They are headed to their lower winter ranges to the west.


Next spring they will come the other way.


As a fundamental practice on our ranch, we work with national and state agencies to preserve and enhance these wild animal migration corridors by removing obstacles such as fences and choking undergrowth which obstruct passageways, and by improving our habitat to make it more hospitable to wildlife.


NOTE: this video was originally published to And publihsed to this site on December 30, 2019



Elk, mule deer, coyotes, wolves, grizzly bear, and a porcupine all use the same trail high in the mountains of western Wyoming in this video by the Wyoming Migration Initiative. This video captured with trail cameras shows one of the 12 major Yellowstone elk migration corridors in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Elk migration happens during the same time as elk season, but many times there are hunting closures during the peak of the migration, depending on what area you are hunting.

These are the elk trails that big bulls navigate each fall. Some bull elk migrate with their large harems, but many migrate later in bachelor groups. If you’ve ever seen a large elk skull or mounted antlers from Wyoming, these are the sorts of migration trails those elk are using.

Trail cam video by Travis Zaffarano and Gregory Nickerson, University of Wyoming/WY Migration Initiative, in collaboration with Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Funded by:
Wyoming Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Special thanks to:
Greg Anderson, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Sara Domek, National Bighorn Sheep Center
Nick Dobric, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Matthew Kauffman, Plum Schultz, Kimmie Takaki, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Elizabeth Travers and Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
Justin Hawkins and Anita Harper, Shoshone National Forest
Filmed under permit # WAP564 from Shoshone National Forest.

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Learn more at or Twitter: @WyoMigrations

See also: Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates, 2018, Oregon State University Press.……


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