A herd of Tule Elk was transplanted into the Owens Valley in the 1950s from California's central valley to protect the species. The elk have done quite well in its new home. The herd, which includes bulls with expansive antlers and plenty of cows and calves, can be found on both sides of U.S. 395 south of Big Pine. "Wildlife Viewing" signs near two of the herd's most favorite places to graze and bed down point motorists to pull-outs, to facilitate photos and a safe place to look at the elk.
Best Time for ViewingMornings
Best Months and Seasons for ViewingSpring through Fall the herd stays on or close to irrigated fields to take advantage of the ample water and feed.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The roadside pull-outs are wide and a safe distance from the highway, which allows for wheelchair or other disabled access.
Pet Friendly Notes
It is illegal to allow dogs to harass wildlife (or even cattle that might also be in the area), so keep dogs in the vehicle or under control.