Tule Elk Wildlife Viewing Area

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.

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Latitude: 37.0946215 Longitude: -118.2485962 Elevation: 3883 ft

Best Time for Viewing


Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Spring 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.


Very cool to pull over and watch the Elk.... its great to be in a big motorhome and sit high in the seat to spot them while driving... spent a bit of time pulled over and got some great pictures..

M Michalka, 11/24/2018

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