Boxley Valley Elk

The main reason we visited northwest Arkansas about a month ago, besides to visit Eureka Springs, was to see the elk in Boxley Valley.

At one time, elk roamed throughout North America, but by 1842, elk in Arkansas were gone.

Then, between 1981 and 1985, 112 elk were released into 2 counties near the Buffalo River in the northwest part of the state.

And today, the numbers are slowly growing. The best place to see them is in Boxley Valley.


In the early morning and evening, you can drive the road that runs through the valley and see elk grazing in the fields.

This bull elk was massive, the biggest I’ve ever seen.

Stick a fork in him, he’s done.  And look at the size of his antlers.

What a beauty!

We drove through the valley at sunrise and sunset on both days we were there, and saw elk every time.

If you are interested in visiting Boxley Valley, click HERE for a website with directions and a map, plus regular updates on where and when the elk are best viewed in the valley.