Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Alpine

Elephant Mountain sits above Hwy 118 South of Alpine, on the lonely and beautiful stretch of highway that connects to Big Bend National Park.  Owned and operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, it’s one of the state’s over 50 WMA’s, most of which are open to the public.  Elephant Mountain offers primitive camping, hiking, scenic driving tours during the summer, wildlife viewing of the desert bighorn sheep and public hunts of small game and annual drawings for larger game.


Know Before You Go

Check the website for dates closed for special hunts.

You must register at the self-registration station.  Pre-registration is not required.

Road conditions can be poor and not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

Camping is only allowed in authorized campsites.

The slopes are off-limits to protect the desert bighorn sheep.


Hiking is allowed along the road, but you must wear hunter orange during hunting season.

The road is 7 miles down to a wildlife watering station.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Bring binoculars to scan the slopes of Elephant Mountain for the Desert Bighorn Sheep.  Driving is not allowed from September – April due to lambing season.

The best time to view Desert Bighorn Sheep is in the mornings.

Wildlife Management Areas

For a complete list of Texas Wildlife Management Areas, click HERE.


Elephant Mountain WMA

48515 S Highway 118, Alpine 

Click HERE to visit their website. 

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