Tule Elk State Reserve protects a herd of tule elk, once in danger of extinction. In the 1880s, vast herds of tule elk were greatly reduced in number by hunting and loss of habitat. Cattleman Henry Miller began a 50-year effort to save them in 1874. At that time, few elk remained. In 1932, the herd was given permanent protection in a 950-acre property, now known as Tule Elk State Reserve. Elk from the reserve have been successfully transplanted to other areas in California where free-roaming herds of tule elk can be found today. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars for better viewing. The elk are most active from late summer through early autumn. The park has a picnic area and interpretive exhibits.
The reserve is north of Gorman, south of Buttonwillow, west of I-5 via Stockdale Highway.