Visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a nostalgic adventure into the heart of the American West. Originally called “Jackson’s Hole” by the fur trappers and frontiersmen who traversed the steep pass in the early 1800s, the majestic beauty of the valley has since drawn cowboys, dude ranchers, mountaineers, skiers and even John D. Rockefeller whose large swathes of ranchland later became Grand Teton National Park.
Jackson Hole is flanked by the sweeping Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, jagged peaks that offer powdery skiing in the winter and beautiful hiking in the summer. You can see dazzling wildlife along the Snake River, which meanders from its headwaters in nearby Yellowstone National Park through fields of grazing bison and elk. Luxury ski resorts have brought some glamour to the wild western town with top-notch hotels, elegant spas and world-class restaurants. Despite the influx of wealthy ski bunnies, Jackson is still the kind of place where you can wear your cowboy boots to even the fanciest restaurant. Check out this Jackson Hole travel guide for details on hotels, foodie hot spots and the best sightseeing.
For rubbing elbows with other skiers hit Teton Village. If you want to peruse western art galleries and check out the local watering holes (maybe see some cowboys!) be sure to go to Jackson Town Square. No Jackson Hole visit would be complete without a foray into the majestic wilderness, so don’t miss these stunning natural sights.
Things Not to Miss in Jackson Hole
• Grand Teton National Park
• Yellowstone National Park
• The National Elk Refuge
When to Go to Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole offers amazing sights and outdoor fun year-round, so the best time to visit Jackson Hole depends on your preferred adventure. Summer months are peak tourist season for hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and horseback riding. The wildlife is most active during spring months, and autumn boasts the changing colors of the trees. For skiing and snowboarding, the winter months are the peak time, and visitors during the holidays can catch sleigh rides and showers of fireworks over the ski runs.