Jackson Hole

Things to do in Jackson Hole

There are endless things to do in Jackson Hole no matter what time of year you plan to visit, so throw on your hiking shoes or your ski boots and get ready for a good time. A tour of the breathtaking parks in Jackson Hole is the best way to appreciate the wildlife. Yellowstone National Park, the birthplace of American conservationism, is only an hour drive from downtown Jackson and offers must see views of the Old Faithful geyser, mineral pools in every shade of the rainbow, steep ascents to mountain vistas, and beautiful dives through roaming buffalo.

Typically less crowded than neighboring Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park is no less impressive. Keep a camera on hand for bear, moose, and bald eagle sightings, or stick to the scenery: nearly 310,000 acres of snowcapped crags, clear mountain lakes, and meadows dotted with wild flowers. Located on the shores of Phelps Lake near the park’s southern tip, the LEED Platinum Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is the base for eight miles of additional trails, part of a $20 million endowment from the Rockefeller family. Looking for things to do in Jackson Hole that are closer to town? The Snake River gives tourists
the opportunity for whitewater river rafting, fly fishing, canoeing, and scenic walks.

In winter, snow sports are the order of the day, so wrap up tight in your parkas and read on for what to do in Jackson Hole during the chilliest season. Take time to indulge in snowboarding, downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling. The biggest ski resort is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 12 miles from downtown Jackson. Take the lift up from Teton Village and you can ski one of the longest, steepest, continuous vertical drops of any ski area in North America--4,139 breathtaking feet of powdery snow. Don’t forget Snow King Resort, which has the only night skiing in the area and a family-favorite tubing park.

For some nightlife fun, consider a stroll to hot spots like the Mangy Moose Saloon for some après ski cold brews and live music, or the Handle Bar gastro pub at the Four Seasons. Only in Jackson Hole can you rub elbows with ranchers, cowboys and Hollywood celebrities—if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of long-time resident Harrison Ford.

While it’s typically less crowded than its neighbor, Yellowstone, Grand Teton is no less impressive. Keep a camera on hand for bear, moose, and bald eagle sightings, or stick to the scenery: nearly 310,000 acres of snowcapped crags, clear mountain lakes, and meadows dotted with wild flowers.

A cozy Teton slope-side bar usually packed with sexy cowboys.