Things to Do in Jackson Hole

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While some area galleries went fully contemporary, Altamira instead chose to meet in the middle. If you’re a fan of contemporary western art, Altamira’s... Read More

Redwood-rich and devoid of anything that might cause even a millisecond lapse of the peace and tranquility of its supremely serene space, the Amangani... Read More

Here a local secret: You don’t have to ski to après ski. Another local secret? Friday evenings (from 5 to 8 p.m.), downtown’s contemporary Diehl Gallery... Read More

Want to après ski but don’t want to have to scream at your friends to talk? Inside the Four Seasons, Ascent Lounge serves sushi rolls—one even topped... Read More

There are 21 tent sites (and nothing for RVs) with grills and picnic tables and communal vault toilets at this campground on the northern shore of Lower... Read More

This three-hour treatment for two at the uber-intimate (four treatment rooms) Body Sage  Spa starts in a deep soaking tub before moving on to side... Read More

Bradley and Taggart lakes are two of the original six lakes of GTNP. While they’ve been joined by dozens of others, they’re still worth a visit,... Read More

When Grand Teton National Park was first founded in 1929, it included only the range’s major peaks and six lakes at their immediate feet. Neighboring... Read More

Hardcore locals hike the 3,000-some feet and four miles up to The Deck at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Saner people avail themselves of a free ride on... Read More

Every dog owner in town brings their pooch to Cache Creek, a mere two miles from the Town Square. The trail here gently parallels Cache Creek, climbing... Read More

The most easily-accessible hiking, Nordic skiing and mountain biking area from downtown Jackson has wildlife, too … if you make it past the dog-heavy,... Read More

Two miles from the Town Square, this area is popular with bikers, hikers, horsemen, and runners. An abandoned double-track road is the main route up the... Read More

Seven miles up Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park is a mile-some-long camping zone with nearly one dozen undeveloped sites to choose from. The... Read More

No other ski run in the world has had as much written about it as Corbet’s. This is not without good reason. After a mandatory-air entrance—it varies... Read More

The closest camping to downtown Jackson is up Curtis Canyon in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Towards the top of the canyon there is a developed... Read More

From LA-based sculptor Gwynn Murrill, whose work is in the L.A. County Museum of Art, to an object-oriented artist with pieces in the collection of... Read More

In 2014, the town of Jackson celebrated its 100th birthday. This free, hour-long, summer-only walking tour of several downtown blocks covers much of... Read More

Even without the jazz (Friday nights), the piano bar (Saturdays), and the in-your-face views of the Tetons, this lounge atop a butte just outside of... Read More

Between June and September, lake levels permitting, boats depart GTNP’s Colter Bay Marina for the largest island in Wyoming. Waiting on Elk Island are... Read More

Have breakfast or dinner on a deserted island in the middle of Jackson Lake and under the shadow of Mt. Moran. Getting there requires a shortish motor... Read More

All of the treatments at Body Sage Spa, recently moved into its own purpose-built space near downtown Jackson, are customized to your needs. Looking for... Read More

Whether you’re a serious art collector or not, the FAF (in mid-September) is a great time to be in the valley. There’s the expected gallery walks and... Read More

Scenic flights over and around the Tetons are controversial because of the noise pollution they generate. But if you decide you want a bird’s-eye view... Read More

Jackson’s first truly spa-like day spa opens one block from the Town Square in December 2014. We know it will be gorgeous and the treatments—facials,... Read More

Started in 1987, the three-day Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival is as laid-back as ever—stages are outside at the decidedly un-fancy Grand Targhee Ski ... Read More

"One of the world's great orchestras is hidden in a small town in Wyoming." Zubin Mehta, the former music director of the New York Philharmonic, was... Read More

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... Read More

Ride all the way from downtown Jackson to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park on this 20-mile pathway. En route, pass through the National Elk... Read More

You won’t have this hot springs pool to yourselves—in summer it’s busy with families and in winter there are dog sled tours. Still, it’s an otherworldly... Read More

Take a dip in this Depression-era, CCC-built pool—which sits above Granite Creek Falls and beneath 11,000-foot mountains—that collects hot water flowing... Read More

A giant diorama inside this visitor center is life-sized and includes eight taxidermy elk, which look like they're running. From an outside deck,... Read More

Heather James Fine Art hangs photography by Danny Singer and mixed media by Rocky Hawkins alongside Impressionist painters like Monet and Van Gogh.... Read More

The Snake River is the valley’s most famous waterway, but it’s the Hoback River that is designated a Wild & Scenic River. This smallish campground... Read More

Hidden about half-way up Paintbrush Canyon—although it will feel like it’s higher!—Holly Lake’s greenish waters are ringed by steep rock walls with even... Read More

Your end point is Holly Lake, a high alpine lake hanging into a cirque halfway up rugged Paintbrush Canyon. Your starting point is String Lake, less... Read More

The four-treatment room Chill Spa at the LEED certified boutique property Hotel Terra makes contemporary cozy with fuzzy footstools in its intimate co... Read More

Time for only one drive in the valley? Do Grand Teton National Park’s Inner Park Loop Road. Open to cars between May 1 and Oct. 31, this 20-some mile... Read More

Local and visiting parents love this downtown museum’s goal of inspiring creativity and innovation using the arts, sciences, design, local history,... Read More

Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures’ wildlife tours into and around both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks—as well as its primitive-skills... Read More

Chances are the kids will ride faster and catch more air than you—catching air isn’t a requirement though—on the six super-buffed, lift-accessed... Read More

At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, there are six luge-track-smooth downhill bike trails accessed via the Teewinot lift. You won’t be bunny hopping roots... Read More

Founded in 1991, the four-day Jackson Hole Writers Conference at the end of June brings together writers from across the country, NY and LA-based... Read More

Best for experienced paddlers because of its size and unpredictable winds, Jackson Lake has canoe- and kayak-to campsites on its western shore that feel... Read More

Named for the Shoshone wife of the famous trapper “Beaver Dick” Leigh—there’s also a Leigh Lake in the park—Jenny Lake is the heart of Grand Teton... Read More

Opened in summer 2014, this massive, multi-level, multi-course ropes course at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has challenges as high as 32... Read More

This 13-mile loop, starting and ending at Highway 26/89/191, takes you through the heart of the grazing grounds of the country’s largest herd of free... Read More

Your best bet for seeing bison in the valley is on this 16-mile loop starting and ending at the Gros Ventre Junction. Bonus sights include Kelly’s yurt... Read More

Either a 16- or 19-mile out-and-back hike from the Jenny Lake trailhead (the distance depends on whether you take a ferry across Jenny Lake), Lake... Read More

Tucked into a ring of sheer cliffs at the back of the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, which lives up to its name with waterfalls of various sizes erupting... Read More

This 1,100-acre preserve within the park was formerly the summer retreat of the Rockefeller family. It opened to the public in 2008 with an eight mile... Read More

Created when a 1925 landslide dammed the Gros Ventre River, Lower Slide Lake’s crystalline waters are perfect for SUPing (rentals available in Jackson).... Read More

The Mangy Moose is one of the oldest après ski spots in the village and it’s still one of the most popular for its giant servings of simple fare and... Read More

The evening concerts at this après-ski hot spot in Teton Village will take you back to your fraternity days—you’ve missed having beer spilled on you,... Read More

Last fall, a section of this eight-mile narrow, winding road linking Teton Village and Moose was closed due to nearby grizzly bear activity. You never... Read More

The middle section of this narrow, winding road between Teton Village and the tiny town of Moose is closed between Nov. 1 and May 1. Year-round, however... Read More

From April through October, there’s not much to see on this 25,000-some acre plot of land north of Jackson. In winter, though, nearly 8,000 elk, along... Read More

Horse-drawn sleighs have been used to feed the National Elk Herd for more than a century. These days, between mid-December and early April, Belgian and... Read More

On a sleigh pulled by 2,000-pound draft horses, you’ll get closer to the thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge than you could on foot.... Read More

The 5,000-piece permanent collection here takes a loose interpretation of wildlife art, with pieces from John J. Audubon, Picasso, Maynard Dixon and... Read More

It’s one of the largest spas in Teton Village—11,685-square feet; 16 treatment rooms—but you’ll often feel like you have the Four Seasons’ Spa to... Read More

The drive down the last mile of the dirt road to the Death Canyon trailhead is the most difficult part of this 1.7-mile hike. The trail gently climbs... Read More

This 450-seat downtown venue has the valley’s most eclectic and interesting line-up: think March Fourth Marching Band to Blitzen Trapper and Martin... Read More

This winding, intermediate+ groomer is not only long and varied—there are three distinct sections—but it also offers glorious views out over the valley.... Read More

Skip the 1,500-foot drive up mellow Shadow Mountain just outside Grand Teton National Park in favor of parking at the bottom. With only open sage... Read More

Just outside the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, Shadow Mountain—because it is in the national forest instead of the national park... Read More

This Columbus Day weekend enviro-eco-food summit includes break-out sessions of hiking and rock climbing and advisors from Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia) to... Read More

Drive a paved road up to the summit of this mountain in the middle of Grand Teton National Park. More a hill than a mountain—relatively speaking, it’s... Read More

There are plenty of mountains to climb in Grand Teton National Park. Signal Mountain is the only one you can climb with your car though. A paved road... Read More

Looking to dance? Head for the Silver Dollar’s Bluegrass night on Tuesdays. Or just grab a table and watch the valley’s best local dancers. Other nights... Read More

The only non-mountain-pass route into and out of the valley includes a 20-mile section through the Grand Canyon of the Snake River. Through much of the... Read More

The Oxbow Bend turnout off Grand Teton National Park’s main road is arguably the most popular spot for photographs in the park. Why settle for views... Read More

Equally great for fishing and photos, this stretch of river doesn’t have rapids, but multiple channels and downed trees make it ill-suited for beginners... Read More

More people ride Snow King’s alpine slide over three months in the summer than ski at the mountain all winter long.  It’s not that the skiing sucks... Read More

Summer or winter, you can ride the lift up to the top of Snow King Mountain, only several blocks from Jackson’s elk antler arched Town Square, for one... Read More

You can ride 1.8 miles to the 1,500-feet to the summit of Snow King, but there are also trails here that aren’t quite so taxing. Cutting across the... Read More

During the summer, Old Faithful is a madhouse. Come winter—when the only way to get there is via snowmobile or snowcoach—it’s magical. It’s possible you... Read More

Pick up this pathway behind Smith’s and follow it along Flat Creek and through ranch lands and riparian areas before looping back to town on a stretch... Read More

If you’re looking to swim, SUP, kayak, or canoe, String Lake, immediately northwest of Jenny Lake, is the place. Rarely deeper than five feet, it warms... Read More

String Lake is the most boat- and family-friendly lake in Grand Teton National Park because of its uniformly shallow waters and its picnic-perfect... Read More

What says romance better than running off the top of a mountain together? The experienced pilots at JH Paragliding do tandem flights from the top of... Read More

Tayloe Piggott Gallery hangs some of the most thought-provoking contemporary work of any gallery in the valley, including Robert Motherwell, Paul... Read More

With the valley’s most enthusiastic director of skiing—Jack Bellorado—in charge here, Teton Pines is a great place to learn to cross county ski. It... Read More

Of course pot stickers are the perfect après ski food! In the Ranch Parking Lot rather than the actual base area, Teton Thai also makes great cocktails,... Read More

Last winter the resort groomed a swath of this black diamond run off the Sublette lift for the first time ever. I can’t say for certain, but I think it... Read More

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

Near the top of East Gros Ventre Butte, literally hanging off its western flanks, The Granary restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch is the valley’s most... Read More

Even locals have problems skiing these 2,000-foot, ungroomed, 28-degree runs near the resort’s southern boundary without their quads quaking. Whether... Read More

When you’ve outgrown the frat-house atmosphere of the Moose or want a fancy cocktail, good beer, the best après ski food in the Village, and the... Read More

Walking into the Tavern, on the Town Square, you’ll wish it smelled as nice as your frat house. Still, the bar’s lineup of local and regional bands,... Read More

Trail Creek was founded by Betty Woolsey, captain of the 1936 US Olympic Women’s Ski Team, and today its 270 rolling acres are under a conservation... Read More

When it opened on Jackson’s Town Square in the early 1960s, Trailside Gallery was the first art gallery in the area. Today it has branches here and in... Read More

Amazingly, in its bare bones, temporary location inside The Inn at Jackson Hole, the VC is much nicer than it was in its original spot, which was... Read More

Bringing classical music to the Tetons for over 50 years, the festival orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival has been hailed as one of the world's... Read More

Even if you don’t mean to ski Werner over and over, you will. It’s just that fun, from a steep rollover at the top to a mellow middle that encourages... Read More

Between Jackson and Wilson, this bike pathway turned ski track winds for one mile through open meadows at the base of the southern Tetons. Last winter,... Read More

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