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Your guide to Jackson Hole

All About Jackson Hole

Framed by the soaring peaks of the Teton Mountains and Gros Ventre Mountains, Jackson Hole is a picturesque valley in northwest Wyoming, located near the border of Idaho. In winter, visitors arrive here to ski at major resorts, with the city’s main ski area offering more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. In summer, the snow melts from the jagged mountain peaks, and adventurers are drawn to whitewater rafting and kayaking on Snake River and hiking through pine forests past sparkling lakes in Grand Teton National Park.

There are four towns that lie within the Jackson Hole valley, including the vibrant town of Jackson. The center of Jackson is lined by bars, restaurants, and shops, and the town square is home to an ice-skating rink in winter and the Old West-style Jackson Hole Shootout demonstrations in summer. Both Jackson Town Square and Gaslight Alley offer robust shopping options in Jackson, with shops selling a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, quirky T-shirts, and unique candies from all over the world.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Jackson Hole

Each season offers something different at Jackson Hole, and there are many house and condo rentals to choose for your visit. In summer, you can expect mild and dry days for enjoying the outdoors. The nights can cool down, so it’s a good idea to pack a jacket with your sunscreen. A music festival in July and August offers six weeks of classical musical performances from some of the country’s finest musicians. In fall, days are still warm enough to spend outside and the changing foliage gives a vibrant appearance to the forest here.

During the autumn season, the Fall Arts Festival in September showcases contemporary and Native American art. Spring temperatures can be a little unpredictable, so it’s a quieter time in Jackson Hole. The wildflowers are blooming, and wildlife is more visible, so it’s still a great time to visit. In winter, the valley is covered in snow for skiing, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing. With all that snow comes cold temperatures, so make sure you are prepared with warm clothing layers.

Top things to do in Jackson Hole

Grand Teton National Park

There are nearly 500 square miles of wilderness and many trails to explore in Grand Teton National Park. The Colter Bay Lakeshore Trail is a mostly flat two-mile loop that will reward you with amazing views of Jackson Lake and the Tetons. If you’re up for something more challenging, you could hop on the shuttle boat across the lake to Hidden Falls and embark on the Inspiration Point Trail. This two-mile loop leads you to the magnificent Jenny Lake, which sits at the base of Cascade Canyon.

Yellowstone National Park

Take a 45-minute drive to this world-famous park, which is home to the largest concentration of geysers in the world — around 10,000 active thermal features. You’ll see rocky flats with plumes of rising steam, bubbling mud pots, geothermal pools, and the park's most famous feature, Old Faithful, which erupts regularly. The park is also a haven for diverse wildlife, including herds of elk, bison, and moose that roam freely on the plains, while grizzly bears, coyotes, and wolves hunt in the valley.

Snow King Mountain

Just a few blocks from Jackson’s Town Square, board a scenic chairlift to the summit of Snow King Mountain. Since this chairlift is open year round, you can experience the 360-degree mountain views regardless of whether there’s snow on the ground. During summer, the landscape features white-capped mountains peeking behind green, grassy foothills. During the winter, the bright white, powdery snow covers most of the landscape, aside from the undersides of evergreens and the jagged features of the area’s tallest peaks. Once at the summit, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore, and you could even hike back down to town — or simply hop back on the lift for another beautiful trip to the bottom.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Jackson Hole?

    Jackson Hole experiences a range of weather, with cold, snowy winters and mild, sunny summers. Winter temperatures often drop below freezing, creating ideal conditions for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. Summer temperatures usually range between 70°F and 80°F (21°C and 27°C), perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and fishing.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Jackson Hole?

    In Jackson Hole, you can explore the stunning terrain of Grand Teton National Park, ski down world-class slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and encounter diverse wildlife on a guided tour. You might also enjoy a scenic float trip down the Snake River or a horseback ride through the lush Wyoming landscapes.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Jackson Hole?

    The most popular times to visit Jackson Hole are summer and winter. Summer offers opportunities for hiking, rafting, and wildlife viewing, while winter brings excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in September and the WinterFest in February are well-attended local events.

  • What are the best places to stay in Jackson Hole?

    Teton Village and the Town of Jackson are popular areas to stay in Jackson Hole. Teton Village is known for its ski-in, ski-out accommodations, while the Town of Jackson has a variety of lodging options close to local shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

  • What are the best places to visit in Jackson Hole?

    Visitors to Jackson Hole frequently explore National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a popular destination for skiers, while the National Museum of Wildlife Art gives insight into the region's natural inhabitants.

  • What are some hiking trails in Jackson Hole?

    Jackson Hole has several notable hiking trails, including those in Grand Teton National Park like Jenny Lake Loop and Teton Crest Trail. Another popular trail is the Phelps Lake Loop in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve.

  • What are some family activities to do in Jackson Hole?

    Family-friendly activities in Jackson Hole include exploring the Jackson Hole Children's Museum, taking a wildlife safari tour, and visiting the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Families also enjoy float trips on the Snake River and sled rides at the National Elk Refuge.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Jackson Hole?

    Day trips from Jackson Hole often include exploring Yellowstone National Park, taking a scenic drive through the Grand Teton National Park, or visiting the charming town of Victor, Idaho. Another good option is the Granite Hot Springs, a naturally heated pool in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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