Places to Visit: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The 3- hour drive between Bozeman MT and Jackson Hole WY takes you through parts of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

  • Tourism drives the economy in Jackson.
  • There is a large variety of lodging accommodations and places to eat in town.
  • The summers yield spectacular hiking, climbing, horseback riding, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, and much more in the immediate area.
  • In the winter, there isn’t a winter sport that can’t be found.

The creation of Grand Teton National Park and other government lands such as the National Elk Refuge and Bridger National Forest brought monumental change to Jackson. Lands that once were used for grazing cattle have now become a tourist playground.

Today, an average of 3 million tourists visit Jackson Hole a year. The summers yield spectacular hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and camping in Grand Teton National Park. Kayakers and whitewater rafters can be seen on the Snake and Hoback Rivers. In addition, of course, winter is the time to ski!

Located only a few miles from the south entrance to Grand Teton National Park and only 55 miles from the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson is filled with tourists for most of the summer season. Although not necessarily an easy place to drive to, the area is surrounded by mountain ranges; it is well worth the trip.

With a year-round population of approximately 8,500, Jackson manages to maintain its small town appeal, while providing all the services and amenities that you would expect in a much larger city.

Tourism drives the economy and as a result, there are many lodging establishments to choose from including bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, inns, hotels, motels, and vacations rentals.

In an effort to cater to everyone’s cravings you can find tasty eats that match your desires and your budget. Jackson offers famous steak and game restaurants, fine dinners, and various international cuisine including Italian, Thai, Mexican, El Salvadorian, and Chinese restaurants. There are also several popular watering holes if you are just in the mood for a burger and brew.

Jackson also has service stations, banks, unique shops and stores, and many medical providers including St. John’s Hospital.

The summers yield spectacular hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and camping in Grand Teton National Park.

Kayakers and whitewater rafters can be seen on the Snake and Hoback Rivers.

Anglers from all over the country come to fish in the famous Flat Creek, or participate in the annual One Fly competition.

Wednesday and Saturday nights are designated rodeo nights at the fair grounds all summer.

Skiing is the sport of choice in the winters. You can choose from three world renowned ski resorts, including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, all within a 40 miles radius of downtown.

Year-round Attractions

National Museum of Wildlife Art
If you love wildlife and artwork of wildlife, do not miss this Museum.

National Elk Refuge
Founded in 1912, the National Elk Refuge is the winter grazing home to over 6,000 elk that come down from higher elevations in late November or early December and stay on until late March or early April. However, even in the summer, without the elk, the National Elk Refuge is a wonderful place to hike and explore.

Town Square/Elk Antler Arches
The town of Jackson may be best known for its unique town square with huge antler arches on each corner.

Center for the Arts 
Havinf opened in December 2004, this building is dedicated to creativity and education.

Jackson Hole Tram
Although usually crowded with skiers in the winter, you can also take a passenger ride in the tram any time of year. Summer may be the better bet for those who do not ski.

Summer Fun
White Water or Scenic Float River Trips

You cannot come to Jackson and not experience the thrill of a white water rafting trip. However, if a leisurely float down the river is more your style, you can do that.

Jackson Hole Rodeo
Starting on Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day, you can take in an action packed rodeo every Wednesday and Saturday night.

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
If you ever wondered how it all began here in Jackson Hole, take the time to visit the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.

Jackson Hole Shootout
The longest continuously running shoot out takes place every Monday through Saturday night on the Jackson Hole Square.

Snow King
Although it is the first ski enterprise to be established in the area, Snow King is now home to many fun summer activities including an alpine slide, a trampoline bungee jump, miniature golf and a scenic chair lift ride.

Winter Fun
Skiing is the main reason that travelers make their way to Jackson in the winter, but there are other attractions to enjoy while you are in the area.

It’s a bit of a different thrill to hurl your body down a steep mountain with just an inflated inner tube between you and the snow.

Do you ever wonder what it must be like to participate in the Iditarod? Well, it is not really the same, but you can get close to it by taking a dogsled ride.

National Elk Refuge
Don’t forget the winter sleigh rides on the Elk Refuge.

Getting Here
During the summer, you can actually take one of two ways to get from Jackson Wyoming to Bozeman.

The first takes you on a perhaps slower drive, but a very scenic one through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The other would take you over Teton Pass, along the west side of the Tetons, through the Island Park area of Idaho and then on to Bozeman.

During the winter, because the majority of the Park roads are closed, your only option is to take the route over Teton Pass and through Idaho.

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