Jackson Hole is a ‘hole’ nestled between the Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges. Hole traditionally was used by the early inhabitants to mean a valley between these towering ranges. Thus, this city is a large beautiful valley housing the most enthralling natural beauty. Rivers and streams abound as does all the other natural resources. This place is great for all the nature lovers and those looking for some peace amongst green views. It also has a lot of adventurous activities in store too, so don’t worry about being just stuck in Zen mode. Review yourself and then go for other adventures around like skiing and sleigh rides.
Get in touch with Mother Nature at Grand Teton National Park
Spread over an extremely large area of 310,000 acres, this is one of the havens to visit for nature lovers. The Grand Teton peak towers at a height of 13,700 feet and is a sight to behold. The other low lying mountains ranges around are also as beautiful as this beauty. Another fun experience would be landing at the airport inside this large territory. One of the few airports located inside a National park, Grand Teton surely stands up to its grand name.
The rich history of the mountains is another aspect that will leave you filled with wonder. It is believed to be the ancestral homes of the Paleo-Indians about 11,000 years ago! The Snake River snakes through the park along with other pristine lakes. There are many varieties of native plants, birds and mammals like moose, bears, elks, bison and more in the park perimeter. The fascinating species you will witness here will surely leave you breathless. Hiking trails extend up to 200 miles so don’t forget your boots. Bird watching and nature trails are other favorite pastimes for visitors. You can also drive around the large perimeters to enjoy many attractions in a short time.
Skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
One of the most popular and famous ski resorts in all of North America is the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Catering to all ages and types, it is fairyland to learn and practice some great skiing moves.
2,500 acres of trails with almost 400 inches of snowfall during prime time, ensures that you get the best experience at skiing that you can. So, if you want to try out this fun sport, make sure to visit only during the winter months.
But, this great resort is a fun place in summers as well. It miraculously converts into a great place for sports like mountain biking and paragliding. Another attraction tourists swear by is the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. Scheduled for just 9 minutes, the breathtaking view is sure to stay with you for at least 9 years if not more!
Meet and greet with Elks at the National Elk Refuge
Meet one of the most massive but docile members of the deer community- elks. These animals are so magnificent to look at with their large antlers and heavy furs.
The sanctuary is a non-enclosed territory and abounds with these species during the winter months. Owing to food scarcity and easy availability in these limits, elks are found in abundance in winters.
You can opt for trekking through the area for elk sightings or take the more fun route which is a sleigh ride. During winter months, guided sleigh tours are available which lets you roam the sanctuary with speed and also helps you get up c close and personal with these friendly giants.
Take a stroll at the Jackson Town Square
The prime spot of the city is also a great spot to start your tour. With easily accessible routes to the nearby National parks, the Town Square can be a great starting point.
The giant antlers arch at its entrance is great for that mandatory Instagram post after which you can stroll around the alleys and boardwalks window shopping at the boutique stores. There are also various tore selling tourist souvenirs like T shirts, art pieces and more. This can then be followed by a quick authentic American bite at the many restaurants or cafes lined up nearby. Another cute attraction is a small sized ice skating rink if you want to try it out.
Learn the history of Jackson Hole at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
This museum located nearby can be visited just after covering the town square. As you finish shopping for the souvenirs you might want to know more about the history of this town so this is the spot to visit. The exhibits showcased here include Jackson Hole itself, the Grand Teton National Park, The Yellowstone national park and more. There are also other exhibits on display showing the rich history of this area from the earliest times.
Enjoy Theater at the Jackson Hole Playhouse
This playhouse is situated inside one of the oldest buildings in Jackson giving it a unique appeal. The shows played are also of very high quality and visitors even say they were reminded of the classic Broadway. Though it’s comparatively smaller in size, the small dinner theater makes sure it’s extravagant on the food and the shows which are played here. The staff is very warm and friendly and the food is of great taste too.
Take a warm, relaxing bath at the Granite Hot Springs
As emphasized above, nature is one of the biggest gifts given to this city. Located in the Gros ventre range, these hot springs are the perfect example of this beauty.
The springs spout really hot water ranging from 93 degrees to 112 degrees depending on the season. Settle inside wand enjoy some scenic views of the nearby Bridger-Teton national Forest as well as the hills.
After you spend some time in nirvana and soak yourself in these warm waters, you can also try out some hiking and snowshoeing at the various trails present in this area. Though the road leading upwards is a little hectic to climb and undeveloped, the springs are definitely worth the time and efforts.
Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Mix up wildlife gazing and looking at art and it gives birth to this amazing museum. The artifacts include as many as 5000 works of wildlife art from artist all over the world and each piece is as beautiful as real nature itself. A major attraction is the Sculpture –trail which is an outdoor art a mile long. Elks in various poses travelling on the rugged terrain are featured and it’s almost as real as it gets. The exhibits are therefore really beautiful and will make you fall in love with nature all over again.
Snowboarding at Snow King Resort
Though the resort is mainly famous for skiing, it is also a great place for snowboarding and tubing. The resort is spread over a large area and has 400 acres covered under its skiing terrain. For the more adventurous souls, a night skiing option is also available. But this resort mainly focuses on moderate to difficult levels but beginners do not despair. You can visit the Grand Targhee resort which is mentioned below for your needs. This resort is special since it was Wyoming’s first established ski resort.
Novice skiers flock to the Grand Targhee Resort
The resort has two entire Teton Mountains inside its large 2500 acres of perimeter, so you will be spoilt for choice. Specifically suitable for beginners or intermediates in skiing, this resort has hence become a favorite with families. Moreover, ski lessons are also available if you are totally new to the sport. Since, it’s a relatively new resort there are less crowds which mean less crowding and better experiences!
But, if you are really into skiing, then some tourists have said that the smaller difficult sloping terrain is exciting too if you really want to try something new. If possible get along an on-site naturalist who will explain you the geography and terrain before you attempt to ski.
Horseback riding at one of the many ranches
Jackson Hole also offers a great experience if you love horseback riding. Make sure you book at least one of the many tours available here. The ranches include the Heart Six Ranch, Mill Iron Ranch, and Spring Creek ranch. We would definitely recommend the last one, since spring creek is located near to the Jackson town as well as the Snake River. Thus, it has a great view as you gallop away.
Jackson Hole is also a town which was very famous for its cowboys and horses and rich influence of the history. Thus, horseback riding is one of the many experiences that deserves an absolute experience. You can choose from a variety of types of tours like half day, full day or even overnight trips. So get ready for a great countryside adventure with your family or friends.
Float trip down the Snake River
A relaxing float bobbing down the calm currents of the Snake River is something which you really would not want to miss out on. Added to it the scenic riverside views and we assure you, you will feel calm and refreshed. Another enjoyable sport on the Snake River is White water Rafting. For some great adventure and thrill, this is the sport you should go for and have fun.
Fly fishing is another quirky sport that you can try your hands on. With the native species of Cutthroat trout that thrives in the river, fishing is surely a quirky thing to try out. The best part is anyone can try this, be it a novice or someone who knows his skills well.
Wildlife Safari at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous parks of the United States. It has a lot of different species of animals thriving in its periphery. Enjoy a great guided safari tour where you can observe animals up, close and personal! This is especially a recommendation if you are visiting with kids. They will love looking at all the animals lazing in their natural habitat.
Book a Dog Sled Tour with the Jackson Hole Iditarod Dog Sled Tours
Dogs and sleds are such a cute combination that you can hardly resist them. Enjoy a sled ride as huskies pull you down the snow covered hills. The snow covered hills and the cold weather do not affect these fierce but cute dogs as they pull you down the valley. The trail covers the valley from Jackson Hole to Granite Hot Springs and the dogs are trained Alaskan dogs that are suited to endure the weather conditions. The tour is accompanied by a guide who will explain all the places of interest on the way and point out other wildlife. The tours can be taken for half day or full day as per your requirements.
Paddling adventure organized by the O.A.R.S. Yellowstone Tours
If you are bored of the same old safaris everywhere you go and want to experience nature in a different style then try out these paddling adventures on the Jackson Lake. With campsites provided onsite, you can book an overnight excursion as well. Paddle along the geothermal waters in the Yellowstone Park with your children and spouse. The scenic mountainside views and green trees on the riverside will fill you with enthrall and beauty.
Thus, Jackson Hole is a really special place and has the most important jewels- Nature. Natural beauty will always leave you astonished and the picturesque country sides at Jackson Hole will fill you with a sense of wonder.
Enjoy being one with nature and gazing at a variety of wildlife species and bird species along with different types of plants and trees. The museums are also a great tribute to the rich history of this area and do give them a shot to learn some interesting facts about this city. So, what are your reasons to wait? Go book your tickets to this awesome place soon!