Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an oasis for outdoor travel enthusiasts. The town is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and is in close proximity to two national parks. You can create a truly unique adventure during a trip to Wyoming, whether you're looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful Jackson, or wish to venture into the mountains on an excursion. Follow along as we have a peek at some of the fun things to do in this unique community.
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in America. Within the park you’ll encounter iconic locations such as Yellowstone Lake, Lower Falls, and of course, Old Faithful. Yellowstone’s size is truly staggering, spanning 3,468 square miles of rugged wilderness. The entrance of the park (within a two-hour drive of Jackson) is located at the end of the Jackson Hole Valley on US-191. While more three million people make the trip to Yellowstone per year, you're unlikely to see many other tourists outside the park's main paths and camping areas.
Yellowstone is filled with a broad spectrum of unspoiled natural features such as mountain peaks, valleys, prairies, forests, canyons, lakes, rivers, and streams, all of which leaves you with ample opportunities for outdoor activities. The range of things to do here is impressive whether you’re into mountain climbing, fly fishing, or horseback riding. Make your dream outdoor excursion a reality and plan your trip to Yellowstone National Park.
The Grand Teton National Park is in close proximity to Jackson, and features stunning natural vistas, unique geography, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The Park is only a 35 miles north of Jackson, on scenic stretches of US-191 and Teton Park Road. Postcard-like vistas of snow capped peaks, foliage laden valley floors, and lush forests greet you upon arrival. A unique natural feature to check out is the Teton Range, which towers at least 7,000 feet above the lowest point of the park (still over 6,000 above sea level), and has unique land formations, majestic mountain peaks, and more.
Any trip you take to Grand Teton National Park should begin with a stop at the beautiful Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Center. It’s a 7,500 square foot state-of-the-art learning facility, where you can learn about the park and its rich history. It’s the ideal place to plan your Grand Teton adventure with opportunities for camping, rock climbing, wildlife photography, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and the list goes on and on.
Jackson Town Square is a center for activity and offers you a change of pace from the nature adventures you’ll experience at Yellowstone and Grand Teton. You’re welcomed to this unique town square by arches made from hundreds of elk antlers. The square is filled with shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries, shopping outlets, and the list goes on. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is one of the town's iconic attractions. Here you’ll encounter a one-of-a-kind Wild West experience with murals, mounted animals, saddle inspired bar stools, and architecture from the old west. The atmosphere is vibrant and you’ll love their full food menu and vast selection of libations.
If you're interested in the history of the town, then try visiting the Jacksonville Historical Society and Museum. Located just up Cache Street from Jackson’s Town Square, it features dramatic and detailed displays as well as exhibits highlighting the history of the area. It also has guided historical walking tours of the town. Another unique way to get to know this city is by taking a stagecoach ride. The stagecoaches launch right from The Square and are pulled by two beautiful, yoked horses. The driver will take you around showing you some great places to visit and sharing unique information about the town.
The National Elk Refuge is a stunning 24,700-acre preserve that plays host to the largest remaining herd of elk on the planet. The refuge is located about 10 miles northeast of Jackson and encompasses the beautiful marshes, meadows, and foothills that border the town. The refuge opened in 1912 and is the only National Refuge that is devoted to the preservation and management of elk. In fact, there are between 5,000 and 8,000 elk currently living in the area.
The refuge is ideal for learning about the elk during all seasons, and you can even enjoy a sleigh ride during the winter months. Plus, the park and its visitor center are free to enter, so you won’t find a more budget-friendly adventure. The visitor center can provide you with detailed information about the facilities, elk, geology, and more. The refuge is not just about protecting elk. There are over 200 different species of birds and mammals that call the area home including deer, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, and wolves.
Jackson Hole is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in America. Find out why so many people make the annual trip to bask in the natural majesty.