ActivitiesWe've compiled a (very long) list of our favorite things to do in Jackson Hole, but please feel free to peruse some of the travel websites we've provided for additional ideas. Thank you Felicia and Avery for all of your help with this!
Grand Teton National Park: The entrance to the park is located only a mile and a half north of Teton Village. Eight miles farther is the town of Moose and Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center (open 8am-5pm). This is a great access point for day hikes or scenic drives in Grand Teton. Enjoy the views!
Yellowstone National Park: The south entrance of Yellowstone National Park is 70 miles north of Jackson. For those wanting a taste of Yellowstone National Park, a day trip from Teton Village is an excellent option especially in the fall when there will be fewer cars on the road. We suggest getting an early start, and driving the 100 miles to Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Old Faithful, the most famous of the Yellowstone geysers, is in a basin with hundreds of other exciting thermal features that are easily accessible by a boardwalk loop. Along the 100-mile drive, you will pass through Grand Teton National Park with views of the Cathedral Group (in the Teton Range) and the north shore of Jackson Lake - the largest lake in the valley. Some of the facilities will be closed for the season, but a picnic and binoculars are all you need for an enjoyable day-trip into the park.
National Elk Refuge: The 24,700 acre National Elk Refuge makes up the northern border of the town of Jackson. While the National Elk Refuge is managed primarily for elk, it includes habitats for many other species including bison, bighorn sheep, moose, trumpeter swans, and even wolves. The elk refuge is a great place to walk, run, bike, fish or go for a scenic drive. Stop by the Visitor Center in Jackson for more information.
Gros Ventre Valley: The Gros Ventre Valley is on the eastern side of Jackson Hole and is known for its distinct red sandstone cliffs and two large lakes formed by landslides. In 1925 a large landslide dammed the Gros Ventre River and formed lower Slide Lake. Two years later, the dam failed, causing major flooding in the town of Kelly, Wyoming. Drive north out of Jackson, turn right at Gros Ventre Junction, and head toward Kelly, Wyoming. Just after you pass Kelly, there will be a sign pointing you to follow a road to the right to reach both lakes. The road starts as paved and then turns to gravel.
Granite Hot Springs: A great day-trip for any weather - granite hot springs is a semi-developed hot spring south of Jackson in the Hoback Canyon. Swim in the hot spring pool and take a plunge in the river for the polar bears among us!
Check out the TravelStorysGPS mobile phone app for a geotag tour of many of these sites:
Please note that the weather in Jackson is unpredictable and known for quick and dramatic changes. The best approach to any outdoor activity in the fall is to bring along multiple layers of clothing - and always pack a few more layers than you feel are necessary when you are setting out for your adventure.
Fly Fishing: Mid-October should have good fishing on the Snake River accessible at various places throughout Jackson Hole. Do not forget your fishing license!, Westbank Anglers are the Seligmann favorite.
Hiking in and around Jackson: There are endless trails for hiking in and around Jackson. We hope the weather will be beautiful and you will get to take advantage of the outdoor activities offered here. A few great hikes, with trail-heads a 5min drive from Teton Village.
- Phelps Lake and Death Canyon: a local favorite for its dramatic view up Death Canyon and its 30 foot jumping rock for swimming during the summer.
- Taggart Lake Trail: a four-mile loop in Grand Teton National Park takes you to Taggart and Bradley lakes through a grove of pine trees that has grown up since the 1986 fire.
- Walk along the Snake River Dike: between Jackson and Wilson, the dike along the Snake River is a great place for a mellow stroll with views of the Tetons and the Snake River.
- Rendezvous Mountain: if the national parks remain closed, Rendezvous mountain is a great hiking alternative, accessible right from Teton Village. Walk parallel to the Teewinot Lift and up Apres Vous to the Valley Trail head.
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Mountain / Road / Recreational Biking: There are an extensive system of mountain bike trails and paved bike paths throughout Jackson Hole. Both mountain and road bikes can be rented in Teton Village, Jackson and Moose - please check with the hotel concierge for availability. The bike paths in Grand Teton National Park are particularly scenic or Cache Creek if you want to get off road on some single-track trails. Check Teton Village Sports, Jackson Hole Sports in Teton Village or Hoback Sports in Jackson for bike rentals.
Golf and Tennis: The Teton Pines Country Club, located near Teton Village on the Moose Wilson Road, offers a beautiful, eighteen-hole golf course that is open through October 20th. For a Tee Time call (307) 733-1733. The Teton Pines Tennis Center facility has three hard courts that are covered for the fall and winter play. To reserve a court call (307) 733-9248.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is a great way to experience Jackson's gorgeous landscape and diverse wildlife. Trail rides along Apres Vous mountain are available at Teton Village Trail Rides, located across the street from Snake River Lodge. Spring Creek Stables offer trail rides on top of Gros Ventre Butte - unparalleled views of the Tetons. Spring Creek Stables is located 13 miles from Teton Village.
Shooting Range: NRA appointed training counselors and NRA certified instructors will guide you at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. All experience levels welcome!
Wildlife Expeditions: Take a tour to explore the sights and sounds of the wildlife that live near Jackson at the Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools. Be on the lookout for bears, moose, bison, eagles, elk, antelope, mountain lions, beavers, and many more!
Historical Society & Museum: Just off the town square in downtown Jackson.
National Museum of Wildlife Art: Not only is the art within this museum spectacular, so too is the museum's architecture and its location.
Enclosure Rock Gym: offers year-round rock climbing.
Shopping: In addition to an endless supply of tee-shirt shops and moose figurines, there are a handful of cute boutiques and galleries in downtown Jackson. Take an afternoon to walk around the Square and check out Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Terra, Habits, Katherine, Heather James Fine Art and more.
Local Dining: Snake River Brewery "The BrewPub," for some local beer; Persephone Bakery for local bakery goods and salads/sandwiches; Jackson Hole Roasters for a locally roasted cup of joe; Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, WY for a delicious, western breakfast and a great cup of hot chocolate. Teton Thai for some of the best and spiciest Thai food ever!
Bars: Hit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for some dancing in Jackson's town square; grab cocktails at the Rose; hang with locals at the Stagecoach in Wilson; grab a beer at the Mangy Moose, Il Villaggio Osteria, or Four Seasons Handle Bar right in Teton Village.