Jackson Hole Wyoming has been blessed with more
natural amenities than is imaginable. Jackson Hole is the
valley beneath the towering Grand Teton Mountain Range
which itself lies just south of Yellowstone National Park.
beautiful and bountiful Snake River flows through its
length providing world class fly fishing,canoeing,kayaking,
scenic and whitewater rafting. All of this natural beauty
is augmented with an assortment of wildlife that has earned
this area the Serengeti of America. All of this natural
abundance has attracted adventurous and artistic people
to populate it and they have developed a multitude of ways
for you to enjoy this gem of nature.
|National Elk Refuge
Sleigh Ride, National Elk Refulge, Jackson Hole Wyoming
When the sun peaks over the Gros Ventre Mountains east of Jackson Hole, and its light creeps slowly across valley, light creeps over bundles of fur and antlers starting to stir from a cold winter night. As the sun reaches the base of the Grand Teton, orange and yellow light bathes the landscape and 6,000 wintering elk. By ten o'clock, adventurous visitors braving the winter cold venture out on the refuge in horse drawn sleighs to get an up close view of these majestic animals.
More than 7,500 elk make the winter range of National
Elk Refuge their home from October until May. Adjacent
to the north side of Jackson, WY, the 25,000-acre refuge includes
nearly 1600 acres of open water and marsh lands, 47 different
mammals, and nearly 175 species of birds.
Teton National Park
Teton National Park is right outside the
town of Jackson Wyoming. Established
in 1929, Grand Teton National Park emerged from a complicated
and controversial series
of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range
and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected
as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range,
Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake River, seven
morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of
wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras of human
history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern tribes), fur
trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists.
Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching,
horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake
River, bicycling, and photography are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between Memorial
Day Weekend and Labor Day.
Yellowstone is a scenic 60 mile dirve form
Jackson, you must traverse all of Grand Teton National park
to get there.
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National
Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs
and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are
evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created
a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home
of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is
the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate
zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of the last
130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures and sites
associated with various periods of park administration and visitor facilities
|Bridger Teton National Forest
||the Bridger-Teton National
Forest located in Western Wyoming, offers more than 3.4 million
acres of land for your outdoor recreation enjoyment, the second
largest national forest outside Alaska. With its pristine watersheds,
abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the Bridger-Teton
National Forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem - the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United
States. 1.2 million acres of the Bridger Teton is designated
Wilderness, it has over 30,000 miles of road and trail and
thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and
streams, the Bridger-Teton offers something for everyone. No
matter when you chose to visit. The Bridger Teton National
Forest offers many recreational experiences for visitors year-round.
We encourage you to experience this unique piece of American
Teton Music Festival
|There are many summer music festivals, but few
are as unique as the Grand Teton Music Festival, a musical and
travel destination like none other. Experience one of the world's
great music festivals when visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming! As
the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks,
Jackson Hole and the Music Festival present to you unparalleled
natural beauty by day and magnificent music by night.
Hunter - The Hole Picture
|The world famous Snake River meandering along
at the base of the Tetons in Jackson Hole is perhaps the most
scenic river to fish anywhere. The Snake River provides the
perfect whitewater experience for first-timers, families,
and seasoned veterans alike. The class 3 water is both forgiving
and exciting. Snake River scenic float trips are second to
none in the world. Kayakers enjoy a variety of water where
they can surf the waves or play in the holes. Photographers
find many scenic compositions with the river as a centerpiece
and the Grand Teton Mountain Range as a backdrop.
|Downtown Jackson Hole
|The" Best of the Old West" as it is known, Jackson
hosts many art and photo galleries, great stores, world famous
saloons and dining establishments that often get rave reviews
in the New York Times. Jackson's Elk antler arch entryways to
the town square, retro architecture, wooden sidewalks Jackson
truly provides a unique shopping,dining
|The magnificent mountains of eastern Idaho
and western Wyoming are known worldwide for their excellent
big game animals. Elk, Deer, Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Antelope,
Moose, Mountain Lion, and Mountain Goat can all be hunted
here in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Many Boon and Crocket
records have been established here. This region has a large
selection of outfitters and guides to fulfill the dreams
of any sportsman.
||The Snake River Range starts at the southern end
of the Grand Teton Mountain Range between Jackson Hole Wyoming
and Teton Valley Idaho and is part of the Targhee National Forest.
The range extends northwest to Victor Idaho, west to Swan Valley
Idaho and south to Alpine Wyoming. The Snake River is the eastern
boundary back up to the Tetons. This is rugged country, and has
plenty of water; glaciers and running water shaped the numerous
deep canyons. The lush vegetation will impress the visitor, the
land is dynamic and unstable, rockslides and earth flows are
common, landslides created both Upper Palisades and Lower Palisades
Lakes a couple of jewels of the range. Mount Baird, at 10,042
feet, is the highest point in the Snake River Range.
|The Wyoming Range
|The Wyoming Range runs for
about eighty miles in a north-south direction in western Wyoming.
These mountains are a mixture of rolling open slopes dotted
with sagebrush and aspen groves and forested hills with pines,
spruce, and fir trees. Waterfalls plunging over high cliffs
are tucked in the remote rugged mountain peaks. Many of the
peaks in the range rise to over 10,000 feet the highest is
Wyoming Peak at 11,363 feet. These magnificent mountains remain
in relative obscurity due to their proximity to the more famous
Wind River Mountains and the Grand Tetons; this makes solitude
more achievable here. The Wyoming Range is not as rugged or
remote as the nearby Wind River Range or Gros Ventre Mountains.
|The Gros Ventre Range
||The Gros Ventre Mountains of
western Wyoming is another fine example of western Wyoming¡s
embarrassment of riches in the natural wonders department.
The range is composed of high craggy peaks, glacier scoured
valleys, and rolling sagebrush foothills. The Gros Ventre Mountains
receives much less visitation than the more well known Grand
Teton Range which you can see from much of the Gros Ventre¡s
northern and western flanks. Views from the high country also
include views of the Absaroka Mountains, Wind River Mountains,
River Range and the Wyoming Range. The name
Gros Ventre is from the French word for "big belly", and originated from Indian
sign language meant to convey the idea of "always hungry".
|Jackson Hole Region Wildlife
|Nowhere else in the United States, including
Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity
of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals)
that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black
bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and
the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that
most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region
also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is
one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where
the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is
home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower