Jackson Hole Attractions

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. The 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
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.

Grand Teton National Park
Limbar Pine, Grand Tetons

Grand 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 in 1950.

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 National Park
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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 development.

Bridger Teton National Forest
Turquoise-Lake and horseback rider 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 Heritage.
Grand 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.
Grand Teton Music Festival
The Snake River Grand Teton Park stretch - Jackson stretch - canyon stretch

© Daryl Hunter - The Hole Picturerafters Jackson Hole Wyoming

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 sightseeing experience.
downtown Jackson town square
Hunting Jackson Hole
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.
Hunting Jackson Hole
The Snake River Range
Hiker Snake River Range
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 Wyoming Range
The Gros Ventre Range
mule deer Gros Ventre Mountains
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, the Snake 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 48 states.
grizzly bears
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