The city of Jackson, commonly referred to as Jackson Hole to include the valley area is it located in, has millions of tourists pass through it very year. With Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in such a close proximity this is a natural place to stay to visit both parks. There are many places to visit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
10. Granite Hot Springs
Granite Hot Springs is a wonderful place for the whole family to relax after a day spent hiking around the area. Kids love to swim in this family friendly hot spring. The man made pool was built in the 1930’s. The mountain views from the pool are spectacular. This facility is not open in spring or fall, and the official opening date changes based on road conditions. The road in the summer is very bumpy and about ten miles long on unpaved surfaces so allow extra time to get there. During the winter, part of the experience is how you get to the springs. The road is not accessible by car; you can access the hot springs by snow mobile, skiing, or dog sledding.
9. Rendezvous Mountain
The Jackson Hole Tram will take you to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, just over 10,000 feet. The mountain is used throughout the summer and winter months, so no matter when you decide to visit there is something for the whole family to do. Hiking, paragliding, and sightseeing are popular attractions on the mountain during the summer. The winter months offer skiing and snowboarding. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located here, and their slopes are considered to be the toughest to ski across the country; although don’t let this intimidate the less experienced, 50% of their slopes are for beginner and intermediate skiers.
8. Images of Nature Gallery
This art gallery features the work of Thomas D. Mangelsen. For over 40 years he has been photographing wildlife and nature scenes from around the world. He has galleries around the United States, but the one here is the original. He has won numerous awards for his work, and his passion and dedication really shows in his art work. The gallery within Jackson Hole features his work from around Wyoming although it also contains some work from other locations. Visiting the Images of Nature Gallery is a wonderful way to get inspired to explore the dramatic landscape of Wyoming with friends and family.
7. Antelope Flats
Antelope Flats is a scenic drive a few miles outside of Jackson Hole. Antelope Flats is a wonderful spot to view pronghorn antelope. This 12 mile stretch of road has exquisite views of the Grand Teton Mountains. As you drive slowly along the road there are several turn out points to stop and take photos. Wyoming is the only state with more pronghorn antelope than people. This is a public road, so it is free to drive and see the antelope and other wildlife. This is a fun safari like adventure and a great place for photographs.
6. Jackson Hole Playhouse
This small theater knows how to put on dinner and a show! Spectacular performances can be seen here throughout the year. The playhouse is a great place for a romantic date night. Dinner or lunch is served before the performance with pre-show entertainment during the meal by the performers. This historical playhouse is fun for visitors even if you don’t have time to see a show. The playhouse is 100 years old, and has served as many different businesses throughout that time. They are closed on Sundays. This is one of the best tourist attractions in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
5. National Elk Refuge
The National Elk Refuge is a magical place to visit over the winter months. Thousands of elk gather within the valley every winter for protection from snow storms and nourishment. Bundle up for a horse drawn sleigh ride through fields of elk and other wildlife. If you are not here during the winter you probably won’t see any elk, but you will see plenty of other wildlife. The refuge is among the best places in the area for wildlife photography. At the visitor center you can learn about the importance of the refuge and the protection of wildlife.
4. Town Square
The George Washington Memorial Park is at the center of what has become known as the Town Square. The small park has a breathtaking arch at each of its four entrances. The arches are made from the antlers that elk shed every year and are found within the National Elk Refuge. These arches are quite a spectacular site, and a great photo opportunity! Surrounding the park are restaurants, coffee shops, and stores that can keep visitors entertained for hours. During the winter months, Santa Claus can frequently be spotted at the park. They also put in an ice rink and lights in the trees.
3. Barker-Ewing Whitewater
The Barker-Ewing Whitewater Company is an unforgettable summer experience for visitors. From late May through early September they offer an adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting experience or for a more calm and educational adventure they also offer scenic boat floats. The scenic boat trip leaves dock early in the morning while the birds and wildlife are still active. They also offer an overnight trip that is the best of both worlds. The first day is a calm river float, arrive at the cabin campsite for dinner, breakfast is ready for you when you wake, and then speed through the whitewater on the second day. The overnight trip is a great option for a weekend getaway. No matter your choice, Barker-Ewing Whitewater is a great way to cool off on Snake River.
2. Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
This preserve was the Rockefeller family vacation spot for 70 years. The land was donated to the National Park Service in 2007 by Laurance Rockefeller. Today the preserve has been restored to highlight the land’s natural beauty. Three miles of walking trails and a visitor center were added before the preserve’s opening in 2008. Parking here is limited to keep the park from becoming overcrowded. This makes it a very relaxing getaway, but you do have to arrive early because it is first come first served. This is among the most beautifully maintained National Park Preserves and something you won’t want to miss while visiting.
1. BrushBuck Wildlife Tours
BrushBuck Wildlife Tours is a great way to see Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Experiencing these parks is best done with a guide who knows where they are going! The knowledgeable guides know where to find all kinds of different wildlife including: bears, moose, deer, wolves, mountain goats, and many more! They can also take you to see the well-known natural features found throughout the parks such as geysers, hot springs, the grand canyon of Yellowstone, and much more. They offer several different tours. A half day tour is more suitable for kids, but they also have a full day or multiday tours available any time of year.
The city’s high elevation makes this an amazing place to visit any time of year. The cold winters provide spectacular skiing and other winter sports as well as wildlife viewing at the National Elk Preserve. Summers are never too hot to keep you from enjoying all the outdoor activities offered here. Safaris, hiking, and river sports can keep the whole family entertained. There are things to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the entire family.