Activities & Leisure
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In Jackson Hole, ritzy meets rustic, “cosmopolitan cowboy” isn’t an oxymoron, and exhilarating and easygoing rub elbows. The locals here live larger than life every day of the year. (A popular local bumper sticker is “My life is your vacation.”) Jackson Hole draws engaged, curious, international travelers, and we have yet to meet one who isn’t awed by its beauty and strong sense of community. Hotel Jackson, a family-owned, luxury boutique hotel with deep roots in the area, is perfectly situated for you to make the most of your time in this magical area.
Jackson Hole is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), an area almost as big as the state of Maine. It includes Yellowstone National Park and the 30,000 square miles of land around it and is one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on the planet. Within it live bison, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, more than 350 species of birds, wolves, mountain lions, and fox, among other animals. It is home to more than one dozen glaciers, a supervolcano, the highest concentration of geysers in the world, more than 3,000 miles of hiking trails, and six ski resorts. There truly is nowhere else like it in the world.
Within the GYE, Jackson Hole—a “hole” is what early explorers to this area called alpine valleys surrounded by mountains—is a study in contrasts. It is home to Grand Teton National Park and much of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and also the town of Jackson, where there’s a staged shootout on the Town Square throughout the summer and art galleries exhibiting pieces by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Frederic Remington. (FYI—Jackson Hole is the valley; the valley’s main town is Jackson. Other communities in Jackson Hole include Moran, Moose, Kelly, Wilson, Hoback Junction, and Teton Village.)
There’s a common story you’ll hear if you ask locals why they live in Jackson: “I came out for a winter, stayed for the summer, and fell in love. That was xx years ago.” Depending on the local you talk to, the “xx” could be two or 50. While winter here is amazing, summer is when Jackson Hole really shines. Start your perfect summer day with a tandem paragliding flight from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain or a free yoga class on the Sculpture Trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Eat lunch in Grand Teton National Park while keeping your eyes peeled for moose. Hike to a glacial fed lake before dinner, which could be eaten on a scenic float down the Snake River. Finally, head to a concert by the Grand Teton Music Festival, a world-renowned symphony orchestra that annually plays a seven-week season in Teton Village.
Whether you want the ski (or snowboard) trip of a lifetime, to cross-country ski at the feet of the Tetons, ride a horse-drawn sleigh into one of the country’s largest herds of elk, try your hand at dog-sledding, snowshoe with a Grand Teton National Park ranger, or take a heli-skiing tour deep into the backcountry, we’re happy to help plan your Jackson Hole winter adventure.