Local Jackson Hole Attractions
Stay Steps From The Town Square & Minutes From National Parks
Hotel Jackson sits just one block from Jackson’s Town Square, which is famous for the elk antler arches on each of its corners. (Elk shed their antlers annually, so no elk were killed to make these.) Dozens of restaurants, shops, and art galleries are within walking distance. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and National Museum of Wildlife Art are within driving distance.
When it was founded in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park. Today there are thousands of national parks in more than 200 countries around the world, but Yellowstone remains one of the most famous and unique for its concentration and diversity of thermal features. Grand Teton National Park, founded in 1929 and extended to its current boundaries in 1950, doesn’t have Yellowstone’s geologic wonders, but its snaggly peaks and glacial-fed alpine lakes inspire awe in its visitors.
The southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park is four miles north of Hotel Jackson. The main entrance to the park, at Moose (where, yes, you can often spot moose), is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Once in the park, there are scenic drives, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, a paved bike/pedestrian pathway, a visitor center with interactive exhibits, historic restaurants, creeks, waterfalls, and lakes on which you can kayak, stand-up paddleboard, sail, or use a motor boat. One of our favorite things to do in this park is to take the boat shuttle across Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls or Inspiration Point. Of course, we’re always on the lookout for wildlife whenever we’re in the park - we’ve seen everything from moose to grizzly bears just while driving the park’s roads. Take a few minutes to contact our Concierge Team to help you book adventures and activities.
Yellowstone National Park is most famous for Old Faithful and of course, you should see that geyser. Spewing between 4,000 and 8,000 gallons of boiling water as high as 160 feet into the air about every 90 minutes, Old Faithful is one of the rare things that lives up to its hype. Yellowstone, about one hour north of Hotel Jackson, is so much more than Old Faithful though. Chat with our knowledgeable staff to learn some of their favorite places in the park. Bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, Yellowstone has enough opportunities for exploration to last more than a lifetime. A day trip into Yellowstone is doable from Hotel Jackson, but some guests do like to spend one night in the park. If you want to do this, we recommend booking at least six months in advance. Our Concierge Team is happy to assist you with accommodation recommendations.
During the winter, Yellowstone is blanketed by more than 10 feet of snow, making it a completely different world than in summer. Also in winter, Yellowstone is much less crowded with people than in the summer. While most of the park’s roads are closed from November 1 – mid-April, you can travel into and around Yellowstone by snowmobile or snowcoach. Spend a night at Old Faithful and a day snowshoeing or cross-country skiing around its groomed trail system.
Jackson Hole has no big box stores. Here one-off boutiques and studios are the norm. Find everything from Pendleton wool blankets to what are arguably the world’s best truffles - made by the same master chocolatier who makes some of FIGS’ pastries and desserts - artisan and fine jewelry, fashion, fine art, outdoor gear and clothing and, of course, western wear and Jackson Hole logo apparel. Our Concierge Team can provide a map of the area and suggest shops based on your style.
Arts & Culture
Jackson Hole has one of the most vibrant art scenes in the country. Since the National Center for Arts Research began measuring arts vibrancy in every U.S. county in 2015, we’ve rated in the index’s top 10 for small to medium-size cities. In 2016, Jackson Hole even ranked #1, ahead of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Breckenridge, Colorado, and Edwards, Colorado. The index, on a per capita basis, measures supply, demand, and public support for arts and culture. September’s annual Fall Arts Festival draws thousands of artists and collectors to the valley for events such as the Western Visions® Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Western Design Conference, and the Jackson Hole Art Auction. Year-round, the Center for the Arts hosts concerts and performances ranging from Mary Chapin Carpenter to the New York City Ballet MOVES. (For more information, visit their website for the schedule of events.) Every summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival performs a seven-week symphony season at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, two miles north of Hotel Jackson, has a permanent collection with more than 4,000 artworks by approximately 500 artists including Carl Rungius, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Frederic Remington; works of art date from as early as 2500 BCE. Explore the Museum’s 14 galleries, outdoor Sculpture Trail, Children’s Discovery Gallery, or the restaurant.
Image: Peter Gerakaris (American, b.1981), Caravan (Owl), 2012. Oil on canvas. 84 x 84 inches. Purchased with funds generously donated by Adrienne and John Mars, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Peter Gerakaris.
This community on the West Bank of the Snake River is home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, consistently rated as one of the best ski resorts in North America. But Teton Village has more to offer than skiing and winter activities. In the summer, there’s a ropes course, a downhill mountain biking park with trails ranging from beginner to advanced, free outdoor concerts and performances, hiking trails, scenic rides on the aerial tram, and some of this country’s only via ferrata, where bolts and cables have been installed around natural rock features to assist climbers. Kids love the dancing water fountain on the Village Commons. During ski season, Hotel Jackson offers guests a complimentary luxury shuttle service to Teton Village.