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Jackson Hole

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We’re sure you’re curious: what’s the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole? Jackson Hole is a high alpine valley ringed by mountains. It is about eight miles wide and forty miles long. In the early 1800s, when white men first started exploring and trapping in this area, such valleys were called holes. It was these early explorers that gave Jackson Hole its name, after pioneer and trapper Davey Jackson.

If you take the chairlift to the top of Snow King, the Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain resort, or, for the truly fit and adventurous, climb the Grand Teton, you can easily see the “hole”—our valley is completely surrounded by mountains.

Jackson is the only incorporated town within Jackson Hole. Other communities in the valley include Moose, Kelly, Moran, Hoback Junction, Teton Village, and Wilson. The population of the Town of Jackson, which was officially incorporated in 1914, is about 9,000.

Jackson Hole has been selected as one of the top 15 sustainable tourism communities in the world by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Our residents and business are always looking for new and better ways to ensure visitors make memories that will last a lifetime, while limiting the human footprint on our environment.

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