Jackson Hole Summer Activities

Let Us Help You Build Your Adventure

Summer in Jackson Hole means long sunny days, rambling rivers, beautiful Teton backdrops, in other words, it's perfect. With no shortage of activities for the whole family, let our concierge build your perfect mountain summer adventure.

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 7-week season here. You could also kayak Class III rapids on the Snake River or enjoy a scenic float on which you’ll look for wildlife. In Grand Teton National Park, hike to Phelps Lake or climb the Grand Teton. Go for a horseback ride, or watch local cowboys compete at the Jackson Hole Rodeo. At the National Museum of Wildlife Art, admire the views of Sleeping Indian as well as its broad interpretation of the genre of “wildlife art.” Our knowledgeable complimentary concierge services pair you with the best guides and outfitters available in Jackson Hole.

National Park Safaris

You have seen the mountains, now explore the lakes, streams, wildlife, and vistas of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Venture out on a guided full or half day tour. More of a do it yourself person? Ask our concierge about nearby hikes. We offer delicious to go breakfasts and lunches for adults and kids. Simply order through the concierge at least 24 hours prior to your adventure!

Whitewater Rafting

The eight-mile Snake River Canyon is designated a Wild and Scenic River and is home to Class II and III rapids like Lunch Counter, Champagne, and Big Kahuna. There are also a couple of (short) sections of flat water where you can jump out of the boat and take a swim.

Scenic Float Trips

There are outfitters that offer scenic—meaning there are no rapids to negotiate—floats on several different sections of the Snake River. Some of these start in Grand Teton National Park. Others are south of the park. Allow our staff to help you pick the stretch that’s best for you. Wildlife like moose and bald eagles can be seen on any of the scenic stretches. (Much of the Snake River in Jackson Hole is designated a Wild and Scenic River, after all.) Raft guides will also teach you about the valley’s geology, wildlife, and history. This activity is suitable for all ages. Packages with meals and/or paired with whitewater rafting are available.

Guided Hiking

Whether you want a workout or a relaxing walk, we can set you up on a hike with a naturalist guide. Together, you and your guide will determine the hike that best suits your fitness level and interests. As you hike, your guide will educate you on the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Combination tours pair hiking with yoga, hot springs, and more.

A couple with bicycles looking at mountains near Hotel Jackson

Mountain Bike Tours

There are more than 100 miles of mountain biking trails in Jackson Hole, including mellow routes and steep, technical downhill trails. There are also 65 miles of paved bike/pedestrian pathways—so there’s truly a bike ride for everyone. Rides can take you through mountain meadows abloom with wildflowers, aspen groves, or along the Snake River.

ATV and Side By Side Tours

Half-day ATV trips into the Bridger-Teton National Forest are available from May through mid-September and full-day trips are available from July through mid-September. In addition to getting your adrenaline going, your expert guide will teach you the basics of ATV use and safety. This activity includes the use of helmets and riding goggles. Full-day trips include lunch. Unguided ATV rentals and private tours are also available. Each ATV can carry one or two riders.

Horseback Rides

When you dream of exploring Jackson Hole, you’re likely on horseback—there is no more Western experience than saddling up and taking off into the mountains. We can help you book trail rides ranging from a one-hour orientation to a full-day ride. Your ride could take you into the Tetons, the Gros Ventre Wilderness, the Snake River or Hoback Canyon, or up Granite Creek. Up the uniqueness of this experience by adding steak dinner, or by pairing it with fly fishing.

Rock & Mountain Climbing

Want to rock? The Tetons are known as the birthplace of American mountaineering and climbers come here from across the country to test their skills on the range’s granite peaks and spires. Whether you’re looking for the challenge of climbing the 13,770-foot tall Grand Teton, want to try rock climbing for the first time, or want to set up a rock climbing adventure for the whole family, we can help you book it.

Fly Fishing

Jackson Hole is a fly fisherman’s/woman’s paradise. The valley is home to some of the best and most diverse fly fishing in the lower 48 states, and the area has a couple of endemic species of trout found nowhere else. The Snake River and Flat Creek are on many angler’s bucket lists. And then there are the numerous backcountry creeks only locals know about. There’s so much to choose from Jackson Hole, we recommend even expert anglers go with a guide. Beginners can get tips on casting and choosing flies. Fly fishing adventures are usually a half-day or full-day.

A couple paddle boarding at the river near Hotel Jackson

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Have you heard of SUPing? Short for stand-up paddleboarding, the newish sport has been sweeping the valley’s rivers and lakes the past several years. You can still rent kayaks and hire kayak guides, but SUPs have less steep learning curve. (For example, if you fall off a SUP you don’t have to roll yourself back up like you do in a kayak.) If you want to head out on your own, ask us for our favorite places to do both (hint: String Lake is almost always fun, and it’s a great lake for swimming). Or, if you want instruction, we will help you find a guide.

Shooting Experience

Have a blast—pun intended—safely learning about and using various firearms in a controlled environment and under the care of highly trained instructors. Choose from a variety of guns, fired on a western-style outdoor range with targets out to 600 yards. This is a family-friendly activity.

Via Feratta

Take a high alpine journey above the valley floor, across suspended bridges, and along granite walls via the Via Feratta at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Access this world-class climbing area under the supervision of professional mountain guides. Boundless views and memories await!

Two men on horses by the mountains near Hotel Jackson

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole’s rodeo tradition stretches back more than 100 years. The current Jackson Hole Rodeo includes traditional events such as bronc riding, roping, bull-riding, and barrel racing, all of which demonstrate skills that are key to working cattle. The rodeo is walking distance from Hotel Jackson and is every Wednesday and Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Spa & Style

Spending all day playing hard in the Tetons makes treating yourself to a spa treatment even more relaxing. Let us help you arrange the massage of your choice, whether it's deep tissue, Thai, Swedish, sports, a romantic couples' session, or something more customized. We can also arrange a mani, pedi, and blowout for your night on the town! 

National Museum of Wildlife Art

When you drive to Hotel Jackson from the north, you may see a castle on the hill to your right. That is the National Museum of Wildife Art of the United States. Home to the finest wildlife art from North America and beyond, you will find rotating exhibitions featuring the likes of Picasso, Andy Warhol, and many more. The Children's Gallery is a must-see and views at the cafe are superb. As us for a listing of current exhibits and events.