Explore Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson is located in northwest Wyoming, close to the south end of Grand Teton National Park and the gateway to the world's first national park, Yellowstone. "Jackson" is the name of the town, while "Jackson Hole" refers to the whole valley area. Known for its outstanding local ski areas, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort and Snow King Resort, the valley also enables visitors to enjoy off-slope options such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, wildlife safaris, and more. While summer in Jackson Hole offers unbeatable weather and endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing and horseback riding provide some of the nearly limitless summer entertainment possibilities.

The Town Square arches were constructed from hundreds of elk antlers and is surrounded by many shops and art galleries. Jackson offers more than 30 galleries with a wide selection of works inspired by the region's wildlife and scenery. The Jackson Hole Gallery Association usually sponsors gallery walks on Thursday evenings in the summer and a 10-day Fall Arts Festival in mid-September. In May, enjoy the ElkFest or Old West Days. See the Jackson Hole Museum, National Wildlife Art Museum, and the National Elk Refuge.

Valley lakes usually thaw by late May with mild days and cold nights in the spring. July and August have warm days (about 80°F) and cool nights (about 40°F). In the fall elk move to wintering areas at lower elevations and winter usually lasts from late November to April. Snow blankets the mountains and the valley, with accumulations of ten feet being common in the mountains and two to five feet in the valley.

Great wildlife viewing is possible year round in the Jackson-Grand Teton National Park. One of the best and most accessible places to look is along the Moose-Wilson Road between Teton Village and the park gateway community of Moose.

Bundle up for a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh to watch thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge. Visit the Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center and learn intriguing facts about the life history of the elk and management of the Refuge.

The Teton Science School offers a variety of wildlife expeditions including spring trips to see bears and wolves in Yellowstone, summer river rafting excursions, fall elk bugling adventures, and winter snowmobile safaris. Other companies offering Jackson-area nature tours include the Hole Hiking Experience and Wild Things Unlimited.

Have breakfast at the Route 89 Smokehouse Diner, soup and sandwiches for lunch at Sweetwater, and a nice Italian dinner at the Old Yellowston Garage or take the kids to Dornan's Chuck Wagon. From good 'ol home cookin' from the Old West to fine dining, Jackson has plenty of restaurants to choose from.

For a room with a view, check out Amangani. It is located on an isolated mountain overlooking the town of Jackson. Every suite in the resort affords spectacular views of the snowcapped peaks of Grand Teton National Park jutting up from the alpine meadows of a broad valley.

The Jackson Hole Airport lies within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park and is regularly serviced by American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, and United. Some airline service is seasonal.

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