Jackson Hole is a valley between the Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges in the U.S. state of Wyoming, near the border with Idaho. The term “hole” was used by early trappers, or mountain men, as a term for a large mountain valley. The valley is also home to Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, with some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world, as well as an impressive array of wildlife, from marmots and mountain lions to elk, bison, and grizzly bears. Jackson Hole is a popular starting point for visiting Yellowstone National Park. The city of Jackson is an authentic Old West town, and a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Jackson Hole Mountain ski resort. During the winter, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy spectacular views of Jackson.
Grand Teton National Park has more than 200 miles of hiking trails and breathtaking vistas. Among the diversity of flora and fauna are more than 900 species of flowering plants, 300 species of birds, and 60 species of mammals including moose, black bears, and grizzly bears. Some park roads and access points are closed during the winter months, so make sure to check with your park ranger before you arrive. The Teton Mountain Range is the highest peak in the park at more than 13,770 feet. The Snake River is one of Wyoming’s top fly fishing destinations as it winds through Grand Teton National Park. Between the months of April and May, is the best season to fly fish. A relaxing scenic float trip on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park offers the chance to admire stunning scenery, including steep limestone canyons, the craggy peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, and thick pine forests. Along the way, you might spot some of the local wildlife such as deer, bald eagles, osprey, moose, marmots, and beavers. A covered chuck wagon ride followed by a sunset cookout in the wilderness provides a fun dose of cowboy culture. The scenery is exceptional, and wildlife sightings are frequent. After dinner, you’ll be treated to tall tales, singing, and performances by local talent. The chuck wagon rides usually run from Memorial Day through September and are a huge hit with families.
Mormon Row was once home to 27 homesteads, a blacksmith shop, a church, a school and multiple ranches. Today, photographers from all over the world visit at dawn or dusk to capture images of the Moulton brothers’ iconic barns.
Oxbow Bend, Jackson Lake Junction is a great place to see blue herons, bears, moose and river otters. An oxbow is a crescent-shaped section of river, and this bend in the Snake River is framed by the awe-inspiring Mount Moran to the west. It’s a great place to see blue herons, bears, moose and even river otters. Often, photographers visit at dawn or dusk to get their iconic park shots. Head to Jackson Lake for a scenic boat ride for a breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Snake River Overlook is a well-known stopping point in Grand Teton National Park. Many people have seen Ansel Adams’ famous black and white photo of the river. The view is great at all times of the day, but it is especially good at sunrise and sunset. There are many deciduous trees behind the overlook that give a great view of the Snake River and the Tetons.
About 57 miles from the town of Jackson, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world and one of the country’s most magnificent wilderness areas. The park is home to Old Faithful, Hayden Valley, the Grand Canyon, and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Wildlife is abundant. Among the dazzling diversity of species in these pristine ecosystems are grizzly bears, gray wolves, bison, black bears, and elk, as well as graceful trumpeter swans and bald eagles. The best way to explore the park is to drive the Grand Loop, a 142-mile-long road that twists through the park.