10 Reasons Why We Love Jackson Hole Wyoming - Wyoming Magazine


10 Reasons Why We Love Jackson Hole Wyoming


No matter what age you are, interests you have, or what time of year you are traveling or moving to, Jackson Hole Wyoming, there is something to please everyone. Not only is the scenery something to behold, but the options of lodging and activities are endless. The following are just a few reasons why we love Jackson Hole Wyoming:

1. Nothing can surpass the beauty of Jackson Hole

The town is nestled among massive mountain ranges, including the glorious Grand Tetons. In the winter, the snow topped peaks are a photographers dream and in the summer, the banks of the rolling Snake River provide a place to sit, relax, and take in the surroundings.

2. Having fun in the snow is a given in the winter

Skiing the mountains of the area is like no other place, and definitely not for the faint of heart. With some of the top-rated ski resorts in North America, the town hosts many travelers that are looking for challenging slopes and hours of fun. You don’t have to be an expert skier to enjoy the winter here, as there are plenty of opportunities to snowshoe, snowmobile and cross country ski, as well. Ice skating is another pastime available to partake in. If you are looking for something more wild to do, winter wildlife safari tours put the fun in winter.

3. Getting to and around Jackson Hole Wyoming is fairly easy, even without a car

There is a local airport located about 15 minutes from the main town square, which makes it easy to visit the area. There are many shuttles from the airport that go to the various resorts in town. Public transportation is also an option for getting where you have to go. The Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) bus travels through the town, as well as the surrounding towns of Star Valley, WY and Teton County, ID and is fairly inexpensive. If going into town by car, there is plenty of free an inexpensive parking designated for shoppers or bar and restaurant goers.

4. Grand Teton National Park and Gros Ventre Wilderness area

Easily accessible and provide a plethora of outdoor entertainment. Hikers, bird watchers, and nature lovers have an endless number of trails to follow and a boundless measure of nature to see. Wildlife is no stranger to the parks either. Park goers often spot herds of elk, buffalo, and antelope, along with a variety of birds and other wildlife. The photo opportunities are extraordinary.

5. Unique boutique shops line the streets of the historic town square

Art lovers enjoy perusing the many galleries, while those into high fashion have plenty of designer shops to choose from. Many of the boutique shops offer handmade items, souvenirs, and one-of-a-kind gifts. The western feel of the town adds to the ambience of the shopping experience.

6. Reliving the Wild West

No longer has to be a dream when you can be a part of a multi-day western adventure. These excursions include traveling by a horse drawn covered wagon, eating meals around a campfire, stargazing at night, and sleeping in tents. It is not uncommon to spot wildlife, such as elk and buffalo while out on the western adventure, and you might just meet some Indians and cowboys along the way, as well.

7. You definitely will not go hungry in Jackson Hole

You will find just about every cuisine is available, from Thai to burgers and fine dining to take-out. If wanting to dine like they did during the days of the old west, chuck wagon style suppers offer some down home cooking served on a metal plate and a drink in a tin cup. For the quick lunch, dinner, or snack while on the go or shopping, there are plenty of delis and corner stores.

8. Enjoying outdoor activities is every outdoor enthusiasts dream

There is no shortage of adventures to be found here. Individuals are open to exploring the beautiful lands of the area on their own or there are guided wildlife tours, as well as fishing charters. The National Elk Refuge is a great place to spot a variety of creatures, including elk, birds, owls, and swan, among other species. The Snake River is not only known for its majestic surroundings, but is also a great place for everyone, including families, to enjoy whitewater rafting or relaxing in a floating tube down the river.

9. The Jackson Hole Rodeo

For over 100 years, the Jackson Hole rodeo has been entertaining residents and visitors. Viewers get to see cowboys take their shot at all types of bucking action, including bareback, bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, and several different kinds of roping. This is an event that is synonymous with the area and is a must-see for everyone.

10. Jackson Has A Nightlife

The town is not only bustling during the day, but the evenings come alive as well. Several local bars offer happy hour deals along with musical entertainment. The Pink Garter Theatre, Met Opera Live, Jackson Hole Playhouse, and Dornan’s Spur Bar also offer a variety of entertainment from music to plays. Of course, nighttime skiing is always an option as well.

There are so many reasons to love Jackson Hole, Wyoming that it is hard to set limits or summarize all the town has to offer. The landscape, wildlife, shops, dining, and people are just the start of the attraction to the area.

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  1. Al Anderson

    January 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    The people in Jackson make it #1 in my list of least favorite WY places.

  2. tiziano brignoli

    June 28, 2018 at 5:13 am

    I am from Italy, and for now I am never been to Jackson Hole, but, as a fan of the West way of life, and Wyoming as my favorite Western state, Jackson Hole for me will be a must see, and the town is just lovely.
    Thank you for this nice article, and have a great life in the heart of the American West!

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