It’s Time to Start Planning Your Perfect Winter Getaway to Jackson Hole!
Our winter countdown has officially begun and we are so excited for when the first flakes grace us with their presence. In the meantime, as we dream about shredding all the pow, we are here to help you create your dream vacation to Jackson Hole in winter. We have quite an extensive network or Abode Luxury Rentals around Jackson and you might be overwhelmed and unsure which neighborhood is best for you. Below we’ll highlight a couple of areas that might help you narrow down your rental search!
Jackson Hole in Winter
Complete with one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world minutes to the north and the rustic town of Wilson directly to the south, the West Bank area of Jackson is an ideal locale offering proximity and privacy. With Unparalleled Views of Surrounding Mountains and the Snake River, the West Bank offers endless outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and the finest fly fishing opportunities the Rocky Mountain region has to offer on Fish Creek, the Snake River, and the countless natural tributaries formed in the many drainages leading to the river basin.
*** Some properties in this area limit one reservation per 30-day period. Inquire with the reservation specialist for more details.
Check out some of our favorite West Bank properties below or browse all of our West Bank properties here.
Teton Village is located at the foot of the mountains and is home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The “Village,” as it’s known locally, is also adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. With Abode properties right at the base of the Teton Mountains, the Village is a good choice for travelers who plan to spend a lot of time on the mountain. The après ski scene is top-notch and you’ll find regular live music hosted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or at a local favorite, the Mangy Moose.
Check out some of our favorite Teton Village properties below or browse all of our Teton Village properties here.
Jackson and Surrounding Areas
Properties in this area are not only minutes from Jackson Town Square and its famous antler arches but also have easy access to Grand Teton National Park, Snow King Resort for fun family activities in the winter and summer, and the elk refuge for sleigh rides and wildlife viewing. An added bonus of staying in this area is that many of the properties have amazing views of Gros Ventre and surrounding mountain ranges.
***Some properties in this area limit one reservation per 30 day period. Inquire with the reservation specialist for more details.
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WHAT TO DO IN JACKSON HOLE IN WINTER
If you are looking for activities to do other than the obvious we’ve compiled a list of our “Top 10 Favorite Things to do During the Winter that are NOT Skiing and Snowboarding”:
NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE TOURS
Take a winter tour through nearby Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, or the National Elk refuge and enjoy the pristine Wyoming winter landscape from the comfort of a heated snow-coach. These tours offer unparalleled vistas, options to see geological wonders like Old Faithful, and encounters with elk, moose, bald eagles, and more.
SNOWSHOEING OR CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
There are plenty of alternatives to downhill skiing and snowboarding that offer gorgeous winter vistas and a great workout. Snowshoe through one of Jackson Hole’s many powder-covered trails or take a guided snowshoeing trip through a Grand Teton National Park. Cross country skiing offers a low impact workout and a great way to find peace and tranquility of the winter landscape. Cross country skiers can enjoy groomed Nordic tracks or nature trails through Grand Teton National Park. Guided cross country ski trips and snowshoe adventures are available from Eco Tour Adventures and Hole Hiking Experience.
SNOW TUBING & COWBOY COASTER
Ready to laugh and scream like a little kid again? Snow tubing parks offer hours of winter fun for all ages. Get out and enjoy the snow at the tubing parks at Snow King Ski Area or nearby Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Rope tows and conveyor lifts make it quick and easy to get back up to the top of the hill. Remember that snow tube riders must be 42 inches or taller. The brand new Cowboy Coaster at Snow King takes riders up 456 feet and then back down on a thrill-ride of twists and hairpin turns.
SHOPPING & DINING
Jackson Hole offers a range of shopping and dining options. Spend a day in downtown Jackson exploring historic Town Square, with its iconic antler arches and the nearby stores and restaurants. Don’t miss the famous Million Dollar Cowboy bar, where the seats are saddles, or pop into the Silver Dollar Bar at the historic Wort Hotel where there is live music most evenings. Walk the boardwalks where you’ll find local boutiques, western apparel and gifts, art galleries, outlets, and major retailers. If you are looking to gear up for outdoor fun, then stop by Teton Village’s ski and snowboard stores. Teton Village also offers plenty of additional dining options. Grab an early afternoon drink in Teton Village or downtown Jackson to meet up with skiing friends and take part in the après-ski scene.
A snowmobile tour in Jackson Hole can take you to beautiful natural settings that are otherwise inaccessible in the winter months. Hang on to your hat as an expert guide whisks you across the winter landscape. Tour Yellowstone National Park, the Gros Ventre Range, Togwotee Pass, or Greys River and visit landmarks like Old Faithful or the Granite Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a relaxing
TRAM & GONDOLA RIDES
Jackson Hole is known for its Aerial Tram, which takes passengers from the Mountain Resort to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet. The Tram offers panoramic views of the Teton Mountains, the town of Jackson, the Snake River Valley, and Grand Teton National Park. Warm-up at the top, with world-famous waffles at Corbet’s Cabin. You can also take the Bridger gondola up more than 9,000 feet and enjoy a meal at Piste Mountain Bistro at the top of the lift.
Glide through Wyoming’s stunning winter landscapes in a horse-drawn sleigh. This is a perfect winter activity to get your family into a festive holiday mood. Daytime rides through the National Elk Refuge will get you within 30 feet of majestic elk and you may also see eagles, bison, foxes, and wolves. Or take an afternoon sleigh ride and top off your evening with a delicious fireside meal at Mill Iron Ranch or Spring Creek Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Eco Tour Adventures).
ARTS AND CULTURE
Nestled into a cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, The National Museum of Wildlife Art is a must-see for new and returning visitors to Jackson Hole. This collection details the history of wildlife in art with a focus on European and American painting and sculpture. Art lovers will also enjoy touring Jackson Hole’s more than 25 galleries featuring painting and photography by local and world-renowned artists. Check the schedule of ongoing events at the Jackson Hole Center for The Arts for nighttime fun.
IDITAROD DOG SLEDDING TOURS
It doesn’t get more authentic than this! A musher guide and a team of Alaskan sled dogs will pull you through the wilderness where you’ll learn about local wildlife and spot deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles. Choose from a half or full-day dog sledding adventure. The full-day tours even stop at Granite Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the natural spa-like waters
SPAS & WELLNESS
Nurture yourself inside and out with a visit to one of Jackson Hole’s spas, which offer a range of services and experiences from traditional facials and bodywork, to more comprehensive wellness programs such as guided yoga instruction. Many of Jackson Hole’s spas harness the ingredients and natural beauty of the surrounding area to give you a truly unique treatment. Visitors interested in wellness can also enjoy daily classes at one of Jackson Hole’s yoga or Pilates studios.
Immersing oneself in a steamy hot spring on a cold winter day surrounded by snow and mountains is, quite possibly, heaven on Earth. It’s downright blissful. It’s the kind of experience we hope everyone gets to have at least once, and if you decide to take a trip to Jackson this season, the opportunity is ripe for you. Located 30 miles southeast of Jackson, Granite is among the most popular hot springs to visit. The spring itself is completely natural, but there is a developed concrete pool to accommodate everyone more easily. It’s widely known and easy to find; about an hour from Jackson. What gives away the location of Astoria is the distinct smell of sulfur as you approach. This one is a bit more exciting when it comes to finding it because it isn’t developed and requires following the river upstream for a while. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the Snake River Canyon. Be careful, though! This hot spring is known for being extremely, well, hot!
Already one of the more accessible destination resort in the Rockies, Jackson Hole will be more accessible by air than ever this winter, with new service coming in from Boston, Seattle, San Diego, and San Jose, California. The Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range. Located entirely within Grand Teton National Park, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe-inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole.
While snowfalls are common through May, the warmer days start to make themselves visible, making the spring a great time to be outdoors watching the wildlife wake up from the hibernating months. Enjoy the outdoors and its majestic mountains and forested trails. There are also great opportunities and events that can not be missed if you want to fully experience the famous wild west.
All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders.
The Jackson Hole Rendezvous Music Festival is a two-day event on April 1-2, 2022, spring lifestyle and music festival providing the most iconic backdrops imaginable for our legendary music acts: historic downtown Jackson Town Square and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. General admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited-quantity VIP tickets are available for purchase.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closing day is April 10th, 2022. Great bands entertain the crowds in this unforgettable, sunny slope side location under the Aerial Tram. Take your last run down the mountain of the season and enjoy free live music.
54th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Town Square is going to take place at 10 a.m. on April 16th, 2022. Costumed characters will be there, including the Easter Bunny greeting children who scramble for colorful eggs on the Square.
The Jackson Hole Farmers Market is a community event supporting local and regional farmers and food vendors. Taking place on April 18th, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m., this time at the Lodge of Jackson Hole.
APRIL – PARKS ALERTS
Yellowstone National Park: Most park roads are closed to automobiles until mid-April. The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana, is open year-round. Click “more” to see the current status of park roads. Read more>>
Wildland fire danger: LOW
EcoFair has celebrated environmental stewardship and featured sustainability-oriented booths, live music, local food, demonstrations, kids’ activities, recycling education, and more for nearly 20 years. Come celebrate on May 14, 12-5PM.
Old West Days is Jackson’s beloved celebration of history and heritage, starting with the Elk Fest on May 21-22, 2022 and its world’s best collection of elk antler. Private antler sales start at 8 am for antler, paddles, horns and more from vendors around the nation. Then, the best antler collected from the National Elk Refuge are sold at public auction on the Town Square. On Sunday 22nd, the Old West competition for the coveted chili trophy that professionals and amateurs brag about all year, you will be able to sample chili and local brews by a free concert of local Bluegrass & Country bands on Town Square.
On May 29th, two-time GRAMMY winner Travis Tritt will headline The Million Dollar Music Fest presented by The Cowboy Bar, as the third-year festival makes its triumphant return to the historic Jackson Hole Town Square. Country music super trio, Runaway June and gritty Southern rockers, The Desert City Ramblers will join the third annual Million Dollar Music Fest in support.
The Old West Brewfest is a celebration of an age-old craft. Breweries from around the mountain west region gather on the Jackson Hole Town Square to compete for the Golden Boot, a people’s choice award. Free, live music will be rockin’ on Town Square during this event, and family entertainment will be available all day on May 28, 2022.
MAY – PARKS ALERTS
Grand Teton National Park: Construction will take place beginning in 2022. The southern portion of the road from the Granite Canyon Entrance to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve will be closed in 2022 except on weekends (7 pm Friday to 7 am Monday) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Granite Canyon Trailhead will be closed to all access during 2022. For more information check the Moose-Wilson Road Construction page.
Yellowstone National Park: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village opens on May 6. Between Cooke City, MT, on US-212 to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296)* opens on May 11. South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall opens on May 13, and Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway (US-212)* opens on May 27.
*Check the road construction page to learn more about major projects that will cause delays and closures in 2022.
JACKSON HOLE SUMMER EVENTS
The Art Fair is a quintessential Jackson Hole summer event featuring professional local and national artists selling fine art and craft including ceramics, paintings, furniture, photography, and much more. June 17-19 at the Center for the Arts Lawn.
Food & Wine Sumer Festival offers on Jun 23-25, 2022 a variety of flavors and experiences unique to Jackson Hole. Join us this June to interact and dine with a broad culinary community of local and guest chefs, winemakers, cocktail and beer experts and much more.
The Cody Peak 50K, Cirque 30K, and Wild 15K events take place on June 25-26. Race through the high alpine of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, home to world-class trail running in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
One of Teton’s Village most popular shows are back with their unique blend of fine art, and one of a kind antiques, providing something for everyone at Art & Antique Show. With award winning artists, and nationally acclaimed antique dealers, MC Presents has something for everyone. Starting on June 24, 25, 26 and more to see through the summer.
The Grand Teton Music Festival’s 61st season will be held from July 3-August 27, 2022. Join us for eight weeks of performances under the leadership of Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles. A beloved GTMF tradition, Patriotic Pops pairs fireworks and pops music for an Independence Day to remember! Vocalist Capathia Jenkins returns to perform at this family-friendly event.
The 66th Annual Teton County Fair invites you on July 23-31. Experience an exceptional fair while learning Jackson’s western heritage, uniting urban and rural communities in celebration.
Enjoy great Jackson Hole summer events and make sure to check out our vacation rentals!
There’s nothing more exciting or refreshing than a great getaway planned with travel sights set firmly on Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This beautiful and endlessly appealing vacation destination has a way of beckoning to a variety of visitors each year. It’s a great locale for those with a passion for the great outdoors in equal measure to those who are thrilled to make the most of relaxing moments paired with a sensational view too. In fact, no matter what your travel interests may be, Jackson Hole promises to have something engaging for you! From time spent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art or the Historical Society Museum to afternoons spent exploring the National Elk Refuge, it’s a place that puts varying interests and passions at the forefront of every activity.
While Jackson Hole promises to be a year-round destination with no shortage of options for fun to pick from, there’s something particularly appealing about a summer getaway in this direction. When the weather is warm, landscapes are in full bloom and wildlife is accessible in abundance, Jackson Hole comes to life with a one-of-a-kind and certainly vibrant atmosphere visitors will find tantalizing. That said, when the draw is so evident to such an amazing destination, booking a summer getaway in advance is always a good idea. Making the most of your 2022 Jackson Hole summer vacation starts with planning now for great things to come!
TURN SAVINGS INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Many travelers head to Jackson Hole with a long list of activities and attractions they’re hoping to experience and enjoy. Unfortunately, trying to book many of these fun moments can prove almost impossible if you wait until the last minute. Summer is considered the high travel season in Jackson Hole and everything from tours to local excursions have a way of filling up fast. If you do manage to make a last-minute booking, you’ll likely find the price soaring compared to other times of the year. The way around this issue is to make it a priority to book your Jackson Hole activities in advance. Whether you’re looking forward to local tours, museum stops, or dinner at certain restaurants, putting your plans and reservations in place today ensures you’ll be part of the fun and comes with some incredible savings as well! There are fantastic discounts to be found if you start looking now. Adding to the benefits is the fact that everything you save on costly tours and excursions can be turned into spending money for the trip when you stumble across those hidden gems along the way. With the help of our dedicated Concierge team, you can set up curated experiences that maximize your time in Jackson Hole, all while taking away the headaches of booking yourself!
BOOK THE RENTAL OF YOUR DREAMS
At Abode Jackson Hole, we love providing rental accommodations to our guests that help them make the most of every moment of their stay. However, our amazing properties fill up fast when reservations are available at the simple touch of a button. If you’re hoping to enjoy a luxurious retreat this summer, booking now is definitely the way to go! We offer guests access to a variety of stunning rental properties across Jackson Hole that not only keep you close to the places you’re excited to experience, but include the luxury, comfort, and convenience guests are looking for too. Taking time to browse options now ensures that you’ll end up in a rental you love that includes all of those fun extras that can make a huge difference. Looking for a fireplace, large yard, balcony, pool, hot tub, or a specific view? Booking today will lead to a summer getaway that includes it all and more.
LET GO OF STRESS AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY
Perhaps the most important benefit associated with booking your summer 2022 getaway to Jackson Hole early is the peace of mind you’ll find when it’s all said and done. Vacation should be an experience in restoration, relaxation, and fun. There’s no way to embrace the best of those elements when you’re spending time worrying about last-minute tickets or whether or not your preferred vacation rental will be available. Instead of stressing and minimizing moments that should be focused on adventure and exploration, consider booking early and enjoying the comfort that comes when you know it’s simply all taken care of. If you happen to pocket some savings while you’re at it—all the better!
BOOK A STAY FOR YOUR JACKSON HOLE SUMER VACATION TODAY
When a Jackson Hole adventure is calling your name, there’s truly no reason to wait. When you’re ready to turn those travel plans into an exciting itinerary complete with amazing accommodations in place, the team at Abode Jackson Hole has you covered. Start planning your Jackson Hole summer adventure today with a dedicated local Reservation Specialist by calling (855) 201-7128 or browse our exclusive portfolio of property options in this area and book direct. We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming this summer!
The shoulder season of September is actually a perfect time to visit Jackson Hole & Park City as the weather is still dry and the parks are still open, the fall colors are changing with incredible wildflowers and beautiful mountain scenery. The fall’s wild palette of colors makes these areas a heaven for the photo enthusiast or viewers of nature’s annual colorful spectacle. Be prepared for backcountry hiking with knowledge of the area, water and food, and bear spray for the remote chance of a close encounter. Fall in Wyoming offers breathtaking scenery and it’s a perfect vacation time for exploring around Jackson Hole.
Fall in Wyoming
TWO OCEAN LAKE
Making noise and bringing pepper spray is not a choice, this hike is in BEAR country. Those looking for a more secluded hike will enjoy looping Two Ocean Lake. Leaving from the Two Ocean Lake Trailhead, you can head around the lakeshore for views of the Teton Range. Wildflowers populate the area, brightening up the landscape and making for stunning views. If you hike this trail in September you might see the sunflowers in bloom. The fall colors are in full swing and are just wonderful to look at, on the southern side of the lake you will be in a dense forest then the north side opens up into more open patchy aspens/shrubby terrain, pretty fun! Due to the wet, marshy nature of the landscape, Two Ocean Lake is a popular area for mosquitos so don’t forget your bug spray! Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter that varies by vehicle or if entering on foot, horse, or bike. For more information, please click here.
Fall is going to be your absolute favorite season in Jackson after doing this trail. Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail. Located roughly 2.5 miles north of the Moose Entrance Station in Grand Teton National Park. This hike visits two of the six glacially-formed lakes that lie at the base of the Teton Range, colorful leaves and fresh snow on the mountains makes it a great place for pictures. Make sure your camera is charged! Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter that varies by vehicle or if entering on foot, horse, or bike. For more information, please click here. https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Tons of wildlife live in this area, you might be able to see bears, elks, deer and moos getting ready for the winter. Carrying bear spray should not be optional here. Take a moderate 7 miles and only 725 ft gain elevation, out and back trail for the closest views of Phelps Lake. The trail takes hikers through a wooded section, before opening up at the Phelps Lake Overlook. The overlook will place you high above Phelps Lake, with views of the lake and valley. If you are looking to access Phelps Lake you will need to continue another mile down to the lakeshore via a series of switchbacks. In the northeast side of the lake you will find the Jumping Rock, a large 30 feet boulder where people jump from to the lake. Considering that the hike back to the overlook is an uphill climb, relax on the shore of Phelps Beach before heading back.
AROUND PARK CITY
The whole family will love the best in the state wildflowers, the easy and lovely hike to the Cecret Lake holds incredible sunsets just below Sugarloaf. The popular day trail begins at 9000 feet of elevation running west from the campground, it climbs a gentle slope, with about 300 feet of elevation gain and is located right by Albion Basin Campground, you have the option to continue hiking up from this trail to Sugarloaf Peak. Take the time to relax at the beautiful alpine lake in the Little Cottonwood Canyons Albion Basin near Alta Ski Resort and Snowbird Ski Resort and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop. Along the way, there are interpretive signs with information about the basin, its plants, animals, and geology. From the lake, you can return the way you came, or explore the area. Remember, swimming is not permitted in the lake!
Summer is always a good time to go hiking but fall is even better because colored leaves are breathtaking in the Sundance area. Stewart Falls is one of the most scenic and photogenic waterfalls in northern Utah. Hike to the two over 200 feet tall tiers before it freezes during the winter. It is an easy but steep hike through a beautiful forest on the east side of Mountain Timpanogos, you will spot beautiful vistas and little friends along the way. The recommended trail starts at Aspen Grove, along the Alpine Loop Road. Several trails start here so pay attention to the signs. The Stewart Fall trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back and easy to find trail, it is wide and well maintained. And for the adventurous that want to get to one of Utah’s most recognizable mountains, Mount Timpanogos, take the Aspen Grove Trail, which runs 8.3 miles one way, starting at the Theater-in-the-Pines picnic area on the mountain’s east side. That trail is very scenic and passes several waterfalls. Daytime temperatures along the trails are usually warm but it can get very chilly at high altitudes so dress in layers and bring a jacket!
An easy one mile hike featuring high mountain meadows, pine trees and wildflowers takes you to a popular lake with a rope swing. The trail forks at the trailhead/parking lot but the forks are unmarked. Take the left fork for Bloods Lake. The first three quarters of the trail is a light downhill through meadows and patches of pine trees. The last bit is a moderately steep downhill to the lake. The trail around the lake is flat but there is a section that walks across a boulder field. The trail and lake are heavily trafficked towards midday, especially on weekends. There are some great places for hanging hammocks near the rope swing. This is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly hike. Good to know: The parking lot is shared for several trails in the area and gets full very quickly. Avoid parking on the shoulder of the road outside of the parking lot, Police will ticket cars illegally parked.
Soak up the last rays of the sun during the “unofficial” end of summer. September is also a great time to take in the great outdoors due to slightly cooler temperatures and more active wildlife.
Ready to start planning your perfect escape before the sun sets on summer? There’s so much to do, the options can be overwhelming! Our team is here to take the headache out of your trip-planning, so we’ve compiled this list of planning resources & adventure inspiration to help you get started so you can make the most of your minutes in the last weekend of the summer. For custom experiences, additional recommendations, or for help with trip planning, contact our Concierge Team with your wish list!
While there are countless ways to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Jackson Hole, there’s nothing quite like experiencing this spectacular terrain than from the seat of a saddle! Natural & pristine alpine lakes, wildflower-laden meadows, rugged ridges – and possibly even a glimpse of a deer, elk or moose! Escape the crowds and find serenity before the weekend. All rides are guided by Wyoming’s premier mountain guides and are perfect for any group and all skill levels. Only at Abode Experience includes private luxury round-trip transportation, gourmet catered meals, and a champagne toast.
SNOW KING MOUNTAIN RESORT
Get a full day of activities at Snow King Mountain Resort. The Big King Pass is a great way to experience summer fun in one-day, this pass includes one tour on the Treetop Adventure and unlimited rides and activities all day on like The Cowboy Coaster for careening through nearly a mile of dips, dives, and curves, Mini-Golf, Alpine Slide for a classic choose-your-own-speed adventure, Amaze’n Maze to get lost in the fun and challenge yourself and Bungee Trampoline to flip and fly fearlessly.
FRIDAY NIGHT BIKE RIDES
Head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Friday evening for the last night of mountain biking! From 4PM to 6PM you will get to ride for one last time the new Bike Park Trails as the summer comes to an end. Bike park lift tickets & bike rentals are available in resort only, including access to Sweetwater Gondola and Teewinot Quad only.
While the sun comes down, walk around Town Square, famous for its four antler arches and great shopping ranging from fine jewelry and art galleries to outdoor gear stores and old time photos. If the sky is clear, end your day with Wyoming Stargazing’s free stargazing gathering. Meet at the Center for the Arts’ lawn anytime between 9:30 to 11:30pm for astronomers to show you planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more through their professional telescopes.
Look for local farmers, ranchers, and specialty food vendors at the weekly Farmers Market in Town Square under the elk antler arches from 8AM to 12PM. Be there first to get the best selection of produce, locally raised beef, baked goods, and other prepared foods. End the morning enjoying live music by a local band! You can also pop into the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center between 3PM and 5PM for Teton Raptor Center – Soaring Saturdays, meet live raptors and relax on the wildlife-viewing decks.
Enjoy the last day of elevated yoga on the second floor south deck of Rendezvous Lodge, at the top of the Bridger Gondola! Get your sun salutations at 9095′. The class goes from 9:30AM to 10:30AM, we recommend taking the gondola at 9AM. You can sign up online but you must go to the Mountain Sports School sales desk on the bottom floor of the Bridger Building to pick up a ticket for gondola access.
September is considered the best month to fish for trout. Catch the “Zen” when fishing with Jackson Hole’s skilled fishing guides. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisher or a novice, they will make your experience one to remember. Explore legendary rivers like the Snake, Green, Firehole, and Bighorn—home to wild and native trout species including cutthroat, rainbow, and brown. You’ll see bald eagles, moose, elk, and maybe even a bear! You’ll come away with stories of feisty fish and adventures you’ll cherish for years to come. Day trips last from 5-8 hours, contact the Abode Concierge Team to plan your trip.
Jackson Hole Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the rodeo season. These are real cowboys and girls who are competing for cash money, we’re going to be able to see some of the best performances of the season on their last weekend to compete. You can’t visit the “Last Town of the Old West” without experiencing a real rodeo. It’s one of our favorite events in Jackson Hole. We recommend you buy your ticket online, popular nights often sell out, print it and go straight to the entry, crowds start showing up at 7:15PM so arrive early!
WHERE TO STAY
PRIVATE IN-ABODE SPA SERVICES
The getaway finds you tired? Relax, and unwind in the comfort of your Abode with the best massage therapists in Jackson Hole. Indulge in any number of stress-reducing, relaxational or therapeutic massage treatments. Licensed massage therapists are happy to do multiple massages and various modalities of your choice. They also offer infrared heated tables for a deeper heated experience. Choose from deep tissue, hot stone & Swedish massage, salt/sugar scrub massage, Thai, or couples massage. Have another request? Reach out to our Concierge Team.
VISIT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART
Located across from the National Elk Refuge on the edge of town you will experience artworks representing wild animals from around the world. The National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a variety of ways to experience our wildlife art with many exhibits, collections, and a sculpture trail. They’re open 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Journey down the class II-III Snake River with stunning canyon scenery, calm stretches, and fun rapids. Experience the two biggest waves on the river, Big Kahuna and Lunch Counter. Your guide will teach you how to sit, paddle, and stroke as you laugh your way down the Snake! The 8-mile whitewater stretch through the Snake River Canyon takes you through a mix of calm sections where you’ll be able to take in the scenery and wildlife, and exciting rapids where you’re more than likely to get a little wet. Custom made, state of the art Aire rafts can hold up to 16 people, with 8-10 paddle spots in each boat. Private rafts are also available. Contact Abode Concierge Team for more information.
A LAZY MORNING
If the group wakes up running slow, just grab an early breakfast or a late brunch. Jackson Hole is full of cozy spots that serve traditional American breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods or desserts such as pie. The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant is one of Jackson’s favorite casual restaurants, serving breakfast and lunch daily throughout the year and dinner during the summer months. If you are looking for more home cooked classics with a log cabin environment Cafe Genevieve Restaurant is perfect for you. High attention to detail and creative preparation defines Rations, the in-store restaurant at Basecamp, is a not-so-hidden gem in this establishment.
GRAND TETON TOUR
From glamorous peaks to roaming wildlife, enjoy an afternoon in Grand Teton National Park with visits to Oxbow Bend, Mormon Row, Snake River, and Jenny Lake. Tour offers balanced narrations covering flora, fauna, geology, and both natural and local history. Only at Abode Experience tops your evening off with a delicious safari-style hot dinner served in the field at a scenic location.
Stop by the Hootenanny on Monday night at Dornan’s in Moose! The Jackson Hole Hootenanny (“The Hoot”) invites musicians to gather and play traditional acoustic music for a receptive crowd in one of the most awe-inspiring settings in the world. Enjoy Western, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Blues singers and if you’re musically inclined jump up on the stage for a minute of fame! Free from 6PM to 9PM.
To enhance your stay we are happy to help you not only with the essentials such as pre-arrival grocery + stocked bar, transportation, and more, we also deliver five-star experiences curated by a local concierge. Our in-house concierge services can take care of booking chef services, restaurant reservations, yoga, bike rentals, a photographer to preserve the memory in a family portrait, outdoor excursions, massage therapists and more – all to come to you at the house. Just let us know what is on your wish list.
WHERE TO STAY FOR THE JACKSON HOLE LABOR DAY WEEKEND
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This summer is all about exploring the great outdoors. We are so lucky to have access to many, many wide-open spaces where we can find ourselves socially distanced from others and experiencing solitude amongst the trees. We’ve compiled an extensive list of Jackson Hole outdoor activities where you can get outside, experience some awe and wonder, and feel safe.
When you visit Jackson Hole, you are lucky to be in the proximity of two amazing National Parks: Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. In the information below, we’ve outlined some grand adventures you can have at either park from hiking and biking to fishing and swimming.
Below you will find trails in Jackson Hole that are great options for new visitors looking to explore local trails. Many of them are in Grand Teton National Park which contains some of the area’s most dramatic scenery, while others lie in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which shouldn’t be overlooked for scenery and solitude.
HIDDEN FALLS AND CASCADE CANYON
As the name implies, this trail accesses a cascading waterfall and a stunning, glacially carved canyon just north of the tallest Teton peaks, and so it’s easy to understand why it’s one of area’s most popular outings. A moderate, mostly flat two-mile hike around the south end of Jenny Lake brings you to scenic Hidden Falls. From there the trail climbs steeply for about a mile to the mouth of Cascade Canyon proper. Then the route flattens and once again offers easier hiking for the next several miles. Park for this trip at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station on the east side of the lake. If you prefer, a boat shuttle carries hikers across the lake every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m daily during the high season (shorter hours start after Labor Day), dropping you within a half-mile of Hidden Falls. This is a good option for hikers who want to get farther into Cascade Canyon on a day trip.
BRADLEY AND TAGGART LAKES
Another classic Teton hike, this area is generally a bit less busy than Hidden Falls, though still very popular. After leaving the parking lot 2.5 miles north of the Moose Visitor Center, the trail soon divides. One route goes to the south and one goes to the north. These paths reunite at Taggart Lake. Hiking either way makes a nice loop of about four miles. The trail meanders through old glacial moraines and creek bottoms. This route is well-maintained and the hiking is fairly easy with a bit of up and down. Along the north route to Taggart Lake, hikers will encounter another trail divide. Heading to the right, this route goes to neighboring Bradley Lake and adds about a mile to the trip.
TETON PASS TO THE HEAD OF BLACK CANYON
This short hike – slightly less than four miles – has the advantage of starting at nearly 8,500 feet atop Teton Pass, so you don’t have to gain the elevation on foot for a walk high in the mountains. Drive west on Hwy. 22 through Wilson and up to the summit of Teton Pass. Park in the large lot on the south side of the road, and start your hike at the west end of the parking lot by walking up a two-track dirt access road. After a little less than a half-mile, and at the end of a short switchback, a trail will leave the road on the right near a large electrical tower. The trail climbs gradually over another mile and a half through alpine meadows and forest to the head of Black Canyon.
GRANITE CANYON AND TETON VILLAGE
The trailhead for Granite Canyon is reached by driving north on the Teton Village Road. After passing the turnoff to Teton Village, you’ll soon reach a park entrance station and the Granite Canyon trailhead is located about a half-mile beyond the station (RVs are not allowed). The trail leads west toward the mountains and, after about a half-mile of hiking, you’ll cross Granite Creek. Hiking another three-quarter of a mile brings you to a junction with the Valley Trail. Go right. After crossing Granite Creek again, turn left at a second junction, which takes you into Granite Canyon proper. The trail climbs moderately into the canyon, following the creek. Hike as far into the canyon as you want before making a return trip via the same route. In addition, this hike can be accessed from Teton Village by walking from the center of Teton Village north, alongside the Teewinot Chairlift, past the bottom of the Apres Vous Chairlift (to its east) and look for the Valley Trail heading off to the right. After roughly two miles, this trail connects with the trail heading into Granite Canyon.
PHELPS LAKE AND DEATH CANYON
A short day hike from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, starting at the parking area for the Rockefeller Preserve on the Moose-Wilson Road 4.4 miles north of Teton Village. Parking space is limited and usually fills up before noon. A nice three-mile loop starts at the Rockefeller center and follows Lake Creek (the outlet of Phelps lake), approximately a mile and a half to the lake. Trails are very well marked and bridges are built over stream crossings. To lengthen your hike, follow the trail around Phelps Lake (approximately four miles), which makes a complete loop back to your starting point. This gentle trail with some ups and downs is not difficult, but your total roundtrip mileage from the car will be around nine miles. At the far end of the lake, a trail winds up to Death Canyon for those looking to a more moderate/difficult hike, or climb up the switchbacks to Phelps Lake Overlook for spectacular views. Heading back to your car involves a couple of choices from the east end of the lake. You can return on the Lake Creek Trail loop or take the Aspen Ridge Loop or Boulder Ridge Loop. Both of these loops connect back to the Lake Creek Trail which then returns to the parking area.
SWAN LAKE, HERON POND & HERMITAGE POINT
Hikers who like to get out early will find that the rolling terrain along this trail is great habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife, such as moose. The hike starts at the Colter Bay parking area north of Moran Junction. Simply going to Swan Lake and returning is an easy two miles. A loop involving both Swan Lake and Heron Pond requires a little more effort and a three-mile hike. Hiking by both ponds and out to Hermitage Point, a peninsula on Jackson Lake, is a more industrious undertaking, involving about eight miles, though it is all flat terrain.
TWO OCEAN LAKE
For those who want to get away from more crowded areas, Two Ocean Lake is a good option. Located in the northeast part of Grand Teton National Park, the hike features more rolling terrain and distant views of the Tetons. The trailhead is reached by driving through the park’s Moran entrance station and turning right onto the Pacific Creek Road after about a mile. Follow the signs for about four more miles to the parking area. A six-mile loop circles Two Ocean Lake, and a side trip from the west end of the lake climbs about a mile to Grand View Point, where you can see much of the surrounding area. Carry bear-repelling pepper spray due to frequent bear activity in this area.
PAINTBRUSH CANYON AND HOLLY LAKE
This hike accesses one of the quieter canyons in the central part of the Teton Range. Like the route to Leigh Lake, the hike begins at String Lake parking area. Follow the route toward Leigh Lake, but take a left and cross the bridge at the junction near the end of String Lake. The lower part of this hike is heavily treed, but eventually you will climb out of the forest for views back toward Leigh and Jackson Lakes. You’ll be able to see the steep alpine terrain above you. This is another hike that can vary in length depending on a hiker’s ability. Go a couple of miles for a moderate hike or spend the entire day climbing roughly 2,500 feet to Holly Lake.
SURPRISE AND AMPHITHEATER LAKES
This ten-mile round trip is a Teton classic, but because it climbs about 3,000 vertical feet over five miles it is considered difficult. An early start is recommended. The parking area is reached by turning west into Lupine Meadows just south of the Jenny Lake area. Then drive to the end of the road. The trail winds 1.7 miles, climbing gradually to a trail junction. Take the uphill trail where the route starts a series of 10 or 12 steeper switchbacks. Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes are carved into a high cirque on Disappointment Peak with the Grand Teton in the background.
Popular for its proximity to the town of Jackson, this hike is reached by driving a rough dirt road to about 8,000 feet (no RVs). Drive out of east Jackson on the Elk Refuge Road. Continue about eight miles until you see a well-used and marked road turning right into Curtis Canyon. Follow this road and, at the only fork, continue straight on the right fork and drive until the road ends at the trailhead’s parking area. Roughly 3 miles of moderate uphill hiking brings you to Goodwin Lake, which is located underneath Jackson Peak. The lake itself makes a nice half-day outing. The outing can be made longer by continuing southeast on the trail toward Cache Peak before returning the same way. Backpackers can do an out-and-back trip to the vicinity of Jackson Peak (no permit required) and this is a great area to take dogs.
Because of its proximity to the town of Jackson and the greater Snow King area, the Cache Creek trailhead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is the area’s most popular year ‘round recreation destination. Whether your interest is hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, Cache Creek provides some fantastic summer terrain. There are a number of trails that originate at the Cache Creek trailhead so even if you have limited time there is something for almost everyone. Check out the informative kiosk at the trailhead for more trail options. Dogs are allowed on this trail.
SNOW KING SUMMIT
In the heart of downtown Jackson, Snow King is a favorite summit hike that locals often tick off during lunch or after work with their dogs in tow. The 1.8-mile trail rises 1,500 vertical feet to the summit through fragrant pine forests. Once at the top, you can gaze out at the Tetons, the distinctive peak of Sleeping Indian, the Elk Refuge, the Gros Ventres, and the town of Jackson snuggled in the valley below.
CYCLE AND MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
CACHE CREEK ROAD
This easy two-track dirt trail is perfect for first-time mountain bikers. Cache Creek is easily accessible from downtown Jackson. The trail passes through wildflower-filled meadows along Cache Creek and you won’t believe you’re just minutes from on the Town Square. The Cache Creek trail connects to a wide variety of more intermediate and advanced single-track mountain-bike trails at Snow King Mountain Resort and the surrounding forest, so you can make your ride as long or short as you wish.
CACHE CREEK SIDEWALK & PUTT-PUTT TRAIL
This single-track mountain bike trail provides gentle, flowing ups and downs for beginner and intermediate riders. You can make a great loop when connecting this trail to the Putt-Putt trail. Putt-Putt is a single-track mountain bike trail that is gentle enough for beginner riders, but with fast downhill sections, sustained uphill sections, tight corners, and occasional rock gardens, to provide excitement for all skill levels. This trail, which roughly parallels Cache Creek Road, can be ridden in either direction—it is mostly a fast downhill when ridden from the end of the Cache Creek trail back to town, but strong riders can bike uphill from town or the Cache Creek Trailhead for a true leg-burning challenge.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
What better way to experience the park than by bike? Avoid the crowds of summer and come to Jackson Hole in the spring for a one-of-a-kind experience. Keep an eye on Yellowstone’s Bicycling page for up to date information on road openings before heading to the park. Cyclists are urged to respects the rules of the road and ride with caution, as road conditions can be unpredictable. Remember that services are limited in the park, so be prepared with plenty of water and food. And respect wildlife! If you come across bison in the road, consider turning around.
OLD PASS ROAD
This multi-use paved pathway gradually climbs from the Town of Wilson to the summit of Teton Pass, gaining over 2,000 vertical feet from beginning to end. The views from the top of Teton Pass are stunning, and it’s all downhill back to Wilson. This ride is suitable for road bikes or mountain bikes, and Pass Road provides connections to a large network of more advanced downhill mountain-biking trails. After the challenging ride to the top, reward yourself with a beer and burger at the Stagecoach Bar at the bottom of the hill in Wilson.
JENNY LAKE PATHWAY
For amazing views, take your two wheels to Jenny Lake pathway. The path extends all the way from downtown Jackson to Antelope Flat Road near Grand Teton National Park. When you hit Moose Junction, you can follow the path into the park and the beautiful Jenny Lake recreation area. This ride is a must-do for bike enthusiasts visiting Jackson Hole!
JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT BIKE PARK
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a summer mountain biking park for all levels of riders. Explore trails and jumps and ride the lifts up then cruise back down.
GRAND TARGHEE BIKE PARK
Just on the other side of the Tetons, Grand Targhee Resort offers an award-winning bike park with lift-serviced terrain and gorgeous views.
A Teton Valley local favorite. Big climbs, big descents, deep valleys, and lonely ridgetops with amazing views.
A beginner / intermediate trail network for everyone. Excellent out-and-back and loop ride opportunities minutes from downtown Victor, Idaho. (Mileage will nearly double in 2020).
Containing some of the first mountain bike specific trails on National Forest land in the US and vision of the legendary Teton Freedom Riders. Expert-level freeride and jump trails mixed with pure, unadulterated rocky mountain singletrack.
Backcountry at its best and most raw. Self-sufficiency here is critical as these trails are truly remote. Carry a map. Bring a friend. Plan to be out longer than you think..
A little something for everyone. Excellent riding amongst fall colors and distant bugling elk. Great loop ride opportunities.
With only three roads in and out of Jackson, most locals are happy to tell you about their favorite one as they all lead to extraordinary beauty and magnificent wildlife.
EXPLORE THE MOOSE-WILSON ROAD
Moose-Wilson Road is an absolute when visiting Jackson Hole. Beaver dams are visible from your car, moose are often spotted and in the fall it’s a hot-spot for bears. Do not expect to drive quickly on this road – it is narrow and in some places dirt. The views though are worth it. Start at the entrance to Grand Teton National Park just north of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. Follow the narrow road eight miles to the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose, WY. Watch for wildlife, you never know what you might see on this road!
COMPLETE THE LOOP: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK’S INNER & OUTER LOOP ROADS
Drive north out of Jackson towards the small town of Moose. The inner loop road winds through nearly all of the park’s major peaks and is the best way to get as close to the mountains as you can via car or bicycle. This route will lead you to many hiking trails that weave in and around the base of the Teton Range. Want to “hike” with your car? Signal Mountain Road is the only paved road you can climb with your car to the 7,720 summit with 360-degree views of the Jackson Valley. Drive north on the main highway (the Outer Loop) and south on the Inner Loop Road. This way you will be looking directly at the Tetons while you are right underneath them.
ROAD TRIP TO KELLY & SLIDE LAKE
Travel seven miles north of downtown Jackson and take a right onto Gros Ventre Road towards the small town of Kelly. Make sure to stop at the turnoff for a beautiful view of the Grand Tetons. Once you are in Kelly, follow the road as it arcs to the left, turn right at the Lower Slide Lake sign and continue. Here you will find a road lined with Aspen trees winding back to the Gros Ventre offering amazing views of this peaceful and pristine area. *You can make a pitstop at the famous Mormon Row that was home to the homesteaders of the late 1800s. The most famous structure of the 27 is the Moulton Barn.
DRIVE OVER TETON PASS TO IDAHO
Heading seven miles west out of the town of Jackson on Hwy 22, you will come across the base of Teton Pass and the town of Wilson, founded in 1899. The sleepy town of Wilson is a perfect spot to gear up for the day. Continue west over Teton Pass toward Victor, Idaho. As you travel up the pass, watch for a small parking area on your left with a dirt road and sign for Phillips Canyon. This trail leads to a lovely alpine lake about 4 miles round trip and boasts an easy and fun family outing. If you continue driving through Victor to Driggs make a day at Grand Targhee Resort.
DRIVE FROM JACKSON TO GRANITE HOT SPRINGS AND PINEDALE THROUGH HOBACK CANYON
Whether coming or going, the spectacular Wind River Range is your companion much of the way on this less-traveled scenic drive along US 191/189. The route offers peaceful and astounding views of the Hoback River with scenery that is everchanging along the way. Granite Hot Springs Pool is approximately 30 miles south of Jackson just off route US 191/189. Continue to the historic western Wyoming town of Pinedale, 75 miles south of Jackson and enjoy a local Rodeo, the Museum of the Mountain Man, or a delicious meal at the Pitchfork Fondue Company.
DRIVE FROM JACKSON TO ALPINE THROUGH THE SNAKE RIVER CANYON
The Snake River Canyon runs from the south of Jackson, through Hoback Junction 22 miles to the small town of Alpine, near the banks of the Palisades Reservoir. This scenic route travels along the Snake River and showcases, beautiful foliage, miles of buttes and mountains with many boat ramps and scenic pull-outs. Spend the afternoon fishing off the shores of the river, soaking in the natural hot springs at Astoria Bridge, or having a picnic along the river or at the reservoir.
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You might not think of Jackson Hole as being a mecca for water sports, but it actually is! Choose from the Snake River or the plethora of lakes and other rivers in the area to get your feet wet.
THE SNAKE RIVER
The Snake River’s whispering riffles and roaring rapids provide a haven for wildlife and recreation and the 69 miles that wind through Jackson Hole comprise one of the most scenic and pristine stretches of river in America. Close to 300,000 folks float, fish, and paddle the Snake each summer.
Floating on the Snake River can begin at the northern end of Grand Teton National Park, just below Jackson Lake. From here, there are more than 70 navigable river miles, offering something for everyone. The first 60-plus miles consist of swift yet smooth water and one fun, eight-mile whitewater stretch for the finale.
Consider tubing or canoeing on the more mellow parts of the Snake, and if you’re up for an adventure book a white water rafting or kayaking trip and navigate swiftly through the rapids.
The calmest and warmest of the nearby lakes make it a great beginner spot for stand up paddleboarding. It’s also easily accessed from the parking lot, so no lugging the board too far. (But if you want to lug your board, you can portage it over to Leigh Lake which is usually a bit colder & windier)
Just down from String & Leigh lakes, Jenny lake is larger and tends to get a bit of wind.
The largest and likely coldest lake that usually has quite a bit of boat activity and wind (read: rougher water). We’d recommend sticking to the bays and near the shoreline, which is also great for wildlife viewing! Boat rentals are also available at Signal Mountain Lodge, which is located at the southern end of the lake. Spend a day water skiing, wakeboarding, or exploring the many islands and inlets. For those looking to catch up on some summer reading or work on a tan, the many bays and shores on Jackson Lake provide the perfect setting for a “beach” day. You might even forget you are in landlocked Wyoming, as you gaze out over the water… although the towering mountain peaks might give it away!
Wakesurfing is a low impact adventurous sport that’s fun for any age person of average physical condition! Teton Surf Co offers wake surf lessons as well as clinics to locals and visitors alike. They launch into Palisades Reservoir located in the Caribou National Forest.
If you didn’t notice Jackson is pretty much a fishing paradise with endless mountain rivers and wide-open spaces. Walk-in fishing is available for do-it-yourself anglers or those who would like to hire a guide. Make sure you obtain a valid Wyoming fishing license which is required to fish on all public waters. Daily non-resident fishing licenses cost $14 and an annual non-resident license costs $102. For specifics on fishing licenses and regulations, please visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website.
The following lakes, creeks, and streams all offer tremendous fly-fishing opportunities in pristine Western wilderness:
- Buffalo River
- Flat Creek
- Granite Creek
- Green River
- Grey’s River
- Gros Ventre River
- Hoback River
- New Fork River
- Pacific Creek
- Salt River
- Snake River
- Jackson Lake
- Jenny Lake
- Leigh Lake
THE BOILING RIVER IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
The Boiling River is located near Mammoth Hot Springs and is probably the most popular spot for swimming. Hot water pours over rocks as it enters the cold waters of the Gardner River, which provides a safe and enjoyable spot for the whole family.
GRANITE HOT SPRINGS
Granite Hot Springs is about 30 miles South of Jackson. A pool has been built to capture the water but the fresh hot spring water constantly flows through the pool. There is a small fee which you can pay upon arrival. Facilities include a bathroom and changing room.