Summer in Jackson Hole

15 Jun 2017

Get Outside and Savor the Season

Summer 2017

| Images: David Bowers and Jill McGlashon


When the days warm up, get outside and enjoy summer in the Tetons. Outdoor activities beckon and indoor options abound for rainy days. Marvel in the scenery, wildlife, heritage, and culture of the region while indulging in some of the best outdoor activities available anywhere. Below is a sampling of what this area has to offer.

HIKING Jackson Hole’s mountains, forests, lakes, and waterways provide an incredible backdrop for a hike. Head to Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks, Bridger-Teton or Caribou-Targhee national forests, or sample the close-to-town trails off of Cache Creek or Teton Pass. Don’t forget the bear spray. BIKING Road bikers, cross-country riders, and downhill junkies will all love the abundance of trails in the area. Pedal a road bike along the local pathways or consider a ride up to Grand Teton National Park. Cross-country mountain bikers often opt for the trail network off of Cache Creek and Snow King Mountain, and adrenaline-seeking downhill riders can find all the jumps, gaps, and advanced trails they’ve been dreaming of on the routes off Teton Pass. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort also offers a bike park for downhill enthusiasts to perfect their techniques. BOATING Enjoy the lakes and rivers around Jackson while out on the water. Many of the lakes in Grand Teton National Park allow human-powered crafts such as canoes and kayaks, while Jenny and Jackson lakes also allow motorized boats, with some restrictions. Take a scenic or white-water rafting trip down the Snake or opt for a mellower day stand-up paddleboarding on one of the calm local lakes. FISHING Jackson Hole offers world-class fly-fishing. Stop by one of the local fly-fishing shops to find out what’s biting and stock up for a day on the river. CAMPING Pitch a tent or park a camper at one of the numerous campgrounds in the region. Or opt for a more primitive experience on national forest land or snag a backcountry permit for overnight recreation deep in the wilds of Grand Teton National Park. CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING Sign up with a local guide service to conquer Teton peaks, grab gear to climb favorite local routes, or enjoy casual bouldering on the family-friendly wall at the base of Snow King. SNOW KING MOUNTAIN The local “town hill” isn’t just for winter fun. Take a ride down the Alpine Slide, fly down the Cowboy Coaster, or try out the 100 aerial challenges at the Treetop Adventure Course. Or watch the world go by on a mellow scenic chairlift ride to the summit. HORSEBACK RIDING AND CHUCKWAGON SUPPERS See the area on horseback with one of the local outfitters offering day rides or overnight trips. Or head out on a wagon train to enjoy a hearty chuckwagon supper and live cowboy entertainment. AERIAL ADVENTURES Take to the skies to enjoy Jackson Hole. Choose from soaring skyward on a hot air balloon flight, taking in a bird’s eye view from a scenic flight-seeing excursion, or paragliding from a local peak. JACKSON HOLE SHOOTOUT Jackson is home to the longest running “shootout” in the West. Check out the local gunslingers on the Town Square Mondays through Saturdays (Memorial Day through Labor Day) at 6 p.m. MUSEUMS Learn about Jackson’s history and heritage at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, see a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, and more at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, or entertain the kids at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.
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