- Grand Teton National Park is closed to vehicular traffic past the Taggart Lake trailhead.
- Yellowstone National Park is closed from its east, south and west entrances. Come the beginning of December, it is accessible only by snowmobile, snow coach, snowshoe or cross-country skis from these entrances.
- The Old Faithful Snow Lodge is closed this winter for the first time in nearly 50 years, due to Covid and safety reasons.
- Restaurants in Jackson Hole are open for both inside and outside seating, albeit at reduced capacity right now.
- The National Museum of Wildlife Art is open with limited hours; facemasks required.
- The Granite Hot Springs pool’s expected winter opening day is Sunday, December 6th and runs until April 1st. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until mid-February when it changes to 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. until April 1st. During the winter months, the hot springs are accessible only via snowmobile, dog sled, skiing and fat biking.
- Astoria Hot Springs, located just 15-20 minutes south of Jackson, opened in September 2020. It boasts five soaking/swimming pools. Reservations are required in advance for one of three daily soaking times of two-hour-fifteen-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 2:45 p.m. In addition to reduced capacity for the facility, strict capacity limits will be in place for individual pools, with social distancing outside of individual family groups necessary.
All will be asked to complete a symptom check before entering the facility and will not be permitted to enter if they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 or if exhibiting symptoms of Covid within 14 days. Masks are required when not soaking. CALL AHEAD (307-201-5925) as the hot springs has had to close down temporarily a couple of times this winter due to Covid risk levels increasing. Visit astoriahotspringspark.org.
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, but with COVID-19 protocols and restrictions in place, such as limited lift ticket sales, fewer skiers allowed per ride in the Aerial Tram and face coverings required. For more info, click here.
- Snow King Mountain Resort opened for its winter season on December 5th. All passes are refundable until 24 hours prior to your scheduled visit.
- Grand Targhee Resort opened November 20th.
- For more scoop on what Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee have in store for the 2020-21 ski season click here for our article.
- Jackson Hole Moose Hockey has returned to the ice. Covid-19 precautions are in place (think masks) and capacity is limited. You must reserve your tickets in advance; no walk-ups. *Note: Due to precautions with Covid-19, the rink was closed as of Nov. 13. Please check the website for up-to-date information. Visit snowkingsec.com.
There Are Plenty Of Things To Do Even In The Covid-19 Era
Skiing — both downhill and cross-country — and snowboarding in this great outdoor playground we call home in the Tetons are two obvious activities that are safe for you and/or your family to participate in this winter. However, there are also other fun things to do around here, albeit with a slight twist, in this current Covid-19 era.
GUIDED WILDLIFE TOURS
Doesn't every visitor to the Jackson Hole area want to see wildlife? Bears, elk, moose, bison and bald eagles are but a few of the wild things people want to spot. One of the best ways to assure such a sighting is with a guided wildlife tour operator. And this year, wildlife tour companies will be taking some extra precautions to keep guests safe.
- Private-only tours
- Temperature checks for guides
- Staff showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will not work without being tested beforehand.
- All touchable surfaces, including optics and iPads, will be disinfected before and after every tour.
- Staff will use masks and gloves whenever possible.
- Guests will be supplied with personal hand sanitizer and encouraged to wear masks, which will be available from ETA.
Scenic Safaris is also practicing heightened cleaning and sanitizing. The company offers guided tours into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Visit scenic-safaris.com for more information.
Related story: "Jackson Hole Wildlife Tours: The Essentials"
Do you want to wind through the woods to spend lunch eating and bathing at Granite Hot Springs? Cruise out to a famous Yellowstone landmark for a peaceful winter viewing vs. a crowded summer photo-op? Zoom along the Continental Divide Trail System on the #1 ranked snowmobile terrain in the country at Togwotee Pass? Or maybe just take out some souped-up powder snowmobiles and dash around in meadows chest-deep with snow? All of that can happen, but guided tours are going to be private-only to decrease any possible spread of the virus.
Related story: "Snowmobiling in Jackson Hole"
DOG SLED TOURS
Jackson Hole Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures: December 15th, 2020 through March 26th, 2021. Skimming across the snow behind eight dogs hitched to a handmade wooden sled makes for an exhilarating foray into the outdoors. Adventurers of all ages and abilities can enjoy dog sledding. Choose from a day trip to a natural hot spring or to a historic, snowbound lodge. Longer trips include overnight camping "musher style" or a stay in a remote yurt. Masks will be required in the vans and inside the lodge and vans will be sanitized in between trips. Guides will be wearing masks as well. Call 307-851-6359.
A half- or full-day cross-country ski or snowshoe tour with an outfitter such as EcoTour Adventures or Hole Hiking Experience offers a truly unique glimpse into the park's winter habitat. Both tour operators will be requiring masks to be worn (guides will also be masked), tour groups are private-only to reduce the possible spread of the virus and stringent cleaning measures will be in place.
Jackson Hole Event Cancellations/Changes Due to Covid
• The Center for the Arts will not hold live events throughout the rest of 2020 (and into early 2021), but will continue virtual content with regional talent (jhcenterforthearts.org).
• If you are planning on camping in Grand Teton National Park this summer, please note a BIG change: campgrounds are available by reservation only, six months in advance (i.e., for July, you must book in February).
• The annual tree lighting on Town Square will be held as usual on Friday, Nov. 27th. However, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce kindly asks families NOT to gather on Town Square on November 27th. To avoid a large gathering and the spread of Covid-19, we ask that you participate in Town Square Lighting on November 27 from home or online. If you wish to see the holiday lights in person, you may do so any time after November 27th after dark. Any time when visiting downtown Jackson, please practice social distancing and always wear a dry face covering.
• The Art Association’s 56th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be presented a little differently this year. Instead of being held on a Saturday and Sunday in early December, it will be virtually virtual from November 29th through December 30th. Please visit artassociation.org for details on how to shop online and in person.
• Sleigh Rides on the National Elk Refuge will once again be offered this winter, starting on December 14th. The sleigh ride contractor will be following current local and state COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year tickets are sold in person from an outdoor ticket booth trailer positioned immediately adjacent to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center in the parking lot.
• The annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous Music Fest, normally held in March at both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and on Town Square is cancelled for the second year in a row per a directive from town and county officials to reduce the possible spread of Covid through large-scale gatherings.
• The annual Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled Race that normally has its ceremonial start and festivities in and around Jackson Hole's Town Square on January 29th, will not take place in town this year. Instead, the race will start in Alpine on January 30th at 9 a.m. Alpine is located just 40 minutes south of Jackson.
Jackson Hole Community Covid-19 Info & Links
- "Clean, Careful, Connected" guidelines — Clean: Please remember to wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes. Careful: Please wear a cloth face covering when in confined spaces and shopping indoors. Our community has put forth tremendous effort to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and we would ask that you follow suit to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Connected: To learn more about our most up-to-date health orders and phased safety measures, please go to tetonwyo.org.
- Buy gift cards for future discounts at 22Local.com
- Community website for COVID-19
- Teton County Dashboard
The Status of Lodging
The photo above is of the Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole.
Hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast lodging options are open in Jackson Hole and Teton Village. All, if not most, are offering flexible cancellation policies and new, rigorous health and safety protocols. Precautions such as contactless check-in/check-out and protective mask-wearing requirements by all hotel staff and guests exist in some form or another.
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