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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Jackson Hole & Grand Teton Travel Updates

How do Jackson Hole and Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks “look” right now in the ongoing age of Covid-19? Well, the incredible scenery never changes but there are still a couple Coronavirus precautions — such as mask-wearing — in certain places. Yes, the world can still be somewhat unpredictable even now, however, a vacation to Jackson Hole is always predictably unforgettable. We’ll keep you updated on what to do, where to stay, play and eat, any travel restrictions, and more.
Snake River Overlook - Grand Teton National Park

Quick Facts

  • In light of the recent COVID-19 surge, the Center for the Arts is taking additional, proactive measures to keep its doors open and maintain live events while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. During the month of January (2022), guests attending a Center Show must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

  • Grand Teton National Park is open this winter only up to the Taggart Lake Trailhead.
  • The park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose is closed for winter.
  • At this time, The Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache has an outdoor kiosk open to book elk refuge sleigh rides and for other area information.
  • Yellowstone National Park is closed to vehicles in winter; snowmobiles only
  • Restaurants in Jackson Hole are open for both inside and outside seating, albeit some might still be operating at a reduced capacity. 
  • 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. 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. Masks are required when not soaking.* Visit astoriahotspringspark.org*Mask requirement is in effect only for those people who have not been vaccinated.
  • While not a Covid-related closure, you should be aware that the Jackson Hole Airport will be temporarily closed from early April through late June for runway renovations and more. Read our full story here.
Jackson Hole Wildlife - EcoTours

There Are Plenty Of Things To Do Even In The Covid-19 Era

Hiking and biking in this great outdoor playground we call home in the Tetons are two obvious activities that are safe for you and/or your family. However, there are also other fun things to do—albeit with a slight twist—in this 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.

EcoTour Adventures, for example, has instituted the following policies (check its website for tour times and reservations):

  • Private-only tours
  • Staff will use masks whenever possible.

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.

Teton Science Schools’ Wildlife Expeditions is offering private tours only but at a special price so more groups can enjoy the experience. Visit tetonscience.org.

Related story: "Jackson Hole Wildlife Tours: The Essentials"

 

SCENIC FLOATS and WHITEWATER TRIPS


No trip to Jackson Hole is really complete without a "voyage" on the famous Snake River. The mighty river runs through Grand Teton National Park, the town of Jackson and down the Snake River canyon. To accomplish this bucket list trip item you have your choice of embarking on a quiet scenic float or an exhilarating whitewater adventure. Doing both is also quite special!

Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips : Some of the company's policies for summer 2021 include the following:

Guests will be called 48 hours prior to the trip to make sure they are feeling healthy and have not been in contact with a person known to have Covid-19. If they have, the 48-hour cancellation policy will be waived and the customer will be fully refunded.
All equipment (life jackets, helmets, paddles, rafts and wetsuits) will be cleaned and disinfected between each use.

Jackson Hole's oldest whitewater rafting/scenic float company, Barker-Ewing, is offering whitewater and rafting trips down the Snake River Canyon and scenic floats through Grand Teton National Park. There will be smaller groups on rafts this season. For reservations and information call 307-733-1000 or visit barker-ewing.com.

Mad River Boat Trips — which has been serving rafters for more than 40 years — also has some Covid-19 protocols in place. Call 800-458-7238 or visit mad-river.com for more information.

 

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDES

You're in the Wild, Wild West, so why not get your cowboy on? A guided horseback ride is just the ticket. Spring Creek Ranch’s Castagno Outfitters is open for trail rides. Take in unique views of the Teton Range, the town of Jackson and the surrounding area from atop your well-trained steed.
The outfitter's Covid-19 operation procedures include:
After each ride, saddles and reins are wiped down with a sanitizer.
During your ride, all horses will maintain a single file line with all horses remaining six feet or more apart.

Related Stories: "Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole: The Essentials" "Jackson Hole Whitewater Trips: The Essentials" "Things To Do in Jackson Hole in Summer"

 

PLAY AT THE SKI RESORTS

All three area ski resorts—Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Mountain Resort—offer many activities on their mountains and bases, year in and year out. At each mountain resort, frequent sanitization of all high-touch man-made surfaces and safety gear will occur as much as possible throughout the day. Mask-wearing* may be encouraged in retail shops.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

Jackson Hole Event Cancellations/Changes Due to Covid

The Center for the Arts is holding live events at this point in time (with masks required). - jhcenterforthearts.org

Jackson Hole Community Covid-19 Info & Links

Should you start to feel Covid-like symptoms and need/want a test to determine whether or not you have the coronavirus you can visit the following locations. NOTE: Due to high demand at this time Teton County Department of Health asks that Curative Rapid PCR tests are only utilized by those experiencing symptoms. Rapid testing is available by appointment only.

Kiosk Locations:

Teton County Library; 125 Virginian Lane; RT-qPCR test

Stilson Transit Center; 1455 Beckley Way (just off the Teton Village Rd), Wilson; RT-qPCR test

Brick-and-Mortar Location: The testing center in the KMart/Target Plaza next to Subway offers a 2-hour RT-PCR test.

Vault-No-Cost COVID-19 PCR Home Test: Self-collected saliva test with 1-2 days turnaround after arrival at the lab. Free Vault Kits are located in the blue cooler in front of the Teton County Health Department building at 460 E Pearl Ave.

COVID-19 Help Line: 307-732-8628; Website: tetoncountywy.gov/COVID-19 

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 rigorous health and safety protocols. Precautions such as contactless check-in/check-out and protective mask-wearing requirements by all hotel staff and guests may still exist in some form or another. 

Jackson Hole Zoom Virtual Background

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