- Grand Teton National Park is open
- The park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose is open. The park is implementing preventive measures and mitigation actions to reduce the spread of infectious disease — such as mask-wearing due to an uptick in Covid-19 cases in Teton County. Park visitor centers are open with limited capacity and limited visitor services, and staff will be stationed in the vicinity of most visitor centers to engage with visitors and provide information.
- Yellowstone National Park is open until Nov. 8 and then reopens to snowmobiles only in December.
- Restaurants in Jackson Hole are open for both inside and outside seating, albeit some might still be operating at a reduced capacity. Due to rising Covid cases, Teton County has issued a mask mandate through December unless the level of cases decreased to the yellow (low) level.
- 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, however as of September 1st Teton County has issued a mask mandate so please check when making your reservations.
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.
- Private-only tours through the end of August
- 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.
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.
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.
• Guests will be directed to a waiting area around the stables to wait for their ride, so as to respect the social distancing guidelines.
• During your ride, all horses will maintain a single file line with all horses remaining six feet or more apart.
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 summer 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 Mountain Resort offers the Bridger Gondola for sightseeing and the disc golf course will also be open. The Aerial Tram, however, will not be operating this summer (2021). In addition, the Teewinot Chairlift expands access to the JH Bike Park with three new trails and more than 1,000 vertical feet of advanced and expert terrain in addition to the classic Bike Park terrain off Teewinot. The Via Ferrata climbing area, bungee trampoline and climbing wall will be available for family adventure. Visit jacksonhole.com for more details.
Snow King Mountain: Reservations are recommended for Tree Top Adventure. The Bungee Trampoline, the Alpine Slide, Amaz'n Maze, Cowboy Coaster and mini-golf are other activities available. The Scenic Chairlift is closed this summer during the construction of the new Summit Gondola. The new gondola is scheduled to open in December of 2021. For updates visit snowkingmountain.com.
* Teton County's mask-wearing suggestions are very fluid, depending upon the Covid cases reported here; as of August 20th the county moved to the red (high risk) level. Visit tetonwyo.org for up-to-the-minute information.
Jackson Hole Event Cancellations/Changes Due to Covid
• The Center for the Arts is holding several live events at this point in time (mostly outdoors) but will also continue virtual content with regional talent (jhcenterforthearts.org).
• Old West Days and Elkfest are canceled for May 2021, however, Elkfest is being postponed until October 2.
• The Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will not be in operation this summer so that extensive scheduled maintenance can be conducted through early fall in preparation for next winter’s operation.
• Both Grand Targhee Resort's Targhee Music and Grand Targhee Bluegrass festivals were canceled for summer 2021 due to uncertainty around Covid-19.
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.
- Community website for COVID-19
- Teton County Dashboard
* Please check the health department's site (link above) as mask-wearing suggestions may change as the summer and autumn progress. Teton County is in the "red" (high risk) level at this time.
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 may exist in some form or another.
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