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Jackson Hole Top Attractions

Here is our complete guide to all the Jackson Hole top attractions and quintessential moments you shouldn't miss on your trip to the Tetons, no matter what the season.
Grand Teton National Park

Experience Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is one of the top Jackson Hole attractions for sure. In addition to the magnificent Teton Range framing the west side of Grand Teton National Park,  there are myriad things to love about this 485-square-mile wilderness and recreation area. In fact, its wide range of recreational activities is among the most accessible of any national park. Exploration opportunities abound—and the amazing views just won’t quit. The park is open year-round but seasonal road closures limit auto access to some areas during the winter.

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Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

Ski and Play at Three Major Resorts

Jackson Hole boasts two major ski areas and a third “over the hill” —Grand Targhee—just a short drive away. For eight years running, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was named the No. 1 ski resort in the country by Forbes magazine. Snow King literally looms over the town of Jackson and holds the title of the first ski area in Wyoming.

In summer, find your mountain legs with a hearty hike or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Snow King and the Aerial Tram—nicknamed "Big Red"—to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Grand Targhee is a mountain biking lover's paradise. Summer in all areas offers a myriad of fun, family-friendly activities.

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Antler Arches on the Jackson Hole Town Square

Hit Town Square

Bathed by the neon honky-tonk sign of the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and bordered by four quirky elk-antler arches and wooden boardwalks, the Town Square forms Jackson Hole’s retail and artistic core. From Western to contemporary, housewares to hats, jewelry to bronze sculpture—whatever your taste—you'll find an incredible selection of shops and boutiques, Shopping in Jackson Hole. It is also the site of the Jackson Hole Shootout, the longest-running one in the country. Don’t forget to take a photo under the antler arches. FUN FACT: Each arch is made up of 2,000 elk antlers!

Town Square is also the site of many Jackson Hole fairs and festivals, such the Elk Antler Auction each May, Old West Days and Fourth of July parades, Fall Arts Festival and more.

Here's more of the lowdown on experiencing our cultural crossroads.

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National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

See the Largest Herd of Elk

You won’t need binoculars to view the thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge, a 25,000-acre swath of protected land. Each winter wapiti gather to feed, scramble for dominance with extraordinary antler clashes and rear their young. A unique way to experience the refuge is by horse-drawn sleigh. In summer, tour the historic Miller House that sits on the edge of this sanctuary and scan for nearby wildlife.

Yellowstone National Park in the Spring

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park  owns the bragging rights as the world’s first national park. It has approximately 10,000 active thermal features, the most famous of which is Old Faithful. The 3,500-square mile wilderness recreation area is mostly in Wyoming but spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho, too. Bison, bear and other fascinating wildlife abound within the park boundaries. It is open year-round, but in winter the roads are closed to automobiles; only snowmobiles and snow coaches are allowed—a decidedly bucket list way to experience the park!

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Moose - Jackson Hole

Watch Wildlife

With more than 500 animal species inhabiting the Greater Yellowstone region, some have called our area the “American Serengeti.” The wild things are literally all around you! Spotting a bison, moose, bear, bald eagle, coyote and/or an elk are definite possibilities for you during your visit. Consider taking a guided wildlife expedition at the beginning of your trip to learn more about the area’s furry and winged residents.

Jackson Hole Nightlife - Stagecoach Bar

Drink at an Iconic Watering Hole

Straddle a saddle at the bar of the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar; see the more than 4,000 1921 uncirculated Morgan silver dollars embedded in the bar of the aptly named Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel; attend “Sunday Church” at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson and dance with a cowboy or cowgirl, or venture into the iconic Virginian Saloon at the Virginian Lodge.

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Jackson Hole Rodeo

Find Your Western Spirit

Attending the Jackson Hole Rodeo is a favorite way to experience a tried and true Western tradition. See authentic cowboys ride bucking broncos and testy, mighty bulls, barrel race and rope calves, among other competitions, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer.

Venture Down the Snake River

Taking a guided, exhilarating whitewater rafting trip or mellower scenic float on the Snake River is truly a Jackson Hole must-do item during your visit. Professional and knowledgeable outfitters abound here to steer you down the magnificent Snake.

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Check Out the Heavens

Snow King Mountain’s brand-new, state-of-the-art Observatory and Planetarium—the only observatory on a North American ski area—allows you to stargaze and check out the skies day and night. A rooftop observation deck allows portable telescopes to be set up for additional viewing during astronomical events.

Wyoming Stargazing offers free, year-round, public stargazing events on clear Thursdays of each month (when the temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit!) just after sunset in the northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot off Hwy. 390 and 22, behind the bus hut where there are no lights. There is a $25 per person recommended donation. Astronomy educators use one of their large aperture telescopes to show you planets, stars, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance; just come and go as you please. In the event of inclement weather, visit Wyoming Stargazing's offices at 1135 Maple Way, unit 1, for a sci-fi movie screening. Popcorn, apple cider and hot cocoa are provided.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

Pursue Endless Physical Activites!

There are myriad recreational opportunities in Jackson Hole. Hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, paddling, boating, rafting, horseback riding, paragliding, golfing, fishing, zip lining, tackling ropes courses, downhill, Nordic and heli-skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, and shooting experiences are all available. Phew! There’s no excuse not to be active in the Tetons.

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