Whether you want to get up, get down, get sideways, or just stay put and take it all in, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's offerings in Teton Village (just 12 miles from town) provide a base for a full day of activities for all ages. Gain elevation by riding the Aerial Tram or gondola, trying the climbing wall or ropes course, free falling at the new Drop Tower, or exploring myriad hiking trails. Lose elevation by soaring back down with a paragliding flight or downhill mountain biking. Flip it all upside-down on the bungee trampoline, or generally keep things on level ground by renting road bikes, playing a round of disc golf, joining a kid's camp, or just enjoying food and music with a view.
Summer in Teton Village has something for everyone and unlimited ways to construct a day!
- Duration: A wide range of activities for an hour or a full day through dinnertime.
- Hours: The Tram runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 19 to October 7. The Deck, Piste Bistro, Off-Piste Market and Corbet's Cabin are open every day from June 15 to September 9 (Corbet's Cabin until October 7).
- Cost: Tram rides $43 with reductions for under 17 and 65+ and a $97 family pass; there is a $5 discount when you purchase online. Activities range from $14 - $37. Multi-day and Grand Adventure Pass discounts available. Gondola rides are free starting at 5 p.m.
- New this year: Grand Adventure Pass—$79 for full-day, unlimited access to Grand Adventure Park: Aerial Tram, Bridger Gondola, Teewinot lift, Aerial Ropes Course, The Drop Tower, bungee trampoline, downhill bike park and climbing wall. Does not include bike rental.
- Where? Teton Village, 12 miles from downtown Jackson.
- Ages: Something for everyone—bring the whole family.
- Rentals: Equipment for all activities can be rented or purchased onsite at JH Sports or Teton Village Sports, and guides and lessons are available.
- Hiking intensity: Easy, moderate and strenuous options. Take the Tram 4,139 vertical feet to the summit or, um… hike all the way up!
- Highlights: Jackson Hole's iconic "Big Red" Aerial Tram. Look up or down at the largest vertical drop in America.
What To Do
Those in search of views and the flexibility of quick activities for all ages are in luck: Teton Village is a great destination for end-of-day food and drink, or as a full-day sampler of all the different happenings at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. And if mom and dad want to venture out on their own, there is a terrific Kid's Ranch with day camp offerings.
There are plenty of weekly events in the Village, too, which can be add-ons to all the other mountain-based activities.
We've broken down all the activities for you to conquer—choose your favorites. Your passport to a fun-filled day starts now!
Get On 'Top of the World'
Sometimes you just need to get to the top. In Jackson Hole, we take the Aerial Tram. The exciting and spectacular 12-minute ride whisks you 4,139 feet to the 10,450-foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. There, at the crown of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you can take in 360-degree views of the Snake River, Tetons, Gros Ventre Mountain Range and Idaho, follow a range of hiking trails around the peak and those nearby, and enjoy a "top of the world" waffle or refreshment in Corbet's Cabin. If the thrill of being up there isn't enough, peer down the world-famous Corbets Couloir ski run or take a tandem paraglide flight back to the base. Tram cost: $43 with reductions for those under 17 and 65+.
Rent a downhill mountain bike and take the modified Teewinot ski lift up to access the specifically designed downhill mountain bike trail system. Test your skills on smooth "green" trails before working up to "blue" and "black" trails with steep banked turns and jumps. Prefer to go for distance and generate your own speed? Road bikes are also available to hop on the bike pathways all the way to downtown Wilson and beyond.
A large network of maintained and difficulty-rated hiking trails sprawls upwards from the base of the mountain and can be used for round trips of an hour or more. Explore either wildflower-laden terrain off the tram or gondola. Enjoy your time at the top for photos and hiking, and catch the tram back down, they come every 15 minutes during operating hours.
Now you can also "hike to a cold one" in the late afternoon by trekking down the Cirque Trail from the top of the tram until you reach the Gondola summit. There, The Deck offers a high-altitude outdoor patio with a bar and outdoor grill menu.
Climb and Bounce
The 25-foot climbing wall at the base of the Bridger Gondola offers challenging routes for kids and adults. It ain't the Grand Teton, but it's a fun training ground! Cost: $15
By far the most original offering in Teton Village is the bungee trampoline where brave individuals bounce up to 24 feet in the air, spinning and trying tricks tethered safely to a harness. Cost: $15
Aerial Adventure Course
Adrenaline junkies rejoice! The Aerial Adventure Course is an exciting series of suspended ropes, nets, zip lines, balance beams and ladder features. Once harnessed in, give Jackson Hole’s unique spin on a ropes course a try via routes of varying difficulty. The Drop Tower combines the thrill of free-fall while safely controlling your decent. Cost: $40 for each; 3 loops included in price
Via Ferrata: Climbing at 9,000 Feet!
Via Ferrata is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's newest outdoor adventure. This memorable experience takes you high above the valley floor, across suspended bridges and along granite walls all with a knowledgeable guide. Via Ferrata is perfect for families, groups or individuals. There are three different loops, varying in difficulty from an introductory climb to more difficult routes. There are six routes in total, the longest at more than 500 vertical feet, and can include a breathtaking experience crossing a 120-foot long suspension bridge. Costs: $135 to $229
Play golf! With frisbees, that is. Bring your disc golf set or buy one at JH Sports and enjoy free use of the elaborate 18-hole course that course starts out short and technical, with tunnel and treed shots. It then winds back and forth up lower Gros Ventre and Tramline, shooting in open fields and tightly wooded areas. Cost: Free!
Kids' Day Camp Programs
The Kid's Ranch offers several camps for kids from age 3 to 11 utilizing all of the outdoor activities at JHMR with science projects, horseback rides, arts and crafts, mountain biking and tram excursions completing the fun.
There is also Wrangler Daycare for wee ones ages 6 to 36 months.
Free Events on the Commons
Alive@5 events are offered for free on the Village Commons Tuesday through Friday during July and August. They include storytelling with live animals on Tuesdays; meeting birds of prey (at arm's length!) with Teton Raptor Center on Wednesdays; "Tunes on Thursdays" with local bands, and a Wild Things of Wyoming presentation on Fridays.
Insider tip: If you're traveling with kids and they don't seem interested in watching the Alive@5 events, they can always go cool off and play in the Pop Jets right there in the Village Commons. This collection of fountains shoot water up in varying locations and intervals. The Pop Jets offer up an abundance of free summer fun in a location where it's easy for parents to hang out and supervise.
Where to Eat—and Hear Music
Aside from all the action, the other, perhaps more relaxing, reason to come to Teton Village in the summer is for the concerts and eating. Concerts on the Commons is a free outdoor concert series at 5 p.m. on Sunday evenings throughout July and August, whose beautiful setting typically draws a crowd of visitors and locals alike. There are also local bands that play at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Commons.
The Grand Teton Music Festival runs from July 3 through August 18 and features some of the best musicians in the world for its Festival Orchestra Program. There are also jazz, chamber music and brass performances and free family concerts.
And whether you're looking for food to replenish energy after a long hike, or just pulling in to dine with a view, the assortment of culinary experiences in Teton Village are sure to excite. Restaurants at the base area boast a wide variety of cuisine. There's Italian and personal pizzas at Il Vilaggio Osteria, Jackson institution Teton Thai out by the Ranch parking lot, easy lunch on the patio at Nick Wilson's, taco truck style grab-n-go at the Tin Can Cantina and chicken fried sandwiches at Bodega's food truck. And of course no visit to the Village—or Jackson Hole, for that matter—would be complete without a meal or a drink (and listening to music, too) at the iconic Mangy Moose.
For the true experience, finish off a Jackson Hole day with a free ride up the gondola to The Deck for appetizers and drinks outdoors at 9,095 feet beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Piste Mountain Bistro is a new dinner spot up top, offering a comfortable menu of locally sourced dishes that you can savor yourself or share with the table. The Off-Piste Market has a full espresso bar, gourmet food, beer, wine and small essentials like sunscreen and batteries.
If you had choose just one thing to do at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort—which would be incredibly difficult!—a ride on "Big Red" is a no-brainer. The vistas going up, down and, of course, on top are bar none.
Another don't miss is taking the Bridger Gondola for free starting at 5 p.m. daily for Happy Hour at The Deck. Or just to take in the view of the valley.