Location, location, location!
Where is the best location in Jackson Hole to (temporarily) hang your hat? The short answer is: Anywhere — you’re in Jackson Hole! But the serious answer can be found below; you have a number of equally terrific options.
This map of Jackson Hole (above) displays the distances between the major destinations of the valley. If you're in search of ski-in/ski-out accommodations, for example, Teton Village puts you right at the base of the mountain. However, you'll be about 12 miles from downtown Jackson Hole's Town Square. These are all things to consider as you choose where to stay.
Downtown Jackson Hole
Some of the advantages of choosing lodging in the town of Jackson Hole include easy access to some wonderfully amazing restaurants, from the decidedly upscale to the more casual eateries that dot Town Square. There are also a number of venues to hear live music just steps away from your downtown hotel, as well as a multitude of shops to peruse.
Other perks include the accessibility to Jackson Hole Airport and national park entrances, as well as the rodeo grounds, plus museums and art galleries. And Snow King Mountain—which offers both day and night skiing—is also located in town. The biggest varieties of accommodations are found in town, too, from charming B&B's to budget motels.
Your chances of having a room with a mountain view, however, aren’t nearly as plentiful downtown. If that’s more of a priority, consider Teton Village, the West Bank or Grand Teton National Park.
Teton Village is the other major lodging choice, with many of the valley’s largest and most-amenity packed hotels. The Village is the “happening” place to be during the ski season, with its own enviable roster of shopping and restaurant options. During the summer months, a stay in “the Village” is quieter and more imbued with the expansive views and feelings of the mountains.
In the winter you have instant access to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort without the hassle of parking—simply carry your skis to the base lift of your choice and off you go into the powder! The Village is very pedestrian-friendly friendly so you don’t need a car to go anywhere within it. During the summer months, you have the convenience of getting into Grand Teton National Park with ease via its Granite Canyon entrance at the head of the Moose-Wilson Road, less than two miles from your room.
From a family standpoint there is something for everyone to do in the Village for multiple days in summer: mountain biking, Aerial Ropes Course, riding the tram, free outdoor concerts, bungee trampoline, swimming in the pool at Snake River Lodge, and more.
Elsewhere in the Jackson Hole valley, there are condominiums and overnight suites available in the Aspens-Teton Pines area four miles from Teton Village. Spring Creek Resort —which sits atop of East Gros Ventre Butte—is three miles from town and offers a range of overnight and weekly accommodations. Scattered throughout the valley are bed and breakfast choices, lodges, plus guest ranches, and cabins.
A new choice in the West Bank area is Glamping of Jackson Hole, a luxury “Safari-style” camp that boasts huge, stand-up wall tents with real beds/sheets and a host of outdoor activities. All meals are included and prepared by an on-site chef using local ingredients. Two- and three-night packages are available.
North of Jackson Hole
The Gros Ventre River area north of the National Elk Refuge hosts many exceptional and secluded guest ranches, with your own private wilderness less than 20 miles from Town Square. These ranches typically offer multi-day and week-long adventures, once-in-a-lifetime luxury accommodations, and an array of activities such as horsebackriding, fly-fishing, world-class hiking, and exceptional dining. Flat Creek Ranch is proud to be one of Jackson Hole's first eco-friendly sustainable ranches with their electricity coming from a state-of-the-art solar system: a symbol of their ethos for preserving the pristine environment surrounding the historic ranch.
Grand Teton National Park
To experience Grand Teton National Park to its fullest, many people choose to stay inside it in the summer. This offers you the opportunity to be close to what the park has to offer while still being able to travel back and forth to Jackson Hole for other activities or in-town dining.
There are a number of lodging options, from camper cabins in Colter Bay and historic cottages at Jenny Lake Lodge, to a full service resort at Jackson Lake Lodge to a honest-to-goodness dude ranch, the Triangle X Ranch. And Triangle X is the only lodging open in the park in winter!
Staying lakeside at Signal Mountain Lodge in their cabins, bungalows and lakefront retreats affords easy access watersports.
No matter where and how you choose to stay while on vacation in Jackson Hole, the Teton Range watches over you — so really any choice is the right choice.
TIP: Whether staying in a motel or camping, remember that it can be difficult to find a room or tent site during the busiest six to 10 weeks of summer from the first of July to mid-August.