The town of Jackson is located within Jackson Hole, a Western Wyoming valley surrounded by spectacular wilderness. Jackson visitors will find recreation opportunities galore, from skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to hiking and scenic touring in the summer. Much of the mountain and forest land around Jackson is preserved and includes Grand Teton National Park
, Yellowstone National Park
, Bridger National Forest, Teton National Forest, and the Gros Ventre Wilderness. The area is particularly well-known for its ski resorts, which include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort.
Jackson, Wyoming, serves as a base for many grand adventures. It's a place where you can be pampered at a full-service resort or enjoy an affordable family vacation. In addition to all the outdoor beauty and recreation, there are a number of fun attractions to be found in Jackson, Wyoming. Here are my recommendations:
This multi-agency facility is a good place to start your Jackson adventure. You'll find representatives and information from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and several more. These experts can fill you in on the latest road, weather, and trail conditions, help you find a recreation guide or outfitter, sell you a hunting or fishing license, and answer your questions about local restaurants and lodging. The Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center has a living sod roof in honor of the region's Western pioneer heritage.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art occupies a distinctive stone building situated on a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Museum facilities include 14 exhibition galleries, an interactive gallery for children, classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and the Rising Sage Café. The wildlife art from the museum's collections, as well as that seen in special exhibitions, includes paintings, sculpture, and drawings from a range of artists. These artists come from many times and many backgrounds. Visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art will see traditional Native Americans arts and works from such well-known artists as Bierstadt, Catlin, Audubon, and Russell. A new 3/4-mile Wildlife Sculpture Trail featuring 30 large sculptures will open along the road to the museum in Fall 2012.
Part of the US National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Elk Refuge is the winter home of elk and bison herds. The herds can be seen from a number of viewpoints situated around the periphery of the refuge: these viewpoints can be reached on an auto tour. Winter sleigh rides are another popular way to see elk. While November through April are the best months to see the herds, the refuge is worth a visit all year round. Be sure to stop at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, an interagency facility that includes interpretive displays, education programs, and a gift and book store.
This rodeo takes place on Wednesday, Saturday, and some Monday nights during the summer months. Jackson Hole rodeo events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, and barrel racing. There are even some peewee events. Fun for the whole family, rodeos are a great tradition of the American West.
With amazing views in every direction, it's no wonder that Jackson Hole is home to artists who work in a variety of media. Paintings, photography, and sculpture are fun to look at and make a treasured souvenir of your Wyoming experience. Art galleries can be found around Jackson, with many concentrated along Broadway and Deloney Avenue. Here are some highlights:
- Mountain Trails Art Gallery - fine art featuring Western scenes, including wildlife and landscapes
- The Legacy Gallery - fine Western paintings and sculpture from contemporary and deceased American artists
- Wilcox Gallery - in addition to Western-themed paintings and sculpture this gallery offers fine woodwork and drawings
Golf in Jackson HoleJackson Hole is home to two of Wyoming's best public golf courses - Teton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club.