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Black and White Still Photo of Frank Sinatra from the Movie On the Town

This Month: An Array of Stars, an ArtFair, and the Highlander’s Festival

August offers our guests a myriad of events and attractions: check out the four listed here. First, enjoy an arts extravaganza at the Annual Jackson Hole ArtFair in Miller Park August 10-12. Now in its 52nd year, this popular summer event features dozens of international, national and local artists, live music, great food, kids art activities and artists demos, along with such items as paintings, photography, furniture, ceramics, and jewelry. All proceeds benefit art education and outreach programs. Next, hook up with Wyoming Stargazing for a viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower, which is predicted to be at its peak on August 12-13.

Watch more stars on August 13, when Movies on the Mountain presents “On the Town,” Stanley Donen’s 1949 charming musical starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garret, Ann Miller, and many others. Finally, for something different, check out the Wyoming Highlanders Festival on August 17-18 at the “Grassy Arena” of the Teton County Fairgrounds. You’ll see the "Calling of the Clans" the “Bonnie Knees Competition,” and a variety of Scottish Athletics. Also on hand will be Clan booths, Scottish foods, a kilted tug of war, and, of course, plenty of bagpipe music.

Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in a Scene from Shane

July Features Plays and Movies on the Mountain

This month, Jackson Hole visitors can bask in the cool evening air of the mountains or at Walk Festival Hall while being entertained with an array of popular movies, music, and Shakespeare. First, check out the lineup for Movies on the Mountain. Free of charge to all, these films are presented by the Grand Teton Music Festival and include "A League of Their Own" on July 9, “City Slickers” on July 16, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on July 23, and the western classic “Shane” on July 30.

Also, don’t miss the Festival’s presentation of the “Family Orchestra Concert: A Night at the Movies” on July 25. An instrument petting zoo will kick off the concert at 6:00 p.m. and the orchestral selections will include music from “Lord of the Rings,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” along with a sampling of tunes from Disney movie favorites. Next, the Off Square Theatre Company will present “Thin Air Shakespeare: Macbeth” July 13-15 at the Center Amphitheater. Bring a picnic and enjoy this free play under the stars. Lastly, “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” will be showing at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. This summer musical will play Monday-Saturday until October 6.

Closeup of a Great Horned Owl

Make Dad’s Day with a Jackson Hole Stay

This June, make Father’s Day one that Dad will recall fondly for years to come by planning a staycation in Jackson Hole. Home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country, the area is abundant with wildlife, and there is always something exciting going on here. If Dad likes to fish, treat him to a half or a full day of fly fishing on the Snake River. Or, pick up a map at the park entrance and hike the scenic trails of Grand Teton National Park. On June 17, Dad can celebrate birds of prey with Owly the Great Horned Owl, Gus the Golden Eagle and many other live raptors at RaptorFest.

For more raptors, Dad can visit Raptor Encounters at the Teton Raptor Center. This educational experience with live raptors happens every Wednesday through Saturday at Hardeman Ranch in Wilson. Lastly, make sure Dad sticks around for the Jackson Hole Food and Wine Summer Festival on June 21-23. He can sip and savor with guest chefs and winemakers, along with beer and cocktail experts, and much more. For details, click here.

Stagecoach with Driver and Horses Parked at the Jackson Hole Wyoming Stage Stop

Join Us for Old West Days and the High Noon Chili Cook-Off

Get ready to cook up your best bowl of red at the High Noon Chili Cook-Off on May 20. Hosted by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Howdy Pardner Ambassador Club, all local chili chefs are invited to gather at Town Square for the contest. Mild and meaty, or spicy and veggie, bring it on! For the Chili Cook-Off application, click here, and email the completed application to caitlin@jacksonholechamber.com, or call Caitlin Colby at (307) 201-2309.

Be sure to join us for Jackson Hole’s Old West Days. This celebration of Western culture is a five-day funfest of activities and includes a rodeo, one of the last and best horse-drawn parades of the Old West, live music, fine beer, stagecoach rides around historic Jackson Hole, and much more. Happening May 24-28, this is the 37th annual celebration of this event, which is always eagerly anticipated by both locals and visitors to the area. For more information, call (307) 733-3316, or email: info@jacksonholechamber.com.

Scene From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

April Events Feature “The Way We Worked,” National Theater Live, and a Fun Race/Fundraiser

This month’s recommended events include a traveling Smithsonian Art Exhibit, a fundraiser for the Adaptive community, and a live National Theater production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” First, check out the Targhee Fun Race and Fundraiser on April 14. Dress in your most outrageous costume and come out to show your support for the Adaptive community. Prizes will be awarded for fasted race course time, best team spirit, best costume, and most money raised. For details, contact Christy Fox at (307) 203-2223, or email her at: christy@tetonadaptivesports.com, or click here.

Next, don’t miss the National Theatre Live production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” on April 16 at the Center for the Arts. Tom Stoppard’s brilliant and beloved comedy stars David Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame, along with Joshua McGuire and David Haig. For tickets and details, call (307) 733-4900, email: anne@jhcenterforthearts.org, or click here. Lastly, be sure to catch “The Way We Worked” on display at the Pinedale Library through May 5. Additional activities and events related to this traveling Smithsonian exhibit will be announced. For details and a full schedule of events, call (307) 367-4114, email Judi Boyce at: jboyce@sublettecountrylibrary.org, or click here.

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Rock on at the Rendezvous

Get ready to party like a rock star – the Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival is returning for another fabulous four-day festival of music and fun. Prepare now for glorious days of spring skiing, followed by the best live outdoor concerts. From March 15-18, this year’s fest features an epic roster, including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Portugal. The Man, The Mavericks, Frankie Ballard, and other free outdoor concerts featuring a variety of musical genres, such as blues, roots, and rock.

Two main stages will be set up this year – one at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, and the other in downtown Jackson by Town Square. Frankie Ballard and the Mavericks can be seen on the Town Square stage on March 16, and Portugal. The Man and Michael Franti and Spearhead will perform on the resort stage on March 17. Don’t miss this sensational spring event! For details, click here.  

Gold and Red Apples with Embedded Heart Shaped Cutouts

Power to the People’s Market

Local meat and fresh regional winter produce, poultry, lamb, bread, dairy, eggs, honey, beer, prepared foods and local artisans. That’s just a small sample of what you’ll find at the People’s Market, Jackson Hole’s own year-round farmers market. Local is the key word here, as one of the market’s priorities is to give preference to local suppliers: producers, growers, farmers, harvesters, and gatherers. Located at the Teton County Fairgrounds Building and held every other Saturday, the non-profit market operates under the auspices of Slow Foods of the Tetons, which is a chapter of Slow Food USA. Their main objective is to give the community access to local healthy food.

All the vendors at the market accept EBT cards, and “Veggie Vouchers” from St. John’ Medical Center’s diabetes program. The market also prides itself on operating as a zero-waste entity, so be sure to bring your own cup and reusable bags. The next dates for the market are February 10 and February 24. A list of the participating vendors include: Bear Root Botanicals, Farmer Fred, the Glory Bowl Soup Company, Fish Creek Gardens, Rosa’s Tamales, Lark’s Meadow Farms, and Mountain Brand Pies. For more information, click here.

Reclining Odalisque

Middle Eastern Women Artists Featured in “I AM”

The complexity of life for Middle Eastern women is often portrayed in stereotypical ways and frequently misunderstood. Now, thanks to “I AM,” a traveling art exhibit at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, the public can experience art that depicts and celebrates the many ways Middle Eastern women contribute to the promotion of peace and harmony. The exhibit features 31 preeminent contemporary Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries. Since its premiere at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman in 2017, the exhibit has been shown in London and in Washington, D.C. “I AM” will continue to tour the country through 2018.

The exhibit opens on January 12, with an opening program featuring Alia Ali, renowned Yemeni contemporary artist, Mahmoud "Mood" Chouki, celebrated master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Morocco and Paul-Gordon Chandler, Founding President of CARAVAN, the exhibit’s sponsor and organizer. “I AM” will be exhibited here through February 25. For details and tickets, call (307) 734-8956, (307) 733-4900, or email: info@jhcenterforthearts.org.

Resting Elk Herd in the Snow

Holiday Art Events, Sleigh Rides among the Elks, and a Torchlight Parade

This month, Jackson Hole offers many fabulous holiday activities, and some of our favorites are listed here. First, the Lodge at Jackson Hole Conference Center will host the annual Holiday Art Bazaar on Saturday, December 9. Pick up holiday-themed artwork and artisan crafted items as Christmas gifts for those hard-to-please friends and family members from 9am to 4pm. Still need to shop? Get is all done at the Holiday Art Walk on Thursday, December 21. Galleries will be open and serving festive refreshments from 5pm to 8pm.

Give yourself and your loved ones a unique and memorable holiday gift: a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the majestic National Elk Refuge. You’ll ride in cozy comfort through a snowy winter wonderland as your expert guide shares information about the herd. It’s an up close and personal experience among these magnificent animals that number in the thousands. Watch for other local wildlife, such as trumpeter swans, wolves, bison, and fox. For reservations and more information, click here. Be sure to join us on New Year’s Eve for the Kids Ranch Glowworm Parade, the famous Torchlight Parade, and some spectacular fireworks. For more information, call (307) 739-2788.

Woman Skier Posing Near Mountain Top

November Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Jackson Hole

Stargazing on the lawn on a frosty winter evening, skiing on fresh, deep powder, and holiday-related events are all on the lineup for this month. First, scope out the stars and other heavenly bodies with the Dobsonian telescope. The Wyoming Stargazing program at the Center for the Arts is making it happen on November 18th and November 25th from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Check it out here wyomingstargazing.org. On November 23rd, the athletically-inclined can participate in the 5K Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. For details, click here.

On November 24th, the Annual Town Square Lighting will take place, including Santa, cookies and carols – all from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. And get ready to hit the slopes on November 25th – it’s opening day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! Click here for more information jacksonhole.com. Lastly, save the date of November 30 to attend the Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale. The sale is sponsored by the Art Association, and will run through December 1st. For more information, click here.

Expansive lake and snowcapped mountains beneath a blue sky with wispy clouds

The Fish Are Always Biting for Jackson Hole Anglers

Now that fall is upon us, the pace has slowed down a bit here in Jackson Hole. In this quiet interval between the tourist rushes of summer and winter, we like to spend much of our free time in peaceful contemplation amid the natural splendor of our majestic Wyoming surroundings. Fly fishing is a particular favorite of ours, and if you’re anything like us, then Jackson Hole Anglers has just what you’re looking for. A full service operation, the Anglers will pick you up at Jackson Hole Lodge the day of your trip, transport you to the most prolific trout fishing spots, provide all the equipment, and then, at the end of the day, deliver you right back to the comfort of your hotel. They always have snacks and drinks on hand, and for full day trips, they even provide a hardy, sumptuous lunch. With these expert fishermen, customer care is the number one priority. We demand nothing less for our guests here at the Jackson Hole Lodge.

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The Teton Raptor Center: Spend a Day with Birds of Prey

Just a short fifteen-minute drive from our Jackson Hole hotel lies Hardeman Ranch, known across Wyoming for its historic barns. Since 1991, this beautiful plot of land has been home to the Teton Raptor Center, a pioneering avian care facility that rehabilitates more than 130 injured birds each year and promotes conservation and education efforts both on and off site. In addition to these duties, the TRC’s expert staff of veterinarians, biologists, ornithologists, educators, and volunteers are eager to treat you to an hour-long learning experience in which you will be introduced to the center’s raptors as well as many fascinating facts about these and other birds of prey, including what you should do if you come across an injured raptor in the wild. The TRC’s programming is appropriate for all ages, and special events are scheduled from month to month.

Address: 5450 WY-22, Wilson, WY 83014

Basket of colorful vegetables

Eating Local at the Jackson Hole Farmers Market

Every Saturday during the summer, from 8 A.M. to noon in Jackson Hole Town Square, the Jackson Hole Farmers Market brings you some of the best locally-grown, organic produce in all of Wyoming. In addition to the fruits and vegetables, you’ll also find an assortment of other delicious goodies, including locally farmed beef, cheeses, honey, herbs, homemade pies, fresh baked bread, pastries, flowers, and much more. As you browse among the edible selections, you’ll be treated to live music performed by local Jackson Hole favorites. Be sure to check out the Chef of the Week booth too, where each week a different Jackson Hole restaurant showcases a generous sampling from its menu. And as if that weren’t enough, 10% of all sales are donated to area non-profits, making this Farmers Market good for you, your family, and the greater community of Jackson Hole.

wooden lodge with snowy mountains

Miles and Miles of Pristine Trails at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Within the Grand Teton National Park lies 1100 acres of stunning land that opened to the public only in the last decade. The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, owned by the famed industrialist family for most of the 20th century, boasts 8 miles of immaculately kept, well-marked trails overlooking Death Canyon, Phelps Lake, and the Teton mountains. If you’re unable to walk significant distances or happen to be pressed for time, you can also take in the preserve’s wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife with a scenic drive. Rangers at the Rockefeller Preserve Center would be happy to arrange a guided hike for you and tell you all about the Center’s state-of-the-art, eco-friendly design. If you’d like a quiet, comfy spot to kick back with a book, you can also enjoy the Center’s reading library before heading back to the only place in Wyoming that’s even more welcoming, your room at the Jackson Hole Lodge.

Address: Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, Jackson, WY 83001

Group of people water rafting

Rapidly We Roll Along

As winter turns to summer, the snow-capped peaks begin to trickle down to the rivers and streams of Jackson Hole, and our guests turn from the slopes to the rapids. In choosing the right rafting company for you, consider whether you want to float languidly along or contend with the full bite of the Snake River. For the former option, we recommend Mad River Boat trips (despite the somewhat frantic name, there's nothing crazy about it). On this 3-hour, 13-mile trip, your camera will stay dry, and your guides will do all the heavy lifting, so your only job will be to take photos of the beautiful scenery and wildlife. For a more active outing, try Barker Ewing Float trips. This 10-mile, 2.5 to 3-hour journey will require a little more of you as you make your way through the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. For an all out whitewater extravaganza, go with Sands Whitewater. It’ll take you about 8 miles and 3.5 hours, though the most thrill-seeking nature enthusiasts sometimes opt for the overnight excursion!

Mountains

Into the Wild with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris

Our guests come to Jackson Hole for many reasons, but for most folks, one big reason is a desire to get away from it all—from jobs, from the city, from responsibility, from limitations. Out here land and sky can seem truly limitless, and Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris can help you take it all in, in the most fun and fulfilling way possible. On the full-day Grand Teton Wildlife Safari, you’ll experience the wildlife, topography, and natural history of Grand Teton National Park. Start your guided tour on the lookout for wildlife at National Elk Refuge as you make your way up to Mormon Row and Antelope Flats, where the buffalo gather in summer. Heading over to Jenny Lake, you can then boat to base of the Tetons. Further north you’ll experience the sublime views atop Signal Mountain, then on to Jackson Lake and Oxbow Bend. We cap the day off on Moose-Wilson Road, one of the premier spots for spotting wildlife. Your day will include hotel pickup, a friendly and knowledgeable guide, light breakfast, extravagant picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, and more.

Address: Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, PO Box 11396, Jackson

Wild elk

Take Refuge in the Wild

As its name implies, the National Elk Refuge was established primarily to manage and maintain the area’s significant elk population. Since its founding over a century ago, however, it’s become one of the best ways for locals and visitors alike to commune with nature and experience a great variety of wildlife, including bison, wolves, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and many other species. Bird watching, fishing, biking, and hiking are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy. Big game hunters will also find opportunities to hunt in conjunction with refuge efforts to preserve a healthy population of specific non-endangered animals. We strongly recommend taking some time to explore the multi-use pathway, a five-mile trail that winds through a majestic stretch of America as it makes its way to the Gros Ventre River. And before you leave, check out the historic Miller House. This fine specimen of late 19th century ingenuity, which once served as the hub of social life for frontier settlers, is now the home base of the National Elk Refuge.

Address: 675 E. Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Beer flight

Wyoming's Favorite Brewery

Beer lovers will be delighted to discover that Jackson is home to Wyoming’s oldest and most acclaimed brewery. Founded in 1994, Snake River Brewing has twice won “Small Brewery of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The brewpub’s original owners wanted an unpretentious space for locals and travelers alike to sample Wyoming’s best beers, which is what led them to the old cinder block building that houses the brewpub today. The interior boasts an industrial décor, with exposed steel beams and plenty of light pouring in on all sides. Come on in to sample the Nitro Speargun Stout, the Tripel Black Diamond, the Jenny Lake Lager, and many more of our local favorites. Feel free to work up an appetite too. The burgers and wings are guaranteed to satisfy.

Address: 265 S. Milward, Jackson

Dog sled

Dog Sled Adventures Await

Join Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours for a breathtaking adventure through the Rockies you’ll never forget. Operated by founder and eight-time Iditarod contestant Frank Teasley, Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours treats guests to a warm ride on a state-of-the-art sled amid gorgeous scenery. Guides are experienced mushers, intimately familiar with the surrounding area, and excited to point out wildlife and major landmarks. Tours can accommodate single individuals or groups, and trips are available in half-day and full-day packages. Half-day trips depart from town at 8 A.M. and return around 1:30 P.M. Full-day trips depart at 8 A.M. and return around 4:30 P.M. Both trips offer hot beverages and soups, and the full-day includes a robust and delicious lunch as well. The full-day trip will take you twice as far along the trail, all the way up to Granite Hot Springs, where you’ll have a chance to swim in the warm, relaxing mountain waters before heading back to town.

Coffeehouse

Broadway's Cozy Coffeehouse

To get the best coffee in Jackson Hole, skip the Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Seattle's Best and head to Jackson Hole Coffee Roasters. This independent, locally-owned coffeehouse "prides itself on procuring, roasting, an serving the finest specialty coffee, including, organic, fair trade, bird-friendly, and so on!" Unlike the large chains, all beans are roasted in house, a tradition they've maintained since opening in 2010. The small batches, watched over by owners Stefan and Luba, guarantee freshness, as well as original flavors you'll find only in Jackson Hole. From the Jackson Hole Lodge, this cozy, unique spot is on Broadway, just five minutes on foot -- so close you'll practically smell the aromas wafting into your room each morning!

Man pointing at Christmas lights

A December Evening to Remember

On November 25th, Jackson Hole held their annual town square lighting - a breathtaking event where thousands of LED bulbs came to life. The event included a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas carolers, fresh baked cookies, and hot chocolate. Even the town's famous antler arch was wrapped in magnificent light. Beginning December 15th, every evening from 5 PM - 7 PM, the square will light up again. Santa Claus will be collecting Christmas lists in the Stage Shop Building, so if you're bringing your kids, don't forget to bring a camera! The evenings are free and local businesses will provide holiday-themed refreshments to warm your soul and kindle your Christmas spirit. It's sure to be a December evening to remember!

Movie theater

Movie Season in Jackson Hole

November is typically the beginning of "movie season," the time of the year when the major studios release their most impressive pictures. So when the weather turns chilly in Jackson Hole, consider hitting up one the local theaters for a couple hours of cinematic joy. At Jackson Hole Lodge, we recommend Hacksaw Ridge for the history buffs. This film, starring Andrew Garfield, retails the story of the only American soldier in WWII to serve without a weapon. For a family friendly adventure, consider Trolls, the latest DreamWorks release, starring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Get outside and see Jackson Hole as much as you can, but know that there's plenty of indoor ways to enjoy your visit as well. These great films are sure to cure your blues if you're stuck inside for an afternoon.

Pretzels and beer

No Better Place to Get Your Oktoberfest On

Jackson Hole is becoming as famous for its breweries as its slopes. With more than a dozen local breweries, there's no better place to get your Oktoberfest on than here! Oktoberfest is a traditional German folk festival that is about - believe it or not - more than just beer. In addition to light German lagers served in giant, dimpled steins, Oktoberfest connects us to all aspects of Bavarian culture including food, music, dance, and clothing. At the Snake River Brewing Company you can enjoy German-style draft beer in one liter and half-liter portions, as well as their famous sausage bier rocks. Another great place to celebrate is the Q Roadhouse and Brewery, where discounts are offered to patrons donning lederhosen. Want a calmer, chiller way to celebrate? Stop by Lucky's, a grocery with a wide selection of traditional German sausages.

Osprey

The Teton Raptor Center

The Teton Raptor Center's mission is to "help birds of prey and promote environmental health through veterinary care and rehabilitation, educational programs and conservation research." This non-profit organization is run by biologists, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, educators and volunteers. It is located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, on Highway 22, just a fifteen minute drive from the Jackson Hole Lodge. You can enjoy an hour-long educational experience, learning about birds of prey and meeting the center's resident raptors. You'll learn, for instance, what to do if you find an injured bird during your stay in Jackson Hole, how the center treats osprey with fractured wings, and how the center facilitates the resending of injured birds back into the wild. Hurry, though because time is running out and this opportunity ends September 30th.

Male Stall Holder At Farmers Market

Catch the Jackson Hole Farmers Market

Time is running out to catch the Jackson Hole Farmers Market.  Open from 8:00am to 12:00pm each Saturday, the market will be closing in September.

You may think that the market is only for the locals, but there's more here than produce, beef, and cheese. In addition, you'll find home baked pies, honey, and anything else you may want for a late summer picnic.

We recommend keeping an eye out for the Chef of the Week booth -- a local chef generously provides a sampling from his or her restaurant's menu. This is a great way to partake in great conversation with the locals and get in touch with the tight-knit Jackson Hole community.

Your patronage provides support not just to local business but non-profits as well. A portion of all funds raised goes to a different community organization each week. In the sixteen years of this market, donations exceed $200,000!

Castle Geyser erupting in Yellowstone

Planning Your Trip to Yellowstone

If you're staying at the Jackson Hole Lodge, we're guessing that a trip to Yellowstone is already on your itinerary. Which is absolutely perfect, because now that August is just around the corner, it's peak season for enjoying our country's first ever national park (And first ever in the world, for that matter).

The first thing to consider is that Yellowstone is massive. It's over 3,000 square miles of lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. Because the park is so large, consider how much time you want to spend there -- a morning? a day? multiple days? One thing that will help you make your decision is knowing that it's about an hour and a half to the southern entrance -- potentially more if you run into traffic, which is not uncommon on Highway 191, the highway running north to south from Jackson to Yellowstone.

Next, consider what you want to do when you're there. If you're only there for a morning or afternoon, it's unlikely you'll have time to do much else than enjoy the scenery from the car. But that's no reason not to go. There are many places to pull over and take pictures. The wildlife is so abundant you'll find yourself stopping from time to time to let bison and elk cross the road.

If you're there for the entire day, I'd suggest parking the car and finding one or two short hikes. August is one of the best months for hiking, since most of the trails are clear of snow and ice. Consider hiking to Mystic Falls, a 70 foot high cascade waterfall in the Upper Geyser Basin. It's 2.4 miles round-trip and considered "moderately strenuous" by the National Park Service.

If that doesn't work up an appetite, then the 5 mile round-trip Avalanche Peak Trail may be for you. This moderate to difficult hike is near the park's east entrance. It rises 2,100 feet to a summit with one of the best views in the park. It's suggested to hit up Avalanche Peak in the morning, however, because in the summer thunderstorms tend to pop up in the evening.

Can't decide between Avalanche Peak and Mystic falls? Sounds like you'll need to plan multiple trips!

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Explore the Laurance S Rockefeller Preserve | Jackson Hole Lodge

The Laurance S Rockefeller Preserve is an 1,100 acre wildlife refuge located at the southern end of Phelps Lake within the Grand Teton National Park. The land was owned by the Rockefeller family for most of the twentieth century and didn't become accessible to the public until 2008, making it one of the most recent additions to our increasingly popular national park system. Most visitors to the preserve pursue the 8-mile network of well-marked and immaculately preserved trails. The trails provide extraordinary views of the Phelps Lake, Death Canyon, and the Teton mountain range. However, if you're in a hurry, there's a scenic drive along the preserve that allows you to enjoy the preserve's forests, wetlands, and wildlife. Be on the lookout for traffic jams, however, which are caused by moose, elk, and mule deer known to cross the road. If you see a line of cars parked on the side of the road that's a clue that a bear is within sight. Pull over -- but don't get out of the car.

Whether hiking or driving, all visitors should stop first The Rockefeller Preserve Center. For a deeper understanding of the Preserve, meet there to join a ranger for a guided hike. The center offers an opportunity to learn about Mr. Rockefeller, his plan for the preserve, and his legacy of conservationism. The building itself is a marvel of "green" engineering -- it's served as a model for architects interested in energy saving, conservation friendly design. The Center is also a great place to relax. Its reading room has comfortable chairs, a fireplace, and a variety of books and maps.

The preserve is a scenic thirty minute drive from the Jackson Hole Lodge. Head north on route 191 and turn left into the Grand Teton National Park at Moose Wilson Road. Then, on your way home, if you're not in hurry, head home south Moose Wilson Road to complete the loop. This way back to the hotel takes slightly longer, but it's too much beauty to pass up.

Address: Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, Jackson, WY 83001

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River Adventures | Tours & Whitewater Rafting Near Jackson Hole Lodge

Now that winter is over and the snow has melted, it's time to explore all that Jackson Hole has to offer off the slopes. One classic summer activity is a journey down the Snake River. Dozens of companies offer guided trips, from the wet-est, bumpy-est rides to lazy, relaxing floats.

Barker Ewing Float trips offers a classic ten-mile trip wholly within the Grand Teton National Park. Their seasoned guides impart the park's unique history and introduce visitors to the geological features and abundant wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. This trip lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone.

For the total whitewater adventure, you'll want to book with Sands Whitewater. Book 14 or 8 man rafts and be ready to get soaked on these Class III rapids! Sands Whitewater recommends bathing suits in place of cotton clothing -- they even have wet suits for rent. The 8 mile trip takes approximately 3.5 hours. However, the rugged adventurist might consider the overnight trip.

For a scenic float gentle enough to keep your keep your camera safe, go with Mad River Boat trips. This longer 13 mile trip is a relaxing way for the whole family to get up close to the beautiful scenery of the Tetons. The guides to do all the work, which means your job is to snap pictures as you watch for wildlife. Launch times are 8:15 AM and 12:15 PM and trips last three hours.

Whether you're looking to learn about this pristine environment, ride its white-capped waves, or relax and take pictures, there's a company to help you make lifelong memories in Jackson Hole. Your trip wouldn't be complete without a view from the river.

Address: Snake River, Jackson Hole

grand Teton national park view at sunset

Explore the Grand Teton National Park

One of the best perks of being located in the heart of Jackson Hole is being able to admire the Grand Tetons at any time of the day. The only thing that beats the view is taking a whole day to explore the mountains up close, an easy task for anyone who books a tour with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari group.

Spring is in full bloom, which means picture-perfect weather as you journey through the beautiful Grand Teton National Park. You’ll be greeted by experienced local guides with a passion for the area, and will go home with knowledge about the wildlife, geology and natural history of the Grand Teton park. On this safari, you’ll kick off the morning getting acquainted with the wildlife on the National Elk Refuge (a Jackson Hole favorite), then explore Antelope Flats and Mormon Row, the summer home to bison and antelope. A stop at Jenny Lake will give visitors a chance to take a boat across the lake, landing at the base of the Tetons. A stop at the top of Signal Mountain will give you a stunning view for the perfect photo opportunity, and a drive down Moose-Wilson road will give you a chance to encounter wildlife.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari makes touring the Grand Tetons fun and easy by offering hotel pickup, a gourmet picnic lunch, a customized souvenir water bottle and use of auto-focus binoculars and spotting scopes for optimized wildlife viewing. When the day is over, your room at the Jackson Hole Lodge will be waiting.

Address: Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, PO Box 11396, Jackson

national elk refuge

Visit the Wildlife at the National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge is one of Jackson Hole’s best nearby attractions to connect with nature and wildlife. With winter gone, the refuge is open to spring and summer activities such as bison and elk hunting (used to help maintain a healthy population of wildlife), fishing, bird watching, biking and hiking. We recommend visiting the multi-use pathway on the refuge, a five-mile trail that leads to the Gros Ventre River. Whether you decide to go by bike or foot, taking the trail will provide you with stunning outdoor views and the perfect opportunity for nature photography. And don’t forget to visit the historic Miller House, which was the center for social activity for ranchers and home settlers, and is now the headquarters of the National Elk Refuge and a representation of the late 1800’s in Jackson Hole.

Address: 675 E. Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

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Snag A Snake River Brew

Jackson's favorite brewery is also Wyoming's oldest, with hundreds of national and international brewing awards to its credit. (In 2000 and again in 2001, Snake River Brewery was named "Small Brewery of the Year" at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, to name but two awesome accolades.) Cranking out just 8,500 barrels per year, you can taste the passion and precision of master brewers who blend ingredients from across the globe to create such bygone winners as the Organic Beer #1 (OB-1 for short), an organic English style brown ale that earned the USDA's organic certification in 2006. Sample a few of the newer creations at the Snake River Brewpub (aka Jackson's "living room") and taste what it takes to brew "beers to match the scenery."

Address: 265 S. Millward, Jackson

The Ideal Choice Among Hotels in Jackson, Wyoming


OLS Hotel & Resorts
420 W. Broadway
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Phone: (307) 733-2992
Toll-free: (800) 604-9404
Email: jhlodge@olshotels.com

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