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It’s On at the Center

This month’s lineup at the JH Center for the Arts offers something for almost everyone. Check out a few of our favorites listed below.

Pumpkins on Fire – October 11

Purchase a lovely ceramic cup filled with soup at this event presented by the Art Association Ceramics Studio, along with Persephone Bread, Farmstead Cider, and hot apple cider from the Harvest Bar. Or, pick up a perfect ceramic pumpkin and groove to the live music, have your face painted, and munch on S’mores from the Fire Pit. Proceeds will benefit the Linda MacGregor Ceramics Studio.  

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – October 15

Since their beginnings in 2012, this renowned band has released two albums, opened for The Rolling Stones, and appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Austin City Limits,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Secrets of the Simpsons with Mike Reiss – October 15 & 20

An award-winning speaker and writer, Mike Reiss has been the recipient of four Emmy Awards during his 30-year tenure as a writer for “The Simpsons.” He is also the author of 20 children’s books and 24 animated films, including “Minions” and “Ice Age.”

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Two Balls and a Hootenanny

September brings a plethora of fabulously fun activities and events to Jackson Hole, and listed here are only a few of our favorites. First, Check out Hootenanny at The Center on September 9. Featuring some of the region’s favorite folk artists, the Center for the Arts will host a special performance of a longtime Monday tradition with some very special guests. Next, head over to the 79th Annual Fireman's Ball on September 21 at the Snow King Sports and Event Center. Headliners Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, along with the opening act Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine, will be kicking out the jams.

In addition to the hot entertainment, there’ll be ice-cold beer and cocktails, local food vendors, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit local Fire and EMS responders and members of the Jackson Firefighters Association. Lastly, don’t miss one of the best parties of the year when the 31st Annual Melvin Brewing Black Tie Blue Jeans Ski Ball kicks off the winter sports season. Featuring a gourmet dinner, fine wines, craft beer, cocktails, dancing, and a Grand Raffle, this gala evening helps support student-athletes of all financial levels.

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August Features Art and Music

Calling all art lovers—the 53rd edition of Art Fair Jackson Hole will return to Miller Park from August 9-11. This popular, family-friendly, event is featured twice during the summer, and is always a hit. You’ll find ceramics, furniture, photography, paintings, and jewelry, along with work in a variety of other mediums from over 150 international, national, and local juried artists. There will also be artist demonstrations, loads of live music, local food vendors, yoga, and youth crafts and activities. Art Fair admission proceeds go toward the support of art education and outreach.

On August 25, head over to The Center for a concert featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guests Coyote Brother. An iconic example of American roots music, the NGDB returns from their 2018, 50th-anniversary tour, energized and with an extended lineup. Today’s NGDB includes Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and Jim Photoglo, along with new additions Jaime Hanna (son of Jeff) and Ross Holmes. Don’t miss this exciting new concert by a band with a long history of powerhouse performances.

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Get a New Leash on Life

For animal lovers, one of the most worthy events in Jackson Hole is the Animal Adoption Center’s “New Leash on Life”  fundraiser. This event’s proceeds go directly to the support of the AAC’s animal life-saving rescue, spay/neuter, and educational programs, in addition to finding their charges loving and forever homes. “New Leash on Life” will be held this year at the Snake River Ranch on July 13, and will feature cocktails and dinner, live music, a live auction and a silent auction, yard games, and on-site adoptable fur babies.

The 2019 featured auction items include a September Vhay original painting, which is part of the artist’s famous Red Horse series and will be unveiled at the live auction. A unique experience at JH Winery will also be auctioned, complete with a private wine tasting for 10, an opportunity to customize your own label with your pets and a bottling experience. Custom Skis by Wilson Powder Tools will be added to the auction block, along with a ride-along flight choice from Dog Is My Copilot and a two-hour spring yard cleanup from Chasing Tails.

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June is Jamming

June in Jackson Hole—the breezes are warmer, the scenery is breathtaking, and the events and activities are fabulous. For your consideration, we are listing a few of our favorites here. First, get to know the town on a Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Sponsored by the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, these free, one-hour tours are held every Tuesday through Friday. Next, be sure to catch the Jackson Hole Live Concert Series at downtown Jackson’s Snow King Ball Park.

This family-friendly concert series will open on June 16 with a performance by North Mississippi Allstars and special guest Futurebirds, along with their the 14th annual crawfish boil, and the Teton Raptor Center’s RaptorFest. Lastly, celebrate the longest day of the year on June 21 at the Tuxes and Tails Gala at the Center for the Arts. This totally fun fundraiser will celebrate PAWS 20th anniversary, and the proceeds will benefit their community. There will be terrific tidbits, specialty cocktails, raffles, and a live auction. Also, DJ VerT-OnE will be kicking out the jams, so be sure to wear your boogie shoes!

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May Features Old West Days

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to mosey on over to the Town Square for Old West Days, a 10-day festival in recognition of our Western culture. Join us on May 18-27 for food, live music, theatrical entertainment, rodeo events, local brews, arts and crafts, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Highlights will include the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row, Elk antler auction and sales, stagecoach rides, a big game banquet, and, of course, the annual High Noon Chili Cook-Off on May 19.

Be sure to get to Center Street to sample some mighty savory bowls of red, prepared by area restaurants and organizations. Also, meet up at the center of Town Square on May 24 for a free walking tour of downtown, and don’t miss the 37th Annual Old West Days Parade on May 25. You’ll see covered wagons, gunslingers, Mountain Men, and more in this historical, horse-drawn parade. Afterward, stick around for the Shootout Gang Kickoff, and check out the Jackson Hole Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds, along with the many additional events Old West Days has to offer.

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Spring Brings Festive Fun

April promises to be one entertaining month, with such events as a free spring concert series, an Easter Egg Hunt, and fresh bounty at the People’s Market. First, make tracks for the 8th Annual Music Under the Tram Jackson Hole on April 6-7, featuring sunny, slopeside performances by the wildly popular Canyon Kids and One Ton Pig. Next, don’t miss a visit to the People's Market on April 20 for fabulous food and live music.

 Shop for the best fruits, veggies, dairy, meat, eggs, bread, prepared foods, and more from such vendors as Alpine Air Coffee Roasting, Bee Warm, Custard Mustard, Lark's Meadow Farms & Abundance Bread, Maya Organics, Naughty Fruit, and the Rosemary and Thyme Creamery. SNAP benefits and “Veggie Vouchers” are all accepted, and don’t forget that this is a zero-waste market, so remember to bring your own cup and shopping bags. Lastly, come out to Jackson Hole’s Town Square on April 20 to meet Sponge Bob, Dora, and Tigger, at the 51st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Over 5,000 toy-and-candy-filled eggs will be hidden, along with some prize eggs, so grab your family, your Easter baskets, and join the hunt!

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One Epic Party

Four idyllic days of skiing, followed by fabulous and festive evenings of live outdoor concerts, all set against a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of the square and snow-covered mountains – it’s time again for one of the region’s most eagerly-anticipated events, the Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival. From March 15-17, this three-day festival of music, skiing, and fun is always one epic party. This year will be no exception, as the festival will showcase the band that recorded the critically acclaimed “Tearing at the Seams,”  Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, along with such rockers as the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter.

Also performing will be music legends Greensky Bluegrass, whose recent release “All for Money” is receiving high praise, statewide Reggae favorites, the Chanman Roots Band, and Brent Cowles, whose combination of indie rock, R & B, and folk are a showcase for his impressive vocal talents. Two main stages will again be featured – one at Town Square and one at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Tickets are on sale now for Gold VIP, Silver VIP, and Bronze VIP packages, along with those for College Rendezvous.

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Inside Jackson Hole

One of the best aspects of Jackson Hole is that it’s a perfect year-round getaway destination for those who love the great outdoors. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, rafting, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, and skiing, all set against the magnificent scenery of the Grand Tetons. However, Jackson Hole also offers a myriad of fun and interesting indoor activities as well. Arts and culture play a major role in the community and offers our guests access to some of the finest activities and events.

For example, explore the 14 galleries of our National Museum of Wildlife Art. Ideal for both art lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, kids will love the puppet shows, animal costumes, and reading nook in the Children’s Discovery Gallery, while others have access to over 5,000 works of art via temporary exhibits, art events, the museum’s permanent collection, a sculpture garden, and more. For a more “spirited” experience, check out the Jackson Hole Still Works, a local distillery that uses a “grain to glass” method to produce and bottle their own craft spirits on site, using fresh mountain water and locally-sourced ingredients. Tours and tastings are available.

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Snowscapes and Savion Glover

This month, we invite you to join us for two terrific events. First, come out to Driggs City Plaza in Driggs, Idaho for the 8th Annual Driggs Snowscapes and Snow Ball. From January 15-19, this four-day, free, and fabulously fun event will feature both professional and amateur teams transforming large blocks of snow into the coolest art ever! Everyone is welcome to watch, and kids can learn to sculpt snow and play in the Community Fun Zone. Once the plaza is made over into a winter public art display, everyone is encouraged to vote on their favorites for People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice on January 19.

Afterward, jump in and help tear it all down at the Community Snow Stomping. Then, kick back and get a few hours of rest before you party like a rock star at the Snow Ball. Also, get your tickets now for Savion Glover’s ALL FuNKD’ UP on February 2. Glover, a Tony Award-winning choreographer and renowned dance artist will perform at Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts accompanied by a six-piece live band. The result promises to be a dazzling combination of jazz, funk, and the art of dance.

Happy Holidays – Jackson Hole Style

This December, Jackson Hole offers a myriad of fabulously festive and fun events and activities to help make your holidays merry and bright, and a few of our favorites are listed here. First, grab your holiday shopping list and head for The Lodge at Jackson Hole Conference Center for the Art Association Annual Christmas Bazaar, along with the Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Virginian Lodge. You’ll find locally-made arts and crafts that are ideal for wrapping and placing under the tree. Both events occur on December 9.

Next, lose yourself in the magic of Mozart on December 14, as the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts presents “The Magic Flute” via The Met Live in HD. Also, Santa will be appearing nightly on the Town Square from December 15-24, so stop over for a visit with the jolliest and oldest elf in history. Lastly, treat yourself and the family to an experience like no other – a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. Beginning on December 16, these rides will be available daily and offer the opportunity to see thousands of elk as well as additional local wildlife and the stunning natural beauty of the area.

Town Square Lights, a Fireman’s Ball and Teton Mudpots

This month, Jackson Hole offers an assortment of unique and entertaining events, just in time for the start of the holiday season. Here’s a small sampling of what’s available. First, join us in supporting our emergency responders at the Heritage Arena on November 10-11 at the 78th Annual Fireman’s Ball. You’ll find live music, food, adult beverages, gun raffles, a variety of auctions, and loads of fun, all for a fabulous cause. Next, help us kick off the holiday season on November 23 at our annual Town Square Lighting. Celebrate this dazzling display with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and cookies, and be sure to bring the little ones, because Santa Claus will make his appearance escorted by the Fire Department.

Lastly, make a dent in that holiday gift list at the Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale on November 29-30 at the Art Association’s Gallery and Loft. You’ll find hand-thrown pots and additional such items, along with jewelry, prints, ceramics, paintings, and more, all hand-crafted by our own gifted local artists. Thirty percent of all proceeds go toward art education and the Art Association Studios.

Music, Magic, and Trick or Treat on Town Square

This October, Jackson Hole offers a large variety of interesting and entertaining events, and a few of the best are listed here. First, get your rabbits and magic wands ready for “Michael Grandinetti MAGIC!” on October 14 at the Center for the Arts. One of the country’s most popular magicians, Michael Grandinetti has performed on national television, in theaters nationwide, and even at the White House. Next, save the date of October 27 for the Jackson Hole Community Band’s Halloween Concert at Walk Festival Hall.

Conductor Zachary Singer will lead the band with music from such beloved favorites as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Music for a Darkened Theater,” which features the film scores of Danny Elfman, John Williams’ “Star Wars Trilogy,” Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “The Addams Family Theme,” and much more. Lastly, don’t miss Trick or Treat on Town Square on October 31. Trick-or-treaters of all ages can indulge in treats from local businesses and non-profits, and participate in the renowned costume contest. Costume prizes will be awarded for each age category. For more information, call (307) 733-3316.

Floating on the Snake

From spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, and other natural scenic areas, to breathtaking, up-close looks at wildlife that can’t be seen by car or on foot, a scenic float on the Snake River offers one of the best ways around to explore the area. Climb aboard a raft and listen to our knowledgeable guide as you float lazily along. You’ll have a “boats-eye” opportunity to see a variety of bird species including Sandhill cranes and Bald eagles. You could also spot bear, moose, elk, coyote, deer, and more, at an unbelievably close range.

This three-hour journey will allow you ample time and proximity to take some amazing photos, so be sure to bring your camera, or your Smartphone, if you want to be the envy of your Instagram feed. It’s recommended that you bring your own water, dress in layers (no matter the temperature), and pack plenty of sunscreen. To make your reservation for a Snake River Float, call Teton Expeditions at (307) 733-1418, Jackson Hole Scenic River Trips at (307) 690-1139, or Barker-Ewing Whitewater at (800) 448-4202.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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

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 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.

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!

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