Located south of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson offers the best basecamp when visiting Yellowstone from its South Entrance.
Why should I visit Jackson Wyoming?
Jackson is a gateway community for visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks. It's also home to one of the best ski areas in the country, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In the summer, visitors enjoy the western theme of downtown and the ease of accessing many outdoor activities including rafting, hiking, and fishing. The Jackson Town Square is a hub for all the action. Take your picture under an antler arch, find great nearby restaurants and shops, or watch the nightly summer shootout.
Where is Jackson Wyoming?
Jackson is located in western Wyoming, just south of Grand Teton National Park and barely east of the Wyoming Idaho border. It is located just over an hour south of Yellowstone's South Entrance. The nearest airports are the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) and Idaho Falls (IDA), roughly 1.5 hours to the west.
What sort of amenities and services are available in Jackson?
With a small year round population – a little under 10,000 – Jackson supplies all the uniqueness and friendliness of a small town combined with large city amenities. The main economic interest in Jackson is tourism. Therefore, any visitor will find many and a wide variety of dining options, lodging facilities, activities, attractions and an array of entertainment. The only amenity you won't find here is a large shopping mall.
What can I do and see in Jackson?
- Grand Teton National Park: Just north of town, visitors can easily access Grand Teton National Park. Trails meander up just about every canyon or you can appreciate the view from afar on a scenic float trip.
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Just one of three nearby ski resorts, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is by far the most renowned. In the winter, take the tram to the top and ski an epic 4,000 vertical feet. In the summer the resort offers mountain biking, hiking trails, scenic tram rides, and more.
- Town Square: The heart of Jackson Hole is where the tourists gather. Restaurants and shops line the square.
- National Elk Refuge: In the winter months, a huge herd of elk set up camp in the Elk Refuge, just north of town. Take a sleigh ride through the refuge and visit the wintering elk.
- Fishing: The Snake River, as well as the Hoback River, Flat Creek, and Gros Ventre River, offer superb fly fishing. Or jump over to Swan Valley and float the South Fork of the Snake River.
- Rafting: Scenic float trips are available within and just south of Grand Teton National Park while whitewater rafting can be enjoyed in the Snake River Canyon.
- Hiking and Biking: Hikers typically head to Grand Teton National Park and mountain bikers love the trails on Teton Pass and up Cache Creek.
- Snowmobiling: Head into the backcountry at Togwotee Pass or take a guided tour into the south entrance of Yellowstone.