Jackson Hole Resort
Jackson Hole is as lauded a winter getaway as any, what with the top-grade ski resorts and the spectacularly varied terrain on tap. But the other side of the calendar has just as much to offer the visitor: Summertime opens up the country completely, treating you to high thrills and supreme R&R—from the high meadows of the Tetons to the evening streets of Jackson. Read on for the seasonal lowdown!
Summer Hiking & Camping in Jackson Hole
With Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and other huge swaths of public land within easy reach, Jackson’s the perfect base camp for summer hiking and camping. Whether it’s a leisurely afternoon stroll or a week-long sojourn in deep Rocky Mountain backcountry you’re after, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (of which Jackson Hole’s a part) encompasses some of the finest trails in the world, bar none.
Situated as it is, a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park‘s southern boundary, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is as much a hiker’s paradise as a skier’s. The resort’s Aerial Tram gives you blissfully easy access to the Teton high country: You step out at 10,450 feet, with nary a calf-killing switchback involved. Trace Rendezvous Mountain’s spine on the aptly named Top of the World Trail, ramble timberline groves and wildflower gardens on the Rock Springs Loop, or—if you’re feeling like a real adventure—drop back down to the ski area’s foot on a 7.4-mile, 4,139-foot descent. Near at hand, meanwhile, is one of Grand Teton’s standout hikes: the Granite Canyon Trail, striking along the namesake glacier-carved defile edging Rendezvous Mountain’s northern flanks. The Granite Canyon Trailhead is a short drive north from Teton Village; you can also descend the gorge by hiking from the Rendezvous via the Aerial Tram.
Those Rendezvous trails merely gesture at the wealth of hoofing-it options on Jackson Hole-area trails. If you’re staying at the White Buffalo Club in downtown Jackson, for instance, you’ve got, essentially at your backdoor, the many paths around Jackson Peak in the Gros Ventre Range: These heights serve up absolutely killer views of the Teton Range across the valley.
If you feel like combining a resort stay with a few nights tenting under the stars, you’ve got effectively unlimited opportunities for both front- and backcountry camping. Among the most conveniently situated developed campgrounds in the area is Curtis Canyon, a Forest Service facility only a few miles from Jackson and right on the fringe of the National Elk Refuge.
Summer Biking in Jackson Hole
Not many places in the country can lay claim to the caliber and variety of bike routes on tap in and around Jackson Hole. If you’re a mountain biker, fantastic options for getting the heart rate up exist on the diverse summertime trails of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Bike Park, which accommodates the novice, the hard core pedaling fanatic, and everybody in between.
On the valley floor, meanwhile, you’ve got the paved, family-friendly, and scenery-stupefied pathways, a 42-mile network linking the towns of Jackson, Wilson, Teton Village, and Moose and the Teton County countryside. A 20-mile pathway reach runs through Grand Teton National Park, arguably the most bike-friendly of America’s national parks and surely one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous places to pedal in the world. The Grand Teton Pathway extends as far north as the shores of Jenny Lake and affords bicycle access to both the Taggart Lake and Cascade Canyon trailheads.
Floats & Whitewater Rafting in Jackson
Jackson Hole’s knitted by one of North America’s great rivers: the Snake, which rises close by on the south-eastern margins of Yellowstone country. Guided float trips on the Snake’s languid Jackson Hole flow are wonderful, all-ages excuses for drinking in the monumental scenery of the valley—and eyeballing moose, osprey, river otters, and other riverside critters.
Make sure to check out Barker Ewing Whitewater Rafting trips in the summer when visiting to get the best experience!
Golfing Jackson Hole
If you’re itching for a little green-and-fairway action, Jackson Hole’s also got you more than covered. There’s a whole range of courses in the area, from the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club to the Shooting Star Golf Course. Your golf buddies not lucky enough to be joining you on your Teton County summer vacation are going to go utterly green-eyed when you show them your “selfies” of teeing up with a backdrop of straight-out-of-a-dream Rocky Mountain grandeur!
Other Summer Adventures in the Hole!
Speaking of that Rocky Mountain grandeur, you can enjoy a golden eagle’s view of the toothy Tetons with a paragliding flight at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Soaring in tandem with a professional Jackson Hole Paragliding guide, you get to concentrate fully on the sublime landscape. The Teton’s eastern front, with its fast-rising relief, provides outstanding gliding conditions.
Or about a horseback ride, a chance to relish the vistas and summon up Jackson Hole’s Old West heritage? Or a serene morning of fly-fishing on the Snake with the snake river angler or one of its trout-jammed side streams? If you’re a mountaineer, you can spend your days bagging high Teton peaks—some of the most celebrated mountains in the world—or scaling lesser-known summits in the Gros Ventre or Snake River ranges.
Then there are all the cultural offerings, including Jackson Hole Resort’s famously rich suite of annual summer festivals and events: the Grand Teton Music Festival, Old West Days, the Jackson Hole Rodeo, and many others. Jackson also boasts a remarkably varied lineup of dining options—from classic American cuisine to international flavors.
There’s really nothing like tucking into an exquisite meal at the White Buffalo Club’s elegant USDA steakhouse in Jackson Hole, for instance, after a day’s worth of Teton adventuring.
That’s the magic of Jackson Hole: the combination of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s primal wilderness and a spread of recreational, entertainment, and cultural options that holds its own with any in the West. From downtown feasts and riverside cycling to picnics beside high-country snowfields, summer’s the perfect season to sink your teeth into this wonderland!