Jackson (Wyoming)

Jackson is the largest town (population 10,000) in the Jackson Hole valley in Teton County, Northwest Wyoming, close to the south end of Grand Teton National Park. It is the gateway to two of the United States' best-known national parks, Grand Teton itself and nearby Yellowstone. Many famous people maintain vacation homes in and around this area. The combined elements of beautiful mountain scenery, Old West heritage, tourist traps and celebrity residents give this small town a unique atmosphere both cosmopolitan and frontier.

Understand

Thousands of antlers shaped into an arch are a popular icon of Jackson

The terms "Jackson" and "Jackson Hole" are often mistakenly interchanged. "Jackson" is the name of the town. "Jackson Hole" refers to either the greater valley area (including, for example, the towns of Wilson and Kelly) or the Jackson Hole ski resort.

Jackson transforms from a popular ski town during the winter into a mecca for travelers here to admire and participate in boundless summer beauty and activities. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall seasons, the town slows down as only the 6,000 or so year-round residents remain (and many of them may leave during this time as well) and many of the hotels and restaurants close for the season. Each of the seasons have their pluses and minuses depending on the visitor's expectations and desires, but it pays to know what time of year is best for what activity, especially in Jackson's unique high-altitude environment.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 29 33 44 54 64 74 82 81 71 58 39 28
Nightly lows (°F) 6 8 19 26 31 37 42 40 32 25 17 7
Precipitation (in) 1.2 1.0 1.2 1.3 2.0 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.3 1.6 1.5

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By plane

Jackson Hole Airport (IATA: JAC) is 7 miles north of the CBD, within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. Year-round flights are provided from Salt Lake City by Delta, and from Denver by United. Seasonal services are provided by American, Frontier and United from those cities and eight others across the US. Alltrans runs a seasonal shuttle from the airport to Jackson and many hotels and motels offer free shuttle service. Rental cars are available at the airport from Alamo, Avis, Hertz and National.

Green ski slopes form the backdrop for summertime Jackson

By car

Jackson is a few miles south of Grand Teton National Park on U.S. Route 191. Wyoming State Highway 22 intersects US-191 in Jackson, connecting to Victor, Idaho. The nearest city of size, Salt Lake City, Utah, served by several major airlines, is 307 miles or about a five-hour drive away.

By bus

Get around

START Bus (Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit) serves Jackson, Teton Village, Star Valley to the south as far as Etna, and Teton Valley as far as Driggs, Idaho. Travel is free within the town limits and north to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

In addition to the rental car companies at the airport, Dollar and Thrifty both have depots downtown.

The town of Jackson is small enough to be explored by walking, or bicycle.

See

Do

  • Snow King Resort, 400 East Snow King Ave., +1 800 522-5464. The base of this smaller mountain is incredibly convenient to the town, located a mere 6 blocks from the town square.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village, +1 307 733-2292. Featuring a vertical rise of over 4,000 feet, this resort offers world-class skiing, and is in Teton Village, about a 15 minute drive from Jackson. Accessible by bus.
  • Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 East Ski Hill Rd., Alta, +1 307 353-2300. Located over Teton Pass, about an hour and a half from Jackson, this mountain that receives of 500 inches of snow every winter might be worth the trip for a taste of fresh powder.
  • Tootsy's Footsy Lounge (Massage & Day Spa), 565 N Cache suite 6 (3 or so blocks N of Town Square),  +1 307 413 4456. Tootsy's Footsy Lounge : Locals and visitors love this day spa for it's local charm, character and friendly prices. The signature special is the Deluxe 1hr Tootsy Footsy Massage for $43.99! There are 3 treatment rooms and Tootsy's Footsy Lounge can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably. Also try a Therapeutic Massage, a Tootsy's Feel Good Facial or even waxing (men's & women's). Advance reservations are requested. A 'Must Do' in Jackson Hole. www.tootsysfootsylounge.com extremely reasonable prices.

Buy

The downtown area has all manner of stores spread across several city blocks. Goods offered range from outdoor apparel to artwork to run-of-the-mill souvenirs.

Eat

Teaton Village (Base of Jackson Hole Ski Area)

Drink

Sleep

Generally speaking, hotel prices and availability in Jackson can fluctuate wildly by the season. During the summer months (and especially summer weekends) hotel rooms can be very difficult to obtain without a reservation or without a lot of money. During the wintertime, there are typically always rooms available, however prime rooms near the ski resorts may require advance planning and additional funds. On the other hand, during the off-season, many hotels in town close due to lack of demand.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Camping

Camping, of course, abounds on the nearby National Forest, National Park, and BLM lands, and can range from isolated dispersed camping to highly sought-after sites reserved months in advance. Most camping spots, however, will require at least a half-hour drive from Jackson town proper.

Go next

Routes through Jackson

Idaho Falls Alpine  W  E  Grand Teton N.P. Casper
Yellowstone N.P. Grand Teton N.P.  N  S  Alpine Logan
END  N  S  Kemmerer Evanston
Yellowstone N.P. Grand Teton N.P.  N  S  Pinedale Rock Springs


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