Famous for the Grand Tetons, Jackson, Wyoming (also known as Jackson Hole) is a year-round adventure destination. Jackson Hole in the summer reveals towering mountains, remote and rugged valleys, and hundreds of biking and hiking trails stretching for many miles. The crown jewel of the area, Grand Teton National Park, features fantastic paddling options in its many pristine alpine lakes and the renowned Snake River, spectacular wildlife sighting options, and over 200 miles of hiking trails. During the winter, Jackson Hole transforms into a top skiing destination – with 2500 acres of skiable terrain and a whopping average of 459 inches of snow annually, pow days are plenty. The town of Jackson has an extensive variety of restaurants to please any palate. Yellowstone is only 57 miles away from Jackson Hole, so combining the two parks makes for a great adventure.
Kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and rafting are some of the summer activities visitors and locals enjoy in Jackson Hole. This outdoorsy Wyoming town has more than 27 lakes and reservoirs and numerous rivers featuring everything from gentle waters to fierce rapids. Beginners to SUP and kayaking can start at the calm and warm waters of String Lake inside Grand Teton National Park. A short distance away is Jenny Lake – a beginner-friendly attraction that is larger and more windy than String Lake. If you are looking to take on a river paddle, try out the floatable sections of the Snake River below Jackson Lake dam. Check with your rental shop on the best section for your abilities! All feature incredible paddling with wildlife sighting opportunities and Grand Teton vistas.
Apart from water activities, summertime makes for perfect biking weather in Jackson. With paved bike paths stretching 56 miles and 115 miles of mountain biking trails, Jackson caters to bikers of different preferences and levels. Picturesque mountain scenery is a bonus at every biking trail.
Visit Jackson Hole from May through August for summer adventures like paddling, biking, rafting and hiking, and December through March for the best wintertime fun skiing and snowboarding. TripOutside features the best Jackson Hole gear rental shops and outdoor adventure providers for paddling, rafting, biking, skiing, snowboarding and more!