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 over 200 miles of hiking trails, fantastic paddling options in its many pristine alpine lakes and the renowned Snake River, and spectacular wildlife sighting options. 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.
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. With trails scattered throughout the valley, the Jackson Hole mountain biking scene will challenge and thrill you with screaming descents, strenuous climbs and flowing switchbacks. The Cache Creek and Snow King Trail System located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest have the most mountain biking trails in the area. Located just minutes from town, running, horseback riding and hiking is also popular in this area. Be on the lookout for wildilfe – moose, mountain lions, bear and deer are commonly seen on these trails! Look out for the grand views of the Tetons along the way. Teton Village also has some epic lift-served trails for downhill mountain biking fans to get your adrenaline pumping!
For fans of skinnier tires, road biking routes travel through the towns of Jackson, Teton Village, Wilson, and Grand Teton National Park on the the Jackson Hole Community Pathway System. This 27-mile trail allows you to enjoy biking around the valley without having to worry about sharing the roads with cars. This pathway lets you ride from Jackson into the park via the Moose-Jenny Lake route. Serious road bikers looking for inclines and distance should head to the ‘Around the Block’Â� bike path – a grueling, 100-mile loop passing Teton Pass, Pine Creek Pass, and Snake River Canyon.
After hitting the biking trails, explore Jackson Hole’s many lakes, reservoirs and rivers by paddleboard or kayak. With more than 20 lakes in the area plus many meanderings rivers to explore, SUP and kayaking activities in Jackson Hole will let you experience these gems.
Visit Jackson Hole from May through August for summer adventures like biking, paddling 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 biking, paddling, skiing, snowboarding and more!