Jackson Hole Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Jackson Hole isn't Jackson Many travelers confuse Jackson Hole, the valley region, with Jackson, the town. But remember that Jackson town is located inside the Jackson Hole region.
- You're not alone here Jackson Hole is a common stomping ground for wild animals, including bears. If you plan on hiking, go with a friend and make plenty of noise on the trails. For more information, click here.
- Avoid driving in the winter Heavy snowfall and ice in the colder months can make road conditions obviously a little dangerous. If you don't have experience with winter driving, it's best to stay off the road.
Sandwiched between Grand Teton National Park to the north and miles of national forest in every other direction, the Jackson Hole valley has remained relatively isolated from the burgeoning travel industry. Instead it has survived on local industries like logging, ranching and, during the 19th century, fur trading. But recently, Jackson Hole has encouraged the rise of tourism. Former blue-collar settlements like Jackson and Grand Teton now boast notable art and performance venues, and mega ski resorts have transformed the region into an up-and-coming winter wonderland. When planning an opulent getaway, many people don't give western Wyoming a thought. To those travelers, we say: Think again.
Sure, you won't encounter the glitz and glam of Aspen or Lake Tahoe, but the beauty and vastness of the Jackson Hole region has caught the attention of Hollywood celebs like Harrison Ford and politicos like former Vice President Dick Cheney. Yet, even with its fresh and luxurious upgrade, Jackson Hole remains first and foremost the heart of mountain country, with rugged trails and miles of open space that recall a time before the West was won.
How To Save Money in Jackson Hole
- Visit during the off-season Jackson Hole experiences two high seasons: summer and winter. A visit during the shoulder seasons (especially in the months of May or October) will save you big bucks.
- Order the early-bird special Many Jackson Hole eateries offer happy hour food and drink specials in the late afternoon and early evening. You'll save big on eats and enjoy local company at the same time.
- Just enjoy yourself The majority of Jackson Hole's most memorable experiences -- hiking in the Grand Tetons, hearing the notorious elk bugle -- are free of charge. Make the most of it!