Home to the famous elk antler arch that greets visitors from around the world, Jackson Hole is one of the most beautiful old west towns in the country. From its rich history to wildlife watching, there’s something for everyone in this incredible high mountain valley. Named after Davey Jackson, a mountain man who was a trapper in the area during the 1800s, it was originally a trade route stop for fur trappers across the western region. Over the years, tourism took over the small Wyoming town, yet it still holds true to its claim of being the last real mountain town thanks to conservation and sustainability. Keeping Jackson Hole wild is a passion of those lucky enough to call it home, but that wildness is what continues to draw so many each year. Do you love the outdoors and history? Enjoy classic bars and modern breweries? Jackson Hole should be at the top of your list to visit any time of year!
Explore Their National Parks
Jackson Hole is home to what may be the most majestic national park in our country, the Grand Tetons. Towering mountain peaks above glacial-fed lakes roamed by grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, pronghorn, and more, it truly is a sight to be seen. Take a ferry across Jenny Lake to access remote hiking trails or camp in one of the seven campgrounds throughout the park. There’s something for every level of outdoor enthusiast. Take a leisurely (and stunning) drive an hour north and visit Yellowstone while you’re in town as well!
Visti Mormon Row
Settled in the 1890s by families from the Salt Lake region, Mormon Row was known as the town of Grovont. Iconic photos of Mormon Row include a large barn with the snow-capped Tetons in the background. Four barns and one homestead are all that remains of the small town that once was home to multiple ranches, a church, and a school. Visitors can park nearby and walk the properties, all marked by explaining the history of each building and the town.
Have a Drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Dripping with history, the classic bar began in 1933 yet while it exchanged hands a number of times over the years, the Cowboy Bar has always been a staple in Jackson Hole. From genuine leather saddle bar stools to false walls and hidden doors that allowed for drinking and gambling during the prohibition, every inch of this place has a story. In addition to the bar, there’s also an infamous stage that has hosted names such as Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and so many more.
Explore Jackson Hole Breweries
Love To-Go beer in crowlers? You can thank Jackson Hole for that. Local brewer Charlie Otto of Grand Teton Brewing Company was the inventor of the first modern crowler. The high mountain valley is filled with award-winning craft beers and micro-breweries. With that in mind, Jackson Hole is a fantastic place to stop along the Wyoming Beer Trail if you want to experience these beers for yourself. Visit Melvin Brewing (inside Thai Me Up, a phenomenal Asian cuisine restaurant), Snake River Brewing Co., StillWest Brewery, Grand Teton Brewing Company, and Roadhouse Brewery during your stay!
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is often named the No. 1 ski resort in the country and for good reason. But that’s not all they’re known for. Even without the snow, you can enjoy the resort’s tram and ski lift to take a trip up to the top of the world to enjoy 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole valley, and surrounding mountain ranges. In addition to all of the summer resort activities including disc golf, yoga on the patio, and rope courses, there is a bike park as well for those adrenaline junkies in your life. Float the Snake River or go on a white water adventure during the warm months! For the casual hiker and backcountry explorer, the Tetons also offer over 200 miles of trails!
Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine
This article was created for the Summer Issue of the Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine which was released in early July. You can catch this article and many more by checking out the full issue. For more information on Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine, visit the website here.
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