Jackson Hole is the ultimate playground for the daytime adventure seeker. From breathtaking hikes to wildlife viewing to scenic waterfalls and mountain biking; all are within a short drive of the Jackson town limits. Learn more about our favorite day trip destinations that are not far beyond the town of Jackson:
1. Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is the highlight of many vacationers journey to Jackson. Jenny and Slide Lakes are perfect for family picnics. Delta Lake and Cascade Canyon Trails are favorites for more involved hikes at 9-10 miles for the seasoned hiker. We recommend leaving prior to sunrise for the greatest ability to see wildlife active in the area and to start any hikes as early as possible for your trip.
2. Yellowstone National Park
America’s first national park, Yellowstone is a crown jewel of the nation. Boasting geologic wonders in Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic, a whole day can be spent exploring the history of the geysers and hot pots in the region. For viewing wildlife, Lamar and Hayden Valleys are favorites for viewing wolf packs, bears, and bison herds. The visitor centers in Yellowstone are always bustling with great dining and retail gift shop options. Yellowstone, also, offers many different day hiking and overnight backpacking trails, as well.
3. Teton Village Grand Adventure Park
The Grand Adventure Park is the perfect destination if you are traveling with kids. A Grand Adventure pass will get you and your family access to the tram, gondola, Teewinot lift, ropes course, climbing wall, the bungee trampoline, in addition to, a bike park ticket. The tram, gondola, and Teewinot lifts are all ideal if you enjoy sightseeing. The ropes course is an adventurous and safe option if traveling with little children. Disc golf at the Grand Adventure Park is an enjoyable and free activity for all ages and members of your family.
4. Snow King Mountain
The recent additions to Snow King Mountain offer a range of activities that are perfect for enjoying a day in Jackson with your family. Some of the activities, include Treetop Aerial Adventure Park with 4 adult courses and a children’s course (park features 100 challenges with zip lines, Tarzan swings, suspended bridges, etc.), Cowboy Coaster, scenic lift, hiking, miniature golf, paragliding, horseback rides, bungee trampoline, and more. The Cowboy Coaster, a visitor favorite, was completed in October of 2015. It is a 5 1/2 minute ride to the top and you can ride down in 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, depending on the speed that the rider controls.
5. Palisades Reservoir
The 70 miles of shoreline on Palisades Reservoir provides plenty of space to enjoy the 360-degree alpine views in this mountain oasis. With six access roads and two boat clubs having facilities on the reservoir, there is sure to be convenient access for you to enjoy your time on the reservoir. Palisades is the perfect environment for your motorized and non-motorized boating fix, water skiing/wakeboarding, and fishing.
We hope you’ll take the time this upcoming summer season to experience the last of the old west like you never have before. The opportunities for experiences and memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime are truly endless. Call one of our reservation agents today to learn more!