June 28, 2017

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Located five miles from the southern boundary of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole makes an ideal base camp for numerous activities. The quaint town offers Old West- style boardwalks downtown,boutiques, galleries, and a variety of restaurants and bars. 

Prior to the 1800’s, Native American tribes such as the Shoshoni, Crow, and Blackfeet spent the summer months hunting wildlife in the valley and surrounding area.

During the early 1800’s trappers began to travel to the Jackson Hole area to collect beaver pelts.  It was David Jackson who, in 1829, gave his name to the valley when he supposedly spent the winter alongthe shores of Jackson Lake.  By 1845, the fur trade had drawn to a close and Jackson Hole once again became the summer habitation for various Indian tribes. Photographs of the Tetons and Yellowstone taken by William Henry Jackson during the Hayden Expedition of 1871 and 1872 helped to convince the federal government to protect the Yellowstone area as the world’s first national park.  Thereafter more people came to visit the area.

During the 1890’s, cattle ranching became popular in the area, resulting in a more permanent settlement. In 1894, the town of Jackson was named and plans to construct streets and major buildings began. A number of the buildings and houses that time remain a part of the town today.  The wooden sidewalks that surround Town Square are maintained in special commemoration of the valley’s colorful history, and the elk antler arches on the square celebrate the magnificent wildlife of the area. In 1937, residents built a ski tow at Teton Pass and winter sports were added to the valley’s offerings.  Two years later, Snow King Resort, on the mountain above the town, was the first ski facility in the state of Wyoming.  Today three major ski areas have made Jackson Hole world famous for excellent skiing and winter sports. 

Attractions:

Jackson Hole offers some of nature’s most stunning attractions. Explore the bounty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Discover one of many festivals that take place throughout the year such as Elkfest, Old West Days, Fall Arts Festival, and the Jackson Hole Scottish Festival. Check out the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, Museum of the Mountain Man or the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  Jackson Hole is also home to a flourish art community where you can enjoy numerous galleries featuring art, pottery and photography.  Be sure to take in a show at the Off Square Theatre Company, a vibrant center for professional theatre in Jackson producing and presenting quality live theatre, musical theatre, and arts education year-round. 

Dining:

You’ll find a large variety of dining options in Jackson Hole including, home cooking, pub food and fine dining.  Enjoy the nightlife with your favorite cocktail, live music or comedy entertainment.

Shopping:

Start your unique shopping adventure at the famous Town Square. You’ll find everything from cowboy boots, ski boots, fashion, home decor, fine art, and cabin accessories to chandeliers, fly-fishing equipment, and jewelry. There are also a host of one of kind boutiques and shops all around town.