From time to time, Midwestern Adventures will feature posts on interesting areas outside the Midwest.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one such place. Whether visitors are just passing through, or are looking into long-term Jackson Hole vacation rentals, this post will touch on some of the top attractions in the Jackson Hole area.
Situated in a valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is a popular tourist destination. The valley is 48 miles long and 8 to 15 miles wide, with the Snake River winding its way through the area. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see and outdoorsy things to do within the valley. Here are just a few options to explore.
Grand Teton National Park/Yellowstone
Grand Teton National Park is one big draw to Jackson Hole, as the park takes up residence in much of the valley. There are eight spectacular mountains in the Teton Range, which all rise to more than 12,000 feet. Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to spot animals such as as moose, mule deer, elk, antelope and grizzly and black bears within the park. People will also be impressed with the breathtaking scenery. Jackson Hole is also just a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park, which is located a little north.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Art enthusiasts may want to check out this fabulous museum, which preserves and exhibits wildlife art in a 51,000 square foot building. The building was inspired by the ruins of a castle in Scotland and is located on a bluff in the middle of wildlife habitat. The facility features 14 galleries, a museum shop, children’s area, library, cafe and more.
National Elk Refuge
Created in 1912, the National Elk Refuge was designed to protect the habitat and provide a place for an elk herd – known to be one of the largest on the Earth. An average of 7,500 elk make the refuge their home each winter. According to studies, the original size of the elk herd was at one time more than 25,000. In the winter months, the refuge also provides horse drawn sleigh rides so visitors can see part of the herd up close.
Granite Hot Springs
Located along Hoback Canyon is Granite Hot Springs, an area that includes a man-made swimming pool as well as a natural hot springs bathing area. Visitors can also fish at the local creek or spend a night under the stars at the campground.
Outdoor Activities all year long
Jackson Hole also provides fantastic outdoor activities all year long. In the warmer months, people can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, and rock climbing opportunities. The winter offers even more fun. Snowbirds are especially fond of flocking to Jackson Hole in the winter months for activities such as snow skiing, snowmobiling and ice-skating.
Have you ever been to Jackson Hole? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do? Feel free to comment below.
For more information on the Jackson Hole area, visit Jackson Hole Traveler.