Jackson Hole in Wyoming - Pictures of Great Attractions

Horse drawn ride through Jackson Hole, Wyoming streets

We took a ride through the streets of Jackson Hole.
We took a ride through the streets of Jackson Hole. | Source

Visiting Jackson Hole

In the summer of 1988 my mother, niece and I decided to explore Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We were to see many great attractions and capture numerous photos on this vacation trip.

For once, we decided to unpack just one time and make our headquarters in one place, venturing out on daily sightseeing trips.

We flew from Houston to Jackson Hole and our airplane landing was the first exciting moment of our planned two week vacation trip.

The landing strip is on top of a butte and it appeared to us that the small aircraft stopped just in time before the end of the landing strip was in sight!

We could envision tumbling over the edge...........but I won't go there!


Teton Mountains

The Teton Mountains viewed from our cabin at Spring Creek Ranch on top of East Gros Ventre
The Teton Mountains viewed from our cabin at Spring Creek Ranch on top of East Gros Ventre | Source

One has a choice of many places to stay in Jackson Hole and the surrounding area. We chose to stay at Spring Creek Ranch which sits 700 feet high above the valley floor where the town of Jackson Hole exists. This Four-Diamond Resort offered much in the way of amenities.

We deposited our belongings in a charming and rustic condo that offered views of the mountains; water; spectacular sunsets; fireplace (which we used every night as the night's were cool enough to enjoy a blazing fire); swimming pool and jacuzzi near our unit; great food service and most of all a beautifully tranquil and peaceful place in which to relax.

Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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We fed ducks each day from our balcony.  View we had of the other cabins. Large stacks of seasoned wood were piled high to provide each of us with fuel for our fireplaces.
We fed ducks each day from our balcony.
We fed ducks each day from our balcony. | Source
View we had of the other cabins.
View we had of the other cabins. | Source
Large stacks of seasoned wood were piled high to provide each of us with fuel for our fireplaces.
Large stacks of seasoned wood were piled high to provide each of us with fuel for our fireplaces. | Source

Spring Creek Ranch is also a wildlife sanctuary. It sits at the north end of the town of Jackson Hole.

What we particularly liked was the free transportation that was provided by Spring Creek Ranch that would take us down the butte, into the town and then back up again. It ran on a regular and frequent schedule and we utilized it often. The drivers were very friendly and often asked us what we had seen and what we were planning to do. They were also very knowledgeable as to what the area attractions provided and made good suggestions as to how best spend our time.

One area of the ranch was set up for outdoor picnics and was very rustic. Bales of hay along with picnic tables provided seating.

Views from Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole + Tetons

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My mother, niece and me in this part of the ranch with the Teton Mountains as our backdrop.Buck and Rail fencing.  This is the predominent type of fencing in this area of the country.The sunset after a fast approaching rainstorm one evening. * Photo by Peggy W
My mother, niece and me in this part of the ranch with the Teton Mountains as our backdrop.
My mother, niece and me in this part of the ranch with the Teton Mountains as our backdrop. | Source
Buck and Rail fencing.  This is the predominent type of fencing in this area of the country.
Buck and Rail fencing. This is the predominent type of fencing in this area of the country. | Source
The sunset after a fast approaching rainstorm one evening. * Photo by Peggy W
The sunset after a fast approaching rainstorm one evening. * Photo by Peggy W | Source

Elk horn arch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

One of four arches made up of elk horns in the center of town.
One of four arches made up of elk horns in the center of town. | Source

After enjoying a restful sleep we caught a ride into Jackson Hole and spent much of the day exploring.


Elk Horn Arches are located on each of the four corners of the city park in the center of Jackson Hole. Boy Scouts were responsible for collecting approximately 5,000 horns per arch and this is now a focal point of this town.

Real Estate ad that showcases the town, wooden sidewalks, art galleries, etc. Worth a look!



All of the sidewalks are wooden and the town definitely has that Wild West flavor.


The sounds of clapping horse hoofs in the streets taking tourists through the area adds to that old western flavor.

Jackson Hole Hikes: A Guide to Grand Teton National Park, Jedediah Smith, Teton & Gros Ventre Wilderness and Surrounding National Forest Land
Jackson Hole Hikes: A Guide to Grand Teton National Park, Jedediah Smith, Teton & Gros Ventre Wilderness and Surrounding National Forest Land

It is invaluable having guides like this when traveling to a new area. We saw many of these sites!

 

The town is filled with wonderful art galleries.

We toured the Wildlife of the American West Art Museum one day. We were truly impressed with the array of paintings and sculptures all portraying western subjects. I purchased a bunch of postcards relating to big game species that the artist Carl Rungius had done. Each and every one of his paintings were magnificently painted and executed in a backdrop of natural settings.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation of animals living with our encroaching civilization and hopefully learning to co-exist peacefully with one another. This area of the country, of course, still has much natural habitat for wild animals.

Several other art galleries were explored by us. Each one was worth a visit and if Western Art is what you desire......this is the place to find it! Much of it was museum quality and pricing varied from affordable to dropping some serious investment dollars. Something for everyone...

Wandering into many of the town's stores we ended up purchasing some Indian moccasins; turquoise jewelry and other souvenirs.

We ended this particular day back up at Spring Creek Ranch where The Granary Restaurant became our location of choice for a delicious dinner. It has a wall of glass facing the Teton Mountains and the sun was viewed as it began to set over the mountains as we dined. My mother and I sipped on a glass of 1981 Chateau Baron Segur Montagne St. Emilion with our dinner that evening.

Perfect ending to a day of exploration in Jackson Hole.

Ski Lift to the top of Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Ski lift to Snow King Mountain - Jackson Hole Good view from the top of Snow King Mountain overlooking the town of Jackson Hole.  Notice the road leading up the butte where Spring Creek Ranch is located?Some of the scenery enjoyed on the nature trail at the top of Snow King Mountain.
Ski lift to Snow King Mountain - Jackson Hole
Ski lift to Snow King Mountain - Jackson Hole | Source
Good view from the top of Snow King Mountain overlooking the town of Jackson Hole.  Notice the road leading up the butte where Spring Creek Ranch is located?
Good view from the top of Snow King Mountain overlooking the town of Jackson Hole. Notice the road leading up the butte where Spring Creek Ranch is located? | Source
Some of the scenery enjoyed on the nature trail at the top of Snow King Mountain.
Some of the scenery enjoyed on the nature trail at the top of Snow King Mountain. | Source

Jackson Hole Ski video...

Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide)

Great to have guides like this one to plan your trip. I always do research ahead of time before traveling to a new area. This covers both national parks which are adjacent to one another.

 

Ski Lift to the top of Snow King Mountain

One day my niece and I enjoyed the ski lift to the top of Snow King Mountain. Not my mother's "cup of tea." She stayed below at a picnic area while we did some exploring.

Terrific panoramic views can be seen from the top of the mountain looking down on Jackson Hole. One can easily pick out the road leading up to our lodging at the top of the butte. This is a ski area that many people enjoy in snow season. Summertime also has it's attractions.

The nice thing about this area of the country is that it is enjoyable no matter what the season has to offer.

Horseback riding through a grove of aspens on the top of the butte where Spring Creek Ranch is located was another pleasure in which my niece and I indulged. At times we saw glimpses of the town below similar to what we had viewed from the top of Snow King Mountain. Primarily we just enjoyed the trail ride through this pristine area of natural beauty.

We ate al fresco in the town that evening at Sweetwaters and went to the 8 PM show at Dirty Jacks Wild West Theatre.

It is a fun filled evening of hilarious wild west comedy. It is also very family friendly. At the time we happily attended their performance, they had been performing there for 17 years. Much laughter was heard throughout the comedy skit and we smiled for days thinking about the actors crazy antics on stage.

White water rafting

Another day we decided to widen our horizons and try our hand at a Snake River Whitewater Rafting experience. We signed on for the Dave Hansen tour and we were in for a day of excitement!

Photos from our whitewater rafting trip - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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My niece and others enjoying calm waters.Another raft approaching ours.  The water fight is about to ensue!Our group about to enter the whitewater...called "The Lunch Counter"Oh oh!  Here we go!We were told to hang on to ropes inside the raft.What fun!We made it!  Lots of smiles on people's faces.
My niece and others enjoying calm waters.
My niece and others enjoying calm waters. | Source
Another raft approaching ours.  The water fight is about to ensue!
Another raft approaching ours. The water fight is about to ensue! | Source
Our group about to enter the whitewater...called "The Lunch Counter"
Our group about to enter the whitewater...called "The Lunch Counter" | Source
Oh oh!  Here we go!
Oh oh! Here we go! | Source
We were told to hang on to ropes inside the raft.
We were told to hang on to ropes inside the raft. | Source
What fun!
What fun! | Source
We made it!  Lots of smiles on people's faces.
We made it! Lots of smiles on people's faces. | Source
Ansel Adams B/W Photo The Tetons Snake River #2 Wall Picture B/C Matted Framed Art Print
Ansel Adams B/W Photo The Tetons Snake River #2 Wall Picture B/C Matted Framed Art Print

It was so much fun rafting on the Snake River while staying in Jackson Hole. It looks quiet here in this Ansel Adams photo but it can get raucous in some areas!

 

Snake River Whitewater Rafting - Jackson Hole

Whitewater rafting for novices (like we were) is not only an education in basic river safety, but an exhilarating day of fun and water splashed excitement.

We joined our assembled group that day and were all issued coast guard-approved life jackets. When reservations were made in advance of this trip, correct wearing apparel was suggested depending upon the season.

Each raft had an experienced guide and he advised us of basic river safety and paddling guidelines while still in quiet waters.

Of course the main point was the enjoyment of the Snake River scenery as experienced from this flowing water experience through the canyon, coupled with a reasonable degree of safety.

Our tour group was divided into several rafts that pushed off about the same time that day. Many of the people in our particular raft were from Germany.

What we did not realize (this being our first white water rafting trip) is that typically at some point while still in relatively quiet waters, a water fight between the people in the different rafts ensues.

Suddenly as the rafts drew near one another, pails were brought out and what was until this point, a relatively dry encounter with the river became a very wet one! Some people got drenched if the aim from a person in the opposing raft was good.

Lots of laughter..........lots of wet smiles and clothes...........and a commonality of purpose was devised........."Lets soak the others!!!"

Of course, after this encounter, many people just jumped in the river and swam along with our floating raft. My niece did so, getting back in prior to the water getting rougher.

Roaring white water ahead of us could be heard long before we could see it!

Photographers from above the most active encounter of whitewater ( a place called "The Lunch Counter" ) snap photos of each group as they enter the whitewater and emerge on the other side. Back at the place of origin, these photos which have been developed in the mean time, are offered for sale to each group completing this adventurous trip.

I purchased the set of 5 photos simply because there is no other way to capture that exhilarating moment in time. Prior to that a disposable camera was utilized to capture the more quiet stages of this river trip.

The organizers of this trip offer a lunch on the banks of the Snake River after the whitewater experience.

It was fun talking to people that had just experienced the same thing that we had and comparing notes. After this, we were bused back to our point of origin.

Depending upon river conditions, this same trip could be more calm or wildly dangerous all depending upon the season.

Covered Wagons (Jackson Hole) took us to Cookout & Wild West Show

We boarded one of these Covered Wagons for our Cookout and Wild West show following our whitewater rafting experience.
We boarded one of these Covered Wagons for our Cookout and Wild West show following our whitewater rafting experience. | Source

That evening we signed up for the Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookout and Wild West Show. While a tad bit touristy, my niece in particular enjoyed the experience. We were drawn by horses to an outdoor dining room adjacent to a mountain stream in Cache Creek Canyon.

Bar-be-que chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and other offerings were enjoyed as we were entertained by singing cowboys, Indians and so-called "mountain men."

Teton Village

Teton Village ski resort
Teton Village ski resort | Source

Jackson Hole is well known for skiing. It has many accommodations, restaurants, shops, etc. to satisfy travelers to this region.

Numerous beautiful private homes are built up the steep road leading up the mountain.

Driving to Teton Village from the East we went over some rickety bridges and ended up on some gravel roads for a time. After leaving Teton Village, we took the paved road back to the west. Much easier to traverse!

We enjoyed the trip to see Teton Village and the surrounding countryside.

Beautiful video set to music showcasing the Tetons, wild animals, and sights of this gorgeous part of the country.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming photos

My mother near Teton Village
My mother near Teton Village | Source
My mother and niece being hugged by a cast member of the Pink Garter Theatre.
My mother and niece being hugged by a cast member of the Pink Garter Theatre. | Source

That evening we went into Jackson Hole and had supper at the Blue Lion. Our evening meal was enjoyed while sitting outside at a covered table.

The weather was perfect.

Tickets were purchased to see the Music Hall Revue at the Pink Garter Theater that night. Filled with great 1950's music to country favorites and high kicking dance productions, it is a fun filled evening for people of all ages.

Attached is a picture of one of the performers hugging my mother and niece prior to the show.

Much of what you will find in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is geared for good, wholesome family entertainment.

This only showcases our involvement in the town of Jackson Hole and some short day trips.

Our main focus of this vacation was the Teton National Park of which we spent numerous days exploring and enjoying and also a couple of days sightseeing in Yellowstone National Park.

More of those days photos and experiences will be posted in other articles.

This assortment of photos should hopefully give you a flavor of the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and share a sampling of the great attractions that might keep you entertained while there.

Looking forward to your comments. Thanks!

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Topographical map showing Jackson Hole nestled between mountains.

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is definitely a year round type of place for vacationers. We enjoyed it in the summer months and it becomes of interest to those who ski in the winter. Great and unique type of place! Very scenic and I give it a definite thumbs up! Thanks for your pin.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Came back to share this great article again since it's still vacation season, and pinned it again to my 'Travel' board -- different photo.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

The Jackson Hole area is such a great place to visit and not just for skiing in the winters. We had a fabulous summer vacation there as you can tell from reading this and looking at the photos. Thanks for the shares, etc.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

So many great photos. You are so lucky to have been able to do so much traveling. Lots of information here for people who may still have time for a vacation this year. I'm sure it's beautiful in the autumn too.

Gave you 5 more stars, voted up and beautiful, pinned to my travel board (which looks more like your travel board ;) ) and will share!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi alocsin,

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is filled with all kinds of unique attractions and fun things to do in town and in the surrounding territory including, of course, the national park surrounding that area. Glad to know you liked this hub. Hope you get to travel there and enjoy it as we did. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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