Let me introduce you to an interesting travel destination – Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Most commonly associated with its tremendous winter sports opportunities, it is also a great summer destination. Here are some things to do in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the summer.
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Things to do in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the Summer
Looking for a summer vacation where you can pack in a lot of outdoor activities? Base yourself at one of Jackson Hole rentals lodges or cabins, and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Jackson Hole in Wyoming.
Jackson Hole is the name of a valley positioned between the two mountain ranges of the Teton Mountains and Gros Ventre in Wyoming in the western Unites States. (Jackson is the name of the town itself). It is most famous as a winter sports and recreation center, with plenty of skiing and snowboarding options to enjoy. When the summer finally breaks though, it is also a great destination for other outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and many others.
Summer Outdoor Activities in Jackson Hole
There are plenty of opportunities for cycling enthusiasts, and there is some wonderful mountain biking in the area. From trails that require True Grit (check out the video below!), to more gentle paths and trails, there is certainly something for everyone. Bring your own bikes, or rent gear out when you arrive. If you want to find out more about cycling tours in Jackson Hole, take a look at this page. If cycling in general interests you, then my travel blogs from cycling from Alaska to Argentina might inspire you further!
When the snows clear, a network of hiking paths is revealed! Intrepid explorers might want to load up their backpacks, and head out on a multi-day trek. People just after a gentle stroll can choose from easier trails, and there are plenty of companies offering guided hikes in the area. If you are planning to hike in the area, you should be aware of the wildlife such as black and grizzly bears and wild moose. Take precautions, and ask for locals advice before heading out. If you can only make one hike during your summer vacation in Jackson Hole, make it the Paintbrush Divide loop hike. At just over 19 miles it is challenging, but well rewarded with glorious views of mountains, lakes and canyons. Hardcore trekkers might want to try out the Teton Crest Trail.
Take your choice between gentle, serene lakes and edgy snaking rivers when you go canoeing in Jackson Hole! String Lake is considered to be the most family-friendly lake due to its shallow waters. The northern shore is also ideal for a picnic. Experienced paddlers should instead head for Jackson Lake. Its size gives it a remote, back to nature feeling, and there are a number of places to make camp if you so desire.
It's difficult to think of a more inspiring landscape to go horseback riding in than Jackson Hole! Whether you are a family with young kids that would prefer a gentle horse ride, or are experienced riders that would like to try something a little different, there is a horseback riding tour company in Jackson Hole just for you. Take a look at this list of the best horseback riding tour companies in Jackson Hole from Tripadvisor.
Not every outdoor activity has to be a hair raising experience. Sometimes, the best way to enjoy the great outdoors is simply to sit by a lake with a line in the water, waiting for the fish to bite. It's the perfect opportunity for a family bonding sessions, and a great way to savour the peace and quiet. Whilst there are tours available, and equipment to hire, you might prefer to bring your own gear and simply get away from it all for a day.
Let's finish on an outdoor activity for adrenaline junkies in Jackson Hole! Snake River offers incredible whitewater rafting for a memorable experience. There are various options available, from a sedate scenic float trip which lets people enjoy the countryside and wildlife, to the 8 mile whitewater classic. Pack a sense of fun, adventure, and prepare to get wet!
How to get to Jackson Hole
Has all that inspired you to visit Jackson Hole? Here's how you can get there.
By Air: Jackson, WY has its own airport, which is situated about 10 miles north of town. It is the busiest airport in Wyoming, and has connections to many other airports nationwide. You can hire a car when you arrive in order to fully explore the area.
By Road: Driving to Jackson Hole also gives you the option of putting together your own road trip to cover some of the highlights in the surrounding area. Due to its location though, only a few roads lead into Jackson Hole itself. From the north, you could go through the scenic but slower two laner through Yellowstone National Park. Quicker access would see you approach on either Teton Pass Hwy 22, or U.S. 26. From the south, U.S. Routes 191 or 89 are good options. From the east, you can come over the Togwotee Pass on U.S. 26, and from the west U.S. 89.
Have you visited Jackson Hole in the summer, and have a few tips and advice to share? We would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below.