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First Timers Guide

If you've made your way to this page, you must be looking for an all-encompassing guide to fun in the Tetons. You found it! We put all of the important details for trip planning and other Jackson Hole information right here on one convenient page. First things first: Jackson Hole is a remarkably beautiful and special place unlike any destination in the world. We are excited to share it with you.

1 Teton Village
2 Grand Teton National Park
3 Yellowstone National Park
4 Airport (JAC)
5 Jackson
6 Wilson
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Teton Village

Home to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Aerial Tram and Grand Adventure Park Teton Village is a playground for young and old.  Teton Village offers shopping, dining and fun for the entire family.  Located 1 mile from the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park on the Moose to Wilson Road, Teton Village is a great jump off point for any adventure in Jackson Hole.

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Grand Teton National Park

Situated just south of the Yellowstone National Park, filling the north end of the Jackson Hole valley, Grand Teton National Park never disappoints. The park features 7000 feet tall jagged peaks and truly epitomizes the beauty of the Rockies. The heart of the Teton mountain range is formed by the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the southern portion of the range.

Yellowstone National Park

North of Grand Teton National Park and just 56 miles from the town of Jackson to the entrance at the south gate, Yellowstone National Park is vast covering 9,000 km; 96% of the park lies in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geyers, or two thirds of all those on the planet). Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.

Airport (JAC)

The Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range. Located entirely within Grand Teton National Park, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole. Click the button below for airport information including live flight status.

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Jackson

For over 100 years ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, dudes, and tourists have strolled these wooden sidewalks, graced the bars and even resolved a few disagreements with their pistols. Gateway to Grand Teton National Park, gathering place for those tough early pioneers who wanted to homestead this valley and home to early skiing in the valley, the town of Jackson is named after Davey Jackson, the original fur trapper who spent summers in this area harvesting the amazing beaver so desired in Victorian England at that time.

Wilson

A sleepy roadside town located at the base of Teton Pass. Home to legendary hang outs such as the StageCoach Bar, (church on Sundays, Disco on Thursdays, not to be missed), and Nora's Fish Creek breakfasts, this is worth finding a way to get there during your stay. Bikers in the summer and pass skiers in the winter make this start and end of the day base.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is the hole?

There isn't an actual hole per say. The proverbial hole in our name comes from a term that early trappers and inhabitants of the area used to describe our valley which is surrounded by mountains.

What state is Jackson Hole located in?

Jackson Hole is in the Northwest corner of Wyoming.

Jackson Hole, Jackson - What's the Difference?

Getting to know the lingo when coming to Jackson Hole for the first time can be confusing. What's the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole. Well, Jackson Hole is considered the entire 40x20 mile long valley. The town of Jackson lives at the southern end of Jackson Hole - where the infamous elk antler arches Town Square and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar are. Jackson Hole Airport is in the south central part of the valley, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the ski resort just above Teton Village.
Back in the 1800s, fur trappers and mountain men exploring the area referred to any valley completely surrounded by mountains a "hole." That hole was then named after the person who discovered it - Davey Jackson in this case.

Where is the wildlife?

Looking for moose, elk, mule deer, bears or other animals? Jackson Hole has them and with any luck you will see them all. From time to time visitors spot them from our chair lifts, but you never know when and where you might spot big game so keep your eyes open. Many wildlife expeditions can lead you to secret spots where you're sure to find that moose or bald eagle.

Where is the closest airport

Jackson, WY has our very own airport. The airport is located 10 miles north of town and has the distinction of being both the busiest airport in Wyoming and the only airport to be located in a National Park. The airport has invested $150M in renovations and remodals over the past 4 years. Airport Code is JAC

Where should I stay

There are wonderful lodging options all over Jackson Hole. The Town of Jackson is located 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers lodging, dining and shopping opportunities. Jackson Hole Mountain resort is located in Teton Village which also offers a variety of lodging and entertainment options. The Grand Teton National Park south boundary is less than a mile from Teton Village.

What are my outside adventure options?

The list is really quite endless. Paraglidinghikingbikingfishingrafting, kayaking, and climbing are just a few of the options. Wildlife and landscape photography, scenic drives, star gazing are other great outings. 

When should I visit?

July and August are the peak months for summer visitors to Jackson Hole. The long, warm summer days lend themselves to the types of activities that draw folks to Jackson. September and October are ideal months to visit if you wish to avoid the busy season.

What is the Grand Adventure Park

The Grand Adventure Park is a collection of activities at the Jackson Hole Mountain resort. It includes the world famous aerial tram, ropes course, lift-serviced mountain bike park, drop-tower, bungee trampoline and more.

What is a tram

Our double-reversible tram runs a length of 12,463' with a vertical rise of 4,139'. During the winter season the tram has a cabin capacity of 100 riders and 1 operator. With an approximate speed of 1970 feet/second it has an uphill capacity of 650 riders/hour. The tram is a must ride for both skiers and sightseers.

Grand Adventure Pass

The Jackson Hole Grand Adventure Park is loaded with adventure and family fun in Jackson Hole and the Grand Adventure Pass is your ticket to the fun with a variety of included activities. Check out our Bike Park, Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, Bungee, and new for 2015 - the Drop Tower!

Stay in Jackson Hole

Search Jackson Hole Central Reservations for everything from slopeside hotels to luxurious lodges.