Summer in Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts no matter what time of year you visit, however summer and the wonder it brings is something to behold. Our Pathfinders put together a few unique experiences that should be on your list this year.
1. Visit A Lake
Jackson Hole has much to offer by way of awe-inspiring alpine lakes, providing you experiences on the water you won’t soon forget. From sightseeing to hiking, boating to paddleboarding, some of our best kept secrets and breathtaking perspectives happen out on the water.
This 15-mile long glacial lake is located at the base of the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park. A destination in and of itself, Jackson Lake is ideal for fishing, kayaking and boating. It also boasts unobstructed views of the Teton range and is a popular spot to capture that perfect shot.
One of the most visited areas in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake is popular for hiking, boating and simply enjoying the lakeshore. Tucked away at the base of the Teton Range, the lake is a centerpiece of the park.
Only accessible by foot or boat, Leigh Lake is a serene, glacial lake situated in Grand Teton National Park. This lake connects to String Lake and offers incredible views of the Teton range, easy, lakeside hikes and the perfect spot to relax and unwind in the sunshine.
Also located in Grand Teton National Park, this natural lake is located at the outflow of Leigh Lake. Its shallow depth and stunning views make it popular for swimming and picnicking. A small wetland area on the northwest side of the lake is prime moose habitat, so be sure to have your camera on hand. A half mile long creek connects String Lake to Jenny Lake to the south.
2. Take A Safari
Moose, bison, bears, wolves, elk and more majestic creatures call the Jackson Hole region home, and witnessing these animals in their natural habitat is a remarkable experience. A variety of guided wildlife safaris will take you to little known spots and hidden backcountry to afford you the opportunity to see our wild neighbors up close.
3. Experience The Authentic Old West
Coined “The Last Of The Old West”, Jackson’s wild west side is not just alive and well, but thriving. From horseback rides to chuckwagon dinners, rodeos to shootouts, if you’re looking for a truly western experience, you’ll find it here. A part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture for over 100 years, the Jackson Hole Rodeo is a must-do if you’re looking for some good old fashioned fun. Just outside our doors you’ll have the opportunity to see the Jackson Hole shootout, which is a daily (except Sundays – no shootin’ on Sunday!) interactive show put on by members of the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Old West Days, held each May, is a weeklong celebration of all things wild west that draws locals and visitors alike. Fancy a true cowboy dinner? Chuckwagon dinners are a fun, interactive experience that transport you back to a simpler time – often under the stars.
4. Partake In Summer Events
Summertime in Jackson Hole not only signifies endless outdoor adventures, but an array of iconic events throughout our mountain town. Held in May over Memorial Day weekend, Old West Days is an annual weeklong event that celebrates cowboy culture and western heritage. The event includes the ElkFest Antler Auction, Million Dollar Music Fest, Old West Brewfest and more. 4th Of July offers plenty of traditional activities including the downtown parade and fireworks in both the town and Teton Village, but other fun activities including a 10k run, pancake breakfast and live music throughout town. All summer long, visitors and locals alike enjoy the al fresco Farmer’s Market and People’s Market. Peruse fresh food and handcrafted items while you enjoy live music and find unique, handmade gifts by local artisans. The Fall Arts Festival in September is one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain west, drawing thousands of art enthusiasts to appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an array of over fifty events featuring music, cuisine, and wine.
5. Explore The (National) Parks
With Grand Teton National Park in our backyard and Yellowstone just a 90 minutes to the north, we are honored to be situated among such awe-inspiring destinations. Pristine alpine lakes offer fishing, boating, swimming and paddleboarding for an idyllic day on the water, while hundreds of hiking trails deliver you stunning vistas, hidden waterfalls and wildlife sightings. Guided tours offer the opportunity to access remote areas, while professional guides educate you on the region’s history, wildlife and local secrets. Some of the world’s most unique landscapes are found in this region, from geysers to mud volcanoes, deep canyons to colorful hot springs. Not to mention the incredibly diverse wildlife, from bison to wolves to moose, elk and bears.