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Bison during fall in Jackson Hole
 

Adventure Awaits...

Summer in Jackson brings long, beautiful days full of endless adventure, once-in-a-lifetime activities and unforgettable experiences. Here are a few of our Pathfinders favorite bucket-list worthy activities to take advantage of during the summer season in the Valley.

Snow King Gondola Rides

Ride The Gondola To The Snow King Observatory & Planetarium

Enjoy the best views of the Grand Tetons, the National Elk Refuge, and the town of Jackson on a comfortable gondola ride to the summit of Snow King Mountain. You’ll ascend nearly 1,600 feet and take in a 360-degree vista that lets you see Yellowstone National Park on a bluebird day.

Once atop the mountain, visit the brand new Snow King Observatory and Planetarium – where the wonders of the cosmos come to life! Situated 8,000 feet up at the intersection of science, education, and awe-inspiring discovery, embark on an extraordinary journey through the vastness of space.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Begin your day with an enchanting hot air balloon excursion, where you can admire Jackson Hole and seven mountain ranges from a birds-eye view. Departures begin at the break of dawn, when the Tetons are bathed in the first rays of sunlight. It is during these tranquil early morning hours when the winds are at their gentlest and wildlife sightings are frequent. Each tour is expertly guided by personable and knowledgeable pilots, ensuring an unforgettable and serene experience aloft. The Wyoming Balloon Company provides exclusive private group rides that can be booked online.

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Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River

Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River

Explore the flora and fauna of the region while navigating the Snake River’s exhilarating whitewater rapids. The river, which winds south through the alpine valley of Jackson Hole, is renowned for its thrilling whitewater rafting opportunities. Several professional rafting companies operate in Jackson Hole, offering guided excursions with safety training and all the necessary equipment. These companies employ experienced guides who not only navigate the rapids skillfully but also share their knowledge about the river’s ecosystem, geology, and history. The Snake River offers a diverse range of rapids from gentle currents to wild surges, making it suitable for beginner and seasoned rafters alike.

Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Safari in Grand Teton National Park

Summer is one of the most beautiful times to visit Wyoming’s wild country. With the commanding presence of the jagged Teton Range, extraordinary natural wildlife, and its rich history, Grand Teton National Park is a must-see when visiting Jackson Hole. Guided by professional naturalists, wildlife safaris offer glimpses of even the most elusive creatures. Bison, pronghorn, elk, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, gray wolves, and majestic bald eagles grace the skies and meadows during the summer months. Your knowledgeable guides will illustrate the behavior and habitats of each species while leading you through the breathtaking alpine landscape. Beyond its allure of beauty, Grand Teton National Park holds a storied past of the indigenous people who migrated to the park approximately 11,000 years ago. The park exists today, not only as a haven for wildlife conservation, but to honor and preserve the cultural tapestry that defines Jackson Hole.

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Jackson Hole Paragliding

Paragliding

Every morning at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, adventurers embark on a journey as they take a few running steps and glide gracefully on tandem paragliding flights over Jackson Hole and the Teton and Snake River mountain ranges. Under the expert guidance of skilled tandem pilots, gliders launch into the clear Wyoming skies, relishing the thrill of drifting effortlessly above the rugged terrain. Flights commence at 7:45, 9:00, and 10:00 a.m., offering panoramic views that stretch to the horizon. From lush forests to winding rivers, experience one of nature’s most idyllic landscapes in an unforgettable aerial event.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Sign

Saddle Up At The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Take an after-dinner stroll from The Cloudveil to The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, nestled in Jackson’s vibrant town square. Celebrated as “Wyoming’s iconic watering hole,” this historic establishment has served the community since 1937. Adorned with authentic western memorabilia and complete with saddle barstools, the interior exudes a timeless charm. It is renowned as both a bar and music venue and famed for its dynamic atmosphere of live music and spirited western dancing. Since the 1970s, The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has welcomed country music legends such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, The Statler Brothers, Glen Campbell, and Tanya Tucker. Whether visiting midweek or on weekends, savor a drink accompanied by the vibrant rhythms of live performances.

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Jackson Hole Rodeo

Experience The Jackson Hole Rodeo

A tradition since 1980, The Jackson Hole Rodeo is an exciting look into Jackson’s cowboy culture. For over six generations, this esteemed family-run event has offered an authentic glimpse into the Wild West, captivating audiences through Labor Day. Spectators will experience the thrill of bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, breakaway roping, and team roping. Tickets can be purchased online for most Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Rodeos start at 8pm at the Teton County Fairgrounds in downtown Jackson Hole for an unforgettable evening steeped in heritage and exhilaration.

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