About Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is located in northwest Wyoming, near the eastern border of Idaho. Originally named Jackson’s Hole, the term “hole” came from language used by trappers and mountain men. These early settlers would travel in and out of the valley over steep slopes in all directions, providing the feeling of traveling through a hole.

The hole is 48 miles long and generally six to eight miles wide, covering an area of approximately 400 square miles. The Jackson Hole valley lies a few miles west of the Continental Divide and is home to a central portion of the Snake River. Mountain streams feed into the Snake River after it leaves Jackson Lake and passes under the Teton Mountain Range.

The community, the valley and the lake were all named in 1829 after mountain man, trapper and trader, Davey Jackson. Fur trading ended in the Jackson Hole Valley in 1845 and was largely uninhabited until the 1880s when settlers began moving in. The town of Jackson was laid out as a town site in 1897. In 1910 the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson was established, covering 24,000 acres for elk to graze and feed on during the winter months. Grand Teton National Park was created by the United States Congress in 1950. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened in 1965 with the first aerial tram opening in 1965.

Summer Activities – Busiest time of the year, Warm during the day, mild temperatures at night
•National Park tours through Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park
•Wildlife Viewing
•Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River
•Scenic Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park
•Outdoor Concerts
•Scenic Rides
Shopping Around Jackson’s Town Square
•And Much, Much More!

Winter Activities – Lots of Snow from December to April
•Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort or Snow King Mountain
•Backcountry Skiing on Teton Pass or in Grand Teton National Park
•Snowmobiling through Yellowstone or on Togwotee Pass
•Cross Country Skiing
•Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides
•Snow Biking
•And Much, Much More!

Off-Season Activities – Less Traffic, Fewer Crowds
•Scenic drives through Fall foliage
•Wildlife Viewing
•Off-Season Dining Specials
•And Much, Much More!