23 May 2017
In Jackson Hole, the fun certainly doesn't stop when the snow melts! Summer is the perfect season to experience the beauty, wonder, and activity of Jackson Hole. And with a never ending list of things to do and see, your whole family is sure to love summer in Jackson Hole.
Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park
Two of America's greatest National Parks are located just outside of Jackson Hole. Yellowstone was America’s first national park, established in 1872. If your family has never seen a geyser, Old Faithful is a must-see, as are the amazing hot springs throughout the park. Wildlife and hiking opportunities abound. Grand Teton is another amazing park with incredible mountain scenery and over two hundred miles of hiking trails.
You've never seen Jackson Hole like this! In just 12 minutes, the Aerial Tram will take you to the summit of the Tetons, where you'll experience dramatic 360-degree views of the Tetons and Jackson Hole valley. It's also a great starting point for hiking and running trails and mountain climbing sites. You can even purchase a world-famous gourmet waffle in Corbet's Cabin while you're 4,139 vertical feet above the ground.
Mountain Bike Park
Wanna get some air this summer? Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's bike park is the perfect place to do it. By using Gravity Logic mapping, they've expertly designed one of the best mountain-bike destinations in the Tetons. No matter what level you are, you and your family will find a trail worthy of a fabulous Jackson Hole Summer. From novice trails for beginners, to advanced trails and jump tracks, you'll fly over tabletops and around corners and do it all again after a 5-minute ride to the top on the Teewinot lift.
Defy gravity this summer in Jackson Hole by paragliding amongst the Tetons. When you're soaring high above Teton Village and experiencing the beauty of Jackson Hole by air, you'll be giddy you chose this as one of your Jackson Hole vacation adventures, the Teton Range and the Snake River Range from the air. No experience is necessary, but be sure to make a reservation because this is certainly a popular activity!
Grand Adventure Pass
For an adrenaline-packed summer in Jackson Hole, try a day full of activities with the Grand Adventure Pass! For just $79, you and your family can experience the best of what Jackson Hole has to offer, including tackling the ropes course, free-falling at the drop tower, scrambling up the climbing wall, riding the bike park, feeling like you can fly on the bungee trampoline, taking unlimited rides on the gondola, tram, or teewinot, playing 18 holes of disc golf, or going for a beautiful hike in the resort. What a way to do it all this summer in Jackson Hole.
Pack your ropes and best climbing gear because vacations in Jackson Hole are tailor-made for rock climbing. There are multiple climbs of varying difficulty located in the area. Some of the more famous ones are Symmetry Spire, Teewinot, Guides Wall, Irene’s Arete and Ice Point. Guide services and climbing clinics are often available too. Just make sure that you reserve your spot well in advance.
Hot Air Ballooning
Want to enjoy the mountains without donning your climbing packs? Consider going hot air ballooning instead. The guided excursions are frequently suitable for adventure seekers age 6 and older. Hour-long morning flights tend to be the most popular. They typically run from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thus, that leaves plenty of time to spend the rest of your vacation in Jackson Hole enjoying other high altitude pursuits.
One way to get wild with the family in Jackson Hole is to go llamaneering. Just in case you are unfamiliar with llamaneering, it involves hiking with a llama in tow. The llamas carry your hiking gear for you and provide added interest to the excursion. There are different llama tour companies in the Jackson Hole area that offer such guided trips. However, most of the wild and wooly hikes tend to run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Speaking of guided trips, Jackson Hole is also home to a variety of tour companies that offer wildlife safaris. The intensity of the wildlife safaris vary and may be tailored to meet your family’s unique needs. Some of the animals that your family is likely to encounter during the trips are birds, wolves, bears, moose, bison and elk. Oftentimes, lunch is included in the wildlife safari packages as well.
Depending on the season, elk-drawn sleigh rides and horse-drawn wagon rides are also available. They tend to be quite enjoyable for all ages. The sleigh rides frequently take place at the National Elk Refuge. Traditionally open year-round, it’s a great place to view wildlife, bid on one-of-a-kind elk antlers, hunt and fish. The wagon rides, on the other hand, tend to take place at a variety of locations.