One of the most pristine spots in the continental United States, Jackson Hole’s breath-taking natural beauty has been preserved by a history of conservation and a dozen local conservation organizations. Located at the base of the awe-inspiring Grand Tetons and less than 60 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, Jackson is steeped in history.
Humans began moving into the valley 11,000 years ago, as evidenced by discoveries of Folsom projectile points used by early inhabitants to hunt and kill mammoths and other big game. This remote valley was mainly inhabited by Native peoples until the early 19th century when French fur trappers came to the region. Around the same time, the Lewis and Clark expedition discovered Jackson Hole. They were soon followed by renowned mountain men like David Jackson (for whom the valley is named), Jedediah Smith and Jim Bridger.
Jackson Hole, with a population of just 10,000, is known for wide-open spaces and solitude. Wildlife is abundant and easily visible. Elk, buffalo, moose and birds of prey are common sightings. Like many mountain resort areas, Jackson’s spectacular vistas and easy access to major transportation hubs combine to attract CEOs, Hollywood stars and professional athletes. Yet despite its famous visitors and locals, the town maintains a relaxed Western atmosphere.
Jackson’s long winters and short summers provide unmatched natural beauty, and its hardy denizens enjoy all the valley has to offer. Winter sports are prevalent: three major ski areas – Jackson Hole Mountain, Snow King and Grand Targhee – offer ample terrain to challenge skiers and boarders of all abilities and are all within an hour’s drive. During warmer months, the area offers incredible rafting, golf, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures.
Numerous festivals and events draw both locals and visitors throughout the year, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, which runs for seven weeks every summer. Jackson also boasts numerous fine art galleries and museums, as well as the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Jackson Hole Historical Museum.
Getting to Jackson, Wyoming, is easy. JAC airport is located just ten miles north of town and features daily flights to and from Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Dallas and other major cities, depending on the season.
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