Quick Adventures Around Jackson Hole, Wyoming
While there’s plenty to do in Jackson Hole, you’ll discover even more adventures within driving distance. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, one of the best things to do in any town or city is escape for a while. Below, we’ve listed just a few of our favorite day trips around Jackson Hole so you can plan your adventurous vacation with ease.
Get Out & Go
In a region known for stunning outdoor adventures, it’s probably no surprise that our tips for Jackson Hole day trips focus on things you can do and see in the great outdoors.
Yellowstone National Park
You can very easily drive from Jackson Hole to the Old Faithful Area of Yellowstone and back in about 5.5 hours. Walk around the Geyser Basin, get some ice cream at the general store and then proceed to West Yellowstone. There are also some great lunch spots in West Yellowstone for lunch. You’ll pass through some beautiful farm lands in Idaho and then head back over Teton Pass and back into Jackson Hole. You can also do the entire Yellowstone park loop in one day, but it takes about 14 hours (including getting out and walking around at scenic points of interest).
Grand Teton National Park
Head into Grand Teton National Park and the options for day trips are almost endless. You can hike around Hidden Falls, boat ride across Jenny Lake, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from Inspiration Point. Bison, elk and moose are pretty common sights in the park, but you should also be on the lookout for black and grizzly bears.
Granite Hot Springs
Did you know that Wyoming is home to natural hot springs? 37 miles (one hour) south, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, you’ll love soaking in the soothing, natural water while taking in views of the surrounding forest. The pool is open in both summer and winter months.
Winding beneath the shadow of the Tetons, the Snake River is the perfect cool down on a hot summer’s day trip. From mellow waters to high adventure rapids, the river offers fun for folks of all ability levels. You can float and chill, rage the whitewater, or standup on a paddleboard. And you’ll need to obtain a fishing license, the river, with its countless holes, streams and the famous spots is an anglers paradise. Although the fish are not guaranteed, the Good times are, indeed.
In neighboring Idaho, in a scenic valley with forested hillsides, the Palisades Dam gives way to the Palisades Reservoir, where fishing, swimming, watersports, motorized and non-motorized boating are all popular activities. It is a short, pretty drive from The Lodge, and a wonderful place to take the kids for playing and a picnic.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Occupying over 3 million acres across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders, this Forest is home to spectacular scenery, and is easily reached from highways, byways and back roads. Offering tons of family activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and riding offroad vehicles. During the winter, the forest offers vast expanses of untracked powder for skiing and snowboarding. The Forest is also a perfect place to spend the day just spotting and photographing wildlife.
The Road More Traveled
Sure, there are the don’t-miss visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, but there are also some fantastic, lesser known adventures to be found. Whatever you’re into, from mountain biking to kayaking, hunting for antiques and more, you can find it close to Jackson Hole. For more local travel tips and recommendations, be sure to speak to our concierge while you are here.