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Planning Your 2021 Jackson Hole Summer Vacation

Created on: 2021-05-20

Discover Mountains of Thrills, Adventure, Fun and Relaxation

After a long year stuck at home, it’s completely understandable that you want to take a well-deserved vacation. We all need something to look forward to as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, and Jackson Hole is the perfect destination because it combines a little of everything. Traveling, especially these days, comes with a lot of planning, packing, and preparing, so we’ve put our local expertise to good use for you.

The possibilities are out of this world!

Whether you want to golf or fish, shop or toast champagne, Jackson Hole is a small town with lots of character and plenty of options no matter what you are looking to see or do. One of our favorite things to do is stargazing, because there is nothing quite as magical as ending a day of adventuring on Earth by looking up to the heavens. Consult our concierge (307-739-9703) to book your adventures in advance.

The parks provide the perfect respite for all ages.

The best way to combat the COVID blues is to simply get out, and the safest way to do this is by heading into nature. Jackson Hole is part of Wyoming’s superb national park system, so now is the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of our neighboring national parks and all the nature they have to offer.


The south gate of Yellowstone is officially open, and the park is about 1 hour 20 minutes away. Once inside Yellowstone, there is so much to see. Journey throughout the park exploring areas such as Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone Lake, and many more. After a satisfying picnic lunch, continue on and try to spot the myriad of wildlife, from grizzly bears to gray wolves, that call Yellowstone home.

Grand Teton

Grand Teton is 15 to 20 minutes from our front door. Explore Teton hiking trails during the day; take a scenic float through the park or enjoy wild whitewater rafting in the Snake River Canyon; try mountain biking the trails that leave right from town; saddle up for a horseback riding excursion.

Camping in Grand Teton National Park and some places in Yellowstone has moved to an advanced online reservation system for the 2021 season. Current members of the military and their dependents receive free entrance to national parks with an annual Interagency Military Pass through the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands (Interagency) Pass Program. Also, a federal public lands youth initiative allows all 4th Graders and their families to experience the national parks that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture.

What To Pack

For a Jackson Hole sojourn, variety is the name of the big game. Even in summer the weather can change drastically; hot days turn into chilly nights without warning. It’s important to come prepared. Here is your summer packing list for your mountain getaway.

  • Athletic Sneakers and/or Hiking Boots – Boots will allow you to navigate wet and dry trails with ease, while sneakers will enable you to tour the town in comfort and style.
  • Warm and Cold Clothing Layers – Be sure to pack light layers for daytime and others that will keep you warm in the evenings.
  • Bathing Suit – After hiking in the heat, you may want to get your toes wet in a river or swim in our indoor/outdoor pool.
  • Sun Protection – Sunscreen is a must, especially if you are hiking or planning on being outside for extended periods of time (which we hope you will be!), but sunglasses and sun hats are also encouraged.
  • Water Bottle – Combat the effects of high elevation and sun by drinking water almost constantly. If you forget to pack a water bottle, we have some available for sale in our gift shop.
  • Day Pack – Bring a smaller pouch or pack for a simple day out.
  • Camera – You will certainly not want to miss out on any of the surreal photo opportunities.
  • Other Items – Just in case, bring binoculars, lip balm, a bandana, and bear spray for hiking and/or camping.

How will Jackson Hole “look” this summer in the continuing age of COVID-19?

We are thrilled that Teton County has moved down from the Yellow (Low) Risk Level and into the Green (New Normal) Risk Level for COVID-19, resulting from continued improvements in the local COVID-19 metrics, including the total number of new cases and the overall reduction in COVID cases. This is the first time we have been in the Green Risk Level since the Teton County Health Department created the COVID-19 risk level guidance system in the Summer of 2020.

A Jackson Hole summer really comes alive from June through early September, offering all manner of things to do, and in light of the distribution of vaccines throughout 2021, things are going back to normal. As rules and regulations begin to lift, wearing a mask will be up to individual businesses. At The Lodge at Jackson Hole, the health and human safety of our employees, guests, and community is paramount. We recommend wearing masks and social distancing while in all public spaces.

Have fun, embrace safety measures and stay positive. If we all take responsibility to support each other and those working on the mountains and in the area, we will all have a safe and memorable experience this summer. To learn more about the most up to date health orders and phased safety measures, please click here.

Jackson Hole embodies the American spirit.

Thanks to endless vistas, frequent wildlife sightings, a welcoming, down-home Western vibe, and plenty of alluring restaurants and shops to keep visitors happy, Jackson Hole is the ideal place for an all-American summer getaway (and a popular locale for couples tying the knot). After everything we’ve all been through, a summer vacation feels more special this year. Adventure into the heart of the American West to have a mountain of adventures. We hope your journey to Jackson Hole, Wyoming is completely wonderful, relaxing, uplifting and memorable.