Jackson Hole Summer Experiences

Top Summer Activities in Jackson Hole

There's nothing quite like summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

For families, adventure seekers, naturalists, history buffs, food fans and art admirers, summer in Jackson Hole is world-class. Take in a live performance at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, peruse the National Museum of Wildlife Art or scale the hair-raising summits of Grand Teton National Park. With hundreds of miles of horseback, hiking and biking trails, countless galleries, shops, museums and restaurants, and tens of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, the options and resources available to you in Jackson Hole are virtually limitless.

Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park in Jackson Hole WY

1. National Parks & Forests

Jackson Hole is your gateway to the 34,000 square-mile Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. With access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge and the Gros Ventre Wilderness, you could spend a lifetime here and never see it all. Regardless of your abilities, there are abundant ways to enjoy the great outdoors around Jackson Hole. See the sights with a self-guided tour using a GaperGuide or explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and admire their abundant wildlife with a professional guide from Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. For the adventuresome, the mountaineering and backcountry camping are beyond comparison.

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2. Outdoor Activities

If you are not a mountain climber, then a ride on the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is highly recommended. Ascending over 4,000 feet in just seven minutes to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, this engineering marvel affords breathtaking, 360-degree views. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort also offers mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, a high ropes course and an entire summer schedule of live music and family friendly events. Other outdoor activities in the area include horseback riding, whitewater and scenic rafting, kayaking and guided fly fishing. However, the great outdoors are only half of the story in Jackson Hole.

white antler archway at town square in Downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming with trees in the background

3. Arts, Culture & Western Heritage

The culture and heritage of the Old West is alive and well in Jackson Hole. Rope in a real western experience at the Jackson Hole Rodeo, where you will see bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and more! Learn about the local history, ecology and archaeology as well as about the homesteaders and Native Americans at the Jackson Hole History Society and Museum. Art lovers will enjoy more than 5,000 catalogued works at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the musically inclined will revel in regular evening concerts as part of the Grand Teton Music Festival — one of Jackson Hole's signature annual events. With the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts offering a packed schedule of performances and guest speakers all summer long, there is always something to do.

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4. Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Virtually all aspects of Jackson Hole surpass expectations, and the shopping, dining and nightlife of downtown are no exception. Treat yourself to a stroll on the boardwalks around the famous elk antler arches of Town Square. See the daily shoot out at 6pm (except Sundays) and grab a bite to eat. From coffee shops to chocolatiers, breakfast spots to breweries and sushi restaurants to steak houses, Jackson offers options for every palate.

Shopping in downtown is an adventure in itself. Whether you are looking for cowboy hats, knickknacks, bronze sculptures or the latest outdoor gear, you can find it here. Live music can be heard most nights at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Silver Dollar Bar, Town Square Tavern or the Pink Garter, all a few steps from the center of town.

Regardless of your interests and passions, we are sure that you will find something to love about Jackson Hole. Learn more about our current specials or explore all of our convenient and affordable Jackson Hole lodging options.