Free Things to Do in Jackson Hole

Maximize your Jackson Hole adventure with these experiences that won't cost you a penny.

Don't miss these 11 free activities in Jackson Hole – perfect for every season.

1. Explore Town Square

Town Square is the lively hub of downtown Jackson. There’s always something going on, whether it’s the historical shootout reenactment in the summer, holiday festivities in the winter, or just taking in the buzzing sights and sounds of the local restaurants and shops. Walking around the Square is always free, Be sure to check out the spectacular Elk Antler Arches, which famously indicate the entrance to Town Square. The antlers come from the National Elk Refuge, where the animals naturally shed their antlers each spring.

An arch made of elk antlers in downtown Jackson Hole, WY.

2. Live Music & Festivals

There’s plenty of free live entertainment in Jackson Hole, from late-night pub concerts to community-wide festivals. The Silver Dollar Showroom is a great bar to enjoy local bands and DJs- with no tickets required! If you’re looking for a more family-oriented experience, Jackson Hole has several music festivals throughout the year. Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a three-day music festival in March with various stages throughout town, and it’s completely free and open to the public. In May, Old West Days takes over the town for 10 days of exciting events including the Million Dollar Music Fest - a free music festival at Town Square.

3. Art & History Exhibits

You can delve into the world of fine art and culture without spending a dime- as long as you look in the right places. Jackson Hole Center for the Arts always has lots of events going on, many of which are very inexpensive or free. Browse their upcoming events to discover anything from art exhibits to auctions to gallery walks right here in Jackson Hole! The National Museum of Wildlife Art is free to Museums West & American Association of Museum Members and features impressive works of art focused on wildlife. The museum also offers a free Sculpture Trail where you can admire wildlife sculptures in the beauty of nature.

stone exterior of the National Museum of Wildlife Art built into the side of a mountain in Jackson Hole, WY

4. Farmer’s Market

Join the Jackson Hole community at the summer Farmer’s Market on the Square. The best part? You don’t have to pay money to savor the smell of freshly baked goods or to enjoy the upbeat live music. Perusing through all the merchant stands selling locally-grown fruits and veggies is an ideal Saturday morning, even without making a purchase. However, we definitely recommend dishing out a little cash to try some of the delicious goods yourself.

5. Take a Scenic Drive

Sometimes, the best way to sightsee in a new place is to get in the car and drive. Jackson Hole has many scenic drives that provide beautiful views you might not otherwise witness on a hiking trail. We suggest keeping the music off, windows down, and eyes wide open so you don’t miss a thing. In a place as stunning as Jackson Hole, it won’t be long until you come across picturesque wildlife, lakes, and forests. You could even make a day out of it and set up a picnic along a scenic overlook!

A herd of bison graze in a field set against a mountain range in Grand Teton National Park.

6. Hit the Trails

Explore Jackson Hole's natural beauty on its extensive network of free hiking and biking trails and pathways. In winter, strap on some snowshoes and trek through the area's snowy landscapes. With options for all fitness levels, you'll find the perfect path to suit your needs.

7. Learn About Wildlife at the National Elk Refuge

Get up close with Jackson Hole's iconic wildlife at the National Elk Refuge and National Fish Hatchery - all for free! Take a self-guided driving tour through the refuge, where you might spot herds of majestic elk against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Don't miss the National Elk Refuge & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, packed with interpretive exhibits about the local ecosystem. For a unique experience, swing by the National Fish Hatchery on the Elk Refuge grounds to learn about fish conservation and cast a line in the popular ​​Sleeping Indian Pond.

An elk with antlers in Jackson Hole, WY, raises its head and calls out in the middle of a field in front of trees.

8. Enjoy Snake River

Dive into outdoor fun on the iconic Snake River without spending a dime. Bring your own gear for fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing to take advantage of these scenic waters. While you'll need a fishing license to cast a line, simply floating or paddling the river is free and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

9. Discover Rendezvous Park

Visit R Park, the locals' favorite for year-round outdoor fun. This nonprofit park offers free stargazing events, free summer Discovery Boxes for kids, and “Mama Mimi” - a unique troll sculpture made from recycled materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Pack a picnic and spend the day playing, relaxing, and soaking in nature's beauty at this community gem.

10. Climb at Phil Baux Park

Challenge yourself at Phil Baux Park, located at the base of Snow King Mountain. This free climbing spot features three large boulders suitable for climbers of all ages and skill levels. It's a perfect way to test your skills or introduce kids to climbing in a safe, accessible environment.

11. Play Disc Golf at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Grab your frisbees and head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for a free round of free disc golf. Wind your way through the scenic ​​18 hole course, enjoying breathtaking views of the Aerial Tram, Gros Ventre and Teton mountains as you aim for each basket. It's a fun, relaxing activity that's great for groups or solo players.

Ready to experience all of these free activities in Jackson Hole? Before you pack your bags, check out our hotels page to find the ideal accommodation for your budget-friendly adventure.