Things to do in Jackson, Wyoming

Fun awaits you in the last of the Wild West, with Grand Teton National Park and hot air balloons on offer.

Our most recommended things to do in Jackson, Wyoming

Moran: Dogsledding Tour at Grand Teton with Hot Chocolate

1. Moran: Dogsledding Tour at Grand Teton with Hot Chocolate

When visiting Jackson Hole, experience an old-fashioned adventure on a dog sledding tour from Moran along the Buffalo Fork River, including a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Enjoy the protected land of Heart Six Ranch, featuring sweeping views of the river valley and Grand Tetons. Stay warm inside a sled bag as a team of highly trained sled dogs guided by a professional musher pulls you safely along pristine, snow-covered tracks. The actual time in the dogsled is approximately 45 minutes. Set off into the beautiful pastures of Heart Six Ranch and travel along Buffalo Valley Road. Take in the Buffalo Fork, a tributary that runs in front of the ranch and through Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Finish off your trip with a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

2. Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

After an early morning pickup from your hotel, your guide will take you to Grand Teton National Park. Even in the chilling winter, wildlife such as moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, and even wolves can be spotted in the park.  You will witness the beauty of the wide, snowy plains that stretch out to the jagged mountains as you learn about the ancient geology that gave rise to the landscape. At midday, escape the cold and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the famous western-cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. After lunch, you will head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge, carrying you through the low valley that hosts thousands of wintering elk. Snap photos of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary hosting 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, you will return to your hotel.

From Jackson: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

3. From Jackson: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

Discover Yellowstone's Lower Loop on a guided day tour from Jackson in an air-conditioned van. Be amazed by the beauty of various natural landmarks, including the Old Faithful Area, the Canyon Area, and Hayden Valley. Begin the tour in downtown Jackson. Head north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. See all the major points of interest on the Lower Loop, including the Upper Geyser Basin, which is the Old Faithful area, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Firehole Lake Loop, Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole River Canyon, Gibbon Falls, and the Virginia Cascades. Experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, including the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Sulphur Cauldron, the Mud Volcano area, and Lake Yellowstone. You will also enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch during the day. Take some short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Be on the lookout for local wildlife species.

Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Guided Wildlife Adventure

4. Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Guided Wildlife Adventure

Embark on a wildlife tour that focuses on the amazing animals of Grand Teton National Park as well as the park's diverse geology and history, both human and natural. Ride in either an open-style safari vehicle (weather dependent) in the summer or an enclosed, air-conditioned and heated vehicle during the rest of the year. Stop frequently along your wildlife adventure to get out of the vehicle and safely view wildlife close up or use a high-powered scope to view far-off wildlife. Get your own pair of quality binoculars to use throughout the entire tour. Have the option of taking a short hike in the park during the tour. Discover this vast park which encompasses over 310,000 acres and is home to a diverse range of large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, bison, and bighorn sheep. Possibly observe numerous bird species including eagles, hawks, pelicans, grouse, and owls. Marvel at your guide's ability to spot animals. Not only will you learn all about the park and its history and geology, but you will also view countless extraordinary creatures. Watch the epic struggle for survival unfold in the company of an expert wildlife guide!

Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton National Forest Horseback Ride

5. Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton National Forest Horseback Ride

Join professional wranglers on a 2-hour or 4-hour horseback ride through the trails of Bridger-Teton National Forest on this tour from Jackson Hole. See stunning views of the Grand Teton mountain range and ride along a winding river. Start your adventure at one of the oldest dude ranches in the USA. Choose between a 2-hour ride or extend your wilderness adventure with a 4-hour tour. Meet your wrangler and guide, and get your riding gear.  Before heading to the trails, meet your friendly horse and learn how mount and dismount. Practice handling your horse with the reins and learn to control how fast your horse trots and how to stop, start, and steer. Take a test trot on the ranch property. Venture into the Aspen Tree Groves on horseback. Ride through the Bridger-Teton National Forest, looking for wildlife and local flora. Follow the horse trails and admire panoramic views of the Tetons.  Continue down into the Buffalo Valley to ride along a lazy river. Return to the ranch with a deeper connection to nature and an understanding of the Wild West. 

Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

6. Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks on an African safari-style program that takes you on wildlife tours during the optimum hours for wildlife sighting, and takes you to see the major natural highlights of the parks. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Start by meeting your guide at the Parkway Inn or Lexington Hotel, depending on tour dates, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and head out on a 4-hour Grand Teton dusk adventure. Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Your wildlife adventure will begin early to maximize wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Sightings on this day may include grizzly and black bears, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn, and moose. This will also be a day filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery in Grand Teton and Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.  Lodge accommodation: Cody, Wyoming (near East Yellowstone Entrance). Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Scenic Upper Loop Adventure You’ll depart early to view wildlife on the way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone. En route you’ll visit the beautiful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and possibly see grizzly, black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and much more! Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the American Serengeti and Old Faithful The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins, including visits to Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The tour ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

7. Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

Float down the quiet Snake River on a guided raft tour from Jackson and take in majestic views of the Teton Range. Experience the striking scenery of Wyoming in a family-friendly way, without long and tiring hikes. Depart from a historic cattle ranch, then view deer, moose, and eagles along the way. Meet your guide in Jackson, then enjoy a short drive to the historic Snake River Ranch, one of the few working cattle ranches left in Jackson Hole. Hop onto your boat and glide along Snake River, the southern boundary to Grand Teton National Park. Admire the mountain landscape and spot deer, moose, eagles, and more local wildlife. Let your guide do the work, so you can simply relax and take in the views while learning about this marvelous site. End your journey by returning to the ranch and enjoy a drive back to Jackson.

Jackson Hole: Dinner Cookout & Bridger-Teton Horseback Ride

8. Jackson Hole: Dinner Cookout & Bridger-Teton Horseback Ride

Embark on a horseback riding experience in Buffalo Valley with sweeping views of the Grand Teton mountain range. Start your journey at one of the oldest dude ranches in America and set off near the National Park before ending your experience with a delicious cookout with views of Buffalo Valley. Start your adventure with a briefing on how to handle a horse for any beginners with zero horseback riding experience. Follow the wranglers as they lead you on a 2 hour horseback ride through the mountains just outside of the Grand Teton National Park. Ride trails exclusively accessible on horseback with up to 500 feet of grade, allowing for amazing photo opportunities in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Ride through the beautiful Aspen Tree Groves and experience Bridger-Teton in one of the most authentic ways possible. After your ride, enjoy an outdoor cookout experience with wonderful views of the Buffalo Valley and surrounding Grand Teton mountains. This traditional country cookout will consist of bbq hot dogs, burgers, salad, and country baked beans.

Teton Village: Grand Tetons Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour

9. Teton Village: Grand Tetons Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour

Get a Bird's-eye-view of the Teton Mountains and the Yellowstone Plateau with this hot air balloon tour from Teton Village. Feel the thrill of taking off and landing in a balloon. Watch the sunrise and finish your experience with a glass of champagne or fresh juice. Meet your experienced pilot then hop aboard your balloon and take off just before sunrise. Fly a mile into the sky. The ride up is quiet and effortless, making for an unforgettable atmosphere. See the sun come up over the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Marvel at other nearby sights including Snake River, the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole Ski, and Yellowstone Plateau. Also, have the chance to watch another balloon float through the sky. From your lofty position, look down and catch a birds-eye-view of the wildlife. Spot herds of elk, mule deer, moose, waterfowl, bald eagles, and other raptors. Gently land and enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne or orange juice, and toast to a perfect morning.

From Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Tour

10. From Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Tour

After being picked up from your place of lodging anywhere in Jackson or Teton Village. The local supplier can make arrangements to meet lodgers staying in outlying areas at a convenient location. Head directly into Grand Teton National Park and begin exploring the breathtaking landscapes and amazing wildlife to be found within the park. Start the morning with a drive up the Gros Ventre river towards Kelly and Mormon row. This is a great area to spot moose, bulls, and cows. Then, enjoy a bit of history as you drive along Mormon Row, then back towards Moose Junction. Head into the heart of Grand Teton National Park from there along the Park loop road north road towards Jackson Lake. Explore points of interests such as Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake, Willow Flats, Oxbow Bend, Elk Ranch Flats, Dead Man’s Bar, Snake River Overlook, and many more. Returning to Jackson by about 11:30 AM. In addition to the many spectacular vistas and natural wonders that Grand Teton National Park has to offer, enjoy the chance to view the multitude of wildlife that makes Grand Teton it’s home. Bears, wolves, elk, moose, deer, eagles, all are common sights on the tour.

Frequently asked questions about Jackson, Wyoming

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Jackson, WY

Looking to explore the great outdoors in Jackson, Wyoming? We've enlisted the help of travel expert Jurga from Full Suitcase to help you make the most of your time in the area. Read the tips below for your next trip.

What should I do on my first trip to Jackson?

Jackson, WY is best known for its mountain resorts and outdoor experiences. There’s plenty to see and do in Jackson Hole, both in summer as well as in winter. Jackson Hole is also a gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with the most stunning sceneries and wildlife. In addition, the Jackson Hole area also has rich Western traditions. You can go on horseback tours in cowboy ranches, attend rodeos, or experience covered wagon cookouts. 

What are some hidden gems to see in Jackson?

One of the nicest hidden gems to see in Jackson is Granite Creek and Granite Hot Springs. These natural hot springs are located about 1-hour drive from town and are open in summer and in winter, but closed in the shoulder season. In winter, you can get here by snowmobile or with a dog sled tour, and it’s a truly unique experience to soak in the hot waters of the spring with the snowy landscapes around you.

How much time should I spend in Jackson? 

While one day is enough for Jackson town itself, we recommend planning at least a week in the area. This will allow you to see the best of the Jackson Hole, visit Grand Teton National Park, and explore Yellowstone National Park. As an absolute minimum, plan 4 days here: one for Jackson, one for Grand Teton, one for Yellowstone, and one day for some of the fun outdoor activities that the area has to offer.

What is the best way to get around Jackson?

While you can explore the town center on foot, you’ll need a car when visiting Jackson Hole. Alternatively, you can also take organized tours. Most of them offer free pick-up and drop-off in your hotel in Jackson, and so you could see the best of the area without hiring a car as well.

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What is the best time to visit Jackson?

The best time to visit Jackson, WY depends on what type of experiences you are looking for. For winter activities, the best time is between December and March. This is also a good time to see elk in the area. For summer activities in Jackson Hole and for visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the best time to travel is from the end of May to September. That’s when everything is open and accessible and you can explore the area to the fullest.

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What people are saying about Jackson, Wyoming

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,877 reviews

Our guide was very knowledgeable and was very motivated to enable us to see as much wildlife as possible. He asked us what we were most interested in seeing and positioned us for the best vantage point to view the animals once we stopped. The scope and binoculars provided were excellent tossed them as up close as we were allowed to get to remain safe.

Kevin was a wonderful guide for us! We were able to see everything we wanted to see (except a bear), and we did it with lots of fun stories and a car load of laughs! We highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to the Jackson Hole area!

Our guide, Natalie, was extremely knowledgeable and understanding of our beginner status. She really made all of us feel confident and comfortable. Great experience.

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs. The pace and options of the tour were also well planned.

I learned so much! The narrator was interesting and informative. Excellent self driving tour.