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

Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton Guided Snowmobile Tour

1. Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton Guided Snowmobile Tour

Transverse the rugged landscape of Bridger-Teton National Park with a snowmobile sightseeing tour, including a local guide, snowmobile, snow gear, and a hot drink. Marvel at the Grand Teton Mountains and explore the Continental Divide region while zipping across deep layers of crisp, white snow. Arrive at Heart Six Ranch in Jackson Hole to get fitted with snowmobiling attire and assigned a snowmobile. Follow your guide across the alpine meadows and into the snowy Bridger-Teton wilderness, keeping an eye out for local wildlife such as elk, moose, eagles, and mountain lions.  Feast your eyes on the peaks of the Grand Teton Mountains and the lush forests of the Continental Divide. Explore the vast meadows or ride the trails higher up into the mountains to discover remote lodges and restaurants. Return back to the Heart Six Ranch for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Guided Wildlife Adventure

2. 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!

Moran: Dogsledding Tour at Grand Teton with Hot Chocolate

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 & 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: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

7. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: • Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)• Midway Geyser Basin• Firehole Lake Loop• Fountain Paint Pots• Firehole River Canyon• Gibbon Falls • Artist Paint Pots• Norris Geyser Basin• Roaring Mountain• Gardiner's Hole• The Golden Gate• The Hoodoos• Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace• Gardiner River• The Boiling River• Roosevelt Arch• Undine Falls• Blacktail Plateau• Petrified Tree• Roosevelt area• Lamar Valley• Tower Falls• Dunraven Pass• Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)• Hayden Valley• Sulphur Cauldron• Mud Volcano Area• Fishing Bridge• Lake Yellowstone

Teton Village: Grand Tetons Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour

8. 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.

Jackson: Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour to Old Faithful

9. Jackson: Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour to Old Faithful

Set off on a wintery tour of Yellowstone National Park, chauffeured by an experienced, knowledgable guide in a comfortable and warm snowcoach, a specialized vehicle designed to operate in snow. Starting from Jackson or Teton Village, drive up to the South Entrance of Yellowstone, passing through the Grand Teton National Park and taking in breathtaking views of Grand Tetons along the way.  There will be plenty of chance for spotting wildlife and taking scenic photographs while en route. Then, proceed to Yellowstone National Park. Travel 45 miles on groomed trail before arriving at Old Faithful, making several stops along the way, with the opportunity to get out and walk around. Points of interest may include Moose Falls, Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Watch as the magical and world-famous Old Faithful erupts. Stop for lunch before continuing your adventure. Return to your accommodation in the evening.

Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton & Yellowstone Winter Tour

10. Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton & Yellowstone Winter Tour

• Day 1: Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge Meet your friendly guide and group and head off for an afternoon wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in a heated Suburban or other 10-passenger vehicle. On the tour, you'll have your best chance of seeing moose in the park, along with wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and bison. Settle in for the night at your accommodation in Jackson, Wyoming.  • Day 2: National Elk Refuge sleigh ride and West Yellowstone, Montana Depart in the early morning from your Jackson lodging for a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge, filled with over 5,000 elk. After the ride, the tour will continue through Grand Teton National Park to West Yellowstone. Cross over the Continental Divide and enjoy some free time to shop in the historic town of West Yellowstone upon arrival. Spend the night at an accommodation in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 3: Snowcoach tour into Yellowstone National Park Depart in the morning for a wintery visit to Yellowstone. Hop on the specialized winter vehicle that will take you to see the famous Old Faithful. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and elk, and admire the beautiful scenery as you proceed toward the Madison River. Stops include Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful, where you can see geysers erupt and explore the area on foot. After lunch, head back to West Yellowstone, stopping for photos along the way. Spend the night in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 4: West Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Leave West Yellowstone in the morning and set off on a trip to the geological site where the Hebgen Lake Earthquake of 1959 occurred. Sit back, relax, and marvel at the beautiful winter scenery and deep snow on your way back through Island Park and on to Jackson Hole, where the tour will end.

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Frequently asked questions about Jackson, Wyoming

What top attractions are a must-see in 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 2,082 reviews

My tour experience with Andrew was phenomenal! If you book through this company, request Andrew. He was extremely personable, but not overly chatty. You’re on this tour for 4+ hours so you’ll want someone that’s easy to travel with. Andrew is an amazing photographer which is a HUGE bonus because he brings his personal equipment and shares his photos after the tour which allows you the opportunity to enjoy the tour without worrying about getting the perfect shot. The company’s communication prior to the tour was outstanding. They called me directly a few days prior to let me know what to expect and bring for the tour. They also texted the day before to confirm the pick-up time. You won’t be disappointed!

Jeff was a great guide for a 12 hour day in the park. We saw elk, moose, bison and other animals that Jeff was able to spot! It was cool but we expected that since it was the last day the park was open. Old Faithful didn't disappoint. Overall it was a great time and we met new friends to experience this with. The crowds were low and we liked that!

Even though there was a foot of snow on the ground, we still had a beautiful ride through the Tetons. The views were breathtaking and our guide, Natalie, shared history of the Tetons to help enhance the experience. We had a wonderful time!

Went on our honeymoon! Our guide was incredible and so nice!! The dogs were beautiful, well trained and well taken care of. Our guide taught us so much and made the experience so memorable. Going back in the summer for fly fishing!!!

Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Truman was very knowledgeable. It was just our guide my husband and I and one other person and it was so private and comfortable. Great value. They picked us up right from the hotel