Located at the base of the Teton Mountains, Jackson is a gorgeous city on the western edge of Wyoming. The town has a population size of just under 10,000 but seems much busier due to the number of tourists that visit the area. They come in the summertime to visit the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and in the wintertime to ski at the Jackson Hole Mountain, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee resorts. If outdoor recreation doesn't interest you, maybe the local art galleries and custom jewelers will! There are also a number of great restaurants in the area, making a trip to Jackson warranted.
Jackson Hole was originally home to Native American tribes. Then, in the 1800s, the area became a popular destination for trappers and mountain men including John Colter, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith and William Sublette. The valley was named after David Edward Jackson who, as a part of the Hayden Expedition, took the first photographs of the Teton Mountains and Yellowstone. The photographs were an important part in convincing Congress to protect Yellowstone, and later landed it's title of becoming the first National Park. If you travel through Jackson, you can still see some of the early buildings throughout the town square. And you might even see a celebrity or two - several reportedly have a second home in Jackson including Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods and Matthew McConaughey.
Consisting of 24,7000 acres of inter-mountain valley in the Jackson Hole area, the National Elk Refuge is a must-see! The refuge provides, preserves, restores and manages winter habitat for the nearby elk heard as well as habitat for endangered species, birds, fish and other big game animals. Visitors can take a winter sleigh ride in the winter, getting up close and personal with elk in the area. The multi-use pathway is open during the summer for visitors interested in walking or biking the area. There even are "Feathered Fridays" where visitors have the opportunity to meet live raptors at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center! With so much to see and do year-round, the National Elk Refuge should definitely be on your bucket list!
The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is held in the early part of September each year and is one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountains! Featured here are the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with various events, music, cuisine and wine. More than 50 events make up this great festival including Historic Ranch Tours, a Jackson Hole Art Auction and the Art Brunch Gallery Walk. Thousands of visitors travel to witness the unique art and breathtaking scenery this festival has to offer. We definitely recommend you check it out!
A local favorite, The Merry Piglets is Jackson's longest running Mexican restaurant! Everything is cooked to order; their meats and chicken are pasture-raised; and their fish is wild! The restaurant was first established in 1969 as a small taco shop located on Broadway where Häagen-Dazs and the Snake River Grille currently are located. Now they are located at 160 North Cache and have a much wider range of menu options! For starters, try the house made guacamole, flautas or grilled jalapenos. For an entree, try the huevos rancheros, the chimichanga plate, surf and turf or a delicious taco! Our personal favorite is the dessert - homemade fried ice cream! Make a stop at The Merry Piglets the next time you're Jackson; you'll be happy you did!
We love the access to world-class amenities but still having a small-town feel. Skiing, national parks, mountain biking, amazing arts scene, great restaurants – all while being surrounded by incredible, friendly people who make this a great community to be a part of.