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A Destination for all Seasons: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Picturesque scenery and adventure combine to create one of the Nation’s most spectacularly beautiful regions, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Few landscapes are as stunning as that of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Framed by the majestic Grand Teton mountain range and its seasonally changing panorama of color, the region is more than visually arresting. Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies, history buffs, gourmands and rest and relaxation seekers alike, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, caters to anyone and everyone who desires their adventure or respite to be paired with sheer, natural beauty. 

Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Shoshone, Crow, and Blackfoot, for thousands of years, the 80-mile-long, 15-mile-wide valley was settled in the 19th century by European-American explorers—trappers and fur traders such as David Edward Jackson, for whom the territory was named. 

These explorers used the term “hole” to describe the mountain-surrounded valley. The 20th century brought tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, and in 1929, Grand Teton National Park was established as part of the National Park Service.

Grant Tetons in Jackson Hole Wyoming

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Much of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s popularity is attributed to the fact that not much has changed since the original settlers made it their home. Wide, open spaces, clean air, snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine forests and thriving wildlife remain as they once were, thanks to carefully monitored tourist systems and visitors’ awe-inspired respect for the region.

Today, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking and biking opportunities in warmer weather and its all-season high-end resorts, culinary offerings and vibrant arts scene. Perhaps most enthralling is the bevy of wildlife, for which viewing opportunities abound. (Early morning and late evening are the ideal spotting times when the weather is a bit cooler.) Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is home to more than 60 species of mammals and 100 species of birds, many of which can be spotted with relative ease, especially within the Grand Teton National Park. 

photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole

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Elk are the most common large mammals in the area and are numerous within the National Elk Refuge, a protected area established in 1912. Moose are often seen along riverbanks; bison and pronghorn antelope are found in open grasslands and sagebrush areas. Black bears and grizzlies are also spotted in the region, though they require more cautious viewing. Hikers, for instance, are encouraged to carry bear spray in the event of too-close-for-comfort encounters, which are rare. 

aerial tram in Jackson Hole Wyoming

Tristan Greszko Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

For visitors, the region boasts two distinct areas for overnight options: the quaint, western-themed town of Jackson and Teton Village, 12 miles to the north, and home of the famed Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which affords some of the best skiing in the country. Its 4,130 vertical feet aerial tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain is one of the area’s most popular attractions, offering staggering 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole valley and surrounding mountain ranges, as well as “top of the world” waffles at Corbet’s Cabin, an if-you-know-you-know, funky purveyor of the grid-ironed cakes. 

Art gallery in Jackson Hole Wyoming

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Don’t miss the bevy of art galleries and their dynamic displays of wildlife sculptures, photography and landscape paintings in Jackson. Cosplay the part of a local with the purchase of the perfect cowboy hat and boots. Burns 1876, adjacent to Jackson’s Town Square and the oldest same-family-owned Western retailer in the world, has all the goods you’ll need to dress the part. 

Check out the famed Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, a must-visit landmark in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, known for its distinctive Western-themed decor, including saddle bar stools, cowboy murals, and authentic Western memorabilia. Promote your trip with a Jackson Hole logoed tee or sweatshirt; many options are available in many t-shirt-centric shops.

The cloudveil in Jackson Hole Wyoming

photo courtesy of The Cloudveil

For overnight accommodations, The Cloudveil offers understated luxury. The only hotel directly located on the historic Town Square, The Cloudveil features 100 beautifully appointed rooms and suites (exhibit A: Nespresso Vertuo in-room coffee makers), a heated pool and spa and live entertainment in the evenings. Kids will love the help-yourself guest pantries on each floor, stocked with chips, trail mix and La Croix sparkling waters. Adults will love The Rooftop bar, serving creatively crafted cocktails with views of nearby Snow King Mountain, one of the area’s premier ski resorts. 

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Jackson is home to many excellent restaurants, including Bin 22 (great for tapas and wine), Glorietta for Italian fare and Snake River Grill for prime steaks. Yet, if staying at The Cloudveil, a mere walk across the lobby lands you at The Bistro with its fabulous French-inspired menu and nightly specials such as fried chicken and mashed potatoes or lemon fish Provencal. Don’t miss the barrel-aged old fashion crafted with locally-made Wyoming Whiskey.  

photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole

Over at Teton Village, look to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole as your home base for exploring that region’s riches. The resort is nestled at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, providing ski-in/ski-out access in the winter and convenient proximity to the aerial tram (dubbed “Big Red”) and biking/hiking trails in summer. 

Rooms are spacious with modern amenities, plush furnishings and mountain or valley views. An extensive range of amenities, including an outdoor heated pool and three hot-spring-style whirlpools, a world-class spa, gourmet dining and well-equipped fitness facilities, ensure one can stay within the resort to enjoy the best of Teton Village. But allow the Four Seasons concierge to plan some outside activities, and you won’t be sorry. 

Wildlife safari in Jackson Hole Wyoming

photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole

Specifically, don’t miss the resort’s Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari excursions, led by knowledgeable guides who drive guests nearly the length of the Grand Teton National Park in search of the abundance of native creatures. 

You’ll stop at breathtaking vantage points, binoculars in hand, while witnessing nature in its purest form. It’s truly the best way to experience the entirety of the park. For adrenaline junkies, the resort adjacent to the Via Ferrata trail offers a thrilling way to traverse the mountain during warmer weather via cable routes that utilize iron rungs and dangling bridges. And numerous bike trails entice all ability levels. 

After a day of exploration, schedule a Mineral Body Polish at the Four Seasons spa, a decadent treatment that will leave your skin soft and glowing. Later, check out Teton Village’s varied restaurant options, including Thai, Italian, and pub fare. But you won’t find anything as chic as the Four Seasons’ Westbank Grill, an inviting steakhouse with mountain views. Prior, enjoy aperitif at the resort’s lobby-adjacent Ascent Lounge, where expert bartenders craft traditional cocktails and creative mocktails. 

No matter the season, Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s blend of heritage, history, adventure, unspoiled beauty and welcoming Western aura make it a national—and even international—favorite.  

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