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Jackson Hole, WY, USA

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Jackson Hole – the hole truth

If your idea of the wild, wild west includes zero percent Will Smith, Jackson Hole is just what the doctor ordered. Snuggled up between the Teton and Gros Ventre mountains, the Jackson Hole valley is famous for its winter sports, Old West attractions, and sprawling wilderness. Jackson, the valley’s largest town, boasts a wildlife refuge and some of the area’s most popular ski resorts. With Yellowstone National Park less than 60 miles away, a Jackson Hole vacation rental will offer you easy access to one of the country’s most pristine natural playgrounds.

Holing up in Jackson Hole

A favorite destination throughout the year, Jackson Hole is particularly popular in the winter, when skiers from around the country flock to the area’s scenic slopes. Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge are a hit with couples and groups alike, and the surrounding mountains also offer hiking during the summer months. Looking for a taste of the Old West? You’ll be close to activities like horseback riding and an annual rodeo in your Jackson Hole vacation rental, and amateur prospectors can pan for gold in the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Jackson Hole – from wildlife to wild west

Built into a mountainside above the National Elk Refuge, The National Museum of Wildlife Art features works by artists like Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe, among others. It also boasts an outdoor sculpture garden and interactive exhibits for kids. Avid skiers are probably familiar with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but you can also hit the slopes at Snow King Resort without losing an avalanche of cash. Visiting families can catch the Victorian-style dinner theater at The Jackson Hole Playhouse, where you’ll find nightly musical comedy and a Wild West revue in an old-timey setting.

Seasonal sport in Jackson Hole

Thanks to the surrounding mountains, summers in Jackson Hole tend to be warm to mild. Average highs in the 70s and 80s make July, August, and September popular months for sightseeing, hikes, and nature walks. Fall temperatures are brisk, with an average high of 58ºF in October and 39ºF in November. Since the valley averages 67 inches of snowfall annually, it’s no wonder that Jackson Hole vacation rentals are in high demand during the winter and early spring. Highs from December to February hover around 30ºF, but lows have been known to plunge as far as -50ºF – big coats and a stiff drink are recommended!

Jackson Hole’s American splendor

With an average elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level, this high mountain valley is flanked by the craggy slopes and glacial peaks of the Teton and Gros Ventre ranges within the Rocky Mountains. The Snake River runs the length of the Jackson Hole valley, and a series of rocky buttes rise from the valley floor. Just east of Jackson, the National Elk Refuge is the seasonal home to as many as 7,500 migratory elk, as well as bighorn sheep, bison, and the occasional grizzly bear.