Winter Guide to Jackson, Wyoming

winter in Jackson Hole

The town of Jackson and the region of Jackson Hole have long held a special place in my heart for all the warm weather activities to be had but after one winter trip to this wild life filled region, I am completely in-love with winter sporting here.

Even if you aren’t into skiing, sledding or other winter time physical acts there is still plenty of experiences to be had.

Read on to see my top TO DO’S while visiting Jackson, Wyoming.

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Be Active

el batey, san juan, puerto rico, dive bar, drink

Skiing is the number one reason athletic minded folks travel and the slopes of Snow King and Jackson Hole Resort are top notch facilities.

If speeding down a mountain isn’t your thing, look into cross country skiing at the base of the Teton Range or snowshoe in the range,  ice-skating between the antler arches the decorate each corner of Jackson Square, or try your skills at ice fishing.

For those of you who want some movement but without all the work, book a dog sled ride.

snowboard Jackson Hole Resort

Eat & Drink

winter in Jackson Hole

The restaurant scene in Jackson is very happening with a plethora of options for every type of palate.  For a fun meal with  live music and a saddle to sit on visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or pony up at the historic Silver Dollar Bar just around the corner. And, for a more subdued upscale experience I recommend Bin22, Trio and Collette.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

The Wildlife

National Elk Refuge

Due to its geographical closeness to multiple national parks, forests and wilderness ares, Jackson Hole is teeming with wildlife in every season. However, winter is the easiest time to spot the animals against the white snow that blankets the region.

A short drive along 191 towards the park revealed Moose, Elk, & Beavers during. a 10 minute drive. Now, imagine what you’ll see on a Four-Day Tour of Yellowstone and a Winter Wildlife Tour or get up close to the thousands of wild Elk that come into the valley to feed at the National Elk Refuge by sleigh for just $30 per person.

National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge


Thomas Moran

Surrounding Jackson Square and the adjacent side streets are countless galleries with paintings, prints, sculptures and countless other mediums that sure to tickle any art lover’s fancy and cause the purse strings to loosen.

But, the most breathtaking art work can’t be purchased but for less than $20 can be viewed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. This gallery sits outside of town and on a bluff across from the National Elk Refuge and is well worth an hour or two visit to see some of the inspiring work of Thomas Moran and other nature loving artists.

Thomas Moran

Getting There

There are two options when traveling to JH: by air or car.

Flying into Jackson gives you a perfect view of the glacier capped peaks of the Teton Range or you can choose to cruise in while passing through the Star Valley, a pass from Idaho or the connector road between Yellowstone and Teton National Park.

Helpful Tip: book your flights, hotels & tours in advance to ensure you beat the winter travel crowds.