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.

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Jackson: 13-Mile Scenic Float with Teton Views

1. Jackson: 13-Mile Scenic Float with Teton Views

Take a scenic float trip on the calm water section of the Snake River outside Jackson. All scenic floats are guide-powered, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise. Travel on boats with space for 10-12 passengers along the 13-mile stretch of braided river, home to an array of wildlife and especially rich in bird life. Experience a tour is best suited for families with young kids, wildlife enthusiasts or birders, or any individuals and groups that enjoy nature. With a mountainous backdrop from the moment of your departure, cameras and binoculars are highly recommended. Look out for eagles resting in the trees, or flying high above. At the end of the tour, you are free to explore on your own.

Jackson: Snake River Class 2-3 Whitewater Rafting Adventure

2. Jackson: Snake River Class 2-3 Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Embark on an 8-mile rafting trip adventure down the Snake River - the perfect summer activity to do on your visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for all ages and experience levels. Discover the Class II and III whitewater rapids with incredible opportunities to swim and get wet. Start the tour by arriving a the boathouse, just 1-mile from Town Square in Jackson. Meet your experienced white water guides and get suited up in wetsuits if needed (available to hire for an additional cost). From there, take a 30-minute bus ride to West Table in the Snake River Canyon. Feel free to leave anything on the bus that you don't want to get wet. When you arrive at the launch site, get kitted out with paddles and board the boat. When booking, you can choose between the classic boat option for 8-10 people or the smaller boat option which requires you to paddle at every rapid. Then, begin navigating downstream along this particularly wide and deep stretch of river which boasts class II and III level rapids. As the paddling picks up the pace, experience rapids including Lunch Counter, 3-ordeal, Cottonwood, Big Kahuna, and many more. Be prepared to get wet during this adrenaline-filled adventure. Listen as your guide teaches you about the history of the area and about some of the rapids. Along the way, admire the spectacular canyon scenery and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including eagles, mountain goats, otters, osprey, and elk. Have the chance to take a quick swim and cool down. Finally, end the route at Sheep Gulch which is 8-miles south of your departure point. Finally, board the same bus which will return you back to the boathouse where the tour concludes.

Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

3. Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

This unique scenic float takes you along the southern boundary to Grand Teton National Park. Meet your guide in Jackson, then travel to the historic Snake River Ranch, one of the few working cattle ranches left in Jackson Hole. Glide down the river as you admire the mountain scenery and spot deer, moose, eagles, and more. Let your guide do the work, so you can simply relax and take in the views. This short trip is perfect for those with a busy schedule or young children.

Jackson: 4 or 8-Hour UTV Offroad Vehicle Rental

4. Jackson: 4 or 8-Hour UTV Offroad Vehicle Rental

Discover the beauty of the Jackson Hole region with a 4 or 8-Hour rental of a brand-new side-by-side Polaris UTV vehicle. Immerse yourself in nature and explore the area using a 2, 4, or 6-seater UTV (utility terrain vehicle). A side-by-side vehicle, more commonly referred to as a UTV, is an all-purpose utility vehicle with a cab and is operated by a steering wheel and foot pedals. It offers a great way to get offroad and explore nature trails. Enjoy a non-guided full or half-day rental and gain a unique perspective of the region. Take a scenic drive through Grand Teton National Park or explore the back roads in the Gros Ventre Mountains or Greys River Range.

Jackson: Snake River Scenic Raft Trip

5. Jackson: Snake River Scenic Raft Trip

Your guide will meet you at the meeting point and then you will depart by minibus for a short drive to Snake River. Lifejackets will be passed out at the boat ramp, before boarding the raft and floating along Snake River. Sit back and relax as your guide takes care of the navigation from a center-mounted oar frame. Enjoy the scenery as your guide interprets the many amazing sights and sounds of the river. After reaching the river bank at the end of the experience, your guide will drive you back to the original meeting point in Jackson.

Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Half-Day Small-Bus Tour

6. Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Half-Day Small-Bus Tour

After being picked up from your place of lodging anywhere in Jackson or Teton Village. The local supplier can make arrangements to meet lodgers staying in outlying areas at a convenient location. Head directly into Grand Teton National Park and begin exploring the breathtaking landscapes and amazing wildlife to be found within the park. Start the morning with a drive up the Gros Ventre river towards Kelly and Mormon row. This is a great area to spot moose, bulls, and cows. Then, enjoy a bit of history as you drive along Mormon Row, then back towards Moose Junction. Head into the heart of Grand Teton National Park from there along the Park loop road north road towards Jackson Lake. Explore points of interests such as Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake, Willow Flats, Oxbow Bend, Elk Ranch Flats, Dead Man’s Bar, Snake River Overlook, and many more. Returning to Jackson by about 11:30 AM. In addition to the many spectacular vistas and natural wonders that Grand Teton National Park has to offer, enjoy the chance to view the multitude of wildlife that makes Grand Teton it’s home. Bears, wolves, elk, moose, deer, eagles, all are common sights on the tour.

Grand Teton National Park: Full-Day Tour with Boat Ride

7. Grand Teton National Park: Full-Day Tour with Boat Ride

Head to Antelope Flats and Mormon Row for iconic views of the Tetons, then take a 1-hour boat ride on Jenny Lake: Discover Oxbow Bend, Pacific Creek, Jackson Lake, and Signal Lake all in one day. Begin your tour with pickup from Jackson or Teton Village, departing between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Enjoy a complimentary light breakfast and head to explore the best spots in Grand Teton National Park. Search for wildlife, including elk, bison, bears, moose, eagles, and foxes. There will be plenty of photo stops where you can snap a picture with your own camera or enjoy the views with provided binoculars. Then, get ready for the boat ride to the base of Mount Teewinot and back. There you can enjoy a hike to Hidden Falls waterfall or just relax by the lake. Be prepared to be amazed by the beautiful scenery around you. At the mid-point of your tour, enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch. Throughout your exciting day, learn about many features of Grand Teton National Park, including its history, geology, and wildlife, from your knowledgeable guide.

Jackson: 8-Mile Small-Boat Whitewater Rafting Trip

8. Jackson: 8-Mile Small-Boat Whitewater Rafting Trip

Journey from the West Table Boat Ramp in the Snake River Canyon. Wind your way south towards Alpine, Wyoming. Travel 8 river miles from start to finish while your guides share information on the history of the area and teach you about the local flora and fauna. There are approximately 8 sets of rapids, ranging from class I and II to class III. Various river features will be encountered, such as Lunch counter and Big Kahuna rapids, Million Dollar Fishing Hole, Gauging Straights and Bailing Straights. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Snake River Canyon, rich in geological history and unique features. You may even spot river otters, osprey and bald eagles on your trip. The lucky few might even catch a glimpse of a mountain goat, a mule deer, an elk, or even a grizzly or black bear. This is the whitewater experience you've been waiting for, so come and enjoy this beautiful canyon for yourself! This trip has 6-paddling and 2-non-paddling positions available.

From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

9. From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

Explore Yellowstone National Park with a local guide. Take in breathtaking views of incredible landscapes and learn about the local wildlife as you stop at iconic points of interest. The tour covers over 250 miles, promising to be a full, exciting, and memorable day.  Your tour departs from Teton Village and Jackson, Wyoming between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Head north through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone and begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at popular points of interest, including Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, Upper & Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and possibly more. Stop and photograph wildlife and beautiful scenery throughout the day. At the midpoint of the tour, enjoy a delicious, picnic-style lunch. During the tour, your guide will educate you on the many features of Yellowstone, including the history of the park, its geothermal features, geology, wildlife, and more. Your tour concludes between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM back in Jackson or Teton Village.

Teton Village: Grand Tetons Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour

10. 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.

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 1,470 reviews

The tour was awesome. Saw so many things that one wouldn't normally see in their lifetime. Our tour guide James made our tour very memorable with all his knowledge of the parks, history and stories. Never a dull moment. It's a must do and see. We highly recommend the tour, you won't regret it. Totally awesome!!

Our guide, David, was very pleasant and knowledgeable with a bit a humor. David seemed just the right fit for us. His partner/wife was also pleasant and contributed with her own pieces of knowledge at times. I would do the tour with them again as guides. Excellent

The trip was excellent and the guide(Jeff) was extremely informative and considerate of everyone on the tour. We had plenty of time to enjoy the park and we’re provided with excellent information about the park and it’s animals and sights.

Roz was an excellent guide. her chatter was fun . she made getting in and off the float easy and safe for this senior and handicapped client. unfortunately, we spotted no wildlife except for an eagle far away.

A very fun trip. Not to difficult and beautiful scenery. The guide was awesome. Knew a lot about the area. Would definitely do it again.