Things to Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A Selection of the Best Jackson Hole Attractions & Activities

Sightseeing Activities in Jackson Hole, WyomingWondering what are the best things to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? There is an abundance of things to do in Jackson Hole that guests can enjoy year-round while staying at Bentwood Inn, one of the best choices for Jackson Hole, Wyoming, lodging. The Bentwood Innkeepers are ready to help you plan your activities while visiting Jackson Hole, including assistance with activity and dinner reservations at all of the best restaurants.

Our concierge support is a hallmark of a Bentwood Inn stay, but for even more recommendations of local attractions and things to do in Jackson Hole before you arrive, you’re welcome to download our free Jackson Hole Vacation Guide.

In the winter, guests can enjoy Jackson Hole skiing at one of 3 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Ski Resorts: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Resort and Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Discover why Jackson Hole has been named the Best Ski Area in North America – 3 years in a row – by Forbes Magazine! Guided snowmobiling is another one of many Jackson Hole activities available in Yellowstone as well as other wilderness areas during the winter season. There are a number of cross-country skiing tracks in the valley as well as open wilderness areas in and outside of the parks. Sled dog excursions and National Elk Refuge sleigh rides are also very popular. The winter months offer the most things to do in Jackson Hole. However, we also have a number of summer activities to enjoy as well!

Top 10 Things to Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the Summer

Hiking in Grand Teton National Park is One of the Top Things to Do in Jackson Hole WyomingThere are plenty of outdoor things to do in Jackson Hole in the summer months as well: hiking in the Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding and covered wagon outings, canoeing, white water rafting, fly fishing, and kayaking on the winding Snake River. For the very adventurous there are exciting Jackson Hole activities like rock climbing to scale these incredible mountains or just try your hand and take a class to learn the ropes. There are two championship 18-hole golf courses and numerous tennis courts for the more traditional sports enthusiast. Enjoy all of these fun activities and things to do in Jackson Hole and more during your stay at Bentwood this summer.

1. Hiking

Known for its rugged terrain, high elevation, and breathtaking landscape, hiking in Grand Teton National Park is one of the most challenging and rewarding Jackson Hole, Wyoming, activities visitors can do during their stay.  Another great spot for adventurous and scenic hiking are the trails of the beautiful Yellowstone National Park.

2. Horseback Riding

For scenic trail rides in Wyoming, you will want to check out both Green River & Bridger-Teton Outfitters and Mill Iron Ranch. Green River & Bridger-Teton Outfitters offers pristine panoramas of the Gros Ventre mountain range on their half, full, and multi-day horseback rides. Mill Iron Ranch is uniquely located in the Horse Creek Valley, providing guests with fantastic trail riding, elevation gains and gorgeous scenery.

3. Mountain Biking

We love encouraging guests to explore the area on two wheels. We offer complimentary bicycles of all sizes for our guests to use on over 40 miles of bike paths throughout the valley. For a more guided mountain biking experience, Teton Mountain Bike Tours offers an excellent non-motorized alternative for seeing the Greater Teton/Yellowstone area.

4. White Water Rafting & Scenic Float Trips

Whether you’re craving a heart-pumping adventure or a relaxing afternoon, the Snake River in Wyoming has something for everyone. For a day of thrills, adrenaline, and heart-pumping excitement, white water rafting is ideal for adventurous visitors who want to take on the rapids of Snake River in Wyoming. One of our guests’ favorite things to do in Jackson Hole is travel down Snake River on a scenic float trip, where rugged mountains, rolling plains, and fascinating wildlife abound. These trips are suitable for guests of all ages and are a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Wild West, without the risk of getting wet!

5. Fly Fishing

Snake River flows the entire length of Jackson Hole and offers spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. In particular, this popular Jackson Hole attraction is a paradise for anglers of all skill levels and is considered to have the strongest population of native Cutthroat trout left in the Rocky Mountain West. So, whether you’re an avid angler or have never cast a line, Snake River fishing is a wonderful way to spend a day outdoors in Jackson Hole.

6. Canoeing/Kayaking

Whether you’re seeing the sights from a canoe or kayak, the lush landscapes of the looming Teton mountain range are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you. Wandering alongside elk, moose, deer, beavers, bald eagles, and otters, there is no better way to experience Jackson Hole than by spending an afternoon on the Snake River.

7. Rock Climbing

One of the oldest and most prestigious guide services in America, Exum Mountain Guide Service, offers climbing instruction and guided trips in Grand Teton National Park and adjacent areas. Individuals from ages 8 to 80 have been able to climb the Grand Teton after only two days of climbing instruction. Programs range from a fun day on the rocks for the whole family, to serious alpine adventures. For a fun rock climbing alternative, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a popular Jackson Hole attraction that also offers a great climbing wall and ropes course.

8. Golf & Tennis

Situated amongst the lush forests and looming peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole golf courses offer challenging terrain and jaw-dropping views that provide a day of fun and adventure for golfers of all skill levels. Along with some of the best golf courses in Wyoming, Jackson Hole also offers a variety of fantastic places to enjoy a competitive game of tennis.

9. Wildlife Safaris & Viewing

The incredible and vast nature in Wyoming attracts thousands of visitors to the wild west each year. From magnificent mammals to unique birds and fish, Jackson Hole wildlife is some of the most fascinating in the country. Being able to observe these animals in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who visit this beautiful area. Guided tours through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris provide visitors with that unique experience in the breathtaking region of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, while also educating them on the area’s native wildlife. From the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and National Elf Refuge, there are endless opportunities to discover and admire the abundant wildlife of Jackson Hole.

10. Live Music Events

From classical to rock and country, there is something for every music lover to enjoy in Jackson Hole. Enjoy exciting outdoor music festivals and concert series like Jackson Hole Live and Jackson Hole Rendezvous, or a more relaxing music experience at the annual Grand Teton Music Festival. No matter what your music preferences are, you are sure to have countless activities in Jackson Hole, WY, to choose from!

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11. Enjoy a Night (or 4) on the Town

Once the sun dips down behind the Tetons, the town comes alive as locals, visitors, and cowboys head out for some good old Western fun. From a variety of bars and restaurants to music venues and theaters, Jackson Hole nightlife will help you get acquainted with the laid back, fun-loving culture of our area. Don’t forget to bring your cowboy hat to enjoy some of the best Jackson Hole activities!

12. Experience the Spectacular Nature of Jackson Hole Through a Wildlife Tour

The incredible nature in Wyoming attracts thousands of visitors to the wild west each year. From magnificent mammals to unique birds and fish, Jackson Hole wildlife is some of the most fascinating in the country. Being able to observe these animals in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who visit our beautiful area. The best way to see as much as you can is with a Jackson Hole wildlife tour, of which we have several highly-recommended outfitters. Be sure to also check out our seasonal wildlife experience packages!

13. Get Some Retail Therapy in Jackson

Our stores carry beautiful, rare pieces that will remind you of your incredible trip each time you look at them. Jackson Hole shopping is unlike anywhere else, so be sure to check these places out if shopping is what relaxes you when you’re on vacation!

14. Lounge around the Jackson Hole Town Square

Located in the center of town, the Jackson Town Square offers a beautiful, festive atmosphere with something for everyone. There are shops, restaurants and green spaces in one of the best Jackson Hole attractions, not to mention four of the most famous landmarks in this western town.

15. See Nature at its Finest at the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve

One of the relatively new Jackson Hole attractions, people are already referring to the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve as a national treasure! With well-maintained trails and plenty of wildlife, this is without question, not something to miss while making your list of things to do in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

16. Catch a Fantastic Show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse

While some may be unprepared to give up so much time during their visit to Jackson on a show, this is still a fun way to spend an evening in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Playhouse is a rustic performing arts theater in downtown Jackson that shows a wide variety of shows and even offers dinner beforehand. Perfect for those looking for cultural things to do in Jackson Hole!

17. Take a Ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

One of the best things to do in Jackson Hole in October (at least the first week), but also throughout the summer is taking a ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. See what flying is like as you travel up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and get a birds-eye view of all of the Jackson Hole attractions.

18. Enjoy Supper and a Show at Bar J Wranglers Chuckwagon!

Celebrate the spirit of the Old West at Bar J Wranglers with a delicious meal followed by songs, stories, comedy routines, yodeling, fiddling, and more!

19. Head on a Western Adventure with Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookout

Travel by horse-drawn covered wagons to a town with an amazing home cooked meal just waiting for you. Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookout will be one Wyoming experience you do not want to miss!

20. Explore More at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

With over 80,000 visitors annually, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is the perfect place to experience some of Wyoming’s amazing culture. Make sure to check their event calendar to plan your getaway around the exhibition you can’t wait to see!

21. Visit the Annual Old West Days in Jackson Hole

Often referred to as the “Last of the Old West”, Jackson Hole, WY, attracts visitors from all over the country who want a true taste of American history. Every May, the town celebrates its unique culture and heritage with Old West Days, a weekend-long festival full of exciting events including live musical performances, rodeo events, tours, arts and crafts, and much more.

22. Have a Wild Time at the Jackson Hole Rodeo

For over 100 years, rodeo has been an integral part of cowboy culture in Jackson Hole, WY. The Jackson Hole Rodeo provides two full hours of excitement for audience members of all ages.

23. Visit Matt Montagne’s Art Gallery

We love Matt Montagne’s artwork so much, it’s hanging in the Great Room! Matt and his wife Judy welcome kindred artistic spirits to visit their home gallery north of town.

There is never a shortage of fun to be had or things to do in Jackson, Wyoming, while staying at Bentwood Inn. Feel free to download our free Vacation Guide, or to call us with questions or inquiries about how to experience any or all of the Jackson Hole activities and excursions available: 307-739-1411.


Things to Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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