Summers in Jackson are a magical thing, when snowy ski slopes transform into a network of forests and trails. The wildlife is abundant, the rivers are teeming with mountain water, and visitors flock to the area to enjoy the season’s gifts. Most summer trips to Jackson are incomplete without a photo under the antler arches or a rowdy evening at Jackson Hole Playhouse, but there are hidden gems to be found here, too. This list highlights the lesser-known activities on offer to help make your trip a little more special. For tips on where to stay, check out this guide to hotels in Jackson, Wyoming.
Channel Your Inner Cowboy: Tour By Horseback
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To really experience the Old West, lose the hiking boots and climb up on horseback. Jackson is home to dozens of ranches and stables that offer unique journeys through Grand Teton National Park. There is a range of experiences on offer, from hour-long, leisurely rides to multi-day camping trips by horseback. The possibilities are endless, but the outcome is the same: There’s no better way to see the Rockies than from on high.
Peruse the Goods at Jackson Hole’s Farmer’s Market
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At the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market, you’ll find the usual delicious fare: fresh fruits and veggies, locally produced meat, and fresh-baked goods among others. But this market offers up a few unique treats, as well. Each week, a local chef is selected to create a custom menu that showcases his or her restaurant to visitors. A local musician is also featured to provide live musical performances while you stroll. The market is in the Town Square and is open every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 pm (from early July to late September).
Ride the Rapids Through Snake River Canyon
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On hot summer days, there’s no better place to cool down than on Snake River. This 8-mile stretch through Teton National Forest offers up chills and thrills that are best experienced by watercraft. With some Class II and Class III rapids along the way, white-water rafting enthusiasts will get to participate with paddle in hand. The rapids are safe for all ages over 6 years (or 14 years in late spring and early summer), so this 4-hour adventure can be experienced by the whole family. Just make sure to wear your swimsuit — you will be getting wet.
Appreciate the Great Outdoors at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
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It’s impossible to visit the reserves and parks around Jackson without being inspired by the local wildlife. At the National Museum of Wildlife Art, you will see that inspiration come to life. With over 5,000 works, prepare to see a wealth of interpretations, some of which date back as far as 2500 B.C. Peruse the 14 different galleries, or stand outside and take in the magnificent hilltop view of the National Elk Refuge. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Wherever your interests lie in the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of gems to explore while in Jackson, Wyoming.