Jackson Hole may be most commonly associated with skiing, but world class snowmobiling terrain lies within 30 miles of Jackson Hole in all directions.
Here are some of the favorite trails and regions for snowmobiling in the area.
Togwotee is a world renowned snowmobile destination, and is a great choice for experienced riders, who will find no shortage of deep snow, wide open bowls, mountainous terrain and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. This trip would probably be one of my last choices for families, or for people wanting to enjoy wildlife or a leisurely pace, but if you are looking for adventure, and a true Western snowmobile experience, look no further.
The Gros Ventre (pronounced "grow vant") Mountains are located just east of Jackson Hole, and home to lots of wildlife - besides snowmobile tours through the parks, this is the tour I would recommend for people hoping to enjoy wildlife and scenery, as much as actually snowmobiling. It is a wintering ground for elk, deer, moose and big horn sheep and spotting a coyote or bald eagle is also fairly common. There are opportunities for powder riding as well, making this perfect for a group with varying levels of ability and athleticism.
Grey's River is a well kept secret south of Jackson Hole. Not many vendors operate in this area, making it less crowded-with an unparalleled combination of both wildlife viewing opportunities and deep and steep powder riding opportunities. This tour will be most enjoyed by riders with some experience, although a guided service made this the highlight of two beginner riders I planned a vacation for two years ago.
Granite Hot Springs, south of Jackson Hole, is a favorite for families and beginner riders, and its no wonder. A trip to Granite Hot Springs includes trail and powder riding, but the highlight is getting to the springs, putting on your bathing suit and soaking in the Hot Springs, in most cases while your guide grills up a delicious lunch "spring side". Experienced riders will still have some chances to climb hills and play in untracked snow, but this trip is probably the least suited for thrill seekers. Be sure to bring something to change into after soaking in the springs!
Visit our online guide to find more information on snowmobiling in Jackson Hole.