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Located only 36 miles southwest of Jackson Hole, Alpine lies at the southern end of the Snake River Canyon and at the base of the Salt River and Snake River mountain ranges. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year, including rafting and kayaking, boating, fishing and hunting, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling.
While driving to and from Jackson Hole, visitors can enjoy an excursion off the beaten path amongst the majestic Bighorn Mountains. While traveling through, glimpse into the past at the historic Medicine Wheel or explore the mountains and lakes of the Cloud Peak Wilderness by foot or horse.
East of Yellowstone, Cody is a popular stop for visitors to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. Cody is known for it's Wild West flare and is the transition point between the forested mountains of northwest Wyoming and the plains of the Bighorn Basin.
Devil's Tower National Monument
Many visitors to the Black Hills area visit Devil's Tower on their way to Jackson Hole. An almost vertical igneous monolith, this rock formation is famous for it's rock climbing and it's prominent role in the 1977 science fiction movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Dubois is found in a sprawling valley between the Wind River and Absaroka Mountain Ranges. The Wind River meanders quietly through town on its way to join the Yellowstone River system. The community totes itself as “Where Real Cowboys Work and Play”.
Fort Bridger State Historic Site sits three miles off Interstate 80, approximately 30 mile east of Evanston, Wyoming. This historic landmark and museum offers a glimpse into the Old West for visitors traveling from the east or south to Jackson.
Lander lies along the banks of the Popo Agie River and at the base of the stunning and majestic Wind River Mountains. Located approximately 166 miles southeast of Jackson, Lander is a great community to visit with its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, unique dining and satisfying accommodations.
Medicine Bow Mountains
One traveling through the southeastern portion of the state en route to Jackson will pass through the Medicine Bow area, locally called the Snowy Range. Although logging is still an important resource, recreation is increasingly becoming the dominant use of the forest as more people are discovering this scenic landscape.
Pinedale is located in western Wyoming, approximately 78 miles south of Jackson Hole and 90 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. Pinedale serves as the recreational gateway to the Wind River Mountain Range and Bridger Wilderness area.
Historically a crossroads and meeting place, Riverton is known as the Rendezvous City. As a hub city of Central Wyoming and a common stop-over for visitors to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, Riverton offers amenities of a city, cultural attractions and outdoor recreation.
As an energy and transportation center, Rock Spring is western Wyoming's biggest city. Located on I-80, Rock Springs is the starting point for the 178 mile drive north to Jackson Hole. This route is known for it's beautiful vistas and open pastures.
The communities of Star Valley begin 35 miles south of Jackson, Wyoming, and within 100 miles of Teton & Yellowstone National Parks. Afton, Thayne, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, Freedom, Etna, Grover, Bedford, Smoot, Fairview, Osmond, Auburn and Turnerville are all located in Star Valley.
If you are traveling east from Yellowstone, north from Riverton, or northwest from Casper on Hwy 20, take some time to experience Thermopolis, home of the worlds largest mineral hot springs.
Wilson is just 7 miles west of Jackson, on the edge of Fish Creek and sports a variety of coffee, dining, retail and drinking establishments. Stop by before or after braving Teton Pass. Summers bring bikers and hikers to Wilson and Teton Pass, while backcountry skiing is the favorite winter pastime.
Known as the "Mile High City", the booming metropolitan city of Denver sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Offering a major international airport, and as a hub for United Airlines, many travelers to Jackson Hole either drive the 8 hours to Jackson or catch a connecting flight.
Rocky Mountain National Park
If driving to Jackson Hole through Colorado, consider a driving tour of Rocky Mountain National Park along the way. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Long's Peak, the park offers spectacular scenery and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Tucked away among the Rocky Mountains in northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs is famous for combining outdoor adventure with it's old west roots. Depending on the season, the scenic drive to Jackson Hole may take between 5 and 7 hours.
Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon National Monument is a sea of lava flows surrounded by grasslands dotted with sagebrush. Only three hours from Jackson on the way to Sun Valley, a 7 mile driving loop, a visitor center, and several quick hikes make this unique landscape a worthwhile and convenient stop.
Many visitors to the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone areas choose to stop in Island Park on their way to West Yellowstone. Spectacular scenery awaits you, as well as outdoor recreation such as world-class fly-fishing, camping, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.
Many Jackson locals make the 4 1/2 hour drive to Sun Valley and the neighboring Sawtooth Mountain Range for the area's world class mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. The neighboring town of Ketchum offers a quaint downtown area full of shops, quality restaurants and cafes, and outfitters.
Swan Valley is the home to the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Dam. It is one of the premier fly-fishing areas in North America. The surrounding mountains of the valley provide hunting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and much more.
The communities of Driggs, Victor, and Tetonia share the Teton Mountain Range with the neighboring valley to the east, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A Mecca for winter and summer sports, the mountains and rivers attract thousands of visitors each year, and Driggs continues to top the lists of the best places to live in America.
A few hours from Jackson, many visitors combine a side trip to Big Sky while visiting Jackson and Yellowstone National Park. Whether skiing a wide open groomer, fly-fishing a world class river, or exploring the adjacent wilderness by horse, Big Sky offers amenities and activities for the whole family throughout the entire year.
While exploring Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and Big Sky, consider an excursion to Bozeman. Enjoy endless outdoor activities with the flare of the old west and the cultural attractions often associated with a thriving college town.
Glacier National Park
Although a full days drive from Jackson Hole, many visitors combine a trip to Glacier National Park with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Glacier is known for it's craggy mountains, breathtaking vistas and glacier lakes, plentiful wildlife, and gorgeous alpine meadows.
Known as both a winter and summer basecamp for Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone lies only three hours north of Jackson. In addition to outdoor adventure, West Yellowstone offers a variety of lodging options, restaurants, and a grocery store.
While driving to Jackson Hole from the east, many visitors include a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Whether you view Mt. Rushmore, wander through the restored town of Deadwood, or recreate in a nearby national or state parks, you will experience the area's unique natural beauty, as well as a piece of our nation's history.
A National Recreation Area, Flaming Gorge Dam and Reservoir are on the Green River in northeastern Utah about 32 miles downstream from the Utah-Wyoming border. Visitors will find numerous campgrounds, high quality fishing, and water sports, such as boating, wake boarding, and jet-skiing.
Whether traveling to Jackson from Salt Lake City in the winter or summer, many visitors stop over for lunch, a ski, or bike ride in Park City. Conveniently located off of I-80 on the way to Jackson Hole, Park City lies among the Wasatch Mountains and offers culture and outdoor recreation throughout the year.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City not only has amenities of a big city, but also offers access to many national parks, ski areas, and smaller mountain towns, including Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As an international airport and hub for Delta Airlines, many visitors either drive five scenic hours to Jackson or catch a connecting flight.
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Like Jackson Hole, Steamboat Springs delivers a great mix of skiing and summer recreation with a Wild West atmosphere!