Snake River Mountain Range in Wyoming

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Snake River Mountain Range

One of the most untouched areas around Jackson, the Snake River Mountain Range sits between Teton Pass and Teton Valley to the north, the Snake River to the east, the town of Alpine and Palisades Reservoir to the south, and the South Fork of the Snake to the west.

What can I see and do in the Snake River Mountain Range?

  • Palisades Roadless Area:
    Also known as the Palisades Backcountry, it takes up a majority of the mountain range and is most easily accessible from Star Valley and the town of Alpine. Enjoy hiking and horseback riding in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.
  • Teton Pass:
    Dividing Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, Teton Pass is a haven for backcountry skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. The parking area at the top of the pass actually fills up quickly. Stop by a local gear ski or bike shop to get the goods on where to go.
  • Heli-Skiing:
    Although based out of Jackson, the Snake River Range provide the stomping grounds for the local heli-ski operator.
  • Fishing:
    Try Pine Creek (on the west side of Pine Creek Pass) or Palisades Creek and Big Elk Creek, both of which drain into the east side of Palisades Reservoir.
  • Hiking:
    Palisades Creek, Big Elk Creek, and Indian Creek provide nice trails next to water. Access is along the east side of Palisades Reservoir. Dog Creek and Red Pass Trail are trailheads located along the Snake River Canyon.

Where is the Snake River Range?

In a way the Snake River Range is a southern extension of the Tetons. It begins at Teton Pass and creates the southern border for Teton Valley Idaho. Near Jackson, it runs from Wilson, along the western edge of the Snake River, to the Snake River Canyon. It provides a scenic backdrop to the north of Alpine and Palisades Reservoir. The South Fork of the Snake River runs up the west side of the range. It's accessible from all sides.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest encompasses most of the Snake River Range. There are campgrounds and trailheads widely available. Contact the local office at (208) 524-7500.

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