Hoback River Canyon & Basin

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Hoback Canyon

Hoback Canyon, just 15 miles south of Jackson, is known for its amazing whitewater, fantastic fishing, rock climbing, hiking and sheer dramatic beauty.

  • Located 15 miles south of Jackson along Highway 189/191 southeast of Hoback Junction. 
  • Raft, kayak or fish the waters of the Hoback River. 
  • Climb at Hoback Shield, hike through the canyon or just enjoy a scenic drive. 
  • Soak at Granite Hot Springs, just 10 miles off the main highway.

Overview
South of Jackson, Hoback Junction is the entrance to scenic Hoback Canyon. Clinging to the walls of the canyon, Highway 189/191 snakes along the canyon and passes the high face of Battle Mountain, where, in 1885, settlers from Jackson Hole mounted an attack on Bannock Indians who had been hunting out of season. Below the road, the Hoback River weaves its way through the canyon along the road before joining the Snake River and creating one of the major confluences in northwest Wyoming.

Whether you take a scenic drive, float the river, hike or go fishing, Hoback Canyon is a great place to enjoy some of Wyoming’s spectacular scenery and see wildlife, including deer, moose and bighorn sheep.

Location
To get to Hoback Canyon, take Highway 189/191 15 miles south from Jackson until you reach Hoback Junction. From Hoback Junction, Highway 189/191 continues southeast through Hoback Canyon and the town of Bondurant.

Seasons
Hoback Canyon is open year-round, although some activities are weather dependent and not all side roads are maintained through the winter. The main road is occasionally blocked by avalanches in the winter.

Granite Hot Springs
The 10-mile gravel road leading to Granite Hot Springs is located about 12 miles down the canyon from Hoback Junction and provides a scenic side trip and spot to soak and enjoy the canyon’s beauty.

Hoback River
The Hoback River is a popular recreation site, with excellent fishing and kayaking.

Rock Climbing
The Hoback Shield is about 10 miles down-canyon from Hoback Junction. This limestone slab has good beginner and moderate bolted climbs.

Bondurant
The spread-out town of Bondurant sits along the road with the Gros Ventre Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop to the handful of log homes that illustrate a rustic way of life. Bondurant offers lodging, fuel, a general store, café and country watering hole. The Bondurant Barbecue occurs in late June.

Scenic Drive
The drive from Jackson down through Hoback Canyon to Bondurant and potentially on to Pinedale is one of the most scenic around.

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