Sports and the Outdoors in Jackson
Sports and the Outdoors
Lower Slide Lake. The trip up to Lower Slide Lake, north of town, is a favorite of cyclists. Turn east off U.S. 26/89/191. About a quarter mile past Kelly, turn right onto Slide Lake Road. A parking area is on the left. Jackson, WY.
Spring Gulch Road. Cyclists ride the Spring Gulch Road, part pavement, part dirt, off Route 22, along the base of Gros Ventre Butte, rejoining U.S. 26/89/191 near the Gros Ventre River. Jackson, WY.
Hoback Sports. You can rent a mountain bike to explore on your own or take a tour at Hoback Sports. General tours are geared to intermediate and advanced riders, but Hoback can also custom-design a tour to suit your abilities and interests. The store also sells bike, ski, skate, and snowboard apparel and equipment. 520 W. Broadway, Jackson, WY, 83002. 307/733–5335. www.hobacksports.com. 8 am–9 pm.
Teton Mountain Bike Tours. Mountain bikers of all skill levels can take guided half-, full-, or multiday tours with Teton Mountain Bike Tours into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, as well as to the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests and throughout Jackson Hole. In winter, tours and rentals continue over snow with fat bikes. 545 N. Cache, Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–0712 or 800/733–0788. www.tetonmtbike.com.
Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting
South of Jackson, where the Hoback joins the Snake River and the canyon walls become steep, there are lively white-water sections. But the upper Snake, whose rating is Class I and II, is a river for those who value scenery over white-water thrills. For the most part, floating rather than taking on rapids is the theme of running the Snake. As such, it’s a good choice for families with children. What makes the trip special is the Teton Range, looming as high as 8,000 feet above the river. This float trip can also be combined with two or more days of kayaking on Jackson Lake. Raft trips take place between June and September. Experienced paddlers run the Hoback, too.
The Snake River’s western Idaho portion has earned a strange footnote in history. It’s the river that Evel Knievel tried (and failed miserably) to jump over on a rocket-powered motorcycle in the mid-1970s.
Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips. If you take a float trip with Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips, you will travel the peaceful parts of the Snake River looking for wildlife as knowledgeable guides talk about area history, plants, and animals. 307/733–1800 or 800/365–1800. www.barkerewing.com.
Rendezvous River Sports. Rendezvous River Sports is the premiere paddle-sports outfitter in the region, offering expert instruction so you can test yourself on western Wyoming's ancient rivers and lakes. The company also schedules more relaxed and scenic trips, including guided tours of Slide, Lewis, and Yellowstone lakes, and rapid-shooting rides on the Hoback River down Granite Creek to the Snake River while you marvel at south Jackson's majestic canyons. Raft, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals are also available. 945 W. Broadway, Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–2471 or 800/733–2471. www.jacksonholekayak.com.
Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours. Veteran Iditarod racer Frank Teasley leads half-day introductory dogsledding trips and full-day trips to Granite Hot Springs. It's a great way to see wintering native wildlife such as moose, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and bald eagles in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Sled trips are offered only in season, which can begin as early as November and run as late as April. 11 Granite Creek Rd., Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–7388 or 800/554–7388. www.jhsleddog.com.
Bridger-Teton National Forest (340 N. Cache St., Box 1888, 307/739–5500 www.fs.usda.gov/btnf) covers hundreds of thousands of acres of western Wyoming and shelters abundant wildlife. Permits for backcountry use of the forest are necessary only for groups and commercial operators such as outfitters. Contact the forest office for more information.
the Hole Hiking Experience. Guides at the Hole Hiking Experience will take you to mountain meadows or to the tops of the peaks on half- or full-day tours. Some outings are suitable for the very experienced, others for any well-conditioned adult, and still others for families. 866/733–4453 or 307/690–4453. www.holehike.com.
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. You can take part in wilderness camping, climbing, and exploration of alpine areas with experienced guides on day trips, on overnight excursions, or as part of regular classes offered by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. In winter, guides lead avalanche education courses, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, and ice-climbing trips. 1325 S. Hwy. 89, Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–4979 or 800/239–7642. www.jhmg.com.
Snow King Resort. Snow King Resort, at the western edge of Jackson, has 400 acres of ski runs for daytime use and 110 acres suitable for night skiing, plus an extensive snowmaking system on Snow King Mountain. You'll also find a snow-tubing park. In summer there's a 2,500-foot alpine slide, and miles of biking and hiking paths go all the way to the mountaintop. For $17, you can also ride the scenic chairlift to the top and back. Or stop off at the summit, which is 7,808 feet above sea level, for a picnic, and feast on the stunning 50-mile view of Jackson Hole. From up here, on a clear day, you can see over the neighboring buttes and count the clouds passing around the Tetons. 400 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–5200 or 800/522–5464. www.snowkingmountain.com.
Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Sleigh rides into the National Elk Refuge last about 45 minutes and depart from in front of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center daily in winter, 10 to 4, about every 20 minutes. 532 N. Cache Dr., Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–3316. www.fws.gov/refuge/national_elk_refuge/. $19.
Spring Creek Ranch. Dinner sleigh rides are available through Spring Creek Ranch, with dinner at its Granary restaurant. 1800 Spirit Dance Rd., Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–8833 or 800/443–6139.
Numerous companies in the Jackson area rent snowmobiles.
Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours. Saddle up on a powerful machine and blast through fresh powder in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, or drive your snowmobile to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. One- to four-day trips are offered, starting at $230 per day; one of the most popular includes a steak lunch and soaking in Granite Hot Springs midway through the day. Guides are among the most experienced in the business, pointing out powder stashes and yanking your machine out if you get stuck. 945 W. Broadway, Jackson, WY, 83001. 307/733–6850. www.jacksonholesnowmobile.com.
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