Nothing speaks western American cowboy more than Jackson Wyoming. This small town is home to approximately 10,000 people and serves as the gateway to both Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Wyoming is a bustling town especially in the summer time with people visiting for the outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, and visiting the two nearby national parks.
While relatively remote, you can still access Jackson via air by arriving at the Jackson Hole airport approximately 7 miles north of town. Interestingly, this is the busiest airport in the state. Keep in mind that Wyoming is the least populated state!
Check out what you can see and do in Jackson.
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Right in the heart of downtown Jackson is the world famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar which is a museum of sorts to the Wild West. You’ll find knobbled pine architecture, animal mounts, saddle barstools, cowboy murals, and a very large collection of western memorabilia.
Some of the best country music entertainers have graced this location including Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, and Tanya Tucker to name a few.
Right smack in the center of town is the self serve visitor center. This is where you should start your Jackson Wyoming visit.
The visitor center includes history about the local area, the beautiful three dimensional topographical map and, of course, restrooms. This progressive town even caters to the eco-friendly visitors – electric charging stations.
Snake River Brewing Company
If it is beer you want, look no further than the Snake River Brewing Company located conveniently at 265 S. Millward, Jackson, Wyoming 83001 just a few blocks from the city center.
The brewpub serves up beers like the Pako’s EYE Pale Ale, Muddler Stout, Jenny Lake Lager, Blank Czech Pilsner, Snake Charmer IPA, FISH ON SAISON, Hoback Hefeweizen, and others.
And of course, there is food to go along with the fine adult beverages.
Jackson Center For The Arts
Located near the center of town, just a few blocks off at 240 S. Glenwood St.Jackson Wyoming. This is a world class facility dedicated to “To inspire a culture of creativity and learning by providing a dedicated campus and fostering excellence in diverse programming.”
The large 41,000 square foot facility that houses the Center is also home to 19 other local, regional and state-wide non-profit organizations. The Center was started in 1991 and moved into the current facility in 2007.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point this out. There are a lot (it seems like everywhere) of places in the town of Jackson that dogs are not allowed. I can understand why. With the amount of visitors passing through to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, who wants to have to see or smell what dogs do.
That’s not to say that Jackson is not a dog friendly town. But just be aware that you most likely won’t be able to let your dog off leash or even bring into a number of parks in Jackson.
Jackson Farmer’s Market
If you are in town on a Saturday, then stop by the famous George Washington Memorial Park, also known as the Town Square (no surprise there) with the 4 Elk Antler Arches. They are open from 8AM to noon, usually from July through September.
Occasionally, weather permitting, you will find a local musician livening up the scene.
A little history on the elk antlers. Since 1960, the antler arches have been gates to the Jackson town square. These antlers are from the elk that winter on the National Elk Refuge. About 7,500 elk spend each winter on the refuge. The bulls shed their antlers each spring. Antlers are picked up by local Boy Scouts and sold by public auction in the square each May. The four antler arches that mark the entrances were built by the Jackson Hole Rotary Club.
The Dancer’s Workshop is located at 240 South Glenwood. You’ll find a number of ongoing dancer’s workshops including ballet, hip hop and more for dancer’s of all abilities.
There isn’t just one place in Jackson that you will find local art. Just walk around and notice the art work. This carved wood work is on the side of someone’s house right next to where cars park. There are some creative people out there!
Snow King is right on the edge of Jackson Wyoming.
This little ski area is great for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding in the summer.
And in the winter, skiing at this mountain consists of three chairlifts and with the longest run just less than a mile long.