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By Jackson Hole Central Reservations | February 1st, 2017
How many National Parks have you visited so far? If you’re still looking to #findyourpark, then Jackson Hole should be at the top of your travel wish list. Located adjacent to Grand Teton National Park and just 60 miles from the South Gate of Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is a prime basecamp for visiting two of the United State’s most revered public lands. These protected public lands offer travelers outdoor adventure, a connection with the natural world, and awe-inspiring beauty.
Not just for summer vacation, there are plenty of year round and winter activities available in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park too. Below we’ll share some travel planning tips and ideas for visiting these two amazing national parks near Jackson Hole this winter:
Winter Activities in Jackson Hole’s National Parks
The winter months are some of the most majestic and peaceful times to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Although the roads in Yellowstone close to regular vehicles in the late fall, you may still enjoy the beauty of the park’s wildlife, geysers, and geothermal features in the winter months on a guided snowcoach or snowmobile tour. A snowcoach tour in a heated vehicle with snow treads is a cozy way to travel through Yellowstone. For the more adventurous, a snowmobile tour is also an excellent option, and will fully immerse you in the winter landscape. Both types of tours will feature naturalist guides who can identify wildlife and provide a truly educational experience. Seeing Bison, Moose, and other wildlife roaming the winter range and viewing famous geysers like Old Faithful without any crowds is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
In Grand Teton National Park, two of our favorite winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with a guide. You can learn about the wildlife and ecology of the park while gliding along the base of the soaring Tetons, which dramatically rise straight up out of the valley. There’s nothing like breathing the crisp, alpine air and you’ll even get in a little bit of a workout too!
Where to Stay
Winter visitors will enjoy a variety of lodging options in Jackson Hole ranging from family-friendly hotels and motels, and bed and breakfasts, and cabins, to vacation rentals, and even luxurious five-star resorts. It all depends what style of vacation you’re looking for. Many Jackson Hole properties are located in the historic town of Jackson, where you’ll find walkable dining, shopping, and nightlife options nearby. There are also properties located in Teton Village, which is at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. For skiers and snowboarders looking to visit the national parks and hit the slopes, Teton Village may be a convenient choice. This article provides more background on choosing to stay in Teton Village or the town of Jackson.
Getting to Jackson Hole
Getting to Jackson Hole in the winter is easy and affordable. There are convenient direct flights to Jackson Hole from 12 major U.S. cities. With a $200 dollar air credit savings available, you may save up to $300 dollars per person on your trip! Flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an unbelievable experience, as the airport is located within Grand Teton National Park. Definitely grab a window seat, as you will see the magnificent Teton range, the winding snake river, and the entire valley during the approach and landing.
A winter visit to Jackson Hole offers access to two national parks, the award-winning terrain of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and so many other unique outdoor activities and cultural experiences. To learn more about all of the exciting winter things to do and lodging options available, start building your custom Jackson Hole travel experience today!