Jackson Hole. It conjures many visions for those who have explored this pristine valley, and for those who still have it on their bucket list. Epic, world-class fly fishing and skiing, breathtaking Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, mesmerizing wildlife, the wild west, cowboys and endless hiking experiences are just a few of those visions.
The first question many visitors ask is, “what’s the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole? And where is the Hole?”
Jackson is the city, with a population of 9,000. Founded in 1914, the community celebrated its centennial in 2014. If you take the chairlift to the top of Snow King, the Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, or even climb the Grand Teton, you will easily make out Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole was a name given by the original explorers and trappers for the valley situated between the Teton and Gros Ventre Ranges. This valley includes the communities of Jackson, Hoback Junction, Wilson, Teton Village, Kelly, Moose and Moran.
Having grown from a small trading and ranching town in the early 1900s, to a destination resort town where national and international guests visit throughout the year, the community of Jackson prides itself on preserving and protecting the surrounding Parks, National Forests and community land for future generations.
The Jackson Hole area has been selected as one of the top 10 sustainable tourism communities in the world. Our residents and business are taking great strides to ensure our visitors making memories for a lifetime, while still limiting the human footprint on our environment.
Take in the vistas and marvel at the beauty of the National Parks, forests and wildlife. Enjoy the simple or the extreme adventures available that will bring you closer to nature and an understanding of why wild lands and wild places must be preserved.