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Seasonal Activities in the Mountain West

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

On the edge of Grand Teton National Park lies Jackson Hole, a mountain town that packs in so many unexpected attractions that it’s hard to stay for just a day.

“I always recommend at least two nights in the Jackson Hole area,” said Kent Elliott of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “One of the biggest complaints that I hear from tour bus attendees is that they didn’t spend enough time in Jackson. They just stop at these quaint Western towns.”

Jackson Hole unveils different charms each season. Winter brings sleigh rides and top-rated skiing. The mountain wildlife awakens in spring, and during summer tram rides take passengers up 4,139 vertical feet in 15 minutes to the top of the mountain. Fall also brings the migration of more than 8,000 elk to the National Elk Refuge.

Throughout the year, Jackson Hole combines art and wilderness, with more art galleries than Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a rare permanent collection of nature art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.