This was a wonderful place to stay, we even got upgraded! The owner was so kind, he even sent us to a “locals” hiking spot. It was tough! Great view though. We were brought up to our room to make sure everything was ok.
Discover these Best-Kept Secrets of Jackson Hole
No matter what time of year, Jackson Hole offers the outdoor enthusiast and the leisure traveler ample opportunity for those who want to adventure and those who want to master the art of doing nothing. There are of course popular destinations in Jackson Hole that can get crowded quickly, so we’ve unearthed the best-kept secrets of Jackson Hole that offer up the best of Wyoming without the large crowds.
Soak it up
For those who are more into relaxing on their vacation or for those who need to wind down after a long day of adventuring, soak up in one of Jackson Hole’s natural hot springs. Granite Hot Springs, near Hoback Junction, is an untapped resource for soaking up the best of Wyoming. The well-developed concrete hot spring pools are situated alongside Granite Creek, set against a lush forest of spruce, pine, and fir. Do note they have seasonal operating hours and during the winter months the springs are only accessible via snowmobile, dog sled, cross country ski, and fat bike.
Visit Snow King Mountain
Accessible by hiking or a $17 round-trip lift ticket, you can stand tall at the top of Snow King Mountain. Towering over the town of Jackson at 1,571 feet, the views of Gros Venture Wilderness, Teton Range, Jackson Peak, and Togwotee Pass are breathtaking. For those who want to hike it, there are two well-trafficked trails – both fairly steep but accessible to the athletic hiker. Insider tip: save your knees and your money by hiking up and taking the lift down for only $5.
Hike Cache Creek
Join other Jackson Hole locals for a quick outdoor fix at Cache Creek. This is one of the best-kept secrets of Jackson Hole that offers the serenity of the outdoors without the crowds. Just east of downtown Jackson, this trail is not only known for its beautiful scenery but its plethora of wildlife that frequent the area. Moose and deer are often seen so keep your eyes peeled and be practice safe viewing distances and don’t approach the wildlife.
Cool off in Phelps Lake
The Death Canyon trail may sound scary, but this 5-mile roundtrip hike is a local favorite worth exploring. The trail winds you through some of the best landscapes in Grand Teton National Park and ends at the Phelps Lake Overlook. Stop here and turn around or if you are visiting in the summer, continue down for a refreshing dip or jump off Phelps Lake jumping rock.
Get a taste of the local life
Roughly 30 minutes outside of Jackson Hole, in the small town of Wilson is the local Wyoming watering hole – Stagecoach Bar. If you are looking for the real Wyoming bar experience, this is it. Staking its claim at the base of Teton Pass, locals having been gathering here since 1942 for a rip-roaring good time. Any day of the week will prove to be a fun experience but don’t miss Sunday Church from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the popular Stagecoach band.
Stay at Pony Express Motel
One of the best-kept secrets of Jackson Hole is a stay at the Pony Express Motel. Our comfortable and affordable accommodations are the perfect home-base or stop-over for your visit to Jackson Hole. Tucked away from the crowds of downtown Jackson, yet still easily accessible, our cozy motel is in an idyllic location – perfect for exploring the secret and not-so-secret spots in Jackson Hole.