Find the best summer activities in Jackson Hole, including hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, biking, kayaking and much more
Exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
There is no better way to experience Jackson Hole than by taking time to explore the vast national forest and national park lands. Of the greater Jackson Hole area, more than 97% of it is protected or preserved land and there is no end in sight of areas to explore. More information on Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
The National Elk Refuge
Home to one of the largest elk herd on earth, the National Elk Refuge is a fun and unique spot to explore. Along with elk, other wildlife that can be spotted here include bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mule deer, and even a few trumpeter swans.
No matter your skill experience level, there are plenty of hikes that will be a great fit for you. With hiking right outside our front door, the opportunities for spectacular hikes in Jackson Hole are endless. Our Adventure Specialists can recommend the perfect hike for you – whether you are looking for a more advanced expedition, or a moderate stroll.
Exploring the backcountry of the Old West is always a memorable experience – even more so when you’re exploring the high mountains on horseback. A number of local outfitters offer full or half-day rides and we can connect you with the one that best suits your needs.
Jackson Hole is a popular rock climbing destination – it is a fantastic way to explore the exceptional terrain and beautiful scenery. Less experienced rock climbers may want to get some hands-on training and practice climbing techniques with an instructor before venturing out on their own.
Often called the “Serengeti of North America,” Jackson Hole has dozens of wildlife viewing opportunities. As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, there are many rare animals that call Jackson Hole home including big horn sheep, antelope, bison, foxes, wolves, moose, deer, mule, elk, bears, even mountain lions. Hotel Terra has enlisted highly experienced guides to lead wildlife tours in safari-style vehicles that offer sophisticated viewing tools to give a unique view on the animals and their habitat.
Mountain Biking and Road Cycling
Mountain bikers of all skill levels can take advantage of a new network of single-track mountain bike trails just steps from the hotel. They can also take a ride to the top on the Teewinot chairlift or venture further into the wildflower-covered backcountry of Jackson Hole. If you need a little extra guidance, an instructor can help you along the way.
For road cycling, amazing views can be seen from any number of paved and dirt roads throughout Jackson Hole. Picturesque views can be seen from any of the 60 miles of paved pathways that run throughout the valley or the ride along the National Elik Refuge Road is a local favorite.
There are plenty of fantastic trail running options in Jackson Hole. Many trails are available that loop out and back to your front door. Whether you are looking for a mellow path or a steeper trail running route, there are plenty of choices to fit the needs of every runner.
In the summertime, the sky is dotted with the colorful ‘wings’ of paragliders. This exciting activity will launch paragliders from the top of the ski resort or from a number of other locations around the valley. Trained instructors take guests tandem gliding along the mountain peaks and the addictive thrill will leave you eager to come back time and time again.
Hot Air Ballooning
The experience of hot air ballooning anywhere is a thrill – and the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride in Jackson Hole is an experience of a lifetime. Breathe in the clean mountain air as you marvel at the endless, stunning landscapes below.
A glider ride is a thrilling experience that everyone should do at least once. This amazing activity will give riders an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the area and enjoy the panoramic views from the mountain peaks surrounding the valley. It is sure to be a ride you will never forget.
Kayakers in Jackson Hole have a number of options to fit every skill and experience level. Novice kayakers may seek the serenity of the alpine lakes in Grand Teton National Park whereas more challenging options are available on the Snake River Canyon.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, there is no better way to spend the day than on a guided rafting tour of the Snake River. Filled with twists and turns, this experience is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
A calmer option as compared to whitewater rafting, scenic rafting is another wonderful way to see the local wildlife in their native surroundings. Scenic float rides are available for either daytime excursions or for a sunset dinner.
Fly fishing enthusiasts come from far and wide to Jackson Hole, one of the world’s most sought after destinations for the sport. Along the Snake River, you can catch a number of fish including the brown and rainbow trout and the native cutthroat.
Shopping & Exploring
Whether you explore the bustling Teton Village or travel twelve miles to the town of Jackson, you will discover fashionable boutiques, quirky shops, sophisticated sports and equipment stores, and much more.