About Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole: Your Travel Destination

Jackson Hole is a special travel destination known worldwide for its wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife, close proximity to the majestic Grand Teton mountain range and the nationís first national park, Yellowstone. The Teton Club is located in the heart of Teton Village, the home base for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and neighbor to both Grand Teton National Park and Downtown Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole Facts

  • Yellowstone was the world's first national park, created in 1872 - 18 years before Wyoming became a state.
  • Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 and greatly expanded in 1950 due to the determined efforts of John D. Rockefeller, who purchased and then donated over 30,000 acres. The National Elk Refuge, located just outside the town of Jackson, is the largest established elk preserve in North America. Up to 7,500 elk winter on the refuge and visitors can enjoy close-up views on daily sleigh rides from December through April.
  • 97% of the 2,697,000 acres in Teton County are federally owned or state managed, including the Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Only 3% of the land in the Jackson Hole area is privately owned.
  • The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the second-largest national forest in the lower 48 states, encompassing 3.4 million acres.
  • Jackson, Wyoming, elected the first all-woman city council in 1920.
  • The world's longest running Shoot-Out, which began in 1957, is held six nights a week from May to September on the Jackson Town Square.
  • Wyoming's first ski area was the Snow King Ski Area, which opened in Jackson in 1939.
  • The U.S. Voyager II spacecraft, launched in 1977 to explore unknown reaches of the solar system, contains an Ansel Adams photograph of Jackson Hole as part of its artifacts cargo.
  • The world's only public auction of elk antlers takes place on the Jackson Town Square on the third Saturday in May each year. The antlers are shed by the elk on the National Elk Refuge and are collected by local Boy Scouts. The majority of the auction proceeds go back to the refuge for habitat improvement projects and to hire seasonal irrigation operators.
  • The New York Philharmonic held the first summer residency in its 147-year history in Jackson Hole during the first two weeks of July 1989. America's oldest orchestra performed four concerts as a benefit for Jackson Hole's Grand Teton Music Festival.
  • The first person to ski down the 13,772-foot Grand Teton was local resident Bill Briggs in 1971. In April 2009 Briggs was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.
  • The headwaters of the Snake River are located in Teton County. John Wayne's first speaking part was in "The Big Trail," filmed in Jackson Hole in 1929. It also is reputed to be the first time he rode a horse!
  • Over 15 feature films have been made on location in Jackson Hole including: "Shane," "Spencer's Mountain," "Any Which Way You Can," "Rocky IV," and "Django Unchained."
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has one of the lowest base elevations of any ski resort area in the Rocky Mountains, at just 6,311 feet. Most other ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have base elevations between 6,900 and 9,500 feet.
  • Over 60 species of mammals, over 100 species of birds, and a half dozen game fish can be found in the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area. Most notable are big game such as elk, moose, bison, deer, antelope, mountain lion, grizzly and black bears, gray wolf and coyote, rare birds such as the bald eagle, trumpeter swan, blue heron, osprey, and native game fish such as the Snake River cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish.
  • Mountain men used the word hole to describe valleys totally surrounded by mountains.
  • Yellowstone National Park has approximately 10,000 active thermal features. Old Faithful erupts approximately every 77 minutes, or between 45 and 110 minutes.
  • The record of the first ascent of Grand Teton, the highest peak in Grand Teton National Park, has long been a subject of debate. In 1898, William Owen, Bishop Spalding, John Shive, and Frank Petersen claimed the first ascent to the summit. However, it appears that Nathaniel Langford and John Stevenson probably preceded the Owen party by climbing Grand Teton when the two men were members of the 1872 Hayden Expedition. Nathaniel Langford was the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

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