Adventure Journal: Exploring Winter in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole

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Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole valley provide incredible opportunities for exploration throughout the winter. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and endless recreational activities make this place an unbeatable destination. Below are a few of our favorite ways to explore and enjoy all that the valley has to offer during this special season.

Grooming in Grand Teton National Park


In partnership with Grand Teton National Park and for the sixth consecutive winter, we are grooming the Teton Park Road between the Bradley-Taggart trailhead and Signal Mountain for the benefit of cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and walkers. We are pleased to share that we have the opportunity to groom the road THREE times a week this season. We received a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole to support the effort, but we need your help to meet our fundraising goal. Join us today and the road will be groomed Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (weather permitting) starting in January.

Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures


Phone: 307-690-9533

This private business leads snowshoe and cross-country ski tours in Grand Teton National Park for all ages and abilities. Half day, full day, and combo tours offered. EcoTours also provide wildlife tours in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

Turpin Meadow Ranch Nordic ski destination


Phone: 1 (855) 231-0786

Located between Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, near the Buffalo Valley, Turpin Meadow Ranch offers a variety of outdoor winter activities including Nordic skiing and snowmobiling. Make it a day trip or an overnight; great restaurant (serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and 15 K of groomed Nordic ski track with amazing Teton views. Beautifully restored guest cabins with handmade furniture and gas-lit fireplaces.

Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools

Website: Wildlife Expeditions

Phone / reservations: 1 (877) 404-6626

Wildlife Expeditions, of the well-regarded Teton Science Schools, offers many options for exceptional safari-style tours (half day and full day tours in Grand Teton, as well as full day snow coach tours into Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone–departing out of Flagg Ranch–they can pick you up in town and drive you to Flagg Ranch. They have beautiful, quiet, custom snow coach vehicles. Biologists introduce visitors to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – wildlife, their habitat, and more.

JH Nordic



Detailed information on the area’s Nordic skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing opportunities. Grooming schedules for in the park, the forest, and surrounding Nordic trails and courses.

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

Website: Sleigh Rides

Phone: (307) 733-0277 or 1 (800) 772-5386

Horse-drawn sleigh rides on the National Elk Refuge offer a unique opportunity to view and photograph elk, bison, and many wintering bird species up close. Open Saturday, December 19, 2015 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 (weather permitting) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Purchase tickets at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 North Cache Street, and take a free shuttle bus to the sleigh boarding area three miles north of Jackson. Sleigh rides last approximately one hour, first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available but are not required. Dress very warmly, as conditions can be windy and cold.

JH Iditarod Sled Dog Tours


Phone: 1 (800) 554-7388 or (307) 733-7388

Operating scenic dog sled tours in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to nearby Granite Hot Springs with eight time Iditarod veteran Frank Teasley. Half day and full day scenic rides. Full day includes lunch and time to swim in Granite Hot Springs.

Continental Divide Dog Sled Adventures


Phone: (307)-222-0421 Email:

Offering half-day, full-day, overnight (yurt), and extended day trips by dog sled through the Teton and Shoshone National Forests that surround Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Area. Transportation to and from Jackson is available; explore areas surrounding Togwotee Mountain Lodge and Brooks Lake Lodge.

Skinny Skis


Phone: (307) 733-6094

Great local business (and Foundation supporter) that rents Nordic ski gear, snowshoe gear, and backcountry touring equipment. Skinny skis is located right in town at 65 W. Deloney Ave.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort


Downhill skiing, guided Nordic Skiing in Grand Teton, youth and adult ski school, many other mountain activities, restaurants, and shopping.

Snow Tubing at Snow King Mountain


Phone: (307) 734-9442

Tubing is a fun activity for all members of the family, and no experience is necessary. Zipping down one of three courses at the base of Snow King Mountain; tubes are provided and courses are accessed via a rope tow. $20 for adults, $15 for kids. Open from 2:00 – 7:00 pm, closed Mondays.

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