5 Fun and Outdoorsy Things to Do in the Town of Jackson

Colby Murphy


With Jackson’s proximity to ski resorts such as Jackson Hole Mountain, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee, it is a deloved skiing destination. It is also grants easy access to the renowned  Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time outdoors in Jackson, no matter the season!

Go skiing

Jackson and the adjacent towns around it are most well known for skiing, so hitting the slopes is highly recommended.

Snow King Mountain Resort is described as a recreational mountain resort that has skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, including lessons. They specialize in thrilling family attractions, gear rental, unique events, and the best views in the valley. There are several different attractions and hours that go along with them, and you can find them here on their official website. While Snow King is primarily a ski resort, it does have summer activities available as well, such as mini-golf and a bungee trampoline, just to name a few. You can expect a memorable experience at this place no matter the season.

Jackson Hole Mountain isn’t in Jackson, but it is very close. It is another ski lodge and resort, and it has both summer and winter activities available, although it is most notable for its ski hills and winter amenities. There are several different events in each season, and those are all available on their website.
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Spend the day at the park

There are many parks to choose from in and around Jackson, Wyoming. To start off, Emily Stevens Park is 3 miles of levee trails and other amenities. It is a smaller park, but it does offer a lot of outdoor room to go for a walk by yourself or with the family. It is a great area with breathtaking views of the Teton range. Please note that dogs are allowed on these grounds, but be respectful to other patrons by cleaning up any dog waste left behind.

Just outside of Jackson in Teton is Owen Bircher Park, which is a park and a horse arena. The well-lit arena is used by many local ropers, barrel racers, and other equestrians, and this is all along with the scenic park. The arena itself is actually used as an ice rink for skating and hockey in the winter months. This park has BBQ pits, an ice rink, picnic areas, picnic shelters, a playground, restrooms, and sand volleyball available to play. Please note that no dogs are allowed in this park.

Rendezvous Park, or just R. Park for short, is just a little outside of Jackson in Wilson. There are about 40 acres of beautiful mountain views, levee access, walking trails, footbridges, a bicycle path, and access to slow and fast-moving bodies of water. R. Park is said to be an ideal place to gather with family and friends to connect with and appreciate nature in its beauty. The park is open 7 days a week, year-round from dawn to dusk.

For all people who are more hike-heavy in nature, Cache Creek is great, especially for hikers that are just in the beginning stages of their hiking journey. It is about a 3.1 kilometer moderately trafficked trail loop that is close to Jackson and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking, and dogs are able to use the trail. They just must be kept on a leash, and visitors must pick up after them.

Phil Baux Park is a little more of an event-heavy park for Jackson residents. It is described as a green space and a community events site, which features several climbing rocks and a play structure for kids. There are horseshoe pits, picnic areas, picnic shelters, and a playground. There are 2 boulder walls for all ages and skill levels, a swing set, and green space for recreational activities.

While not necessarily a park in its traditional sense, the Jackson Town Square, or otherwise formerly known as George Washington Memorial Park, is located at the center of Jackson. That is why it is most generally known as the Town Square. The park is notable for its elk-antler arches at each corner of the park, which is collected by the nearby National Elk Refuge and Boy Scouts, which are periodically rebuilt.
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Take a trip to the rodeo

The Jackson Hole Rodeo is a massive part of Jackson Hole’s culture, specifically their cowboy culture, for over 100 years. Locals and tourists alike would agree that your life is not complete until you experience the legendary Jackson Hole Rodeo. This is very much a seasonal amenity of the town of Jackson, only available for certain months of the year. The rodeo starts at 8pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through to Labor Day weekend.
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Grab a bite to eat

Of course, there are great places to eat in Jackson and many with patio dining. Why cut your day outdoors short when you can spend a nice, cool evening on a beautifully lit and scenic patio of a restaurant?

To start off, Bin22 is a stylish wine bar that serves Spanish and Italian small plates, and there is a small gourmet market for its patrons to look through. The patio is quaint and best for small groups of people, but it makes people feel at home and it is definitely very nice. Additionally, Cafe Geneiveve is a cozy little log cabin with a pet-friendly deck and a classic American menu of classic dishes, wine, and spirits. This is the perfect place for locals who spend the day outdoors with their dog to spend their time and to boost their energy.

If you’re looking for something new, Miazga’s is described as being a modern eatery with a perfect combination of Polish and Italian comfort foods, with beautiful outdoor seating. The Blue Lion is known for being a charming older house that serves up creative and innovative spins on traditional American fare which includes lamb, fish, and wild game specialties.

These restaurants are just a few out of several, and they are all worthwhile places and popular amongst locals and tourists alike. They all bring something different to the table, figuratively and metaphorically, and they are all popular for different reasons.

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Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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