When you travel to a place such as Jackson, Wyoming, finding the best spots to enjoy the great outdoors is an overwhelming task. On my last trip to the area, these were my favorite places to focus solely on exploring and viewing nature.
Incredible Views at Grand Teton National Park
At 310,000 acres, Grand Teton National Park has amazed visitors with awe-inspiring views since 1929. The park is named after Grand Teton, which is the largest mountain in the range. The snow-topped peaks rise abruptly from the Jackson Hole valley, and the alpine lakes, rivers, and lush forests all create a stunning backdrop.
As you’re hiking through the park, make sure you keep an eye out for native animals including bison, moose, grizzly bears, elk, and wolves. If you know that Grand Teton National Park is on your list of places to enjoy nature, you can find affordable deals on Jackson hotels on Hipmunk.com.
Relaxing at Granite Hot Springs
Located just 30 miles south of The Lodge at Jackson Hole, the naturally heated Granite Hot Springs is the perfect place for relaxing tired muscles after hiking the trails around the area. The pool was originally dug by early settlers to collect water. It was later enhanced for visitors to use, and is now open year-round. In the winter, the pool can reach up to 112 degrees. However, during the summer, spring snowmelt drops the temperature to between 80 and 90 degrees. There’s also a primitive pool further down the river where you can relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Watching Wildlife at National Elk Refuge
Although you can try your luck at spotting elk in the wild, a trip to the National Elk Refuge will guarantee a chance to watch these amazing creatures in the wild. The refuge is home to a herd of around 10,000 elk, which is the largest herd on the planet. They begin to migrate to the refuge in the fall, and stay there throughout the winter and spring. The 25,000-acre refuge is also home to animals like bighorn sheep, bison, mule deer, pronghorn, wolves, and grizzly bears.
During the summer, fishing on the Lower Flat Creek is very popular. However, the trout here are notoriously hard to catch, so if you want to test your angling skills, make sure you bring your fishing license and your patience.
Hiking Through Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is an astonishing 3.4 million acres making it one of the largest National Forests in the country. Here, you can explore more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails. The forest is home to Wyoming’s highest mountain, Gannett Peak, as well as 40 other named mountains.
There are 1,500 lakes in Bridger-Teton National Forest, along with seven of the largest glaciers in the lower 48 United States. A few of the more than 75 creatures that are known to live in the forest include bison, coyote, wolves, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, and grizzly bears.
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