Jackson Hole Journals

Christmas in Jackson

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A December 2004 trip to Jackson Hole by books

Jackson Pines Resort Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: It was that Christmas we all dread--the one where all the kids go to be with their spouse's family. So we decided to take a vacation rather than be at home alone on Christmas. One of our favorite places is the Teton/Yellowstone area.

Christmas in Jackson

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It's hard to pick the "best things to do" in the paradise of NW Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite places on earth, with its lakes, trees, and awesome peaks rising dramatically from the valley. Yellowstone's geysers, whether bubbling or erupting, are sights to behold. In the wintertime, this area is a winter wonderland with great skiing, snowmobiling, and wildlife. It doesn't get better on a sunny winter day to be on skis or a snowmobile here.While not the quaint Western town of years gone by, Jackson is still a laid-back, friendly town filled with real people. Shopping here for Western art, home decor, and unique jewelry (try Dan Shelley's) is an excellent plus; there ar...Read More

Jackson Pines Resort

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Hotel | "Jackson Pines"

Jackson Pines Resort Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Best Things Nearby:Jackson, three ski areas, and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National ParksBest Things About the Resort:It is only 2 blocks from downtown Jackson. The two-bedroom unit is quite roomy.Resort Experience:Located just 2 blocks from downtown, Jackson Pines was once a motel. The only amenity is a hot tub out back. The office staff is very friendly, and they have goodies at check-in: hot cider, cookies, etc. They even gave us hot-chocolate packets to take to the room.The layout is a little odd. You can tell that the two-bedroom unit was made from two motel rooms. As we entered the door of our two-bedroom upstairs unit, there was a bathroom on...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Jackson Pines Resort
50 S Millward
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2486

National Museum of Wildlife Art

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National Museum of Wildlife Art Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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The National Museum of Wildlife Art overlooks the National Elk Refuge. The stone building has been designed to blend in with the hillside.The entry is at the top of the building, giving a view of the beautiful circular common area of the art museum, gift shop, and waiting area for the Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides. More than 2,500 paintings and sculptures depicting wildlife are housed here. Some of the renowned artists represented are George Caitlin, C.M. Russell, and Carl Rungius. Many different genres of art are displayed: realistic, impressionistic, etc. Most of the wildlife featured is from the American West, but some wildlife from other places does appear. Of particular interest is the America...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Rd.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(800) 313-9553

National Elk Refuge

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Attraction | "Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride"

National Elk Refuge Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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North of Jackson, along US 26 and 191, is the National Elk Refuge, about 25,000 acres of winter refuge for elk adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. As the snows cover the higher elevations, the elk come down into the valley to find food. Supplemental feed is provided here as needed to sustain the herd of more than 7,500 elk. The elk can be found here usually from November to March. However, there had been little snow by mid-December in 2004, so the numbers in the refuge were much smaller. By April, the elk have begun moving back to the higher elevations in Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.The visitor center for the refuge is now in the National Wildlife ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

National Elk Refuge
675 E Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-9212

Yellowstone National Park

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Attraction | "Old Faithful Tour"

Yellowstone National Park Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Gone are the days when you can take your own snowmobile into the park and tour at your own pace. Now you must go with a guided group.The tour to Old Faithful leaves early in the morning. Be prepared for pickup at your hotel around 6:30am. An expanded continental breakfast of rolls, cereal, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee is served at the office. After breakfast you are suited up for the trip: snowsuit, boots, helmet, and gloves. Bring your own gator to keep your neck warm or wear a good turtleneck. Sunglasses may also be needed.It is still dark when your group leaves on the hour ride to the south entrance of Yellowstone by van. In the Flagg Ranch area the snowmobiles are unloaded, and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2005

Yellowstone National Park
Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Grand Targhee

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Attraction | "Grand Targhee Ski Resort"

Grand Targhee Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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An hour’s drive or van ride from Jackson there is a smaller, family-oriented ski area—Grand Targhee. The drive over Teton Pass is beautiful. Snow wasn’t a problem while we were there, but the 10% grade could be tricky when the road is slick. Vans go each morning from Jackson for a $12 fare, returning at the end of the day.Grand Targhee guarantees their snow. If you are not happy within an hour, you can trade your ticket in for a pass to be used on another day. Normally they have the most snow in the area. On this day, conditions were not the best. You could actually see grass and rocks in a few places. However, the snow was better at Targhee than at Snow King or Teton, and the crowds proved...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005

Grand Targhee
Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001

Christmas Eve on the Square

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Elk Antler Arch Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Our family has always celebrated Christmas Eve with a dinner of fajitas or tacos, reading a Christmas story, singing, and the opening of family gifts. Since we were far from home without any family, we decided we would join our Christian family at a Christmas Eve service. While scanning the local paper for churches having a service, I noticed a small article about a Christmas carol sing on the town square. We decided to check it out.With the temperature falling below 20°F, we pulled out the long johns, hats, and gloves before we set out walking to downtown. The stores, elk antler arches, and trees in the square were all lit with twinkling white lights. We were given candles and carol song shee...Read More
Torchlight Parade Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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At about 4pm Christmas Day, we got in the car for the hour trip west and over the pass to the other side of the Tetons. The road goes through a small piece of Idaho to reach the little town of Alta, WY, and Grand Targhee Ski Resort. As we drove the road up the mountain we spotted two moose.There was plenty of parking at Grand Targhee. At 5pm, the crowd was beginning to gather for the annual torchlight parade. Anyone over 12 can participate in this parade--just sign up at the resort.Hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies were being served on the plaza for free! That hot liquid was needed to keep your hands and insides warm! There are some seats in a snack bar with windows facing the slop...Read More