Jackson, with a population of 8647, is a tourist town popular with both winter and summer visitors alike. It is renowned for world class skiing and is in a very scenic location on the southern edge of the Grand Teton National Park, which adjoins Yellowstone National Park at the northern end.
A very busy town, with wooden façade buildings and pavements giving the impression of a wild west town, the main feature is the square which has an arch of elk antlers at each of the four corners and in the summer months a mock gunfight is staged. As we were there after Labor Day we missed this event.
There are shops to suit every taste, from souvenir to boutique and designer clothes to outdoor accessories, with a few selling animal related goods, such as mounted bear and elk heads and skins which made us feel we were in a hunting area. There are also galleries which have free wine and nibbles in the evenings for their clients.
There are quite a few restaurants (including Chinese and Indian), many expensive, all were very busy and we walked quite a while before we found one to dine in that evening.
Internet cafes are also available in Jackson for anyone needing to check their email, the charge being $5 for 30 minutes.
The National Elk Refuge is just outside Jackson, but as we visited in summer the elk were high in the mountains. In winter they come down for food and sled trips are available to get closer to them. Overlooking the refuge is Greater Yellowstone Visitor Centre which has a viewing deck with spotting scopes. www.jacksonholechamber.com
On our arrival in Jackson the weather was warm and we were all wearing shorts and T-shirts. It was also warm in the evening, but late that night the wind became quite strong, there was a thunderstorm with torrential rain and in the morning there was snow and the temperature had dropped by 40 degrees. It snowed or rained a lot of the day and we felt lucky that we had seen Jackson and the Tetons in sun, rain and snow.