Jackson Hole is a valley that is 15 miles wide and nearly 50 miles long at the base of the Teton Range and outside Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. National parks, national forest, wilderness areas and the National Elk Refuge comprise 97% of the land. This unspoiled environment inspires outdoor enthusiasts with ski slopes, mountains, rivers, national parks and natural beauty. Jackson Hole is considered part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Numerous major mountain ranges, lakes, streams and rivers are a short distance away.
Population (2000 Census)
– Jackson Hole: 8,647
– Teton County: 18,251
– July High: 81º F
– January Low: 4º F
Average Annual Snowfall
– Jackson: 90 inches
– Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: 459 inches
– Grand Targhee: 500 inches
Jackson Hole is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The lakes, rivers, mountains and backcountry trails provide opportunities for many spring, summer and fall activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting, fishing and hunting. Jackson also has two golf course, Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club – a Robert Trent Jones designed course, and Teton Pines Golf Club – an Arnold Palmer designed course. In the winter, Jackson Hole is home to the world-renowned ski areas Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Ski & Summer Resort and Snow King Resort. Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, sleigh rides and guided trips to Yellowstone National Park.
Arts and Culture
The Grand Teton Music Festival is based in the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village and has been providing classical music since 1962. The National Museum of Wildlife Art opened in 1987 and has two galleries with more than 2,000 pieces of wildlife art. There are more than 40 local galleries downtown displaying Western, Native American and contemporary art. The Center for the Arts is a growing art center campus currently consists of the 41,000 sq. ft. Arts & Education Pavilion which houses 20 local, state and regional not-for-profit arts and higher organizations. The next phase of this downtown campus, currently under construction, is the Performing Arts Pavilion scheduled to open in January of 2007. Jackson Hole is also home of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole Wellness Festival, the Jackson Hole Film Festival, the Wildlife Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wine Auction, and numerous other events.
Residents in Jackson enjoy excellent health services, including St. John’s Medical Center – a 48-bed hospital, preventative care facilities, and various clinics. In addition, there are several chiropractors, optometrists and physical therapists in private practices.
Jackson Hole is primarily a tourism and recreation based community, and offers many employment opportunities in the hospitality industry. Real Estate, construction, banking, financial services and technology businesses are growing employers.