Jackson Hole, Wyoming
A 50-mile long valley that carves out a "hole" within the Teton Range along the Snake River, Jackson Hole is a geographical gem in Wyoming. The Tetons rise sharply from the plains of Jackson Hole and culminate in the towering summit of Grand Teton at 13,770 feet. Next door, Grand Teton National Park serves as Jackson Hole's personal playground. Some of the finest rock climbing, skiing and hiking in the country exists here, and the waterways offer excellent fishing and whitewater rafting.
When visiting Jackson Hole, you'll quickly appreciate the sheer magnitude of the Tetons and their potential. There are more than 50 routes throughout the range, with more than a dozen alone on Grand Teton, the crown jewel of the west according to many mountaineers. Follow the south ridge of Grand Teton on Exum Ridge, a route noted for its moderate chimneys and faces, including the challenging Black Face. The Owen-Spalding Route requires rough class 3 climbing on slabby terrain where you climb through the Eye-of-the-Needle tunnel and over a large chimney system. Get a permit or enlist the help of a private guide through the Exum Experience, a full-service climbing outfitter that will keep you safe and help you get the most out of the mountains.
If you're not a rock climber, the Tetons offer great hiking and mountain biking, too. Navigate the peaks and valleys of the rough Teton Mountains for gnarly views and chance encounters with moose, black bears and the occasional grizzly. Top of the World is a trail befitting its name. Steely-nerved hikers follow the Rendezvous Mountain ridgeline at an elevation of 10,450 feet and are treated with jaw-dropping overlooks of Jackson Hole and the Tetons. Rock Springs Loop descends 1,000 vertical feet past talus slopes, woodland and maybe a moose or two into a meadow. This strenuous hike shows the eclectic nature of this unmatched mountain ecosystem.
Hop on a bike and ride some downhill trails at Teton Pass and cross-country trails in Cache Creek (a local favorite). Rugged trails and high jumps abound at Jackson Hole Bike Park. Riders weave among tree groves, technical terrain and granite boulders for a thrilling ride through the wild.
There's too much to do in Jackson to cram into one weekend. You can go whitewater rafting through Class III rapids on the Snake River Canyon, go paragliding over the Teton Valley and Snake River Range, and fly-fish on the massive Snake River. Anglers from around the world test their skills against Cut Throat, Brown and Rainbow Trout. Jackson Hole Anglers have expert guides with all the gear you need to land you that trophy-size catch.
Teton Village is at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, where visitors can ride "Big Red," the famous aerial tram up the mountain. This recently upgraded tram zips up 4,139 vertical feet in 15 minutes. At the top you get 360-degree views of Jackson Hole, Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park.
Jackson Hole is bursting with recreation year-round. It's a top winter getaway in addition to summer. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the epicenter for outrageous skiing and snowboarding. The area's steep terrain, expansive backcountry and reliable snowfall promise unequalled conditions. Last season, Jackson Hole had a record setting 700 inches of snow and locals hit the mountain well into June for great spring skiing and riding.
Prepare for the next day's activities at the Rusty Parrot Lodge. Get insider tips on visiting Jackson Hole from the local owners while you recuperate in this small but acclaimed lodge. The handcrafted beds and rustic accommodations make it easy to unwind and get ready for the days ahead.
Be prepared for what lies ahead in Jackson Hole with the PRW2500-1. Navigate the Snake River without worrying about getting wet-the PRW2500-1 is resistant to 200-meters. Track your elevation gain as you trek through the Tetons using the high altitude memory. Casio designed this high-performance tool to withstand the harshest environments that you may encounter. And no matter where you are in the wild, its time calibration radio signals will keep always keep your time accurate.