Serving as a gateway to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole is a beautiful historic valley, characterized by the majestic Teton Range and incredible wildlife. Originally attracting Native American tribes and fur trappers, Jackson Hole is now visited by millions of tourists from around the world.
With the close of the fur trade in 1845, early Jackson Hole settlers looked to raising domestic animals. Over the years the success of cattle ranching led to a more permanent settlement, and the town of Jackson was named in 1894.
As the fame of Jackson Hole grew, tourism rapidly replaced ranching as a principal income source. Over four million annual visitors enjoy our world famous ski resorts, spectacular mountain vistas, award-winning fly fishing and relaxing mountain lifestyle. Present-day Jackson has also added the arts to the list of attractions for visitors. The town boasts over 35 art galleries and hosts annual Grand Teton Music Festivals, arts festivals and Arts for the Parks Competitions.
With 97% of Teton County designated as public land, there is ample space to enjoy the natural wonders of the area: the Teton Mountains, winding Snake River and inspiring wildlife. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the most complete in the lower 48 states, hosts over 60 species of mammals, over 100 species of birds and a half-dozen game fish. Most notable are the elk, moose, bison, deer, pronghorn, mountain lions, black and grizzly bears, coyotes, gray wolves, trumpeter swans and bald eagles.