Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

1. Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

After an early-morning pickup from your Jackson Hole hotel, your naturalist guide will take you to Grand Teton National Park. Even in the chilling winter, wildlife such as moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, or even wolves can be spotted in the park. You'll witness the beauty of the wide, snowy plains that stretch out to the jagged mountains as you learn about the ancient geology that gave rise to the landscape. At midday, escape the cold and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the famous western-cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. Then head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge, carrying you through the low valley that hosts thousands of wintering elk. Snap photos of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary hosting 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, return to your hotel.

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Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Wildlife Safari Adventure

2. Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Wildlife Safari Adventure

Embark on a 4-hour wildlife tour that focuses on the amazing creatures at Grand Teton National Park as well as the park's diverse geology and history, both human and natural. Ride in either an open-style safari vehicle in the summer or a closed climate-controlled vehicle during the rest of the year. This adventure includes frequent stops outside the vehicle to provide an even more in-depth park experience. If you like, you can even choose to take a short hike in the park during the tour. When you're outside of the vehicle, your guide will set up high-powered scopes so that you can view far-off wildlife. You'll also get your own pair of quality binoculars to use throughout the entire tour. Encompassing over 310,000 acres, Grand Teton National Park is home to a diverse range of large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, elks, moose, mule deer, pronghorns, bison, and bighorn sheep. Observe numerous bird species, including eagles, hawks, and owls. Marvel at your guide's ability to spot animals. Not only will you learn all about the park and its history and geology, but you will also view countless extraordinary creatures. Watch the epic struggle for survival unfold in the company of an expert wildlife guide.

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From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

3. From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

Explore Yellowstone National Park with a local guide. Take in breathtaking views of incredible landscapes and learn about the local wildlife as you stop at iconic points of interest. The tour covers over 250 miles, promising to be a full, exciting, and memorable day.  Your tour departs from Teton Village and Jackson, Wyoming between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Head north past the Hayden Valley and through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone through the South Gate and then begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at the popular points of interest, including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin, the Yellowstone Lake and Paint Pots, Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. Stop and photograph wildlife and beautiful scenery throughout the day. At the midpoint of the tour, enjoy a delicious, picnic-style lunch. During the tour, your guide will educate you on the many features of Yellowstone, including the history of the park, its geothermal features, geology, wildlife, and more. Your tour concludes between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM back in Jackson or Teton Village.

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Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

4. Jackson: 7-Mile Snake River Float with Teton Views

This unique scenic float takes you along the southern boundary to Grand Teton National Park. Meet your guide in Jackson, then travel to the historic Snake River Ranch, one of the few working cattle ranches left in Jackson Hole. Glide down the river as you admire the mountain scenery and spot deer, moose, eagles, and more. Let your guide do the work, so you can simply relax and take in the views. This short trip is perfect for those with a busy schedule or young children.

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From Jackson: Jackson Hole Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

5. From Jackson: Jackson Hole Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Meet your experienced pilot then hop aboard your balloon and take off just before sunrise. Fly a mile into the sky. The ride up is quiet and effortless, making for an unforgettable atmosphere. See the sun come up over the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Marvel at other nearby sights including Snake River, the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole Ski, and Yellowstone Plateau. Also, have the chance to watch another balloon float through the sky. From your lofty position, look down and catch a birds-eye-view of the wildlife. Spot herds of elk, mule deer, moose, waterfowl, bald eagles, and other raptors. Gently land and enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne or orange juice, and toast to a perfect morning.

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Jackson Hole: National Museum of Wildlife Art Entry Tickets

6. Jackson Hole: National Museum of Wildlife Art Entry Tickets

Complete your trip to Jackson Hole with a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Discover a museum that seeks to impart knowledge and inspire appreciation of humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature through art and education. Enjoy 14 Masterwork Galleries, the Children's Gallery, the outdoor Sculpture Trail, and the museum shop and restaurant. The museum is only 2.5 miles (about 4 kilometers) north of Jackson Town Square, and 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park. Upon arrival, marvel at the museum's award-winning architecture known for its amazing synergy with the Jackson Hole landscape. Inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the 51,000-square-foot (4,738-square-meter) building overlooks the 25,000 acre National Elk Refuge. Once inside, explore a collection featuring more than 550 artists and over 5,000 cataloged items of animal art. Admire works by prominent artists — such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius — and learn about the artworks with an included audio guide available in English and Spanish.  Dating from 2500 B.C. to the present, the collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife art, focusing primarily on European and American painting and sculpture. It has a particularly strong collection of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries that records European exploration of the American West. Many of these works predate photography, making them vital representations of the frontier era in the history of the United States.

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What people are saying about Jackson, Wyoming

It was a wonderful experience!! I had a small group (two other couples and myself). We saw lots of animals including swans, moose, birds, elk, sheep but no bison or rams which was OK. Daniel our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot. We even went out into the field about a hundred yards or so and got to watch some bull moose up close and personal. It was breathtaking!! I would recommend this tour and company any day and would love to use them again on a trip back to Grand Teton or Yellowstone!

This is one of many unforgettable experiences while I was in Jackson, Wyoming. Never thought I’ll be that close to those wild animals. And the guide (Andrew) was super knowledgeable with full of useful informations. It’s absolutely a worthy tour.

Outstanding tour! Beautiful scenery with oir friendly, energetic and knowledgeable guide, Neil. Prompt, courteous and fun!

Kyle was a great guide! We saw 29 moose and he was very knowledgeable about the entire area. Would highly recommend!

Love our guide Neil. He was very passionate, engaging and knowledgable. All of our family loved it!