What to do and see in Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole: The Best Tours

January 15, 2022 Margarita Chappel

During the winter, Jackson Hole is a wonderland of snow skiing, snowmobiling and ice-skating. Summer in Jackson Hole is all about hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing and horseback riding. When you come down off the slopes, you can choose from recreation options like dog sled tours, sleigh rides and wildlife and nature tours. During the summer, you better get your energy level up because kayaking, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, mountain biking and stagecoach rides are just a few of the many options available. For climbers, hikers and nature lovers, the nearby Grand Teton National Park is an absolute nirvana. The towering mountains of the Teton Range stretch 40 miles, and include eight mountains over 12,000 feet. Keep in mind, too, that Yellowstone National Park’s South Entrance is only 90 minutes away, and another 45 minutes or so to reach Old Faithful. If you’re looking for some serious, fast-paced family fun in Jackson Hole, try the Alpine Slide, where you slide down 2,500 feet of Snow King Mountain in a bobsled. For a calmer experience, enjoy the Bridger Gondola, which takes tram riders from the Teton Village to heights of 10,000 feet. Golf enthusiasts have access to some great golf with tee opportunities at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design and Teton Pines Resort Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer.

1. Take a Private Day Tour of Yellowstone National Park

Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001, USA Obsidian Cliff Tours
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If you only have one day to visit Yellowstone, this 1-day, 200+ mile private tour of Yellowstone’s Lower Loop is the tour to take. After departing Jackson we’ll drive north through Grand Teton National Park while transiting to Yellowstone, making several stops along the way to take photos, admire wildlife, and take advantage of the Flagg Ranch restrooms. Using bathrooms with running water is simply how we roll. We’ll then enter Yellowstone through the South Entrance just a little before 9 AM. From there, we’ll continue driving north to West Thumb Geyser Basin then to the famous Lake Yellowstone Hotel for short coffee break. From the Hotel, we’ll continue traveling north to admire the Mud Volcano, Hayden Valley, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, before taking a lunch break at Canyon Village. Continuing west from Canyon, we’ll explore Fountain Paint Pots, and Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. We’ll cap the day with a visit to the Old Faithful Inn and see Old Faithful gush in all her glory.

Inclusions: Breakfast burrito (meat or veggie), croissant, or muffin., Your choice of salad or a sandwhich made your way., Use of binoculars, Bottled water, Cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen

Exclusions: Guide gratuity (15% recommended, though optional), National Park Entry Fee

Reviewed By cheryl m

Discovery Channel experience with Obsidian Cliff Tours and Stacy Nolan! October 7th Husband and I did a one-day private tour of Yellowstone. Stacy contacted me a few weeks prior to tour to understand our goals for the day - wild life spotting, hiking, main tourist attractions, photography, etc. We wanted to see wildlife and fit in some of the tourist areas if time allowed. Stacy picked us up at our hotel in West Yellowstone (they can pick up from most areas near the Park) at 7:30 with awesome breakfast sandwiches and juice to eat on our drive out to Lamar Valley (I think it was about 1.5 hours). I’m not a breakfast sandwich person but these were really good, on fluffy English muffins. We also ate lunch in the van to save time. Several things that stand out about Obsidian Cliff Tours and Stacy: Covid awareness - van was clean and Stacy wore mask in the van (not the case with other tours we took). Additionally, Stacy reminded us to not touch railings and put masks on when we were in the midst of other tourists. Fortunately this didn’t occur often as Stacy took a route that was opposite to that followed by most park visitors, Stacy has a radio to listen to park rangers dealing with animals on the road and wandering near tourists. He also speaks to his guides and other guide companies to learn where recent wildlife have been hanging out. As well, he knows animals’ favorite hangouts from his many years of experience. As a result, we saw a lot of wildlife, including bison, elk, wolves, pronghorns and coyotes. The only animal we missed were bears. We were actually in a bison stampede! Stacy definitely fulfilled our request to see wildlife! I greatly appreciated Stacy stopping at the best bathrooms in the park (large, clean, regularly maintained, with running water)! I felt very safe with Stacy’s driving and safety precautions when we were in the woods. Stacy regularly took photos and videos of the highlights of the day and forwarded them to us. Great photos for our album. He even shared photos of bears that he had seen a few days earlier. Omg, so much knowledge about the animals, the geology, ecological efforts and the Park’s history. For example, we learned why many dead trees are white at the bottom of the trunk (the Bobby socks effect), why large bison herds are comprised of mostly females, how views on wildfires are changing, and so much more. I highly recommend you take the tour to find out the answers these questions and many more. Stacy is a great story teller about events that have taken place in the park and on his past tours. He kept us wanting more. The tour lasted nearly 12 hours and I realized the following day, when I looked at the map, that we had covered the entire Park, including the major tourist sites with the exception of Ol’ Faithful and the Prismatic spring. I specifically asked Stacy to skip these since we could easily view those on our own. We covered more ground than we ever would have on our own!

2. Scenic Sunrise Tour of Grand Teton National Park

210 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA Wild Wyoming Tours
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We offer Small group & private Tours of Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Visit our website to see All the Tours we offer and live availability for them. Price is for up to 4 people on a Private Tour. Call to book more. Discover the current Wildlife hot spots in Jackson Hole and GTNP with a local and professional guide from Wild Wyoming Tours leading you there. We will travel the back roads of Jackson Hole to escape the crowds and seek out the recent hot spots for viewing Wildlife, with possible sightings of Moose, Elk, Bison, Pronghorn, Bears, Trumpeter Swans, Wolves, Bald Eagles and much more during your tour. We are a small local company, led by a Native of the Greater Yellowstone. Get a real glimpse into the lives of the homesteaders and the early history of the valley, the Scenic highlights, and the Best knowledge of where & when you are likely to spot Jackson Hole's Wildlife at the time of your visit on a Wild Wyoming Tour. We are the local interpretive guides that you want to use!

Inclusions: Bottled water, Snacks, Premium Binoculars and Spotting Scopes, Air-conditioned vehicle, Breakfast

Exclusions: Grand Teton entry fees, Gratuities

Reviewed By mtadams1222

This tour was the highlight of our trip. Not only did we see numerous wildlife but we saw parts of the area that we simply would not have seen without an expert guide. Scott was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole trip very special and a memory we will always remember. We will definitely be planning another tour when we return!

3. VIP Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Private Safari from Jackson WY

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Globe Trekkers is all about giving you The VIP and attention you deserve! These are private tours (your party only), hotel pick up and drop off included, you call the stops, we take your photos for you, And we offer complimentary snacks and drinks. An awesome exhilarating jeep safari experience! Do you only have one day in Yellowstone? This tour takes you to the major highlights of The world's first and famous national park with your very own personal photographer and field guide. You will see abundant wildlife and geothermal features not found anywhere else on earth. this tour is LGBTQ friendly.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes, Bottled water, Snacks

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Reviewed By Cherie_Gigi_F

This was, by far, the best tour we have ever done. Our guide A.J., quickly became our friend. He is highly educated, fun and goes above and beyond to provide a one of a kind experience. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to spend the day seeing this beautiful place with such a wonderful and genuine person who loves nature and wildlife as much as we do.

4. PRIVATE Yellowstone Tour 4 or more people- Picnic, Binoculars, Spotting Scope

Teton Village, WY 83025, USA Teton Excursions
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We are proud of our previous guests reviews. Please check them out. This is a private tour for your family. The price per person is less for larger groups. We also take smaller groups. We solve the complexities of Yellowstone so you can have a worry-free trip and have time to cherish the memories being made! We erase all the stress of navigating this park that receives 4 million visitors a year. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make it a luxury experience that you will never forget. We will take you to all the right spots, restrooms, and parking lots. All you have to do is enjoy the beauty, wildlife, and geysers. This a world class experience with world class service. With our experience and expertise, you will leave with a deep understanding of the history, science, and beauty of the world's first national park. Please message us with any questions.

Inclusions: Gourmet Picnic Style Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Binoculars, Spotting Scope, Field Guides, Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Park Entrance Pass.

Reviewed By S8852DNbiancap

This was our first time in Wyoming and we’re so glad we went with this company! Our guide was so knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible based on what our top priorities were! We got to see all kinds of animals and angles of the Tetons. They showed us all the cool picture spots too. We will definitely return again for the summertime/longer length tours like Yellowstone!

5. Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

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Embrace winter in the Rocky Mountains on a guided tour of Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Guests will spend the morning touring Grand Teton National Park with an expert naturalist guide in a heated vehicle on the lookout for moose, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep, eagles, and coyotes. After a restaurant lunch in Jackson, Wyoming, adventurers will enjoy a tour of the National Elk Refuge on a horse-drawn sleigh.  The National Elk Refuge is a wonderful way to enjoy an up close and personal view of elk herds in their winter habitat.

Inclusions: Naturalist guide, National Elk Refuge admittance, Snacks, Beverages, Use of binoculars, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Restaurant lunch

Exclusions: Guide Gratuities (recommended at 10-15% of the tour cost), National Park Entrance fees ($15 USD per person)

Reviewed By LAnderson49

We did an all day tour in Grand Teton National Park with Kelsie and Jeff. BEST DAY EVER! The day started off with them picking us up at our hotel at 0545 sharp! Beautiful weather. Our day was filled with sightings; moose, elk herd, bison, grizzly mom & cub, lone grizzly, 2 fox, white tail deer, mule deer, grouse, bald eagles, red wing hawks, kestrel and many more small birds which Jeff could identify by their call. The breadth of their combined knowledge is truly amazing. We learned so much about the local wildlife, park ecosystem, geological information about the Grand Tetons and local history. We finished the day with lunch at Dornan’s restaurant at Moose Junction. Lots of good humor and good food. It is my opinion, everyone who visits this area would benefit from one of the tours offered. You’ll be in good hands.

6. 8-mile Whitewater Standard Raft

225 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001, USA Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips
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The standard raft is a great option for larger families or people looking for a more stable (but still fun) option. They will still hit the big waves of Kahuna and Lunch Counter, so be prepared to paddle hard and get soaked.

Inclusions: Personal Floatation Device, Paddle, Fun!, All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions: Wetsuits are additional, Souvenir photos (available to purchase), Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transportation to/from attractions

Reviewed By JJMP2013

We had 6 strong paddlers. 2 seats sat empty. River running at ~5000cfs. The rapids were great to get us soaked without falling out of the boat. Bryce was our guide and made the experience safe and super fun. Saw a bald eagle, marmots, osprey.

7. Sunrise 4-Hour Grand Teton Tour Starts at 6:00AM

Jackson, WY, USA Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures
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We offer Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park Tours. Please visit our website or call to see all of our offerings. Uncover the best wildlife hotspots of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National park with a knowledgeable and experienced guide at EcoTour Adventures. During the summer we’ll hit the back roads of Jackson Hole to escape the crowds and seek out our favorite hotspots for uninterrupted observation of wildlife, including moose, elk, bison, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles, and trumpeter swans.

Inclusions: Breakfast

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Reviewed By biffnboo

Take the tour! Tyler was phenomenal in his knowledge and sightings....Haley (just learning ) spotted the black bears....we saw so much....thrilled to see the elk swim across snake river...don't hesitate to book a tour...we will EVERY time we go.....

8. Half Day Group Sunrise Wildlife Safari

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We believe the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the most unique and inspiring places in the United States. We have curated the perfect trip into Grand Teton National Park in order to open the area up like a book for our guests so they can experience the best the park has to offer. Throughout the day your guide will offer up stories of how the area was settled and glass the beautiful landscape searching for the animals that call this area home. You will have an opportunity to spot massive bison weighing up to 2000lbs that can run 40mph. Or catch a glimpse of one of our beloved Grizzly Bears like 399, a beautiful female that has been known to raise her cubs in plain sight of photograpers and tourist alike. Each day is a little bit different based on animal sightings and guest interests.   Hotel pickup and drop-off from the Jackson Hole area is included. We like to keep our group tours small and make sure each person has a window seat for optimal comfort and wildlife spotting!

Inclusions: Hotel/port pickup and drop-off, Bottled water, Snacks, Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), Breakfast

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Reviewed By Nicole B

We took a 12 hour tour into Yellowstone. It was so nice to not have to worry about driving and trying to navigate the park. All we had to do was sit back and relax and take in the beauty. Jeremy was our guide and he was awesome! We learned so much about the park. Not only was Jeremy a wealth of knowledge, he can spot the animals even if they look like a little spec in the terrain. We saw a grizzly, elk, bison, moose, and many different types of birds. Jeremy took us to so many beautiful landmarks. We felt like we really experienced so much of Yellowstone. Thank you for a wonderful day!

9. Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour

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This small-group tour is a fantastic way to observe wildlife as well as take in Grand Teton's beauty and Yellowstone’s numerous geyser basins. We will be making stops at Oxbow Bend, Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, Fountain Paint Pots and Mud Pots, West Thumb Geyser Basin, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, as well as several other geyser basins. Yellowstone National Park’s rich history, geology, wildfires and wildlife will be discussed in detail throughout the tour. Wildlife that is often observed on this tour are bison, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, elk, eagles, mule deer, pronghorn, and coyotes. We will offer many stops throughout the tour for guests to get out of the vehicle and observe the different wildlife viewing opportunities with the binoculars and scope that we provide, and to walk the various boardwalks we stop at. This tour will include a picnic style lunch that will be served by your guide.

Inclusions: Professional/Naturalist interpretive guide, Transport by enclosed, air-conditioned vehicle, Picnic Lunch/Snacks, Beverages, Use of binoculars per person/scope for group, Hotel pickup and drop-off in Jackson Hole, WY

Exclusions: Gratuities recommended at 10-15% of tour cost, National Park entrance fees

Reviewed By LAnderson49

We did an all day tour in Grand Teton National Park with Kelsie and Jeff. BEST DAY EVER! The day started off with them picking us up at our hotel at 0545 sharp! Beautiful weather. Our day was filled with sightings; moose, elk herd, bison, grizzly mom & cub, lone grizzly, 2 fox, white tail deer, mule deer, grouse, bald eagles, red wing hawks, kestrel and many more small birds which Jeff could identify by their call. The breadth of their combined knowledge is truly amazing. We learned so much about the local wildlife, park ecosystem, geological information about the Grand Tetons and local history. We finished the day with lunch at Dornan’s restaurant at Moose Junction. Lots of good humor and good food. It is my opinion, everyone who visits this area would benefit from one of the tours offered. You’ll be in good hands.

10. Yellowstone National Park - Full-Day Lower Loop Tour from Jackson Hole

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Explore Yellowstone on a 12-13 hour tour with a local guide. Set out FROM JACKSON HOLE, WY area to experience America's first national park. See its iconic Old Faithful, marvel at the Grand Canyon Waterfalls, and search for wildlife including grizzlies, bison, grey wolves, and more. This tour includes both a light breakfast, lunch and park entrance fees, as well as the use of binoculars. For Tour Dates BEFORE May 14, since the South Entrance is closed, Tours will drive from Jackson to West Yellowstone to enter through the West Gate. Thus, we will not tour through Grand Teton Park from Apr 16-May 13.

Inclusions: National Park fees, Hotel pickup and drop-off at select Jackson Hotel area lodgings, Continental breakfast, Picnic lunch, Expertise of a local guide

Exclusions: Gratuities (commonly 10-20%)

Reviewed By Patrick335SF

We booked the one day yellowstone tour out of Jackson hole since they were very responsive over the phone. Overall it was OK. Our tour driver was very nice however he was very long-winded. Too much detail about everything that the group was getting annoyed. Fortunately we had Brian’s number and he was kind enough to give the driver our feedback and the rest of the tour was better. Pros: - plenty of time for pictures - convenient pick up from a location close to where we stayed - nice people on the bus - lunch and breakfast provided - plenty of bathroom breaks Con: - stoping to see tractors and other farm equipment - bus was a little older - cup holders broken off back of the seats (holes in the fabrics) and no storage space for belongings. And lacking phone chargers. - timing to see old faithful could have been better - not as much wildlife as we expected

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