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Welcome to Jackson Wyoming

Jackson Wyoming

Jackson lies at the end of the great valley, known as Jackson Hole, which runs the length of the Teton mountain range. Grand Teton National Park lies in the centre of Jackson Hole with Yellowstone National Park just further north. The town is the main gateway to both national parks.

The town is a unique blend of fashionable resort and the Old West, with designer boutiques and art galleries lining the cowboy-style boardwalks. Tourism is the most important industry in the area and spread across the valley are a sprinkling of million-dollar houses between the remaining cattle ranches, which offer guest facilities to supplement their farming income. During the summer, vacationers swarm the shopping malls and fancy restaurants, and the town square becomes the stage for a performed shoot-out every evening.

Jackson Hole is primarily a winter and summer playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with hiking, mountaineering, biking and kayaking in summer. In winter it becomes a premier ski destination, home to two of the state's best ski areas. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a massive vertical drop and skiing suitable for extremists, while Snow King resort offers family-orientated skiing and snowboarding.

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On the whole Jackson is pretty chilly, particularly in the freezing winter months, but the dryness of the air often belies the plunging mercury and it feels warmer than it really is; thus the area's popularity with winter sports enthusiasts. The winter snow conditions are among the best to be found in North America, with an average annual snowfall of 150 inches (381cm). Springtime brings cool, bright sunny days, interspersed with rain showers. In summer the days are fairly warm, the chill returning in fall.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Occupying the valley of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park's identifying feature is the sharp granite peaks of the impressive Teton Range, with the dramatic Cathedral Group known as 'Les Trois Tetons' or 'The Three Beasts' towering above the valley floor. At their centre is the Grand Teton, the 13,770-foot (4,197m) peak that defines the skyline and dominates almost every view within the park. The mountains are popular with climbers and hikers, as well as photographers who can capture a variety of different angles from the park's scenic winding road or on one of its numerous trails that forms part of a vast network of hikes starting from the valley floor. Beneath the Teton Range lie a string of lakes and the scenic Snake River that meanders the length of the park, offering numerous opportunities to kayak, fish and raft. The stunning scenery can be easily seen and enjoyed from a drive through the park, but taking to the mountain trails or waterways is the best way to appreciate the spectacular views and experience the beautiful backcountry. A great abundance of large wildlife roams the valley floor, including moose, elk, bison, and grizzly and black bears.

What good's a visit to Cowboy Country without a little trail riding thrown into the mix? At Mill Iron Ranch, the Wheeldon family - led by the charismatic cowboy-proprietor, Chancy - boldly claim to 'run the best huntin', fishin', ridin' and eatin' outfit in [Jackson]'; and the scores of glowing Internet reviews of the ranch, suggest that they might just be telling the truth about that. Offering the 'number one two-hour trail ride in the USA' - at the end of which, visitors can return to the farmhouse for a bit of western swing dancing, and a steak dinner 'with all the fixings', prepared by the Wheeldons themselves - visitors to Wyoming who are keen to experience a little ranch-life, could hardly do better than making a trip out to Mill Iron Ranch.

The world's first national park, Yellowstone was established in 1872 and despite its popularity today, most of the park still remains an undeveloped wilderness of magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls, alpine lakes and rivers. It is renowned for its geothermal wonders and abundance of wildlife. Spilling over into Montana and Idaho, the enormous park is situated on top of the Yellowstone Caldera, a collapsed volcanic crater that was formed 600,000 years ago and holds within it the greatest geothermic area in the world. This unique environment includes features such as exploding geysers, thousands of steaming fumaroles, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, and is where the park's most famous attraction, the Old Faithful Geyser is to be found, drawing thousands of tourists to witness its regular eruption of steaming water. Yellowstone is also home to the largest concentration of wildlife in lower USA, including grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, and large herds of bison and elk. The two narrow waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River cut a striking picture in the yellow-coloured rock that gives the park its name, with superb views and hiking trails for all abilities. The large alpine Yellowstone Lake fills the eastern part of the caldera and offers opportunities for boating and fishing expeditions in summer. All places of interest are accessible along the loop roads, but the intensity of visitors in summer, especially between July and August, means that one needs to hike away from the main paths to experience the true wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

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