Why is Jackson commonly called Jackson Hole? Fur trappers living in Jackson, coined the term “hole” which describes the entire valley ringed by mountains.
Ranching in Jackson wasn’t very prosperous, so settlers served as guides and packers for hunting to supplement their incomes. Others realized that dudes winter better than cows and began operating dude ranches.
The Grand Teton mountain range is a National Park that we enjoy visiting often. We couldn’t think of a more memorable way of celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, than in this gorgeous area. It takes about 5 hours to drive from our home in Salt Lake City. Another favorite National Park, Yellowstone is only 50 miles from Jackson, WY.
Children grow up competing in rodeo events and watching youngsters ride bulls and wild horses is exciting to watch. Our special favorite is the mutton busting. Children around the ages of 5 through 8 years old ride on lambs that try to buck them off. The little riders hang on so tight that some won’t let go even if they have slipped and are riding underneath the lamb. Our grandsons earned mutton busting trophies, among their many accomplishments.
Jenny Lake is fed by the Teton mountain’s glaciers and the crystal clear lake seems bottomless. Boat shuttles will take you to the Cascade Canyon Trailhead to enjoy the hike up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Walking along the many trails around the lake is a peaceful way to take more pictures of nature like snakes and other wild things. The lodge was originally a dude ranch and some of the cabins are from the 1920’s.
The Bar J Wranglers have a western bar-b-que and entertainment dinner show that is a highlight of our Wyoming western experience. The working ranch has been in the family for generations. It’s also a perfect reason to wear our cowboy outfits and hats. We may have been born n’ raised in Wisconsin, but when “out west” we have to dress the part.
Also, don’t miss riding in a covered wagon. It’s the cowboy way!