Jackson Hole in February is still in full swing as the peak of the winter season. People flock to town from all over the world to ski and make the most of this winter wonderland.
But even if you aren’t here to ski, there’s plenty to do. Enjoying the snow is a must, and this list includes ways to get outside without having to get on the mountain.
Spending some time in town is also recommended: it’s charm in winter is unparalleled. Town square comes to life with Christmas lights, an ice skating rink, and visitors strolling into shops and restaurants.
If you’re coming this month, here’s the top things to do in Jackson Hole in February:
1. Sleigh Ride
One of the first things you’ll notice about Jackson Hole is that just outside of town there is a huge portion of land dedicated as the Elk Refuge. This is home to thousands of elk in the winter.
The elk graze and sit proudly on out on the Elk Refuge and are spectacular to watch. There’s only one way to get close to them: a sleigh ride.
Sleigh rides take visitors out in horse-drawn sleighs to get an up close look at the elk. It’s an amazing experience to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
For more information on the sleigh rides and to book yours, click here.
2. Guided Tours of Yellowstone National Park
Most of Yellowstone is closed to the public in the winter. But there’s still one way to get in: guided tours.
Organized tours of Yellowstone will take you in via buses equipped with snow tires and via snowcat.
This is a once in a lifetime way to experience the natural wonders of Yellowstone in the snow. You’ll get to see all of the iconic features, from geysers to valleys to wildlife.
If you come to Jackson Hole, you won’t want to miss getting to see Yellowstone, just an hour north of town.
Book a winter tour of Yellowstone National Park here: Scenic Snow Safaris Snowcoach Tour.
3. Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
If you don’t come to Jackson Hole to ski, there’s still other ways to get outside and be active in the snow. Two of the best of these are snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
You can rent equipment for each, and set out on one of several groomed paths around town or in the park.
Perhaps the most spectacular location to enjoy these activities is in Grand Teton National Park. Once you enter the park, driving is only allowed for 10 minutes or so until the road is closed. This is where you get out and snowshoe or cross country ski a groomed trail.
And you’ll get to take in all that the nature here has to offer: stunning mountain views, beautiful snow, and possibly even some wildlife!
4. Downtown Jackson Hole
Downtown Jackson Hole is centered around the focal point of Town Square. Here you’ll find shops, restaurants, art galleries and more. In winter, there’s also an ice skating rink set up in Town Square.
Spend a day or afternoon exploring the charm of downtown Jackson Hole. Window shop, pop into shops that peak your interest, and sample some of the local restaurants. For a fun night (date night or family activity!) also check out The Jackson Hole Playhouse.
5. Kings & Queens of Corbet’s Couloir
The Kings & Queens of Corbet’s Couloir is a skiing event held at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This event gives all the adrenaline of skiing just from watching: 25 of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders show off their best performance as they ride the challenging Corbet’s Couloir. At the end of the day, one King and Queen are crowned.
More information (and a video to give you an idea of the action!) is here: Kings and Queens of Corbet’s.
6. Dog Sledding
A personal favorite, dog sledding is a fun, memorable way to experience the nature around Jackson Hole.
There are dog sledding excursions that allow you to ride (and even mush!) a team of sled dogs. In the Jackson Hole Iditarod Dog Sled experience, you ride through a beautiful forest to a natural hot spring. Here you warm up with a dip in the water, eat some lunch, and then ride back. The dogs are the most inspirational part of this adventure. It’s amazing to see them in their element, from their kennels to pulling sleds, and to watch their bond with one another.
February is one of the best times to make the most of all that Jackson Hole has to offer. And these top things to do in February ensure that you’ll return home with plenty of good memories of the mountains and town of Jackson.
For more things to do in Jackson Hole, check out the Jackson Hole series of blog posts.