Warm Weather Activities
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is just minutes from the Snake River, 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park and a one-hour drive from Yellowstone National Park. Adventures on land, water and sky begin from the doors of our Base Camp.
Gaze at the stars in Grand Teton National Park, take in a campfire Ranger Talk or explore the backcountry in a Yellowstone safari – discover new activities you can enjoy this summer
Kayaking and canoeing
Paddle and play in the waters of Jackson Hole's rivers and lakes. Choose your vessel: a flat-water or sport kayak, stand up paddleboard, a traditional canoe or even an inflatable kayak "duckie." The Snake and Hoback rivers offer more thrills with exciting, swift rapids. If you prefer a tranquil afternoon, glide through the calm waters of String Lake or Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park. For boat rentals, lessons or even a picnic lunch, the Base Camp will happily make the necessary arrangements so you can focus on having fun.
Jackson Hole is known as a Mecca for fly fishing, drawing enthusiasts from around the globe. Our in-house director of fly fishing offers casting and fly-tying lessons, and expert instruction and guiding on private float trips in a hand-crafted wooden boat. Just minutes from Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Snake River offers abundant wildlife viewing, unsurpassed sceneries of the Tetons – and world-class fly fishing for native cut-throat trout. Day trips and custom fly-fishing vacation packages are available.
Led by our dedicated naturalist team, experience customized, four-hour expeditions in Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. Guests travel in a luxury SUV equipped with high-end optics and gourmet provisions prepared by the Resort’s chefs.
Wildlife adventures give you the opportunity to safely and comfortably view magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, beyond the highways and in remote areas. Along the way, you will learn about the flora and fauna, geology and history of this significant ecosystem, and have the opportunity to view elk, moose, mule deer, bison, bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, river otters, trumpeter swans, owls and other rare birds. Our fantastic guides will customisz the route based on your specific interests and recent wildlife sightings.
Full-day trips include traveling into Yellowstone National Park and viewing secret waterfalls, geysers and other points of interest. Trips will travel north through Grand Teton National Park, entering Yellowstone through the South Entrance. Then you can travel around the entire “lower loop” road, visiting famous Yellowstone features like the Continental Divide, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake and much more. Wildlife will also be a priority. Knowledgeable guides will make frequent stops as opportunities for wildlife viewing present themselves.
Pedal your way through a biking adventure on Rendezvous Mountain or further into the pristine Jackson Hole backcountry. Base Camp provides in-house bike rentals, helmets and any other equipment you may need. Rendezvous Mountain is home to a man made trail system that is largely accessible via lift service. A scenic pathway system is available in Grand Teton National park while over a hundred miles of mountain bike trails are accessible in the Bridger-Teton, Targhee National Forest and Cache Creek Canyon areas. Riders of all ages and levels can enjoy pedaling through fields of wildflowers, along mountain ridges, through aspen groves and alongside rivers and streams.
Our Base Camp staff can help with self-guided excursions or can enlist a professional bike guide. Fitzgeralds Bike Tours offers private guides to enjoy the valley in a way most will never see. Whether your training for an Iron man, your an avid road biker or would like to tour the local farm system, we can cater the trip to whatever your needs may be. Looking for more of an adrenaline rush? The down hill mountain bike park will promote introduction into the sport as well as challenge the most confident of riders. Basecamp can customize your experience to whatever you may be able to dream up.
Right outside the Resort's Base Camp or minutes away in Grand Teton National Park, hikes to dazzling mountain peaks, waterfalls and glacial lakes abound. Panoramic valley views will take your breath away. Explore countless hiking trails, from beginner to advanced levels. For those who choose to go on their own, Base Camp counsellors can provide all the necessary information, maps, directions and recommendations, including where to go and what to bring, wear, look for and expect. They can acquaint you with the wildflowers, wildlife, birds, history and geology of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Bring your camera to capture the stunning landscape and rare wildlife. For those who prefer on-trail guidance, Base Camp counsellors can arrange daily ranger-led hikes in Grand Teton National Park as well as naturalist-led hikes into the National Park and National Forest adjacent to the Resort. The Hole Hiking Experience provides private guided hikes in Bridger Teton National Forest.
Family Stargazing in Grand Teton National Park
Enjoy an evening of stargazing in Grand Teton National Park. Travel in the comfort of a Suburban to a prime-star viewing location. Enjoy wine, cheese, desserts and hot beverages while vieweing the spectacular susnet. As the sun sets, begin to view galaxies, comets, nebula and double stars, planets, the moon and more. Our state-of-the-art Schmitt-Casgranian 11-inch telescope will offer awe-inspiring views. Weather dependent.
In every season, whichever vacation activity you choose, Base Camp provides a seamless outdoor experience.
White-water rafting and scenic floats
Jackson Hole is home to a wide range of river-running options. Trips vary from a calm, scenic trip on the upper Snake River to a wild ride on the rapids of the lower Snake. The calm section meanders through Grand Teton National Park, offering unique perspectives on the mountains and a safe way to see wildlife. The exciting lower stretch of the Snake River runs the white water of the Snake River Canyon. Experience Big Kahuna, Lunch Counter and other fun rapids rated from Class II to Class III, depending on conditions. Some river guide vendors include: Sands, Barker Ewing, Mad River, Dave Hansen, Jackson Hole Whitewater, and Solitude.
Wooden boat tours
Enjoy a private scenic float in a handmade wooden boat with the option of a gourmet catered riverside meal and fly fishing. Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures provides guests with a memorable experience on the river.
Let the magic of motorless flight in one of the world's most awe-inspiring areas provide you with the adventure of a lifetime: soar over the spectacular Teton Mountain Range in a glider. The tour starts in Driggs, Idaho, with a tow up the west side of the Grand Teton, approximately 11,700 feet (3,566 metres) above the valley floor. Then enjoy the leisurely soar back to the airport in Driggs. If a glider is not your thing, hop on board a Cessna 172 and fly above the Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forests and Teton Valley, Idaho, and take advantage of phenomenal photography opportunities. Fly Jackson Hole just started operation for the summer of 2015, offering a wide range of flights over the Gros Ventre Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park.
Tandem paragliding is truly an unforgettable experience. Float over the town of Jackson Hole and its surrounding wilderness with a certified USHGA paragliding instructor who will ensure your safety as you take in the inspiring valley views.
Fly in a balloon over the largest remaining private open space in Jackson Hole, a working ranch bordered by Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Snake River. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole Ski and Mountain Resort and Teton Village from 1,500 to 4,000 feet (460 to 1,200 metres) above the valley floor.
Rock climbing and mountaineering
Challenge your mind, body and spirit as you rock climb in Grand Teton National Park, either just outside the Resort's Base Camp or 40 minutes north in the Tetons. After learning the fundamental skills, from knot-tying to climbing techniques, you'll be ready to ascend an unlimited variety of rock faces suited to your level, whether you are a first-time climber or a more experienced mountaineer. At Base Camp, we can help put you in touch with world-renowned, highly trained Exum Mountain Guides for the very best instruction to help you complete exciting, triumphant and beautiful climbs safely.
Paved or hard-packed roads and trails throughout Jackson Hole offer dramatic views and the possibility of wildlife sightings. Families and recreational riders will enjoy riding along the National Elk Refuge Road or The Pathways of Jackson. More experienced cyclists will enjoy the challenge of Teton Pass. Adult and children's road bikes and cruisers are available for rent through the Resort's Base Camp.
On the Snow King Mountain, rising from the town of Jackson, ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain and thrill to the adventure of the alpine slide, a luge-inspired ride that hurtles through 2,500 feet (760 metres) of wildflowers and forest. Your slide-ride down can be as relaxing or exhilarating as you like. You control your own speed – no special skills are required. Slide opens Memorial Day weekend.
Base Camp, our full-service adventure centre, offers new point-of-view digital video technology with the GoPro helmet camera. Rent a GoPro helmet camera for the day or two hours, and catch once-in-a-lifetime moments whether you are whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, skiing or any of the other activities Jackson has to offer. These waterproof cameras are adjustable to fit comfortably around the chest or on top of a helmet. Helmet Camera rentals include the camera; memory cards are not included but are available for purchase.
Chuckwagon supper ride
Experience the spirit of the Old West with a chuckwagon supper ride aboard an 1800s-style, horse-drawn covered wagon. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and a traditional Western music show complete with bluegrass music and Wyoming ranch stand-up comedy. Children and adults of all ages will get a kick out of this memorable evening of cowboy culture.
Teton Pines is a full-service, semi-private championship golf course offering tee boxes of varying levels, many water features and large greens. This 18-hole course, opened in 1987, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Located just 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the Resort, the course offers a pro shop, golf instruction, club rentals, driving range and putting green.
Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club
Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club is the valley's first full-service championship 18-hole golf course. Opened in 1963 and redesigned in 1973 by Robert Trent Jones II, it showcases some of Jackson Hole's most breathtaking Teton views. This semi-private club is consistently ranked number one in the state of Wyoming by Golf Digest magazine. Located just 20 miles (32 kilometres) from the Resort, the club offers a pro shop, golf instruction, club rentals, driving range and putting green.
Snake River Sporting Club
Snake River Sporting Club was named “Best In State” for Wyoming in Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 America’s Greatest Courses annual rankings. The Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course first opened in 2006 and in 2007 was named the magazine’s No. 2 “Best New Private Course in the United States”. Following a five-year closure, the golf course reopened for play in May 2014 after a USD 5 million rehabilitation that included replacing the surface of every green, restoring all bunkers and adding new practice facilities.
Horseback riding in Jackson Hole offers the romance of Old West-style travel and exploration combined with the chance to see an abundance of rare and magnificent wildlife. Rides are offered in Teton Village, north into Grand Teton National Park, on Spring Gulch Butte, or south in Bondurant. There is a variety of horseback riding outfitters; all have a six-year-old age minimum and suggest bringing long pants, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes or cowboy boots, and a camera.
Spring Creek Ranch
Just a 25-minute drive from the Resort, Spring Creek Ranch offers rides from one to four hours' duration, offering 360-degree views of the Tetons and the surrounding mountain ranges. This is a great option for families who enjoy both convenience and flexibility, and don't want to dedicate an extensive amount of time to the activity.
Teton Village Trail Rides
Teton Village Trail Rides is within walking distance from our resort. All of their rides are guided by real cowboys who love to ride. Their one and two hour rides are on mellow trails with beautiful views of the Jackson Hole Valley.
Heart Six Ranch
Heart Six Ranch is located in the Buffalo Valley about an hour and a half north of the Resort. You may join the ranch wranglers for two hour, half day or full day trail rides on the open range, through the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Teton Wilderness. You will experience spectacular views of the Teton Range and numerous wildlife viewing opportunities.
Jackson Hole Shooting Experience
NRA Appointed Training Counselor Shepard Humphries and NRA Certified Instructor Lynn Sherwood are at the helm of the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. With 16 experienced coaches, they enthusiastically share their passion for shooting. Regardless of your experience or skill level, they’ll meet you where you are and provide a Shooting Experience you’ll not soon forget.
Base Camp counsellors can arrange for guests to enjoy a picnic at one of the following scenic spots:
- The Wedding Tree – This popular spot for couples tying the knot is also the perfect place for a picnic, with stunning views of the Tetons and the option of stopping by nearby Slide Lake.
- Blacktail Butte – This location offers panoramic views of Gros Ventre range, the Tetons, the distant Salt and Wind River Ranges and the valley and waterways of Jackson Hole in between.
- Jenny Lake – From the South Jenny Lake trailhead, a 3-mile (5-kilometre) hike will lead you to the famous Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, where there are spectacular views of Jenny Lake and Jackson Valley.
- Oxbow Bend – Located in Grand Teton National Park, Oxbow Bend is a few miles past the Moran entrance gate. This site is excellent for viewing moose, bald eagles and the white pelican.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s new Aerial Adventure Course is a network of zip lines, balance beams, cargo nets and other challenges – all suspended 25 feet above the ground. The course offers a range of features with varying levels of difficulty to allow you to stretch your limits, both physically and mentally, while harnessed up and safely on belay. No experience is necessary, and the Aerial Adventure Course is great for kids and adults alike. Contact the Concierge for more information.
The Aerial Adventure Course will be open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from June 13 – September 7, 2015, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture since the first settlers arrived more than 100 years ago. Your Jackson Hole vacation wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the legendary Jackson Hole Rodeo.