Q: What is the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole?
A: Jackson Hole is a valley that resembles a hole because of the mountains that surround it. Originally named Jackson’s Hole after the fur trapper Davey Jackson, Jackson Hole got its name in 1894 when the first post office was established. The Hole was later dropped and Jackson became the official name. Now a days, Jackson Hole simply refers to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort located in Teton Village but visitors often ask ‘where is Jackson’s Hole?’
Q: How far is Yellowstone National Park from Jackson?
A: In mileage, the distance is 64 miles, however in the Summer it can take up to 2 hours because of the 45 MPH speed limit in Grand Teton National Park as well as the slower moving traffic with frequent stops.
Q: What is the temperature like in the Summer?
A: Jackson summers are incredible and the temperature rarely reaches over 90°F, however afternoon thunderstorms are very common so if you are hiking or outdoors away from shelter, a raincoat of some sort is a good idea. Night cools off as well, so be sure to bring a few warm items of clothing along with you.
Q: What is the weather like inJackson Hole?
A: July is the warmest month.
January is the coolest month.
May is the wettest month.
February is the driest month.
The highest recorded temperature was 98°F in August of 1981.
The lowest recorded temperature was -50°F in January of 1979.
Q: Will I see any wildlife when I am in Jackson or the Parks?
A: : Depending on the time of year, your chances of seeing wildlife will vary. In the Fall mornings heading into the Parks you are more likely to see Elk, Moose, Bear, Coyote, Fox and Deer. Bison can be seen near Antelope Flats 2 miles south of GTNP at the Kelly turnout. From Jackson, turn right at Kelly and follow that road all the way around until you come back to the highway.
Q: How far is the airport from Jackson and Teton Village?
A: The Jackson Hole Airport is a short 15 minute drive South to downtown Jackson Hole. With beautiful views of the Sleeping Indian mountain pulling out of the Airport to seeing the Aerial Tram working up and down the mountain, the 8 mile drive is what most people come to Jackson Hole for. Once you arrive in Jackson it is another 20 minutes to Teton Village, about 12 miles.
Q: How much is a transportation around town and to Teton Village?
A: A taxi ride from the Jackson Hole Airport to town costs $32 for 1 or 2 people. A taxi to Teton Village costs $55 for 1 or 2 people.
Alltrans provides a shuttle service from the JH Airport to town and to Teton Village, they have shuttles available at most every flight arrival, no reservation is necessary. The shuttle costs $26 one-way, $47 round trip to Teton Village and $16 one-way, $31 round trip per person.
Trips within Jackson Hole the maximum fare is $12 for 1-4 ppl., $3 per additional. From Town to Jackson or visa-versa, the maximum is $35, up to 4 ppl, and $5 per additional.
Q: How late do taxis pick up in the evenings?
A: Bars downtown close start closing around 1:30 and most cabs will be hanging out till 2-2:30 picking up those in need of a ride. Depending on the time of year, summer is a busier time so most cabs will be in full operation well up to 2:30. Give a call to the numerous cabs if you need a ride later than that. There are a few that brave the night to help out those in need.
Q: RV Parking while shopping downtown?
A: At the Corner of Gill and N Cache stree, The Home Ranch lot, and the Intermediate School area on Cache St. If you are Staying at the Virginian RV Park, you can walk in the summer and in the Winter, depending on how cold it is. It is about a mile walk to downtown.