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Guidebook for Jackson

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Guidebook for Jackson

Food Scene
Outdoor seating and great Broadway people watching in a bustling coffee and breakfast cafe.
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Persephone Bakery
145 East Broadway
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Outdoor seating and great Broadway people watching in a bustling coffee and breakfast cafe.
Sit outside and watch Fish Creek go by. This bagel shop has a beautiful view and is a great spot outside Jackson on the "Westbank". The line is busy but once you are outside in the yard you can read the paper and take your time.
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Pearl Street Bagels
1230 Ida Drive
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Sit outside and watch Fish Creek go by. This bagel shop has a beautiful view and is a great spot outside Jackson on the "Westbank". The line is busy but once you are outside in the yard you can read the paper and take your time.
Low key, more "Tex" than authentic Mex, offers healthy options to please everyone in the group.
Pica's Mexican Taqueria
1160 Alpine Lane
Low key, more "Tex" than authentic Mex, offers healthy options to please everyone in the group.
Great food with indoor and rear patio seating. Casual spot will satisfy you after an amazing hike or day at the lake.
Patio Grill | Authentic Mexican Restaurant
35 W Pine St
Great food with indoor and rear patio seating. Casual spot will satisfy you after an amazing hike or day at the lake.
Excellent food owned by Four Seasons former chef. Hit this spot once and you will be craving it throughout your stay. A true locals spot. Outside picnic dining or enjoy adult beverages from the adjacent legendary StageCoach Bar. Sundays enjoy live music.
Streetfood @ The Stagecoach
5755 Teton Pass Hwy
Excellent food owned by Four Seasons former chef. Hit this spot once and you will be craving it throughout your stay. A true locals spot. Outside picnic dining or enjoy adult beverages from the adjacent legendary StageCoach Bar. Sundays enjoy live music.
Eat a gigantic burger at an iconic old rail stop on Victor's Main Street in Idaho.
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The Brakeman American Grill
27 N Main
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Eat a gigantic burger at an iconic old rail stop on Victor's Main Street in Idaho.
Locals favorite. Tiny restaurant. Sunday has a prix fixe course menu. Reservations needed. Near Palisade Lake and FREE CAMPING. http://oldyellowstonegarage.com/locations/
Old Yellowstone Garage Restaurant & Catering Alpine
115676 US-89
Locals favorite. Tiny restaurant. Sunday has a prix fixe course menu. Reservations needed. Near Palisade Lake and FREE CAMPING. http://oldyellowstonegarage.com/locations/
If you need a homestyle meal the Virg is an institution. Lines form on weekends but once you sit down the old time super basic diner style grub will be a welcome treat. Super local spot.
The Virginian Restaurant
10 N Main St
If you need a homestyle meal the Virg is an institution. Lines form on weekends but once you sit down the old time super basic diner style grub will be a welcome treat. Super local spot.
Amazing breakfast in Wilson. Prepare to wait on weekends but you may be lucky to post up at the counter. Eggs with Chorizo and Avocado, need I say more.
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Nora's Fish Creek Inn
5600 Wyoming 22
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Amazing breakfast in Wilson. Prepare to wait on weekends but you may be lucky to post up at the counter. Eggs with Chorizo and Avocado, need I say more.
Tiny breakfast burrito shop on Glenwood. D.o.g.= Down on Glenwood.
D.O.G.
25 South Glenwood Street
Tiny breakfast burrito shop on Glenwood. D.o.g.= Down on Glenwood.
Awesome reasonably priced value for great food. Nice place to lounge for awhile to check email. Quiet in between meal place to lounge. Can get very busy when tour busses arrive.
E.Leaven Food Co.
175 Center St
Awesome reasonably priced value for great food. Nice place to lounge for awhile to check email. Quiet in between meal place to lounge. Can get very busy when tour busses arrive.
Great thai food. Best pad thai in town. Has shrimp chicken and tofu. (Best pad thai not in town is Teton Thai in the village.)
Bon Appe Thai
245 West Pearl Avenue
Great thai food. Best pad thai in town. Has shrimp chicken and tofu. (Best pad thai not in town is Teton Thai in the village.)
Great Bbq. If its good enough for Kanye, well then. So popular in Idaho they made a 2nd location in jh on pearl street. Awesome fish tacos, get them "loaded".
Big Hole BBQ
325 W Pearl Ave
Great Bbq. If its good enough for Kanye, well then. So popular in Idaho they made a 2nd location in jh on pearl street. Awesome fish tacos, get them "loaded".
Pizza crafted custom and lots of bev choices.
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Tatanka Tavern
18 N Main St
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Pizza crafted custom and lots of bev choices.
Parks & Nature
The best view of the Tetons just outside the gates of GTNP. Breakfast at the Chuckwagon is basic but offers an outdoor view. Stock up on lunch basics and if you forgot any outdoor or hiking gear stop in Moosely Seconds.
Spur Bar
12170 Dornans Rd
The best view of the Tetons just outside the gates of GTNP. Breakfast at the Chuckwagon is basic but offers an outdoor view. Stock up on lunch basics and if you forgot any outdoor or hiking gear stop in Moosely Seconds.
Hike to Phelps Lake overlook then wind down and veer left to hit the Phelps Lake "jumping rock" of Instagram fame.
Phelps Lake Overlook
Hike to Phelps Lake overlook then wind down and veer left to hit the Phelps Lake "jumping rock" of Instagram fame.
Less visited than the national parks this area allows easiest access to alpine level trails. Spectacular wildflowers, alpine lakes, rivers for flyfishing.
Pinedale
Less visited than the national parks this area allows easiest access to alpine level trails. Spectacular wildflowers, alpine lakes, rivers for flyfishing.
Near, but outside, entrance to visit West Yellowstone for a loop around YEllowstone Park. Quieter area than soe of the national park campgrounds.
Warm River Campground Road
Near, but outside, entrance to visit West Yellowstone for a loop around YEllowstone Park. Quieter area than soe of the national park campgrounds.
Swimming area inside Yellowstone National Park.
Firehole River
Swimming area inside Yellowstone National Park.
Ski Resort with the iconic JHMR "Tram". Hike 4 hours (or more, it's steep) to access the Jackson Hole Tram. up hikers get a free ride down. Alternatively, you can hike 2-2.5 hours up to the Gondola which has its own stunning view and a nice patio deck for a beer at PISTE cafe.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
3395 Cody Lane
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Ski Resort with the iconic JHMR "Tram". Hike 4 hours (or more, it's steep) to access the Jackson Hole Tram. up hikers get a free ride down. Alternatively, you can hike 2-2.5 hours up to the Gondola which has its own stunning view and a nice patio deck for a beer at PISTE cafe.
Flyfish outside Yellowstone National Park at Harriman State Park.
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Harriman State Park
3489 Green Canyon Rd
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Flyfish outside Yellowstone National Park at Harriman State Park.
Swim and SUP in crystal clear cotton candy blue waters with white sand bottom. They call it the "carribean." Lots of pay and free camping nearby.
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Bear Lake State Park
940 North Bear Lake Boulevard
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Swim and SUP in crystal clear cotton candy blue waters with white sand bottom. They call it the "carribean." Lots of pay and free camping nearby.
Dsicovered as a fly fishing spot but out of the fray of Yellowstone. Ennis is an up and coming destination in the wild grasslands of Montana.
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Ennis
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Dsicovered as a fly fishing spot but out of the fray of Yellowstone. Ennis is an up and coming destination in the wild grasslands of Montana.
Plan a 1-2 stop to refresh at Signal Mtn. Jump in the lake or pay to shower in facilities that do ot require camping to use. Have your quarters ready to keep the hot water flowing. Check wifi at the Signal Mtn Store and go in to purchase craft beer, lattes, and high quality prepared foods. If you are too tired to cook this is a great spot. Better yet, mosey into Signal Mtn Lodge Bar and have a seat for NACHOS and a MARG. If you have an essential sports NBA/NFL game that is a not-miss chances are it will be on in Signal's Bar. PLUS CAMPING NEARBY BOTH FREEEE & PAY
Signal Mountain Lodge
Plan a 1-2 stop to refresh at Signal Mtn. Jump in the lake or pay to shower in facilities that do ot require camping to use. Have your quarters ready to keep the hot water flowing. Check wifi at the Signal Mtn Store and go in to purchase craft beer, lattes, and high quality prepared foods. If you are too tired to cook this is a great spot. Better yet, mosey into Signal Mtn Lodge Bar and have a seat for NACHOS and a MARG. If you have an essential sports NBA/NFL game that is a not-miss chances are it will be on in Signal's Bar. PLUS CAMPING NEARBY BOTH FREEEE & PAY
Mountain Bike & Camp for FREE at Shadow Mountain. Some of the best views of the Teton Range are your backdrop for a cozy camp in the Honda Element. Star gazing and nature at its best. Greay jumping off point for your early out park expedition as it's on the road juncture to either enter GTNP or go North to YEllowstone by way of Moran.
Shadow Mountain
Mountain Bike & Camp for FREE at Shadow Mountain. Some of the best views of the Teton Range are your backdrop for a cozy camp in the Honda Element. Star gazing and nature at its best. Greay jumping off point for your early out park expedition as it's on the road juncture to either enter GTNP or go North to YEllowstone by way of Moran.
The view! Wow
Jackson Lake
The view! Wow
Great spot to park for a few hours and relax. Walk 10 minutes north to main hub of JH without being in the hectic zone of NO PARKING on Jackson's Main Streets. If it is Wednesday park on street and enjoy outdoor food and vending at the People's Market. Shady spots to rest at the Bouler park next the ball field. Yes, there is free climbing/bouldering and next to Snow Kings Coaster and Mini Golf.
Teton Boulder Park
100 E Snow King Ave
Great spot to park for a few hours and relax. Walk 10 minutes north to main hub of JH without being in the hectic zone of NO PARKING on Jackson's Main Streets. If it is Wednesday park on street and enjoy outdoor food and vending at the People's Market. Shady spots to rest at the Bouler park next the ball field. Yes, there is free climbing/bouldering and next to Snow Kings Coaster and Mini Golf.
Great website for trip planning and camping ideas. https://www.tripsavvy.com/lodging-and-camping-near-yellowstone-1609331 SPOTS WITHIN YELLOWSTONE ARE RESERVED MONTHS & YEARS IN ADVANCE. We suggest 3-5 days to visit Yellowstone. The Element will save you time. Look at mileage and coordinate your day to exit the park, you'll have more options, see more of the area, and have access to additional amenities.
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Yellowstone National Park
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Great website for trip planning and camping ideas. https://www.tripsavvy.com/lodging-and-camping-near-yellowstone-1609331 SPOTS WITHIN YELLOWSTONE ARE RESERVED MONTHS & YEARS IN ADVANCE. We suggest 3-5 days to visit Yellowstone. The Element will save you time. Look at mileage and coordinate your day to exit the park, you'll have more options, see more of the area, and have access to additional amenities.
One of best Free Camping Options adjacent to GTNP and near Yellowstone. https://freecampsites.net/#!(43.38908,+-110.60074) Plan to drive for 30-45 minutes. Go slow, watch for animals, Bison sometimes walk through camp. Fires OUT. Food secured. Keep our area wild and access to camping free :) https://rootsrated.com/jackson-hole-wy/backpacking-camping/shadow-mountain
Shadow Mountain Road
One of best Free Camping Options adjacent to GTNP and near Yellowstone. https://freecampsites.net/#!(43.38908,+-110.60074) Plan to drive for 30-45 minutes. Go slow, watch for animals, Bison sometimes walk through camp. Fires OUT. Food secured. Keep our area wild and access to camping free :) https://rootsrated.com/jackson-hole-wy/backpacking-camping/shadow-mountain
SWIM / LOUNGE / ESCAPE /BIKE : Escape the congested areas to soak in a pool/springs Granite. It is comfortable in summer more like a pool than a warm springs. Hours can vary call ahead. Absolutely do not park inside granite gate after 6pm closing. We have been locked in and had to spend the night. Huge bummer! Plenty of FREE camping in national forest. The road to granite is SLOW. 30 miles south of Jackson but takes about an hour and a half to get to the springs. The turn off is ABRUPT on the left in Hoback canyon (on the way towards Pinedale after Camp Creek cabins) Address: Granite Creek Rd, Jackson, WY 83001 Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 6PM CALL AHEAD HOURS VARY Phone: (307) 690-6323
Granite Hot Springs Pool
SWIM / LOUNGE / ESCAPE /BIKE : Escape the congested areas to soak in a pool/springs Granite. It is comfortable in summer more like a pool than a warm springs. Hours can vary call ahead. Absolutely do not park inside granite gate after 6pm closing. We have been locked in and had to spend the night. Huge bummer! Plenty of FREE camping in national forest. The road to granite is SLOW. 30 miles south of Jackson but takes about an hour and a half to get to the springs. The turn off is ABRUPT on the left in Hoback canyon (on the way towards Pinedale after Camp Creek cabins) Address: Granite Creek Rd, Jackson, WY 83001 Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 6PM CALL AHEAD HOURS VARY Phone: (307) 690-6323
Drinks & Nightlife
Some of the best beer in the US in a lakeside setting. Play pool. have a taste and fill up a growler to take to your camp. Melvin has won many Great American Beer Festival GOLD medals.
Melvin Brewing Alpine Taproom
624 Co Rd 101
Some of the best beer in the US in a lakeside setting. Play pool. have a taste and fill up a growler to take to your camp. Melvin has won many Great American Beer Festival GOLD medals.
Don't sit down, hang out in the bar seating for a low key menu. Look at the light, the color indicates the curry of the day , red, yellow, green special priced. Wings are killer. Shishito peppers great. Beer is even better. Jackson home to Melvin Brewing GABF winner.
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Thai Me Up
75 East Pearl Avenue
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Don't sit down, hang out in the bar seating for a low key menu. Look at the light, the color indicates the curry of the day , red, yellow, green special priced. Wings are killer. Shishito peppers great. Beer is even better. Jackson home to Melvin Brewing GABF winner.
Pizza place and bar. Late night favorite. 20-30s crowd but worth it to enjoy slices.icals eat it with a tall boy. Ask about "shake a day".
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Pinky G's Pizzeria
50 West Broadway
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Pizza place and bar. Late night favorite. 20-30s crowd but worth it to enjoy slices.icals eat it with a tall boy. Ask about "shake a day".
Entertainment & Activities
Bike, hike, play frisbee disc golf and recreate at Targhee ski area. A very mellow mom-n-pop style resort. PLUS ...FREE CAMPING adjacent in nearby Teton Canyon. Places for lunch and live music at the Trap Bar. Home to several summer festivals.
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Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
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Bike, hike, play frisbee disc golf and recreate at Targhee ski area. A very mellow mom-n-pop style resort. PLUS ...FREE CAMPING adjacent in nearby Teton Canyon. Places for lunch and live music at the Trap Bar. Home to several summer festivals.
$5 donation for amazing live music in a little park. Crowds gather for delicious food truck offerings. Bring a lawn chair and some cash.
Teton Valley Foundation
217 S Main St
$5 donation for amazing live music in a little park. Crowds gather for delicious food truck offerings. Bring a lawn chair and some cash.
Mountain (Roller)coaster and mini golf.
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Snow King Mountain Resort
402 East Snow King Avenue
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Mountain (Roller)coaster and mini golf.
Bowling in a fancy sportsbar.
Hole Bowl
980 W Broadway
Bowling in a fancy sportsbar.
Golf. Ask about twilight rates. RV PARK. or, free camp near Grays River in Alpine.
Star Valley Ranch RV Park
3510 Muddy String Co Rd 117
Golf. Ask about twilight rates. RV PARK. or, free camp near Grays River in Alpine.
Yellowstone Swimming Holes #2: Boiling River Hot Springs The second thermally heated area legal for swimming is the Boiling River. Thermal waters believed to originate from Mammoth Hot Springs pour into the river from the bank at 120-140°F (49-60°C). Stones are stacked in the Gardiner River to create pools. Here cold river water mixes with the hot thermal water making a perfect environment for your soaking pleasures. How to get here: Between Gardiner and Mammoth. Enter North Entrance and head south. In 2.9 miles (4.6 km) you will find parking areas on both sides of the road. Don’t be surprised if the parking is full. Possibly you'll park down the street. Walk 1/2 mile down dirt.
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Boiling River
North Entrance Road
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Yellowstone Swimming Holes #2: Boiling River Hot Springs The second thermally heated area legal for swimming is the Boiling River. Thermal waters believed to originate from Mammoth Hot Springs pour into the river from the bank at 120-140°F (49-60°C). Stones are stacked in the Gardiner River to create pools. Here cold river water mixes with the hot thermal water making a perfect environment for your soaking pleasures. How to get here: Between Gardiner and Mammoth. Enter North Entrance and head south. In 2.9 miles (4.6 km) you will find parking areas on both sides of the road. Don’t be surprised if the parking is full. Possibly you'll park down the street. Walk 1/2 mile down dirt.
Shopping
Great deals abound at the Patagonia outlet in Dillon, MT. Often 40% off sales. A great place to stock up on gear! If you are looking for Patagonia samples Moosely in Moose, WY is another great spot.
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Patagonia Outlet: Open for Curbside Pickup
16 S Idaho St
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Great deals abound at the Patagonia outlet in Dillon, MT. Often 40% off sales. A great place to stock up on gear! If you are looking for Patagonia samples Moosely in Moose, WY is another great spot.
Deals abound at Luckys. Butchery, grocery and healthy food at a Colorado based chain. Great spot to pick up prepared foods, smoothies, coffee and more. Easier on the wallet than Whole Grocer.
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Lucky's Market
974 W Broadway
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Deals abound at Luckys. Butchery, grocery and healthy food at a Colorado based chain. Great spot to pick up prepared foods, smoothies, coffee and more. Easier on the wallet than Whole Grocer.
If you forgot a silly item chances are the Dollar store has it.
Dollar Tree
If you forgot a silly item chances are the Dollar store has it.
Jh inspired goods. Quality, appealing styles similar to Patagonia or Prana, yes really.
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Stio Mountain Studio®
10 E Broadway
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Jh inspired goods. Quality, appealing styles similar to Patagonia or Prana, yes really.
Great outdoor shop with shoe and apparel selection.
Skinny Skis
65 West Deloney Avenue
Great outdoor shop with shoe and apparel selection.
Essentials
Feeling dusty but want a fancy night out dining. Need to get ready? The Rec Center is your spot! Take swim, steam, and shower up for your next adventure. The Rec center is open during daytime hours and is a cost-effective spot to freshen up.
Teton County Recreation Center
155 East Gill Avenue
Feeling dusty but want a fancy night out dining. Need to get ready? The Rec Center is your spot! Take swim, steam, and shower up for your next adventure. The Rec center is open during daytime hours and is a cost-effective spot to freshen up.
Additional lodging and FREE CAMPING options off HWY 20. Know that these spaces fill up or you may be near other campers. It's a must to take extra time to safely park the Element in approved free camping. More Tips: https://freecampsites.net/#!West%20Yellowstone,%20Montana&research=1
West Entrance
Additional lodging and FREE CAMPING options off HWY 20. Know that these spaces fill up or you may be near other campers. It's a must to take extra time to safely park the Element in approved free camping. More Tips: https://freecampsites.net/#!West%20Yellowstone,%20Montana&research=1
Sightseeing
Gorgeous Lake. Head North of String and hike along beautiful shoreline to your own little beach. Or rent our SUPS and paddle both Leigh and String Lake.
Leigh Lake
Gorgeous Lake. Head North of String and hike along beautiful shoreline to your own little beach. Or rent our SUPS and paddle both Leigh and String Lake.
Home of the square ice cream cone.
Rainey Creek Road
Home of the square ice cream cone.
Pull of to park and take a nice bike ride just outside the GTNP inner entrance and just West of the Moose Visitor center. They are called Moose Ponds for a reason. Dusk and Dawn is best to see moose sipping and wading.
Moose Wilson Road
Pull of to park and take a nice bike ride just outside the GTNP inner entrance and just West of the Moose Visitor center. They are called Moose Ponds for a reason. Dusk and Dawn is best to see moose sipping and wading.
https://www.tripsavvy.com/yellowstone-money-tips-460091 The vistor's center is a must visit to orient yourself. If you are using the Element to go to trailheads to permitted sites and backpack in the park you can inquire about open sites on the day of at the Backcountry Desk. GO EARLY. Sites will fill and lines form. These are for hike in sites. There is one drive in PERMIT SITE SPAULDING BAY at JACKSON LAKE. This site fills FAST.
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
1 Teton Park Rd
https://www.tripsavvy.com/yellowstone-money-tips-460091 The vistor's center is a must visit to orient yourself. If you are using the Element to go to trailheads to permitted sites and backpack in the park you can inquire about open sites on the day of at the Backcountry Desk. GO EARLY. Sites will fill and lines form. These are for hike in sites. There is one drive in PERMIT SITE SPAULDING BAY at JACKSON LAKE. This site fills FAST.