Vanlife Log, day 22.  On the road to Jackson WY!  We had been winding in and out of the states of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming for hours.  We laughed as road signs continually welcomed us into the states.  “Oh, hey, we are in Idaho again”.

Jackson Hole WY vs Jackson WY

It’s all Jackson Hole.  Jackson Hole refers to a 48-mile long valley surrounded by mountain peaks,  and includes the towns of Jackson, Kelly, Moose, Moran, Wilson, and Teton Village.  Here is a good source for a bit more history here.

Baby finally fell asleep as we came into Jackson.  We drove around to take in the town.  Site seeing, and people watching to determine where a good place may be to set up camp for a couple days.  

Baby kisses Town Moose Jackson, WY
The town of Jackson provides quite a few opportunities to capture memorable photos with preserved wildlife.  

There are a couple large stuffed animals throughout the town, like the moose above.  As well as a huge bear in one of the shops, and multiple arches built of Elk Antlers.  This particular archway leads to the Town Square park in the center of town.

Mom and baby under antler arch Jackson, WY
There are 4 Archways throughout Jackson, built of Antlers shed by local male Elk (bulls).  It’s estimated that 7,500 Elk spend winters on the National Elk Refuge, where they shed there Antlers in the spring time.

Eat in Jackson WY

Hatch Taqueria and Tequila

120 W Broadway Ave, Jackson

Taco Tuesdays, $3 for all tacos. Street taco style on house made corn tortillas. The Yellow Fin Tuna with lemon aioli, was unreal delicious. Insanely fresh with a melt-in-your-mouth butter taste.

Sleep in Jackson WY

*pet friendly  *AAA discounts  *laundry 

Four sister properties make up The Town Square Inns.  They sit in the middle of town, with views of Jackson’s smaller ski hill, Snow King Mountain. We took a peak at two of these properties, The Antler Inn and The Cowboy village Resort.  The Cowboy Village was booked, so we stayed at The Antler Inn.

Town square Inns brochure Jackson, WY
The Cowboy Village has free standing cabins for around $100 – $140/ night  They are very nice inside, and have cool fireplaces.

The Antler Inn has some rooms with fireplaces, but the Log Cabin looking rooms with 2 double beds are cheaper at $80/ night.  The front desk offers complementary coffee and cookies.

Snow in Jackson WY

Snow King Mountain Resort
402 E Snow King Ave, Jackson 


For a calmer snow experience, at 1/3 of the price as the popular Jackson Hole Mountain, there is Snow King Mountain.  Located right in the town of Jackson, it offers a mild 3 lifts.  

The top of the Summit Chair Lift is a good spot for a photo opportunity.  There is a little cabin hut with a deck, and a view of all the mountains.


Snow King Mountain can easily be fully explored with a half day pass.  The runs range from steep and mogul-y, trees, and groomed catwalks.  

Kid Friendly Fun

A playscape sits at the base of the mountain, near the Summit and Cougar chair lifts.  They also offer tubing, and the Cowboy Coaster.


Snow King Mountain Jackson, WY

Ticket Prices

$55 Lift Full Day 10-4pm
$45 Lift Half Day 1-4pm
$30 Lift Night Riding Tuesday – Sat 4-7pm
$20 Driver/ $10 passenger Cowboy Coaster
$10 Tubing (Magic Carpet)


Jackson, WY Vibe 

Pet Friendly
Family Friendly
People Friendly
Walking Distance Friendly
Hunter Friendly
Snowboard Friendly

Have you been to Jackson, WY?  Where did you stay? What did you do?

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