Jackson Hole, WY was one of the places my family and I visited before I went off to college. We did an entire west coast road trip, and this was one of my favorite spots! Since I moved to Salt Lake City, I couldn’t wait to go back. Two of my friends from work wanted to visit as well, so we road tripped for the weekend and it was so fun to be back!
Jackson Hole is a 5 hour drive from Salt Lake, so we started driving around 6am Saturday Morning. It was worth the early wake up call to get there by noon and check into our hotel before adventuring at the ski resort! We stayed at the Snow King Lodge in Jackson Hole, a beautiful hotel right up against the mountains.
We drove to the ski resort about 20 miles out of town, and we took the big ski gondola up to the top of the mountain. We were at around 10,000 ft of elevation at the top, and you could definitely feel the thin air. We were happy we decided to ride to the top and hike down instead of the other way around 🙂 The views from the top were so beautiful! You were surrounded by mountains and you could see Grand Teton National Park from there. We rode a smaller gondola down after our hike and had lunch at the bottom of the mountain. It was fun to revisit the same spots my family had been just 6 years earlier!
Next we visited Grand Teton National Park. We didn’t have time for a full hike, but we swam in Jenny Lake, one of the most popular lakes in the Park! The views were spectacular and the water felt so fresh and clean. We came close to a bear on the hiking trail to the lake, but thank goodness someone warned us before and we quickly turned around.
When we got back to town we had dinner and drinks at Melvin Brewery. We made sure to pick up some Utah beer to bring back to our Husbands!
We explored downtown Jackson on Sunday and grabbed brunch at the Genevieve Cafe, it was so cute! The downtown has a western feel and is touristy. We did some shopping before checking out of our hotel and heading to our white water rafting adventure. We went rafting on the snake river with Dave Hansen Rafting Company and it was a blast! We got to meet so many people from all over the country who were vacationing in Jackson and the experience was so fun. After a few hours on the water, we made the trip back to Salt Lake on Sunday evening.
I can’t wait to go back to Wyoming and spend more time in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks next summer!