With easy access to two national parks and three ski resorts, Jackson Hole is a snowshoeing paradise, regardless of your experience level. From flat, family nature walks to epic backcountry adventures and everything in-between, you’ll be hard-pressed to come up with an excuse not to strap on a pair of snowshoes and do some exploring.
Here’s a list of my top picks for snowshoeing in and near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Snake River Dike
Along Highway 22 between the towns of Jackson and Wilson (on the way to Teton Village), there is a nice recreational path along the scenic Snake River that offers beautiful forest and river views as well as ample wildlife such as moose, deer, and a variety of birds.
Although this path is mainly intended for people walking, jogging, and cycling, it provides a flat, easy spot for snowshoeing and is perfect for beginners and families with young children. There is a parking area near the bridge. Or, you can simply park in any of the retail lots nearby.
Afterward snowshoeing, head out Moose-Wilson Road to Roadhouse Brewing for a pint and an app, or continue on highway 22 to Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson to warm up by a pot-belly stove with a hearty portion of their award-winning Huevos Rancheros.
Antelope Flats and Mormon Row
In the summer, Antelope Flats Road is a scenic drive along the Gros Ventre River that takes you out to historic Mormon Row, a ghost town-like area of abandoned homesteads and barns. In the winter, this road is often closed because it’s piled high with snow—perfect for snowshoeing!
Take Highway 26 north out of Jackson Hole and turn right on Gros Venture Road. You’ll get a view of the nearby elk refuge, and also be sure to keep an eye out for moose, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, eagles, and swans. Drive until you pass the town of Kelly, Wyoming.
You can park in Kelly, or, if the road is still open, look for the parking area at the flats. Don’t forget your phone or camera! There’s not much in the way of bars and restaurants way out here so pulling off along the river on your way back for a tailgate picnic is your best bet.
As an alternative, you’ll pass the Bunnery Bakery and Restaurant on your way out of town. This restaurant has a nice selection of homemade, all-natural soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweets that can be packed up to go. Or, check out the Snake River Brewery back in town to refuel with an après-snowshoe beer flight and a juicy burger or the sausage sampler.
Grand Teton National Park
Just 15 minutes past Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is an entrance to the majestic Grand Teton National Park where you’ll find snowshoe-ready trails and hikes. Try the popular Jenny Lake and Swan Lake trails for an easy, scenic trek and the Taggart Lake trail if you are looking for a good climb.
After working up an appetite in Jackson Hole’s natural playground, swing by the Mangy Moose in Teton Village for a heaping pile of nachos and live music.
Autumn Snowshoeing at Taggart Lake, Wyoming
This mountain road crosses the Continental Divide providing spectacular views of Jackson Hole Valley and beyond. A quick 30-minute drive from Jackson will get you to the top of the pass. At the top, you’ll see plenty of trailheads and plowed pull-off areas along the way. This area is typically a popular spot for snowmobiling and backcountry skiing. However, there’s no reason you can’t take advantage of all that powder on snowshoes, too!
Expect these trails to be a little more on the steep and deep side. So, always be sure to check weather and avalanche conditions and safety basics before attempting any backcountry hike.
Swing by the Togwotee Mountain Lodge, originally established as a place to feed crews breaking ground on the first road over the pass. The lodge has two restaurants on-site and also offers a boxed lunch service if you prefer to eat on the trail.
Now that you know all the best places for snowshoeing near Jackson Hole, here are a few tips for a successful journey on and off the trail.
- With more than 400 inches of annual snowfall, you’ll want to make sure you use snowshoes have the snowshoe features for deep snow. You may even possibly want a size larger than you would normally wear to handle all that powder.
- Adjustable trekking poles (like these), sunscreen, breathable layers, snacks, and an ample water supply are advised, even for seemingly quick, easy jaunts.
- Keep your phone or camera handy for wildlife sightings, but always maintain a safe distance (especially from the moose).
- Remember that national parks and forests are meant to be pristine conservation areas. Always check domestic animal policy. Also, be sure that Leave No Trace policies are strictly enforced.
- Many of these trails are popular with cross-country skiers, so play nice and stay off of their tracks. Follow snowshoe etiquette, and always snowshoe parallel to ski tracks or break your own trail.
For more information on Jackson Hole, visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
What are your favorite snowshoeing areas near Jackson Hole, WY? Have you been or would you go to any of the areas above? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
This article was originally published on March 18, 2014. It was updated to include current information on February 4, 2021.
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