Mar 142013

Why is Jackson commonly called Jackson Hole?  Fur trappers living in Jackson, coined the term “hole” which describes the entire valley ringed by mountains.
Ranching in Jackson wasn’t very prosperous, so settlers served as guides and packers for hunting to supplement their incomes.  Others realized that dudes winter better than cows and began operating dude ranches.

TheYellowstone & Rodeo 001 copy Grand Teton mountain range is a National Park that we enjoy visiting often.  We couldn’t think of a more memorable way of celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, than in this gorgeous area.  It takes about 5 hours to drive from our home in Salt Lake City.  Another favorite National Park, Yellowstone is only 50 miles from Jackson, WY.

Bronc Riding RodeoChildren grow up competing in rodeo events and watching youngsters ride bulls and wild horses is exciting to watch.  Our special favorite is the mutton busting.  Children around the ages of 5 through 8 years old ride on lambs that try to buck them off.  The little riders hang on so tight that some won’t let go even if they have slipped  and are riding underneath the lamb. Our grandsons earned mutton busting trophies, among their many accomplishments.

jenny lakeJenny Lake is fed by the Teton mountain’s glaciers and the crystal clear lake seems bottomless.  Boat shuttles will take you to the Cascade Canyon Trailhead to enjoy the hike up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Walking along the many trails around the lake is a peaceful way to take more pictures of nature like snakes and other wild things.  The lodge was originally a dude ranch and some of the cabins are from the 1920’s.

Bar J group copyThe Bar J Wranglers have a western bar-b-que and entertainment dinner show that is a highlight of our Wyoming western experience. The working ranch has been in the family for generations. It’s also a perfect reason to wear our cowboy outfits and hats. We may have been born n’ raised in Wisconsin, but when “out west” we have to dress the part.
Also, don’t miss riding in a covered wagon. It’s the cowboy way!

50th Anniversary Trip to Jackson, WY 034 copyBar J wagon copy

Visiting all the 59 National Parks is on our bucket list, but some places deserve a visit more than once.

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  14 Responses to “Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming”

  1. Thanks for the info – I had someone ask me why I called Jackson Hole as “Jackson” – I could have referred her to this post!

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  3. thanks for the explanation and history, also for linking up today Neva

  4. Happy 50th Anniversary! That’s awesome. The Tetons and Yellowstone are so beautiful. I’ve been to both, but really haven’t spent time in Jackson. Would love to do that sometime and check out Bar J Wranglers.

    • Now you know when to say Jackson Hole or just say Jackson (kidding). The Bar J Wranglers entertain at their ranch 7 days a week during the summer. They are very family oriented and a treat to see.

  5. Great pictures!! Happy anniversary!

  6. This is MY kind of place!!! Love the traditions and how the kids get involved! I want to go here.

    • We love returning for the western traditions that involve the kids. It’s such a relaxing place even though it’s a favorite tourist spot.

  7. Great pictures. What a beautiful area. I did not know the story behind the name. I love the covered wagon rides.

    • It is a fun place to take a covered wagon ride up in the mountains. The barbecue chuck wagon meal is worth returning for again.

  8. Oh cool! This looks like an awesome place to visit.

    • It is a place that’s worth returning to often. We love this area for it’s mountains and western atmosphere.

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