When you think about the Last of the Old West, images of run-down saloons and broken wagon wheels might materialize in your imagination. Maybe an outlaw or two, or a few horses tied to a buckrail. Take one look at Jackson Hole’s “Welcome” sign, and there’s no denying that this ‘ol mountain town’s still got a yee-haw or two in its back pocket… even as it tops travel lists, and burgeons into a hugely popular, progressive ski destination with significant art and restaurant scenes.
“Jackson sucks; tell your friends,” chime the locals over a glass of whiskey, still protective of that understated dude-ranch vibe that lends Jackson Hole so much of its charm. With a population of about 20,000 people in the valley, it remains fairly secluded -- it's expensive to fly to in the summer and sometimes impossible to get to in the winter. Still, there’s simply no better gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Tourists abound, and for God's sake, Kanye West just recorded his last album here. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but us Jacksonites can’t keep Jackson Hole all to ourselves any more.
So I feel no guilt in publicly announcing that Jackson does, in fact, NOT suck, and I willfully accept my exile if my fellow locals see it fit. As for you, dear visitor, lend me your ear while I point you to the best restaurants, bars, hotels, outdoor adventures, and things to do while you’re in Jackson Hole.