Hotel at a Glance: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Togwotee Mountain Lodge takes its name from a Native American term that can be translated as "from here you can go anywhere." The lodge started in 1923 as a camp for travelers heading towards Grand Teton National Park (16 miles) and Yellowstone National Park (49 miles). Today it serves as a hub for mountain biking and horseback riding, with many excursions organized by the resort. And to honor its scenic surroundings, the resort makes a commitment to environmental protection by taking part in the Green Thread program.
- Room Types: Cabins come with a private porch, free WiFi, kitchenette with mini-fridge, stovetop, microwave, separate living room, and dining area. The Lodges have a rustic wildlife motif, free WiFi, and flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
- Western dining: Sustainable seafood, local steaks, and seasonal produce compose the dishes at the Grizzly Grill. You can also grab one of 12 draft beers at the Red Fox Saloon, including many regional selections.
- Explore local rivers on floating trips and whitewater rafting excursions.
- Rodeo Watch cowboy culture at its best at the Jackson Rodeo on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
- Distance to Jackson: about 45-minutes south
Moran, Wyoming: Rafting, Hiking, and Snowmobiling near Jackson Hole
Once no more than two homesteads and a toll bridge, Moran, Wyoming is situated on the northeast corner of Jackson Hole, amid the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Located next to the Snake River amid the lush area that is now Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Moran drew early settlers looking to make a living by outfitting travelers and offering them a place to stay. Its contemporary inhabitants do much of the same, though the activities have become a bit livelier—the high-altitude zone is a paradise for snowmobiling, while summertime visitors take to the mountain for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
About 30 miles southwest lies Jackson, perhaps the only place on earth where you can see cowboys, rock climbers, and Hollywood starlets on the same block. The former frontier outpost draws visitors of all stripes with its special blend of Wild West ambiance and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Old-fashioned saloons and high-end galleries line the town square, but up in the Grand Tetons, you’ll find nothing but wilderness.
Though summer and winter are Jackson’s high seasons, you’ll encounter lighter crowds in spring and spectacular foliage in the fall. As the snow begins to melt in May, the rivers swell with rapids. There are about a dozen rafting outfitters in Jackson that run whitewater trips on the Snake River and scenic floats on a calmer stretch upstream, where you might see eagles, moose, and buffalo.