Announcing The New Paddles and Saddles Package


Name: Paddles & Saddles
Start Date: weather dependent 5/15
End Date: weather dependent 10/1
Price: Starting at $105 per adult

Description: Our Paddles and Saddles program offers a combined horseback ride, rafting trip and lunch at the Granary for a full day of excitement.

Includes: Guided horseback ride atop the East Gros Ventre Butte
- Your choice of classic whitewater, 8-man adventure whitewater or scenic float trip
- Lunch at the Granary
- View full details and book trips here.

Restrictions: All ages welcomed for the horseback ride, must be 6 and over for the whitewater and 3 and over for the scenic float.

12.12.12: One Day In Jackson Hole

“In partnership with One Day on Earth: 12.12.12 the Wildlife Film Festival will launch a tandem One Day in Jackson Hole project. Working with classrooms, nonprofits, special-interest clubs and a broad spectrum of interested individuals, we will document our Valley in an unprecedented 24-hour community effort. Each of the novice and professional filmmakers participating will do so with one purpose in mind: to share a unique story with the world.” -Learn more HERE.

Jackson Hole Featured in New York Times 46 Places to Go in 2013

With new direct flight offerings, there is no excuse not to put Jackson Hole on your list of extraordinary places to visit this year.New York Times 46 places to go in 2013 As featured in the New York Times, Jackson Hole is the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, offering all the amenities of a flourishing resort town set against the unique Western backdrop of rugged mountains and untamed wildlife. It’s a picturesque destination that one must experience firsthand to truly appreciate.

Visitors of all ages will appreciate Spring Creek Ranch’s expanded offering of winter wildlife safaris in both neighboring national parks. Whether you travel through Yellowstone on a snow coach or explore the Tetons on snowshoes or cross country skis, adventure-filled days and a host of native wildlife awaits. And while you’re here, don’t forget to leave a few days to explore the endless terrain at legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Powder hounds need look no further as the winter is off to a tremendous start with the famous cowboy powder stacking up. Spring Creek’s Ski Free package will leave you grinning from ear to ear and will quickly turn your visit to Jackson Hole into an annual trip.

Jackson Hole Wintery Weather Watching

Planning a Trip to Jackson, Wyoming? Check These Resources

Jackson Hole Winter Storm

Snow is the basis for participating in the many, fun winter activities that locals and visitors enjoy at this magical time of the year. Whether you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding or wildlife watching, snow and weather has an impact on all these activities.

Jackson Hole locals are already turning into amateur meteorologists and monitoring weather sites and radar watching for signs of winter, like our recent winter storm, and snow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

And we’re starting to see good signs for more snow and a lot of it in high places. Here are some resources to help you monitor the weather and snow and plan for your trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Spring Creek Ranch stay.

Mountain Weather

Get the Jackson Hole Forecast from local meteorologist Jim Woodmencey. “Woody,” as he is known by locals, collects the weather and reports it on his website (by 7:00 a.m.) and on a local radio station KMTN. As a former ski and mountaineering guide, Woody’s forecasts include a decidedly outdoors-person focus with an experienced perspective.

National Weather Service & NOAA Weather Alerts

Serious weather alerts or winter storm warnings are the bane of existence to most people around the country, but a boon (usually) for people in Jackson Hole. Seeing the flashing red weather alert and “SEVERE STORM WARNING” in all caps while potentially dangerous can have beneficial effects such as copious amounts of snow! It’s a good idea to know what to prepare for and how to dress before you head out for your next adventure.

Spring Creek Ranch Weather Cam

Check the weather cam in the sidebar of the Spring Creek Ranch homepage to get a real-time visual of what’s happening and arguably the best view in the Jackson Hole valley, unless, of course, there’s a winter storm blocking the view.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Just miles away from Spring Creek Ranch, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reports often, if not daily, on the state of the resort’s conditions. Here’s some recent chatter that shows how early winter weather events are helping to lay a good foundation for a long winter of skiing and snowboarding.

“We received almost two feet of this heavy snow this weekend, with well over two inches of moisture. Although this type of snow is not what we think of when we think of Jackson Hole powder, it is the perfect type of snow to set up a great base for the season. We have received 97 inched of snow, so far this season and we now have a four-foot base at the upper elevations. All this heavy snow, combined with plenty of wind has helped cover the mountain very well and the upper mountain is looking fantastic.”

Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center

Whether you’re heading out into the Jackson Hole backcountry, or not, the BTNFAC is a good place to check out conditions.

Find a Spring Creek Ranch winter special that’s perfect for your winter trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and keep an eye on the weater! Call today to learn more about winter activities and packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Jackson Hole Museum Brings National Geographic Images

Head Over to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a Real Treat this Fall

NEVADA COWBOY BRIAN MORRIS, 1970, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD, National Geographic Stock.

NEVADA COWBOY BRIAN MORRIS, 1970, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD, National Geographic Stock.


Who doesn’t remember being wide-eyed at outstanding imagery while thumbing through that sacred pile of yellow National Geographic magazines on our parents’ shelves or coffee tables as kids?

To this day, the iconic magazine brings us photos from far-reaching places captured by many of the best photographers in the world, including Jackson-area local, Jimmy Chin.

Starting this weekend, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is bringing the best of the best American West photos from those piles of cherished, yellow magazines to life as an exhibit, National Geographic Greatest Photos of the American West, that will be at the Jackcson Hole ‘museum on the hill’ through the end of April.

If you’re a guest of Spring Creek Ranch, we’ll take you over to the museum that you probably passed on the way from the airport or Grand Teton National Park for a day of wild west culture. You’ll have the Rising Sage Café to look forward to if you’re there during lunchtime and you’re hungry from all the artsy browsing.

About the Exhibit

AMERICAN INDIAN BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER, Oregon, 1997, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD, National Geographic Stock.

AMERICAN INDIAN BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER, Oregon, 1997, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD, National Geographic Stock.

“National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, a collection of iconic Western images gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years, will open in 10 museums across the U.S. on October 27, 2012.

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West represents the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously. The exhibition presents a powerful and nuanced portrait of the West over more than a century, and it’s exciting that the medium of photography allows multiple openings across the country for greater impact in sharing the combined vision of such an important group of photographers.” –National Museum of Wildlife Art

Take in the Beauty in Beautiful Jackson Hole

RODEO, Nebraska, 1998, JOEL SARTORE, National Geographic Stock.

RODEO, Nebraska, 1998, JOEL SARTORE, National Geographic Stock.


You’re in Jackson Hole–This is the American West, at its best! What better a place to see the exhibit than this place, a place that probably inspired a plethora of National Geographic and other famous photographers over the years.

It’s a place where you can see a real-life cowboy washing his rope at the local laundromat and where rodeos really happen on a regular basis (in several locations on several nights). It’s a place that inspires and to be inspired.

Need more of the American West?

Haven’t had your fill and still have energy after perusing photographs and lunching at the museum and café? Head across the street, or highway, for more inspiring visions at the National Elk Refuge to take your own pictures.

November through April are the perfect months for spotting, as you might expect by the name, elk, but other wonderful wildlife, as well. Birds, swans, moose, deer, antelope, big horn sheep, and even wolves have been seen here. Read more about wildlife viewing on the Elk Refuge here.

Stepping Out to Shop in Jackson Hole

Top Spots to Shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Shop in Jackson Hole

Shop in Jackson Hole - Click to enlarge map

Need some souvenirs or simply some shopping therapy while on your stay? Despite its reputation as a cowboy town, there are some top-tier places to shop in Jackson Hole. Here are a handful of suggested boutiques and shops located on or near the famous town square. More guides and maps are available at the concierge desk.

Spring Creek has regularly scheduled shuttles into town, so make your reservations with the front desk. You’ll be able to “shop ’til you drop” and then head back to Spring Creek Ranch for some spa therapy, perhaps?

MADE

Made founder and artist, John Freschette
MADE in Jackson Hole offers unique gifts, jewelry and home furnishings that are homemade, re-purposed, found, etc.

Founded by local artist John Freschette, this store with a location in Gaslight Alley near the town square and in Hotel Terra in the Teton Village and has a modern interpretation of Jackson souvenirs. MADE has been featured in nationally-known magazines like Elle Decor, Vogue and Town and Country Ski Guide and always has something new, including the artist/owner’s own glass belt buckles and other artwork.

Skinny Skis

You don’t have to be a cross country skier to step into Skinny Skis. Opened 38 years ago and named for the nickname for nordic skis, which they specialize in, Skinny has grown into an outdoor gear store almost half a block long with stellar service to match its size.

Pick up a “Ski Like a Girl” bumper sticker, or two, for an inexpensive, but one-of-a-kind gift for girls or ladies at home. They also have an extensive selection of local guide books for outdoor sports like climbing, hiking, skiing, etc. in the region.

Altitude

Altitude boutique from the altitudejh website
Altitude is a little boutique with some big fashion attitude. Fashion hounds will revel in the nationally-regarded brands like Chan Luu, Emu, Free People, J-Brand, Michael Starts and more, offered in this small-town boutique. But, don’t pass up a chance to see local designers For Love and Lemons threads. They make a great antler tee that would be a great gift for any women.

Altitude also stocks eco-friendly cosmetics and gifts as well as home decor with a rustic, yet modern feel.

Gifts of the Earth

Gifts of the Earth has been the go-to place for unique cards, candles, gifts and Jackson Hole souvenirs for over 37 years. Located above the Bootlegger on the town square, save some time on your shopping excursion to browse its vast selection of cards and more. If you brought the kids along, they’ll love the stickers section and the fun and unique toys.

Terra

Terra Store image from Terra JH website
Located just east of the town square is a boutique that could go toe to toe with the best of ‘em on Rodeo Drive in Hollywood. Terra JH allows locals and visitors to find fashionable frocks and more from world-renowned designers like Trina Turk, Milly, Tibi, Souchi, Nanette Lepore, Ever, James Perse, Genetic Denim, Citizens of Humanity, AG Adriano Goldschmied and more.

Is your baby or kid a clothes horse, too? Terra Tots, located within the Terra JH boutique, has got him or her covered. Adorable onesies and outfits keep the smallest of people fashionable.

Jackson Bootlegger

Wanna take to the town square’s boardwalks with some Lucchese cowboy boots, maybe? Look no further than the Jackson Bootlegger for cowboy and other popular Jackson Holesque boots, shoes and accessories.

Don’t forget to check the bargain closet located in the back of the store. You might just score a pair of Dansko clogs for 50% off or more!

Teton Mountaineering

The TM Team from tetonmountaineering.com - Shop in Jackson Hole
Locals call it “T.M.” and depend on it to get outdoor gear and clothing. Head upstairs for its shoes and sale section and be treated to historic pictures of famous mountaineers and ascents in the Tetons while you’re climbing the staircase.

The “Jackson uniform” often consists of at least one piece of outdoor clothing such as a down jacket, fleece hoodie, or some midweight layering piece, no matter the season. Teton Mountaineering boasts quite a selection of these items from top brands like Patagonia, Prana, Lolé , Marmot and more.

Yellowstone Road Trip

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Cycling in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyo. is quickly becoming a summertime cycling mecca. Staying at Spring Creek Ranch gives you the perfect location point to access the many cycling opportunities like fun family rides, long road bike tours, exciting downhill mountain biking adventures and more. Here’s a highlight below of some of the Valley’s best places to bike. Spring Creek’s concierge staff can help you find which of the Valley’s roads, pathways or trails suits you best, then, hop on and pedal away.

Road Cycling

The pathway is now complete to ride to Jenny Lake in GTNP. Photo (c) Friends of Pathways Facebook

Road cyclists abound in Jackson Hole in the summertime. Pathways galore, varied terrain with wonderful views, smooth pavement, friendly athletic residents and relatively little traffic make it a must bike for skinny tire lovers.

The League of American Bicyclists recently listed the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Jackson/Teton County was named a Gold BFC, one of only 16 cities across the country to earn Gold designation.

Don’t miss North 89 Pathway, which is a recently completed pathway that makes it possible for cyclists to ride from the town of Jackson to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park on a 20-mile, auto-free path with fabulous views of the Teton Range, the National Elk Refuge, and Grand Teton National Park. Here’s a map to all the pathways in Jackson Hole (note: this map hasn’t been updated since Northway 89 Pathway was completed, so disregard the “future” part).

Spring Creek Ranch is located at about 7000 ft. elevation atop East Butte, which is a popular road bike climb in the Valley. If you stay here, you’ll get to climb almost 1000 ft. of winding switchbacks after every ride! Or, drive over to the Stilson parking lot and climb the Teton Pass via the Old Pass Road.

If you’re a hardcore athletic type or a racing cyclist or triathlete, try your hand (or legs) at the Tuesday night training ride, which starts from the Jackson High School at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. depending on the season. Ask one of the five, or so, bike shops for the details or for other group rides available in the Valley. It’s a great way to meet locals while getting your workout in.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole, WY - Photo credit: Friends of Pathways
Jackson Hole’s mountain biking trails offer everything from fun, cross country course to lung-busting hill climbs.

There’s something for every ability level, but you have to know where to go. Here are a few trails to check out before your stay is over.

Putt-Putt is a fun, single-track trail on open grassland/aspen bench that’s a very popular bike trail, which is suitable for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. Short loop options with Cache Creek trail and Cache sidewalk via short connector trails.

The 18-mile Cache Creek to Game Creek Loop starts out on a gentle climb up an old, dirt road. Although congested for first 1.5 miles (watch for wagons on trail in evening) it’s a beautiful ride along a windy creek. Take the junction to the Game Creek trail at approximately mile 4. Climb a bit and you’ll be rewarded with a kind of technical, but super fun downhill in to Game Creek canyon. You’ll be dumped out on to Squaw Creek Road at the trailhead, which you can take to the Pathway along Highway 89 to take back to town (or shuttle some cars to cut some miles). The trail often offers animal sightings, as the name “Game Creek” suggests.

Munger Mountain is a spectacular, secluded spot for mountain biking. Although it’s about 14 miles from Spring Creek, the trail and the scenic drive up makes it worth it! Follow Hwy. 22 west to Wilson. Follow Fall Creek road south to the bridge crossing Fall Creek in willow bottom.

Perfect for intermediate to advanced riders, the trail features rocky climbs and beautiful scenery with excellent views of Jackson Hole and surrounding mountains. Although you won’t encounter many other riders, you may run into some grazing cows on the trail. Don’t be afraid, just tell them to, “moo-ve!”

Downhill Mountain Biking

Downhill mountain biking, or freeriding, in the Valley has really taken off (pun intended). This adventure-seekers sport can be accessed at the ski resort via chairlift and on the Teton Pass via car or riding up. Read on for the details.

Lift-Served Downhill Mountain Biking

Downhill Mountain Biking at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR). Photo (c) JHMR
Created two summers ago, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) bike park consists of six trails from beginner to expert, all accessible from the Teewinot chairlift.

Stop in to JH Sports to rent a downhill-specific bike, or sign up for a day with the resort’s mountain bike guides. Click here for a map of the trails. Check out a video of some of the sweet terrain at the bike park.

Teton Pass Downhill Mountain Biking Trails

Image of the Interactive Map of Teton Pass Trails by The Mountain Pulse
Teton Pass is a high mountain pass in the western United States, located at the southern end of the Teton Range of western Wyoming, between the towns of Wilson, Wyoming and Victor, Idaho.

The Pass,” as it’s called by locals, has some of the gnarliest freeride mountain biking trails in the country. Created by a group of riders from the Valley in combination with the US Forest Service, these trails are a popular destination for thrill seekers and those with advanced bike handling skills.

There’s a great movie, called Freedom Riders, by KGB Productions about the evolution and progression of trail building in the US and tells the inside story of this group of riders that built these Teton Pass trails.

The Mountain Pulse has a great, interactive map of the Teton Pass trails with color-coded difficulty ratings reminiscent of skiing (green = easiest, blue=intermediate, black = expert only). Take heed of these cautions. If it’s blue or black in Jackson Hole, it’s going to be extremely extreme! Be prepared.

You must have the proper safety gear including a downhill helmet and body armor such as knee and elbow pads. Stop in Wilson Backcountry Sports on the way to learn more, get a map, rent a bike and get some tips from their knowledgeable staff.

Jackson Hole Cycling Resources

Please visit Friends of Pathways for a list of many useful cycling resources including maps and bike shop links.

Strava, Map my Ride and Trails.com are all great online resources for finding road and mountain bike ride maps and details.

Float the Famed Snake River

Floating the Famed Snake River in Jackson Hole Offers a Fresh Perspective

The Snake River winds itself through much of the Pacific Northwest of the United States including the Jackson Hole Valley. Why not follow its path during your stay to see the spectacular sites from its perspective?

Float Trips through Grand Teton National Park are something everyone should have (and knock off) their bucket list. Spring Creek Ranch will set you up with the float trip that’s right for you and your family.

Snake River Whitewater Rafting Float Trips

Barker-Ewing Whitewater Rafting - Drenched but smiling!

Barker-Ewing Whitewater Rafting - Drenched but smiling! Photo: Barker-Ewing


The Snake River is internationally known as one of the best and most consistent white water adventures in North America.

Running through rapids with names like the Big Kahuna, Three Oar Deal, the California Curl, Taco Roll, and Lunch Counter, you know that you are in for a top-notch adventure.

On a scale from I-VI, the rapids on the Snake River are class II-III during normal water flows and are termed, “pool and drop,” which means they are spaced out with calm water sections in between.

You don’t need any experience to whitewater raft and it’s a great activity for most people. Usually the minimum age is six years old, but can change with varying river conditions. Spring Creek Ranch representatives will set you up with the right trip and may even recount some of their own tales from firsthand experience.

Whitewater Rafting Float Trip Essentials

Spring Creek’s qualified whitewater rafting outfitters provide type V personal floatation devices (PFD’s), or “life jackets,” and shuttles to and from the float. You should dress in clothes that can get wet like swimsuits or quick-dry shorts, avoiding cotton and relying on wool or polypro layers if you need warmth. Wear water shoes like Teva or Chaco sandals (but, they shouldn’t be flip flops or the slip-on type) or sneakers that can get wet. If you wear sunglasses, use a retention device like Croakies, so they won’t get lost if they come off. Wear plenty of sunscreen and bring some water.

Since whitewater rafting is a wet activity by nature, you could consider bringing a change of clothes and a towel along to leave in the shuttle car or bus in case you get wet. Don’t bring binoculars or a camera along, unless they are waterproof. Some outfitters sell disposable, waterproof cameras. A local company called Float O Graphs will take your picture while you are going through either Big Kahuna or Lunch Counter rapids. They are located in the town of Jackson and photos of your trip can be viewed after you get back from town or online when you get home.

Snake River Scenic Float Trips

Solitude Scenic Float Trip - What Wildlife Will You See? Photo: Solitude

Solitude Scenic Float Trip - What Wildlife Will You See? Photo: Solitude


A scenic float trip down the Snake River is a perfect way to see wildlife in their natural habitat peacefully going about their daily lives without the intrusive nature of a vehicle. In the summertime, Grand Teton Park teems with wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, bison, eagles, osprey, a large variety of ducks, song birds, and small mammals.

View all this with the awe-inspiring Teton Range as backdrop. Chances are high that you’ll learn a lot about the area and its animal inhabitants, as well. The Valley’s tour guides have countless river trips under their belts and often have educational expertise in wildlife biology, geology or other related fields.

Photo opportunities abound on your tranquil float down the river. Bring a camera and have it ready for special wildlife sightings and unfathomable Teton views. Guides will often alert you to popular photo ops or those with historical significance, so listen up!

Scenic Float Trip Essentials

Spring Creek’s qualified outfitters provide personal floatation devices (PFD’s) and usually rain panchos, and shuttles to and from the float. You should dress in casual clothes (including layers like a sweater/jacket in case of cooler temps) and wear soft-soled shoes, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera. It’s recommended to have a secure strap to hold binoculars or cameras, so that they do not fall into the water, and maybe even a dry bag.

Spring Creek’s Packages and Specials

The Spring Creek Ranch Summer Adventure Package includes whitewater rafting. Find a Spring Creek Ranch summer special that’s perfect for you during this magical time! Call today to learn more about packages and specials (800) 443-6139.