Jackson Hole Museum Brings National Geographic Images

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



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



“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 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 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 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.