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Experience the winter wonders of Grand Teton National Park and enjoy a one-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge during this professionally guided tour!
Named after fur trader David E. Jackson, the winters in Jackson Hole are mythical, mysterious, and magical. If you need a day off from the slopes or only have one day to explore the area, we invite you to join us on one of our family-friendly half-day private tours of Jackson Hole (or “the valley,” as locals like to say), the National Elk Refuge, and Grand Teton National Park.
We design our tours to help you experience the most iconic wildlife, scenic places, and cultural attractions from the comfort and safety of one of our four-wheel-drive Chevy Suburbans or high-roofed Ford Transit Vans.
A typical tour starts with a search for wildlife, specifically, thriving herds of bighorn sheep, elk, and bison on the National Elk Refuge and the generally solitary moose, the largest and heaviest member of the deer family, in the Gros Ventre River and Antelope Flats areas. And if lucky, you may even have a chance to spot a wily coyote, a fox, or a wolf (Vortex binoculars and spotting scopes provided).
Next, we will focus on the rugged and picturesque peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, the so-called mountains of the imagination. Your guide will take you to the most picture-perfect spots to view the range’s major peaks, including The Grand, Mt. St. John, and Mt. Moran, as well as explain how earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and oceans help build the mountains.
Weather and time permitting, you may even have a chance to walk on a frozen Jackson Lake before returning to town to enjoy Jackson’s nightlife activities.
Seasonal wildlife may include bald eagles, bighorn sheep, bison, coyotes, elk, moose, red tail foxes, trumpeter swans, and wolves. Tour routes may vary based on wildlife migrations, road closures, inclement weather, and guest requests.
• Tour Length: 5-6 hours
• Start Time: 7:30 AM or 8:00 AM (start times adjusted seasonally)
• Price: $895 (for up to two (2) people). $100 for each additional person.
• Add-On Option: Sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge
• Size: Maximum of 14 people per vehicle. Call to discuss options for larger groups.
• Pick up at your hotel, Airbnb or VRBO
• Professional guide (15% guide gratuity is NOT included)
• Private winter tour of Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge
• Breakfast, lunch, snacks, bottled water, and non-alcoholic beverages
• Use of our professional quality Vortex™ spotting scopes & binoculars
• Transportation in a spacious Chevy Suburban or Ford Transit Van
Winter temperatures in the Tetons can range from zero to 20°F (-18°C to -7°C) throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night and at higher elevations. The record low temperature is -66°F (-54°C). The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through April. Annual snowfall averages nearly 150 inches in most of the park, and at higher elevations, 200–400 inches of snowfall have been recorded.
What to Bring
Winter weather in the Tetons can be severe, but it’s fun to brave the cold when you’re dressed appropriately. One of the most important tips for attire in this environment is: Wear layers.
Your layering lineup should include a windproof, hooded outer layer and base layers, like wool or synthetic long underwear, for your upper and lower body. Avoid cotton jeans and sweatshirts; these items lack wicking ability leaving you wet and cold. Choose thick socks and sturdy boots. Warm hats are a must since you lose most of your heat from your head, and don’t forget the gloves/mittens to keep those fingers warm.
Pro tip: Disposable hand-warmers stuffed into gloves or mittens can be a comfort saver for those who get cold easily or have poor hand circulation.
Optional guide gratuity (15% recommended)