Things to Do at Jackson Lake Lodge

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HorsesJackson Lake Lodge is an an outdoor place, filled with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Families can enjoy horseback riding, hiking and star gazing.

Horseback Riding: The corral has a horse for every rider including major beginners (READ: city folks like me).  NOTE:  Don’t wear shorts.   My horse, Jill, took good care of me so I wasn’t too sore afterwards.

Hiking: My 14-year-old daughter and I joined a free activity with Grand Teton National Park ranger Jamie Rae for a 3-mile guided hike around Swan Lake.  Jamie Rae has a unique way of explaining the gorgeous scenery – she incorporated idioms such as “big things come in small packages” to explain the serotinous pine cones that release their resin only in the event of a fire.  I highly encourage a ranger-lead hike for their knowledge of the trail and the area.  Plus they carry bear spray and they know how to use it!  Pack plenty of water – you can dehydrate in high elevations.

Float trips: The activities desk clerks at Jackson Lake Lodge are knowledgeable and full of great ideas for enjoying Grand Teton National Park. We took a float trip down the Snake River that was stress free (no rapids), scenic and fun.

Star Gazing:  Visit the other lodges at Grand Teton National Park for more family friendly activities like hiking with a park ranger and stargazing at Colter Bay.

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Deb is Director of Operations for and the mom of 3 teen and tween girls. She lives in the greater Grand Rapids area in West Michigan, and is a former city planner and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst who loves gadgets, maps, writing, and traveling both within and outside of Michigan. She also enjoys reading, running and knitting. You can follow her thoughts and drama-filled adventures at Mom of 3 Girls.

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