Jackson, WyomingIf you’re passing through beautiful Grand Teton National park, you’re sure to visit the quintessential western town of Jackson, Wyoming.

Jackson, established in 1829, was named after the famous trapper and mountain man, Davey Jackson. Jackson is at the edge of the Grand Teton National Park (See my earlier post around hiking around Phelps Lake) and east of the Snake River. It is 57 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.

Jackson, WyomingWhen we visited Grand Teton, we stayed at nearby Jackson Hole, site of fabulous skiing in the winter months (I’ll write a future post about this fabulous destination), but Jackson was a popular stop-off point for us after a day of hiking for its many shops and restaurants.

The town’s main drag is Broadway, where many of the restaurants, shops and bars are to be found. Our kids loved the main town square, with its four impressive gates built with antler horns.

Jackson, WyomingFor non-westerners like us who may not know, it seems that antlers shed their horns each spring. Scouting groups in the area gathered the antler horns, painted them, and built the impressive antler gateways. The square is site to an evening ‘shoot out’ on summer evenings. We caught the tail end of one one evening as we were heading out to dinner.

If you’re visiting the wonderful Grand Teton National Park, be sure to stop by this characteristic western town. Enjoy your time in Jackson, Wyoming.

For more Wyoming information, see my earlier posts about Wyoming rush hour and a hike around picturesque Phelps Lake.