Jackson, Wyoming

Best Places to Retire in Wyoming


Jackson (population 8,700) is the county seat of Teton County. The county, with a very large land area (4,214 square miles) and a population of 18,000, is 97 percent public land. With this great expanse of land and its strategic location, Jackson serves as a gateway to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Grand Teton National Park hosts an estimated 3 to 4 million visitors each year. During the winter months, Jackson’s population increases by about 5,000 temporary residents, and in the summer it swells by an additional 52,000. http://www.ci.jackson.wy.us/ Jackson ranks among the most outstanding small town arts communities in the country. Its more than 30 fine art galleries and art shops display a wide variety of premium quality artwork, from traditional western to contemporary pieces. Photography and painting are the most numerous, and there are sculptures and bronze works in many galleries as well.

It is a great location for people who enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the matchless beauty of nature. Located four miles from the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson has breathtaking views and immediate access to all the amenities of the park. Jackson Hole, oft times interchanged with “Jackson”, is a long mountain valley that is 48 miles long and ranges from eight to 15 miles wide. It runs south from Yellowstone National Park to the Snake River Canyon. The valley floor slopes from 6,779 feet above sea level in the north to about 6,069 feet at the southern end. The town of Jackson is within Jackson Hole. In the 1820’s this valley was the territory of Davey Jackson, a fur trapper. Hence the name, “Jackson’s Hole.” Yellowstone is just 70 minutes away and about two hours from the Old Faithful hot springs.

Jackson’s events calendar reveals a vital and culturally alive community with activities by the Art Association, the Performing Arts Company, the Teton County Library, the Wildlife Film Festival, the Chamber, Dancer’s Workshop, and others. There are also dozens of interesting activities such as rodeos, sled dog races, cutter races (horse drawn), snowmobile hillclimb, a pole-pedal-paddle (ski, bike, boat) race, Wild West Days, balloon festival, county fair, Fourth of July Parade, Bluegrass Festival, bicycle races, Elkfest (Scouts auction of antlers), and much more.

There is also a wide choice of dining — for a small town. Fare at the more than 60 eating establishments ranges from western cooking to American cuisine, and from fast-food to fine dining.

Arts & Culture

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, located just three miles north of Jackson, has an outstanding collection of fine art devoted to wildlife. Its sandstone structure is located on a butte overlooking the National Elk Refuge with magnificent mountain views. It has year-round activities for adults and children. http://www.wildlifeart.org/

Many of the art galleries have information about their exhibits online. http://rol.irm-systems.com/cgi-shl/foxweb.exe/

The Fall Arts Festival in September celebrates the role of Jackson Hole as a center for the arts. Events include a Gallery Walk, Cowboy Swing Dance, The Cowboy Jubilee, the Fall Arts Festival Concert at Teton Village, “Takin’ It To The Streets” – featuring local artists, Western Visions featuring wildlife and landscapes, Poster Signing, an art auction, and much more. http://rol.irm-systems.com/cgi-shl/foxweb.exe/rol/

The Grand Teton Music Festival is held at the 740-seat Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, just 12 miles northwest of Jackson Hole. The festival’s summer schedule includes over 40 concerts performed by the resident company of 200 professional musicians from many of the finest orchestras. Performances include full orchestra, chamber music, and “spotlight” concerts with musical themes. Its Winter Concert Series features performances from January through March. http://www.wildlifeart.org/

The Performing Arts Company of Jackson Hole is a center for theatre productions and research. http://www.jacksonholetheatre.com/

Teton County Library – http://www.tclib.org/ Grand Teton Natural History Association – http://www.grandtetonpark.org/


The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Web site provides a complete guide to its recreation programs for all ages, as well as printable maps for hiking trails and ski slopes http://www.tetonwyo.org/parks/nav/200397.shtm

Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club has a Robert Trent Jones course that is consistently rated as one of the very best courses in the state. It also has six high quality tennis courts. http://www.gtlc.com/golf.htm.

Teton Pines Resort offers an 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed championship course that is also available for public use. http://www.tetonpines.com/

Jackson Hole Ski Resort is located in Teton Village just 12 miles from Jackson. It has 2,500 acres of diverse terrain and the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the U.S. — 4,139 feet from the valley floor — with a 63 passenger aerial tram. http://www.jacksonhole.net/activities/skiing.htm

Grand Teton National Park, created in 1929, is one of the most scenic places you will see anywhere in the world. It lies within the mountain valley known as “Jackson’s Hole” (or, called Jackson Hole) and extends to the western slope of the Teton Range and 56 miles north to the entrance to Yellowstone Park. Grand Teton, which is at the center of the range, rises to 13,772 ft. and Mount Moran is 12,605 feet. They stand more than 7,000 feet above the valley floor. The Snake River meanders through the entire length of the park. There is kayaking, whitewater rafting trips, scenic floats, and fly-fishing on the river. There is also a chain of crystal clear glacial lakes with canoeing, boating or kayaking, plus an extensive system of hiking trails. The park is also home to moose, bison, elk, mule deer, coyotes, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, black bears and a few grizzly bears. http://www.wildlifeart.org/. Grand Teton National Park Foundation –http://www.gtnpf.org/


Columbia Commonwealth University targets its education programs for individuals with previous career experience. It offers both undergraduate and post-graduate programs in the arts and sciences, health and human services, pastoral counseling and management. http://www.ccwu.edu/index.html

Senior Programs

The Jackson Senior Center, in conjunction with the Teton County Library, offers a series of free, progressive computer classes to help beginners become adept at basic skills and Internet searching. http://www.tclib.org/press/index6.html

The Wyoming Department of Health and Aging Division Web site offers links of interest for seniors, including links to service providers and government agencies. http://wdhfs.state.wy.us/aging/Links/Seniorlnks.htm

This Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Web site offers a guide to all current senior programs. http://www.tetonwyo.org/parks/nav/200213.shtm

The Senior Center of Jackson Hole has its mission to keep the elderly living independently as long as possible. Its program offers water aerobics, fitness and outings, including, for example, a snowshoe tour. (307) 733-7300


St. John’s Medical Center was established in 1916 as a part of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and although no longer directly affiliated, it has retained its name. The hospital has 109 beds, 49 acute care beds and a long-term care center with 52 beds. http://www.tetonhospital.org/


There is direct commercial service into Jackson from Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Denver, and Salt Lake. Other options include flights into Idaho Falls, which is 90 miles away, or into Salt Lake City, which is about 300 miles away. http://www.jacksonholewy.com/transportation-airport.php




Jackson Hole News & Guide – http://www.jacksonholenews.com/

Property Taxes

Teton County Tax Assessor – http://www.tetonwyo.org/assessor/

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Chamber of Commerce


State Aging Agency



Salt Lake City, Utah – 302 miles
Ogden, Utah – 268 miles
Yellowstone National Park (center) – 120 miles
Cody, Wyoming – 175 miles
Billings, Montana – 295 miles
Idaho Falls, Idaho – 90 miles
Pocatello, Idaho – 140 miles

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