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Summer Activities in South Jackson: The Quiet Side of Town

One of our favorite parts about summer in Wyoming is the solitude and peacefulness that you can find in nature. And some of our favorite places to cue the quiet while seeking adventure aren’t in the obvious national parks, ski resorts, or historic square in downtown Jackson Hole, but just a few miles south along the Snake River in South Jackson Hole. Within striking distance to Astoria Hot Springs, stretch your legs, rehab your body and cool off on a float on the quiet side of town. 

Hike in Game Creek 

Explore the Bridger-Teton National Forest from the Game Creek Trailhead for a moderate hike of your liking. Slowly gain elevation as you meander along grassy hillsides, static ponds, and local Indian Paintbrush flowers to access cascading views of the Snake River Valley and Gros Ventre mountain range. If you’re craving an all-day hike or prefer to run distance, this trail network eventually links into Cache Creek, a popular single-track hike, bike, and running trail network in East Jackson that brings you a top Snow King Mountain.  

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Bike Along the Bike Path 

Jackson Hole ​​is a place where trails and pathways connect our vibrant community. Our paved and off-road pathway systems interconnect our various corners of town and make it a safe and healthy way to both cruise and commute. On the south end of Jackson, cycle away from cars and explore South Park Loop, a friendly Jackson Hole neighborhood with striking views of the Grand Teton and a softening farmland ambiance. Hungry? Take the bike path into town to recharge and refuel. 

Soak at Astoria Hot Springs 

Astoria Hot Springs is a non-profit, donor funded park nestled along the banks of the Snake River, stewarded by Astoria Park Conservancy. Astoria’s 100 acres include critical wildlife habitat and wetlands, a commercial public hot springs facility, and once completed, trails, community gathering places, and more. With 5-different man-made pools filled with natural thermal water, Astoria Hot Springs is a family-friendly park that guarantees to provide warmth, peace and quiet. Online reservations are recommended. 

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Float South Park to Astoria on the Snake River 

If you’re looking to cool off on a hot day, look no further than the Snake River. One of the most beautiful and pristine rivers in Wyoming, the Snake River runs through Snake River Canyon from Jackson to Alpine, WY. While there are guided trips that will take you down the whitewater portion of the river, we love to float the gentle twists and bends on our own through the simplicity of an inner tube. Begin at the South Park boat ramp off highway-89 and drift until you reach the landmarking red bridge at Astoria. Make the most of your day by crossing the river after the completion of your float to soak at Astoria Hot Springs (online reservations in advance are recommended). Please note that the river’s rapids grow as you continue further south through the canyon, so please do not float further without experience. 

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Jackson Hole has an activity for everyone and something to do in each corner of town, including our favorite corner, South Jackson.