When to Visit Jackson Hole

One of the main questions we get from travelers is “when is it the best time to visit Jackson Hole?” In reality, when isn’t the best time to visit Jackson would be a better question. Besides the off-seasons (April-May and October-November), our little town has a lot to offer visitors year round.

Contrary to many beliefs, Jackson during the summertime can be even more fun than visiting the winter wonderland that it’s best known as. Hiking, horseback riding, camping, biking, trail running, swimming, rock jumping, When to Visit Jackson Hole - Hiking in Summertubing, paragliding…and the list goes on. Jackson offers endless activities in an outdoor paradise.  It also doesn’t hurt that our neighbors are two of the most beautiful national parks in the United States.

One of the best and most popular activities during the summer here in Jackson Hole is rafting on the Snake River. The Snake River is home to two different types of trips: calm, scenic stretches where you can spot all types of When to Visit Jackson Hole - Rafting in Summerwildlife, and our class II/III whitewater trip for adventure seekers. No matter which trip you choose, you are bound to have a great time.

On the flip side, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts over 116 trails and record snowfall. Teton Village, located about 20 minutes from Jackson hosts the globally recognized resort known for its challenging terrain, vertical drop, and aerial tram. Whether you are interested in learning how to pizza or dropping into Corbets Couloir, JHMR has something for everyone in the family!

When to Visit Jackson Hole - Skiing in Winter

Wintertime in Jackson isn’t just limited to downhill skiing and snowboarding at the resort or the town ski hill, Snow King Mountain. Jackson Hole has tons of groomed nordic skiing paths and places to snowshoe. In addition to the winter wildlife safaris, be sure to check out the estimated 7,000 elk wintering in the National Elk Refuge.

Jackson is a great place to visit and offers travelers a variety of activities depending on the season. There’s always something going on- it’s just a matter of choosing what you want to do!


Whitewater Rafting Is The Coolest Thing You’ll Do All Summer!

Wildwater rapids!

Summer vacation planning? If you’re looking for an adventurous family vacation or a cool family reunion idea, Jackson, Wyoming is a great place to put at the top of your list! The perfect summer activity in Jackson Hole is whitewater rafting on the Snake River… a must! All of us at Barker-Ewing Whitewater invite you to celebrate 51 years on the Snake River with us this summer. We’d love to take you whitewater rafting in the Snake River Canyon or guide you on a relaxing scenic float with views of the Tetons. The great thing about a long winter in Jackson Hole is the amount of snow that accumulates and melts into big, fun whitewater rapids on the Snake River. While we enjoy seeing the snow fall for our favorite winter activities like downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, skate skiing and snowboarding, we can’t help but daydream about the river season to come. Whitewater rafting on the Snake River is the coolest thing you’ll do all summer!


Leta Deveraux, mother of Barker-Ewing’s Patty Ewing turns 105

Patty Ewing and her mother Leta DeverauxLeta Grace Deveraux celebrates a remarkable 105 years this Friday, March 29th.

Watch the TODAY Show this Friday the 29th. We hope Willard Scott will, once again, send Birthday Wishes to Mother.

I have also enrolled her in a Centenarian Project, and she is being interviewed for a PBS documentary on aging.

We love whitewater rafting, and you will too!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all river lovers! Spread the word that we love what we do, and it shows. Come jump on board our 50th year rafting Jackson Hole’s Snake River!

CLICK HERE for our Valentine’s Day rafting video!

The newest rapid “Double D”

For the latest updates on the Snake River Canyon and the newest rapid “Double D” named after the spring landslide Double Draw. Check out the Snake River Fund website. Links to all the agencies involved are on the homepage. This is a great resource! As of now, our 2011 summer season still begins next weekend, Saturday May 28.

Grandma “Ewing” turns 103!

Leta Deveraux, Patty Ewing’s mother and Heather Ewing’s grandmother, turned 103 last Tuesday, March 29, and she is as spunky as ever! For such momentous occassions such as 100+ birthdays and big anniversaries, Willard Scott from the TODAY Show congratulates and often times sings Happy Birthday or the appropriate celebratory song to that special someone! So… Leta Deveraux, Happy Birthday (belated)!!! If you’d like to ask TODAY Show’s Willard Scott to wish someone 100+, check out http://www.ehow.com/how_4706301_scott-announce-someones-th-birthday.html.

Mountain goats spotted in the Snake River Canyon

Jackson Hole Daily photographer Brent McWhirter captured this photo last week in the Snake River Canyon. JH Daily’s caption: A mountain goat nanny keeps a watchful eye on her kid in Snake River Canyon. Mountain goats — which are not true goats but are actually more closely related to antelope and gazelles — make regular appearances in the Alpine area this time of year. For more unique Jackson Hole photos, check out the Photo Gallery on JH News & Guide’s website. www.jhnewsandguide.com/gallery

Our Overnight River Trip was the highlight of this Father/Son vacation!

Kevin, Tommy and Kerry – thanks for letting us share your stories!

“It was beyond all my dreams. Everything was perfect– all the guides were cool, so Tommy loved them.” – Kevin K.

From Kevin’s assistant: “For a guy who had to return to a very busy office after such an amazing trip, he is still on ‘cloud 9’ and excited to share a little of his trip with anyone who asks. He had a HUGE grin on his face while he was telling me about it.” -Kerry

Town Square circa 1958

Thanks Mark Capwell for sharing this photo your grandfather took circa 1958! You’ll see the Sporting Goods Western Wear in the center – located where Barker-Ewing River Trips reservations office is now. The Wort is to the left, and Baggit to the right. So much has changed… and it’s only been 53 years!

The Clintons and Barker-Ewing Whitewater… a float down memory lane!

The last official Barker-Ewing River Trips sighting of the First Family was in August 1996 when I had the honor of taking the Clinton family down the Snake River on a float. In total, there were 11 boats in the floatilla. For a while, I was pretty sure they had the wrong guide in mind when I was pulled aside and counseled on what to do if we were shot at… yikes, I thought! Isn’t that what the two “counter assault” rafts are for?

All in all, it turned into a beautiful afternoon with wonderful conversation in my boat and a huge education for me looking at the bigger picture. Mostly, it was a great honor that I was chosen to share what I consider to be one of the most special places on earth with Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton!

I hope there will be another summer visit by the Clintons to Jackson Hole – and that they might consider joining me on another float trip along the now “Wild & Scenic” Snake River.

– Heather Ewing