As a tourist town, Jackson experiences a big lull in traffic during the Spring and Fall "shoulder" seasons. For locals this is a great time to enjoy the peace and quiet or to take a trip between the excitement of ski season and summer activities. While plenty of people go on longer trips, opting for flights to tropical destinations or cultural excursions to Europe, some of us are looking for activities closer to home. After all, we do live in an amazing area with plenty of activities right in our backyard. So, if you're thinking of working through the spring season but still want to take a long weekend getaway to explore, check out these destinations for your mini-vacation!
1. POCATELLO MOUNTAIN BIKING
While the mountain biking in Jackson is still a little muddy, the city trails in Pocatello tend to be already dried out. Only 2.5 hours southwest of Jackson, Pocatello boasts about 50 miles of hiking and riding trails right within the city limits. The network of trails ranges everywhere from beginner to advanced with a combination of single and double track. Enjoy the beauty of the area as you ride through the City Creek Watershed abundant in wildlife including mule deer, grouse and moose.
2. THERMOPOLIS HOT SPRINGS
Looking to unwind and relax? Take a four hour drive east of Jackson to the town of Thermopolis, WY for some much needed R and R. Located right outside the town of Thermopolis, the Hot Spings State Park was built around the world's largest single mineral hot spring. The Big Spring pours millions of gallons of mineral water every 24 hours at a steady temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Walk around the 6 miles of trails admiring the colorful terraces of the spring that flows into the Big Horn River. Then head over to the State Bath House for a soak free of charge.
3. JORDANELLE CAMPING
Located 4.5 hours south of Jackson, Jordanelle State Park in Utah provides a great escape along a beautiful reservoir where you can enjoy camping, hiking, boating, fishing, paddle boarding and more! Head over to the Rock Cliff Recreation Area on the eastern shore for elevated boardwalks and trails that weave across wetlands and rivers. This area is great for bird watchers who will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of golden eagles, redtail hawks and hummingbirds among other species. On the far north end check out Ross Creek, open to mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians and other non-motorized users. Keep in mind that dogs are allowed in certain areas, so you can bring your pup along!