The Destination

Summer Activities

Summer in Jackson Hole, with its host of outdoor activities and cultural events, is our favorite season. At the Rusty Parrot, we consider helping you plan your trip part of our job. Our goal is to ensure you make the most of your Jackson Hole experience. Our staff is familiar with all the activites and can guide you to those that are the local favorites.

The rivers and lakes offer whitewater rafting and scenic floats, fly fishing on blue ribbon trout streams, kayaking and wave surfing. In addition to hiking in the national parks, wilderness areas and national forests, there are also miles of paved and off-road trails to explore by mountain bike. You would expect to find horseback riding and rodeos in Jackson, but many people are surprised at the number of outstanding golf courses designed by some of the best golf course architects in the business.

The greater Yellowstone ecosystem has been called the Serengeti of North America. Explore the area on your own or take advantage of guided wildlife safaris. An early morning hot air balloon ride or an afternoon parasailing adventure offer a view that few ever see.

Jackson Hole has a diversified cultural side, too. For 49 years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has brought top musicians from around the world to the Tetons for a summer season of outstanding music. The Jackson Hole Wine Auction, sponsored by the Music Festival, has grown to be one of the premier wine events in the country.

Art exhibits and shows abound with the National Museum of Wildlife Art as the centerpiece. The galleries of Jackson Hole offer some of the finest in Western and Wildlife art as well as more contemporary works. The Jackson Hole Center for the Artshas a full calendar that includes ballet, plays, concerts and shows.

Getting to Jackson Hole is relatively easy with nonstop flights from many hubs. Denver, Salt Lake City and Cody are all within driving distance.


Since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago, the rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture.  This is a great activity for families, kids and those looking to experience an authentic western event.  Events include barrel racing, calf roping, bull...


Ride a covered wagon through sagebrush-heavy terrain, hugging the shorelines of small streams on the way to your campfire dinner. After dinner listen to the Bar T 5 Band entertain you with laughter and music.


Relive the spirit of the old west with a relaxing atmosphere, rib stickin’ meal and authentic cowboy entertainment. The Bar J Wranglers will entertain the entire family as they take you down memory trail with songs, stories, comedy, yodeling, fiddling and more!


The diverse range of fishing in Wyoming and nearby Idaho is sure to please all types of anglers. Fishing locations include the Snake River, the high-mountain Green River Lakes, and the lesser-known North Platte River Valley – some of the most beautiful and relaxing...


The 8 mile “Classic” whitewater trip down the Snake River allows you to paddle but gives you the option to sit in the middle of the raft and hold on. Great for families that have young children or members that just want to “Hang on and enjoy...


The original 10-mile Snake River Scenic Float Trips operate wholly within Grand Teton National Park. Wild nature surrounds you on these river rafting trips. You’ll float beneath the Grand Tetons in an area untouched by human development for generations. And experienced river guides will...


Jackson Hole offers tours throughout the day, allowing expert and novice riders alike to embrace the opportunity of seeing the valley from a saddle. There are even a few companies that offer guided tours that can go on for days at a time!


Have someone with experience show you around the area, so you can really get a complete understanding of this unique region and its wildlife. These guides have a knack for locating all kinds of animals in the Greater Yellowstone area and will provide fascinating...


Enjoy the company of your own small group and a knowledgeable guide as you take in the sights of Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park.