Wyoming’s Jackson Hole, aka Jackson, is the main entry point for people who wish to visit Yellowstone National Park. Few natural wonders are quite capable of matching the magnificence of Yellowstone, with its vast expanse of unique wilderness and nature. The region’s wildlife and geological processes draw the biggest crowds in the holiday season and during the warmer months, but there are plenty of fun activities in the outdoors year-round, even when the whole area is snowbound, such as snowmobile tours.
The best snowmobile tours from Jackson Hole last an entire day, probing remote regions of the wilderness to which few others can gain access, particularly in the winter. Please bear in mind that all of the tours listed below are available in the winter months only, often November through March, and are dependent on the snow levels. Here are the best three Jackson snowmobile tours based on factors like the itinerary, reviews from previous guests and the value for money.
From $2,100/ per two people
Off-trail snowmobile riding is the focus of this excellent nine-hour tour from Jackson. Head up into the Teton Range – part of the Rocky Mountains – with a professional guide. The Togwotee Mountain region includes open meadows and forested trails accessible by snowmobile, and often consisting of untouched powder snow. Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Jackson Hole are provided, along with a hot lunch at Brooks Lake Lodge: a bit of warmth before heading back out into the snow. The price for this tour is the same regardless of there being either one or two passengers.
From $580/ per person
There’s another, more traditional way of getting around these parts when they’re snowbound: dog sledding. Mush through a river valley and along snowy trail sections that have been unsullied by vehicles like snowmobiles. Then switch the dogs for gasoline power and see even more of the snow-bound backcountry on a snowmobile. During this seven-hour tour you’ll get roughly 45 minutes with the dogs and three hours with the snowmobiles. Technically, this tour is not in Jackson Hole, but leaves from a ranch near Moran, roughly 45 minutes to the north.
From $2,500/ per two people
Old Faithful might just be the most famous geyser in the world. This private snowmobile tour takes twelve hours with pickup and drop-off at your Jackson Hole hotel. Grab breakfast first then suit up and get on your snowmobile. The journey will pass through Grand Teton National Park and on into Yellowstone. There’ll be plenty of stops along the way to take in the panoramas from spots like Moose Falls and Lewis Canyon before getting into the main region of geothermal activity, where you’ll get to see geysers erupting. Lunch is also provided on this tour.