Teton Village is a mountain community in Teton County. It sits right at the foot of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. During the winter months, skiers and snowboarders flock to the slopes, and in the summer, hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers take advantage of the trails. Besides the resort, lodging and restaurants, village amenities are pretty limited. If your pup gets sick while staying here, the closest veterinary clinic is 20 minutes away in Jackson.
During the summer, pets and people can utilize the trails of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Trails vary in length and difficulty. Since dogs aren’t allowed on the gondola or aerial tram, the lower trails are better suited for canine hikers. Wildflower Trail takes you through a forest of pines and past meadows of wildflowers. Lower Faces Loop is 3.2 miles round trip and is a great option if you and your pooch are trail runners. Seven Bridges Trail is just under a mile. Follow this trail and you’ll cross small streams and babbling brooks. Be sure to bring plenty of water, as all that hiking is going to make your pooch thirsty!
With hours of hiking and unbeatable mountain views, it’s
easy to see why dogs love hanging out in Teton Village!
If your dog is itching for a walk, take a quick trip down to West Jackson and go for a stroll in Emily Steven’s Park. This park is conveniently located 15 minutes south of Teton Village. It sits right on the banks of the Snake River and has all the beauty Jackson Hole is known for. Your furry BFF can take in the views of the surrounding peaks as he trots along the trails. As long as he is under voice control, your pooch can wander off leash. But, this is prime moose habitat, so keep a close eye on him.
If you have an adventure loving pooch, pay a visit to Phillips Trailhead in Wilson. Just 20 minutes southwest of Teton Village, this trail leads to Ski Lake, one of the favorite destinations of local canines. The trail is a slight climb but the surrounding forests, wildflowers, and peaks compensate for the sore leg muscles. After 2.2 miles on the trail, you’ll reach Ski Lake. Throw a stick into the water for your furry friend. She’ll cool right down in the refreshing alpine lake. Hang out here for a while before heading back down the trail. You may need a treat or two to coax your pal out of the water!
After a busy day of exploring the area, stop by one of Jackson’s pet friendly restaurants for a bite to eat. This area is just a 20 minute drive from Teton Village. MacPhails Burgers welcomes four legged guests in their grassy outdoor eating area. Chomp down on a juicy burger while your pup hangs out by your side. She’ll even get her own water bowl. For some hearty pub grub, head over to Sidewinders Tavern. With menu items like Chicken Fried Steak and Fish and Chips, you can’t go wrong. Get a table on the patio so your dog can tag along.
The Goodwin Lake Trail is a favorite with the local pups. Located in East Jackson, it is a 40 minute drive from Teton Village. Delve into the pine and aspen forests while enjoying gorgeous views of the Teton Range. The trail cuts through open sage filled meadows and up a couple steep slopes. Three miles from the trailhead, you’ll come to Goodwin Lake. Your pal can cool off by splashing his paws or by taking a full dip in the water. You have the option to continue on the trail if more adventure is called for. If your pooch has had enough hiking for one day, chill out at the lake before heading back to the car.
Kelly is a small community situated in the heart of the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Located about 45 minutes from Teton Village, this area is home to the Grizzly Lake Trail. Follow the trail for about three miles to Cynget Pond. If your pup is still rearing to go, continue on to Grizzly Lake. Not only will your pup get some much needed exercise, she’ll enjoy stunning views of the Teton Range and Red Hills. After your hike, head back into Kelly and stop by Kelly on the Gros Ventre for lunch. This dog friendly café serves delicious sandwiches that will definitely hit the spot.