If you go
WHERE TO STAY Goosewing Ranch
24400 E. Cottonwood Creek, Kelly 888-733-5251 www.goosewingranch.com A remote and well-appointed summer vacation guest ranch in the Gros Ventre valley, 40 miles northeast of Jackson. Rates vary, but three nights in an adult double room in peak season (most of July and August) start at $1,140.
The Dude Ranchers’ Association
1122 12th St., Cody 866-399-2339 www.duderanch.org Browse more than a hundred options for all-inclusive Western resorts. Looking for a spa? Shooting sports? Something near Yellowstone? Find the ranch that fits your tastes.
WHERE TO EAT Cafe Genevieve
135 E. Bdwy., Jackson 307-732-1910 https//genevievejh.com A block east of the signature elk antler arches that mark the town square, try hip but homey Western fare with a Southern twist: “Pig Candy” for lunch, along with a smoked trout salad. Breakfast until 3 p.m. from $9; lunch and happyhour menus in the same ballpark; dinner entrees up to $38.
Snake River Grill 84 E. Bdwy., Jackson 307-733-0557 www.snakerivergrill.com Figure out how to dress “Jackson casual” (après-ski meets rodeo) and eat elk tenderloin ($54). Wellcurated wine list. Entrees from $26.
WHAT TO DO Sands Whitewater and Scenic River Trips
1450 South Hwy. 89, Jackson 307-733-4410 www.sandswhitewater.com The most seasoned outfitter among many in this town that can take you for a fun morning float or on a longer, gnarlier river ride. Most trips run in July and August. Eight-mile whitewater float on the Snake River, adults $72, kids 6-12 $60.
Alpine Slide at Snow King Mountain
100 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson 307-734-3194 www.snowkingmountain.com/alpineslide Enjoy the views riding a chairlift up the off-season ski mountain and the modest thrills speeding down on a plastic sled. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Single ride $15, five rides $60, kids 2-6 $3 and must ride with an adult.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
447 Snow King Ave., Jackson 307-733-7927 www.jhrodeo.com This Easterner never knew there were high school and college rodeo teams. Former standouts and other working ropers end up here, competing in earnest for local and tourist crowds at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day with finals in September. Tickets about $30.