Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Okay, so we all know that Jackson Hole is a great vacation spot. We know all about the world-class dining and unbeatable snow sport options. But did you know that John Wayne didn’t ride a horse until he went to Jackson Hole? Or that a picture of Jackson Hole was sent to space? Read on for nine fun facts about Jackson Hole… 1. It’s Named after a Mountain Man Jackson Hole was originally named Jackson's Hole for Davey Jackson, a mountain man who trapped in this area during the late 1800's. "Hole" was a term used in that day to describe a high mountain valley. 2. Vertical Rises Don’t Get Any Higher Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the US. It rises some 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain! 3. Rockefeller Protected a Large Portion of the #Tetons Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 and greatly expanded in 1950 due to the determined efforts of John D. Rockefeller, who purchased and then donated a great deal of the land that is under protection today. 4. Jackson Hole is an Elk Paradise The National Elk Refuge, located just outside the town of Jackson, is the largest established elk preserve in North America. Up to 9,000 elk winter on the refuge and visitors can enjoy close-up views on daily sleigh rides from December through April. 5. Gender Equality Matters Jackson Hole had the first all-woman city council in the US. They were elected to office in Jackson in 1920. 6. Jackson Hole introduced John Wayne to Horse Riding John Wayne's first speaking part was in The Big Trail, which was filmed in Jackson Hole in 1932. It’s rumoured that was the first time he ever rode a horse! 7. It’s a Big Screen Beauty Over 15 feature films have been made on location in Jackson Hole including Shane, Spencer's Mountain, Any Which Way You Can, and Rocky IV. 8. It’s Cosmic The US Voyager II spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, contained an Ansel Adams photograph of Jackson Hole as part of its artifacts cargo. 9. It’s a Great Place to go Antler Shopping The world's only public auction of elk antlers takes place on the Jackson Town Square on the third Saturday in May each year. The antlers are shed by the elk that winter on the refuge and are collected by local Boy Scouts. The majority of the auction proceeds go back to the refuge for the next year's elk feeding program. Want to get to know Jackson Hole a little better? Then book yourself into the cosy, retreat-style Wyoming Inn. The property’s elegant room boasts everything you need to relax after a day exploring Jackson Hole’s many quirky attractions.

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