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Everything You Need to Know about the Jackson Hole Shootout

Did you know Jackson Hole is home to the longest-running continuous shootout in the United States? Yes, that’s a real record, and yes, it’s absolutely true. The Jackson Hole Shootout has been going for more than 65 years, which is slightly longer than the gunfight at the end of the last John Wick movie.  

What can you expect?

If you’re in town and you have a hankerin’ to watch some rascally outlaws git what’s comin’ to ‘em (and you happen to be in town from Memorial Day through Labor Day because after that the outlaws are out skiing), be sure to stop by the town square every night (except Sundays, of course). Spectators can gather on the northeast corner of Jackson’s Town Square starting at about 5:30 pm, and by 6:15, the world’s most punctual outlaws have appeared and the bullets start to fly. It’s free to the public, and no reservations are necessary. 

The performers come from the nearby Jackson Hole Playhouse, and if you stick around you can usually see a Western-themed musical there. And here’s a fun fact: the guns are real, but they’re shooting blanks. 

How did it all get started?

Depends on who you ask. If you want the colorful local legend, the shootout began with the notorious outlaw Clover the Killer, “the meanest, ugliest, no-good hoss-thief this side of Teton Pass,” according to the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. No doubt he also cheated on his taxes, kicked puppies, and left the toilet seat up. He went up against the Cache Creek Posse, the good guys, who would drag Clover into Town Square every night in an attempt to hang him. And every night he would escape, thanks to the intervention of his friends, the rope breaking, or some other unforeseen circumstance. At some point, you might think the good citizens of Jackson might have considered replacing the Cache Creek Posse with some more competent law enforcement, but apparently, they all thought it was great fun. (This was also 1956, so maybe the real police were off chasing actual modern criminals.) And then, as the story goes, the shootout just kept happening.

Or, according to another story, the shootout was just a clever marketing stunt to attract visitors to stay in local hotels and motels, eat at local restaurants, and buy souvenir T-shirts from local gift shops. But who believes that story? The other one is way more fun. 

This post is brought to you by Flat Creek Inn.

Featured image credit: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

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Ryan Kunz is a copywriter and freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics, including media, the outdoors, and whatever else strikes his fancy. He is sure the first story is historically accurate. 

A Stroll Through Jackson Hole’s Town Square

A trip to Jackson Hole isn’t complete until you’ve visited the iconic Town Square (also known as the George Washington Memorial Park). It’s a fun experience that you and your family will remember forever.

Jackson Hole Antler Arches

There are arches made out of elk antlers on all four corners of the square. Here is a live stream of one of the antler arches in the Town Square. While you’re there, you’ve got to take a family photo under one of the arches!

Antler arch in Jackson Hole Town Square.
Antler arch.

Educational plaque about the antler arches in Jackson Hole's town square.
Educational plaque about the antler arches.

Inside the Town Square

There are several benches to sit and rest (or people watch!) while you are visiting the Town Square. It’s a great place to have a little picnic, or just stop and enjoy the views.

Here is another live stream of the Town Square.

A view of the Jackson Hole Town Square
A view of the Town Square.

A monument in Jackson Hole's Town Square to honor veterans.
A monument in the Town Square to honor veterans.

A monument to honor the Town Square.
A monument to honor the Town Square.

Shopping Near the Town Square

The Town Square is surrounded on all four sides by stores and restaurants. Everything is very walkable, and it’s fun to window shop and see the unique gifts and items that Jackson Hole has to offer. You can find stores selling western themed jewelry, art galleries, a candy store, clothing stores, and even the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar right next to the Town Square.

Walking around the Jackson Hole Town Square.
Walking around the Town Square.

A bison near the Jackson Hole Town Square.
It was fun to run into this guy while shopping around Town Square.

If you visit the Town Square in the summertime, don’t miss the Town Square Shootout that happens every night at 6pm (Monday through Saturday)!

 

Need a place to stay when you visit Jackson Hole? Come stay at the Flat Creek Inn!

 

Shan’tel Christensen is a mother of 5 and a graduate student. She enjoys strolling through Jackson Hole’s Town Square whenever she gets the chance.

Fun *Free* Family Activity to do in Jackson Hole

Need a fun activity to do with your family while you’re visiting Jackson Hole? Head over to Teton Toys for a fun way to spend some quality time together as a family.

Teton Toys

It’s a little tricky to find the store. It’s located in Jackson Hole square. Follow the signs, walk through the “Lucky You Gifts” store and look for the stairs. Head down the stairs and then you’re there!

The sign for Teton Toys
Teton Toys!

Walking down the stairs to go into Teton Toys
Head down the stairs and you’ll find the store.

Inside the Store

When you walk down the stairs, you will see isles and isles of toys! They also have cute little shopping carts for kids to use as they walk through the store.

Shelves of toys inside Teton Toys.
So. many. toys.

Little shopping carts for kids to use inside Teton Toys.
Cute little shopping carts for kids.

Lots of model cars inside Teton Toys.
Cars!

Tiny animals inside Teton Toys.
Tiny animals.

Unique and Fun Toys

The awesome thing about Teton Toys is that all of the toys are high quality, and they are fun and unique. There is something for everyone from kids to adults. There are stuffed animals, puzzles, games, crafts, books, Lego sets, and collector’s items.

Plus Pieces inside Teton Toys.
Plus Pieces

There is a whole section of prank toys including this “Dirty Face” soap that looks white but turns dirty when someone tries to use it!

Fun prank toys inside Teton Toys.
Fun prank toys!

Lots of plastic animals to choose from inside Teton Toys.
Animals!

We could have stayed in this store for hours just looking at all of the unique toys. Teton Toys is a delightful activity for the whole family to enjoy while you’re visiting Jackson Hole.

Feel free to come stay at the Flat Creek Inn while you’re in town!

Shan’tel Christensen is a mother of 5, a graduate student, and her favorite toy at Teton Toys is the teeny tiny version of the game Boggle.

The One Place You Must Go When You Visit Jackson Hole

There is one store in Jackson Hole that is sure to delight both young and old alike – the Yippy I-O Candy Co. This store is a veritable feast for the eyes just as much as a feast for the belly. Inside you can find every type of candy imaginable. Let’s go take a look!

Inside the Candy Store

The main entrance to the Yippy I-O Candy Co.
The main entrance.

As soon as you walk into the store you will see this darling sign and a stack of little baskets.

The sign inside the Yippy I-O Candy Co. says, "Hep yerself to a baskit"
Hep yerself to a baskit!

You can create your own Pucker Powder with this fun machine!

The Pucker Powder machine in the Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Pucker Powder machine.

Lots of Unique and Fun Items!

There is a whole shelf of “canned” animals. I was too terrified to buy one, but I can imagine it would be an unforgettable experience to try one of these out!

Canned Grizzly Bear inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Canned Grizzly Bear…yikes!

There are barrels and barrels of every flavor of taffy that you can think of.

Lots of flavors of taffy inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Taffy galore.

There are so many unique items here, including flavored honeys, and candies that I remember eating in my childhood and haven’t seen anywhere since!

A variety of honey and syrup flavors in Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Lots of honey and syrup flavors as well.

Everything in this store is such a fun experience from the wagon wheel lights, to the barrels full of candy, to the old-fashioned candy.

Wagon wheel light fixture inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Wagon wheel light.

Giant jaw breaker inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Giant jaw breaker.

It’s such a fun sight to see rows of glass jars full of the most delicious and yummy treats! You can literally see stars in people’s eyes when they are walking around this store :).

Rows and rows of candy inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Rows and rows of candy.

Don’t Forget the Fudge!

Yippy I-O Candy Co. makes fresh fudge in house. There are 20 different flavors to choose from. Yuuuummmmmm!

Homemade fudge inside Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Yummy fudge.

Our favorite candy from this trip was the Cowtales. They are a delicious caramelly treat.

Cowtales candy from Yippy I-O Candy Co.
Cowtales.

Visiting Yippy I-O Candy Co. will be an experience you won’t soon forget. We highly recommend checking this out when you visit Jackson Hole!

Come stay at the Flat Creek Inn while you’re in town!

Shan’tel Christensen is a mother of 5, and working on her masters in social work. She has a sweet tooth the size of Texas and thoroughly enjoyed going to Yippi I-O Candy Co.

Fish Hatchery in Jackson Hole

Let’s go visit the Jackson National Fish Hatchery!

Entrance to the Fish Hatchery

This fish hatchery is just a little outside of Jackson Hole, not far from the Flat Creek Inn. Look for the “Jackson National Fish Hatchery” sign and follow the arrows to the parking lot.

The Jackson National Fish Hatchery entrance sign
The entrance sign.

The views from the fish hatchery are beautiful. It’s a really peaceful and scenic area. Visitors can follow the wide, paved pathway from the parking lot down to the fish hatchery building.

The view from the parking lot looking down at the Jackson National fish hatchery building.
The view from the parking lot looking down at the fish hatchery building.

Jackson National Fish Hatchery sign.
One of the many educational signs along the pathway

Along the path are several signs that give the history of the fish hatchery and educate on the process and purpose of the hatchery.

Jackson National Fish Hatchery sign.
Another educational sign to read as you are walking towards the hatchery.

Inside the Fish Hatchery

Once you reach the building, you come inside to the front room which includes a guest sign in and these screens on the wall that show footage of the different stages of the fish hatchery process. You can see the fish at the beginning of their journey until the end when they get released.

Inside the Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
Inside the fish hatchery

There are also two large fish tanks with a variety of fish to look at.

Walking into Jackson National Fish Hatchery
About to head into the actual hatchery

Inside the Hatchery Area

Here is where the whole process happens. Inside these tanks of water, you can see fish in various stages of development. It’s fun to watch the fish swimming around and even jumping out of the water!

Inside Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
These receptacles hold the fish!

Fish inside Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
Lots of fish in this one!

Behind the Fish Hatchery

When you walk out of the building you can see more areas where the fish are held when they get too large for the indoor areas.

The fish get moved to these outside troughs when they get too big for the indoor ones at the Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
The fish get moved to these outside troughs when they get too big for the indoor ones.

More fish at the Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
There are some more fish!

Another educational sign inside the Jackson National fish hatchery.
Another educational sign inside the fish hatchery.

There is a beautiful pond behind the fish hatchery with fish inside. It’s a beautiful area to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

The view from the back of the Jackson National Fish Hatchery.
The view of the back of the fish hatchery

A beautiful pond behind the Jackson National Fish Hatchery that you can walk around and enjoy.
A beautiful pond behind the hatchery that you can walk around and enjoy.

You can find out more about the purpose of fish hatcheries here. The Jackson National Fish Hatchery is well worth the visit, and even better, it’s free!

For close lodging to the Fish Hatchery, we recommend staying at the Flat Creek Inn!

 

Shan’tel Christensen is a mother to 5 and is currently getting her masters in social work. Whenever she gets the chance, she loves to visit beautiful places like Jackson Hole!

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