National Museum of Wildlife Art Honored

By Jackson Hole Traveler Blogger
Jackson Hole #1 Attraction Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
National Museum of Wildlife Art honored for consistently outstanding visitor reviews
National Museum Wildlife Art

National Museum Wildlife Art

Just in time for family vacation season, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a favorite stop on many Yellowstone road trips – and already rated TripAdvisor’s #1 Jackson Hole attraction – has received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers,” says Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Jim McNutt, president and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “We strive to consistently provide a visitor experience that exceeds expectations, from important exhibitions such as the just-opened Charles M. Russell show and events like our upcoming June Plein Air Fest to hands-on kids’ activities and our extensive permanent collection. So this TripAdvisor honor is especially significant because it’s based on the opinions of our visitors.”

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s many family-friendly offerings include an outdoor art venue, the ¾-mile Sculpture Trail, that’s free and open to the public year-round, and a self-directed kids’ activity area, the Children’s Discovery Gallery. Current exhibitions on display through summer at the museum include “Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell,” “Elegy: The African Photography of Nick Brandt 2001 – 2008,” “Conservation Gallery,” and “The Odd Couple: A New Pairing of Thought Provoking Art.” Upcoming summer events include the Plein Air Fest on June 21 and a variety of additional outdoor Sculpture Trail activities from evening Mix’d Media parties to free Yoga on the Trail classes. See the museum website for a full schedule of events and exhibitions.

TripAdvisor® uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account reviews ratings to select its Certificate of Excellence winners. According to TripAdvisor, “Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.” TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

May 22nd, 2014

Heli Skiing in Jackson Hole

By Chris Hanson

Skiing in Jackson Hole is more than a winter hobby, it’s a passion that’s tangible on and off the slopes in a valley blessed with over 450 annual inches of snow. It also doesn’t take long to learn that the locals aren’t always quick to share their secret powder stashes and favorite lines. Backcountry skiing offers a chance to escape the crowds (although even at Jackson Hole Mountain resort, an actual crowd is a scarcity) and explore some amazing scenery. Getting started, however, can be intimidating. Signing up for a day with High Mountain Heli Skiing offers the perfect mix of plentiful powder and thrilling adventure for skiers of moderate to expert abilities.

February 7th, 2009

Jackson Hole Winter Carnival

By Ashley Lacourse

The Jackson Hole Winter Carnival kicks off for the annual celebration of winter and everything great that comes with this magical and fun time in Jackson Hole. The carnival runs from January 29th till February 1st with different daily events planned to keep you celebrating and enjoying the chilly weather. The carnival begins at the National Museum of Wildlife Art with a popular event called the QuickDraw. Local artists gather, and in a short period of time they paint a wonderful masterpiece that you can enjoy from start to finish. If the need for adventure is calling your name, join the Steep and Deep Ski Camp at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where you can learn some valuable skills from top instructors to keep you rolling down the mountain with grace and style.

On January 30th, the first stage of the International Pedigree Dog Sled race starts at the Town Square and is a spring to Snow King — with international musher’s racing eventually all the way to Park City, Utah over a few days in a fun and competitive race. While you are watching the race start, you can grab some great eats at the pig roast at the Town Square and stop at many vendors lined up. After all the mushers arrive at Snow King Resort, the real festivities begin with a torchlight parade of local skiers parading down the mountain in smooth coordinated turns. Following soon after is a wonderful display of fireworks to celebrate both the start of the race and winter! The winter carnival continues with many more events and activities. When booking your skiing vacation, keep in mind the annual Jackson Hole Winter Carnival for a winter celebration you will remember.

February 6th, 2009

International Pedigree Sled Dog Race

By Ashley Lacourse

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race slid its way through Jackson, WY to kick off the yearly race showcasing the talent and determination of both the mushers and the hardworking dogs. On January 30th, the Jackson Hole town square was transformed from a normal winter town to the start line of the largest sled dog race in the lower fourty-eight states with mushers from all around the world.

Course Map

Course Map

The race itself operates similar to the Tour-de-France and is broken into several legs with nightly parties in each town along the way.

The first leg of the race starts in Lander and ends 76 miles later in Irish Canyon, outside of Pinedale. The race continues along passing through 11 cities in Wyoming and ends on February 7th in Park City, Utah.

The race was started in 1996 by Frank Teasley and has continued for fourteen years due to the massive success and following of the race. If you missed it this year, don’t worry it will be back again next winter in Jackson Hole and if you are up for the challenge, start training now and sign up soon!  Follow the teams, view results, browse more photos, and plan to catch the race action in person.

February 5th, 2009