If you’re looking for a bike park that ticks all the boxes as a destination, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is hard to beat. The mountain biking is excellent, with a mix of flowing trails, jump lines, rugged nature trails and even stellar XC riding. There’s something for everyone, and I mean everybodythrough a massive effort to include adapted athletes in their planning for trails and other outdoor activities.
Then there are the national parks, with Yellowstone and Grand Teton just a short drive away. And like any high-end ski resort, there’s all the manufactured fun available for kids and adults, plus legitimate activities like a Via Ferrata rock climb that’s also accessible to adventurers with limited physical abilities.
But the important, and perhaps most impressive, thing is that none of the layouts designed for accessibility come at the expense of radness. None of this waters down the experience, it just makes a killer experience more accessible to everyone.
About Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
JHMR has been around for 60 years, and the bike park trails started 10 years ago with the Teewinot chairlift, which serves the Rabbit slopes in the winter.
The original trail system was created by Gravity Logic in Whistler, and it resembles this area. And very reminiscent of Park City. Then, in the summer of 2021, they expanded the mountain with the Sweetwater Gondola and added four more longer trails.
Open berms on lower-flow trails are scraped annually to smooth out the slopes for beginner skiers, then rebuilt each summer. This means that they will be a little different each year. Things in the woods stay untouched all year round, but are buried with snow out of season.
The upper trails are a mix, with some built by Cam Zink’s Sensus RAD trails group including the super rocky and gnarly Dirty Harry trail. And that wooden ramp you’ll see below that drops into True Grit. More are being built by park staff, with past input from Gravity Logic and others, and more are planned for the future.
There are a few technical trails, either with small drops or difficult technical rock sections, but the majority of them are quite enjoyable for intermediate riders with something to entertain more advanced riders as well. That’s kind of the beauty of it, the trails are fun whether it’s your first time at a bike park or a season pass holder.
Ride the Sweetwater Gondola higher and the trails get bigger, with bigger jumps (mostly tables and everything has a chicken line), higher berms, and more exposure. The highlight is the brand new Deeper Darker Trail. More on that in a minute…
It is Forest Service Land, which is important
The trails are on Forest Service land, they are a case study and they have two eMTB specific uphill trails that will take you to the top and then you can ride the bike park trails.
This is actually a big deal, as the trails are on national forest land, and JHMR has a long term land lease, and technically you can come here, hike the trails on your own (assisted or not) , then go down the trails and not buy a pass. Obviously they’d rather you did, but either way you assume all risk of using the trails.
So if you come here and hop on and off your eMTB for free, appreciate what that means for all types of riders. Take advantage of the fact that you are riding trails that cost a lot of money and time to build, without paying for it, even if you get shipwrecked. Above all if you get wrecked or see someone driving something different from you. Don’t be stupid. Because there is more to this story, and much more at stake…
Back to the Deeper Darker track
Deeper Darker is no joke. Huge berms, big jumps and incredibly steep sweepers that allow you to increase your speed. Scary speed. And it was designed with input from racers like Joe Stone with Adaptive nipplewho broke his back and now rides an electric mountain bike.
Joe and JHMR built Deeper Darker to work with all types of riders. And to be just as fun and smooth no matter what kind of bike you’re on. Looked:
JHMR and Teton Adaptive’s goal is to have an outdoor recreation area that facilitates “human-powered adventures”, and the resort and surrounding areas have adaptive options for boating, rock climbing, road cycling, mountain biking and even paragliding.
And I promise Deeper Darker is just as much fun on a regular bike as it looks on its Bowhead litter adaptive bike.
Here is a little taste of the other trails accessible from Sweetwater:
A day pass to the Bike Park costs $49, with bike and gear rentals available for a fee. A season pass costs $225. As of this writing, they are changing their fleet to Scott Gamblers and Ransomsbut you may find other brands still available.
We had a great time riding the Ransom, but I highly recommend bringing your own bike so you’re comfortable on the first ride. A good 170mm enduro/all-mountain bike is enough, but a DH/Park bike works great too. Capable riders would have fun on a good 160/150 bike too, but slacker angles sure help on some of the steeper bits.
Get all the options, including guided walks, camps, lessons and more, at their Bike Park webpage. The Bike Park opens from June to September, with ideal weather conditions and trails from mid-June to late June and early July, depending on the weather. If you can time it a day or two after a rain, you’ll probably have perfect dirt. And like any bike park, the earlier in the season you get there, the fewer brake bumps you’ll encounter.
What about cross country in Jackson Hole?
Nearby Munger Mountain is stellar cross-country mountain biking, with thousands of feet of climbing rewarded by fast slivers of flowing singletrack. Pass by meadows of wildflowers, breathtaking views of the Tetons, and a real workout considering the starting point at approximately 6,300 feet in elevation.
If you’re traveling the area with a cross-country bike or trail bike, or if the park just isn’t your thing, the Munger Mountain loops are easy to combine, ride in either direction, and hike. explore. It’s easy to complete 60-120 minutes of riding, or keep riding if you want more. The Forest Service has information about the area, and you can find trail information at Forks, All trails and MTB project.
And when you’re done riding, press the Street Food @ Stagecoach Bar for a perfectly giant and delicious plate of loaded fries. Believe me, it’s worth it. There are also many other great dishes, but loaded fries.
Jackson Hole Lodging, Food and Drinks
For the budget conscious, there is the inn and you can bring a cooler. Otherwise, it’s a resort within a resort, and the prices reflect that. We stayed at continuum, which was nice and relatively reasonable. Expect most meals in and around the Teton Village area to cost between $20 and $35 during the day, and a bit more for a lot more at night.
Hit it mangy moose for drinks, including a Sloshie, which was a fan favorite in our group. The food was also very good, but keep in mind that summer hours aren’t very late in many places, so check the times to make sure a late ride during the long summer days doesn’t hurt. does not prevent a good meal.
Should we go to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort?
In terms of pure bike parks, this one ranks pretty well. There are enough trails to fill a single day and enough variety to make it interesting. I’ve been to bike parks with better quality trails and/or more variety, but these aren’t far behind…maybe 7 out of 10. Munger Mountain singletrack is closer to a 8.
What drives JHMR to a solid recommendation is its proximity to national parks and other incredible outdoor adventures. I want to go back with my family and try all things. As an avid mountain biker it’s nice to know I could have a big day riding while they relax and then we get back to other things with a conveniently located home base for all the activities.
Think of it as an adventure sports destination that also offers great horseback riding.
Discover all the options, a Bike Park map and more at JacksonHole.com.