About Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
Address: 1225 State Highway 22, Jackson Hole, 83001, Wy, Wy
Situated at the foot of several majestic mountain peaks, Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is located within the borders of Grand Teton National Park, 7 miles (10.2 km) north of central Jackson, Wyoming. Airport car rentals from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz are located on-site in the arrival hall of the terminal. Meanwhile, a number of other trusted name brands are located in Jackson.
The most complicated part of getting around Jackson will be simply understanding that “Jackson Hole” refers to the greater valley region, and Jackson is the small town that most visitors to the area will use as a home base or point of entry. The town of Jackson consists of a central business district on the east side Flat Creek, with a smaller section of shopping and resort attractions on the west bank where U.S. Highway 191 meets State Route 22.
The town of Jackson is so small that an able-bodied adult could walk from one end of town to the other in under an hour. First-time visitors behind the wheel of a car hire will have a hard time getting lost in Jackson, and likewise, the valley region. The beauty of driving in Wyoming is simplicity — there’s generally only one road heading to your destination. That said, visitors in winter should be experienced with driving in snow and ice.
Jackson Hole is the portal to a pair of iconic U.S. national parks — the aforementioned Grand Teton National Park, and the most popular of them all, Yellowstone. In winter, the valley is primarily a destination for skiers, with a number of world-class resorts within easy striking distance. As a result, the population of Jackson varies by season, with spring and fall being the slow seasons.
Choosing your car
Choosing your car for a trip to Jackson Hole will probably boil down to the time of year. Ford compact, Mitsubishi economy, and Volkswagen standard cars are ideal for summertime road trips to Yellowstone. For larger groups and families with camping gear, you’ll need a Dodge 7-9 seater minivan. Otherwise, the best all-purpose vehicle for driving in Wyoming is undoubtedly an SUV, and you can choose from Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Ford intermediate and fullsize all-terrain vehicles.
Tips and advice
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is roughly 12 miles (18 km) from Jackson via SR-22 and 390. Yellowstone National Park is 80 miles (128 km) due north of Jackson via US-191. Salt Lake City is the closest major metropolitan area, 300 miles (480 km) south via SR-89 and Interstate 15.
Winter driving quick tips: Never drive with cruise control in wet and frozen conditions. Watch out for animals on the road in rural areas. Bridges freeze over much quicker than land roads.
If you’re renting any time other than summer, expect your car hire to be equipped with studded (snow) tires, which are legal in Wyoming, one of a handful of states that don’t require tire chains for winter driving.
Be advised that a high percentage of tourist-oriented businesses, i.e. resorts, restaurants, etcetera, are closed during spring or fall or both. Furthermore, it’s typically harder to rent a car in winter, when skiers descend on the airport.
Winter weather means frequent road closures in Jackson Hole, and this could include portions of main routes. You can download the official Wyoming Department of Transportation app, Wyoming 511, for official road conditions and traffic information.
Wyoming implements a variable speed limit program that depends on road conditions.