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SmarterTravel Spotlight: Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole

A stone’s throw from the heart of Jackson Hole is a hilltop retreat with far-flung views of Grand Teton National Park’s wild plains and iconic peaks. Spring Creek Ranch is an upper-mid-range Jackson Hole lodging option with luxury views; it sits adjacent to the famed (and sky-high expensive) Amangani resort.

Cabin-style rooms and suites situated around a main lodge guarantee breakfast-table vistas, plus access to on-site horseback riding stables, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour hot tub. It’s a relaxing getaway for couples and families alike.

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The Location

Spring creek ranch cabins.

Located along the main route between Jackson Town Square and Grand Teton National Park, Spring Creek Ranch is a midway point between bustling downtown and the vast wilderness of the Grand Tetons. This is perfect for avoiding traffic on your morning drive to the park, while also remaining close to all the dining, shopping, and nightlife Jackson boasts without having to stay in the same place as all the crowds. You’ll need a car to get just about anywhere in Jackson, but especially to Spring Creek Ranch—it’s a winding mile-long car ride uphill from the National Elk Refuge (which is what those sprawling views will be of).

The Rooms

Spring creek ranch room and patio.

Rustic cabin-style rooms with stone fireplaces (and central heating, albeit somewhat outdated in some cabins) overlook the ranch’s grounds and bubbling fish ponds. The far-off Tetons are in sight from most rooms via outdoor porches and/or balconies, depending on whether you get an upper or lower-level room. Ask for an upper-level room for better views plus an improved chance of a slightly more updated interior. The fireplaces are old-fashioned wood burning chimneys, with fire starters and wood piles placed around the property for you to use on your own—or ask the front desk for some assistance.

Dining

View from and food at the granary spring creek ranch.

Spring Creek Ranch’s on-site restaurant, The Granary restaurant and bar, is frequented by Jackson visitors (even those not staying at the ranch) for its well-known views of the National Elk Refuge. Enjoy complimentary breakfast downstairs daily to fuel up before a full day of hiking, or watch cows and elk graze below at sunset over a drink in the upstairs bar and lounge. The Granary often hosts live music, and also offers gourmet dinners ranging from bison filet to vegetarian options.

Next door at Amangani, visitors can splurge on a reservation at The Grill for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner with accompanying vistas.

Amenities

pool at spring creek ranch.

In addition to an outdoor pool, 24-hour hot tub, and on-site spa, Spring Creek Ranch’s add-on activities make it one of the most eclectic Jackson Hole lodging options. Horseback riding sessions are available for purchase through the on-site stables, and run until mid-afternoon  The ranch also runs a wide array of outdoor activities year-round, from hot-air balloon rides in summer to sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sledding adventures in winter. Activities change depending on the season, and a full list can be found on Spring Creek Ranch’s website.

Price and How to Book

Nightly base rates range from $200 to $400 per night depending on the season, and typically include breakfast at The Granary. Nightly starting rates for suites (one to two bedrooms) start from $295 in low seasons and from $490 in high seasons. A full listing of room types, amenities, and fees can be found on Spring Creek Ranch’s website.

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SmarterTravel’s Shannon McMahon visited Jackson Hole and stayed at Spring Creek Ranch as a guest of the National Parks Foundation. Follow her adventures on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider, blog.TripAdvisor.com, Boston.com, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC, People.com, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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