Four Seasons Jackson Hole Tour: Family Wildlife Art and Sleigh Ride

National Elk Refuge, Wyoming.

National Elk Refuge, Wyoming.

Wondering what to do in Jackson Hole with your family?  How about a Safari ?

When we take a trip, I try to incorporate one “experience” - usually something we’ve never tried before but will always remember -because it was spectacular and not because we ended up in jail!

Tenley Thompson - horse and children whisperer

Tenley Thompson - horse and children whisperer

On our recent trip to Wyoming, we opted for a “Family Wildlife Art and Sleigh Ride” offered by the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.  This is a fascinating, full-day Tour that will appeal to 10-year olds and Grandparents alike.  It’s also perfect for the day after the first skiing extravaganza when the muscles are sore but you don’t want to waste precious vacation time.  

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

We left the Hotel at 8 AM in the good company of Resort Biologist Tenley Thompson.  Tenley is like walking, talking encyclopedia of nature.  Gregarious and intelligent, she’s the perfect Ambassador of Hospitality for the Four Seasons.   We visited the Grand Teton National Park and spotted bison, deer, bighorn sheep, and lots of birds including bald eagles.  Then we moved on to the National Elk Refuge where we boarded a private horse-drawn sleigh to visit the herds of elk.  Our last stop was the National Museum of Wildlife Art that houses an extensive collection of work from Carl Rungius.  There is a play area for children within the museum so that the younger guests can occupy themselves with art and craft projects while the adults roam quietly.  We had lunch (included in the Tour) at the Museum’s restaurant that offered a surprisingly diverse and delicious menu.

The Four Seasons had stocked up Henley’s comfortable vehicle with huge flasks of tea, coffee and hot chocolate (also generous supplies of whipped cream and marshmallows) along with a mobile breakfast.  I won’t lie, my children were as fascinated by the neat food hampers and snacks that accompanied us as we traveled as they were by the animal sightings.  Much better options than the squashed granola bar at the bottom of my handbag and adding a thoughtful and luxurious feel to our conveyance.

Four Seasons private Food Truck

Four Seasons private Food Truck

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