Think old western shootouts are a thing of the past? Well, cue the whistling tumbleweeds, because in Jackson Hole this tradition is alive and kicking! Home to the longest running shootout in the nation, Jackson Hole attracts throngs of people to its town square every summer to watch the good, the bad and the ugly take over its streets. The best part? You don’t have to dish out a fistful of dollars to watch because the show is free to the public!
The Jackson Hole Shootout: A Brief History
Running since 1957 the shootout has seen a drastic transformation from its wild beginnings and is now even endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson Hole Playhouse. This support has enriched this community event and provided funding to create ornate costumes and hire actors that have a flair for the dramatics and a knack for old timey accents.
The most interesting part is that the storylines are always changing, so you’ll never know what to expect on a return trip. From the original Clover the Killer to “Mean” Mike Meade, the Shootout Gang has a constant rotation of characters, and with 4 million viewers since its inception, we don’t see it stopping anytime soon.
You can watch the Jackson Hole Shootout every day at 6 pm during the summertime, except on Sundays – “there’s no shootin’ on Sundays!”
Things to Do in Jackson Hole
Apart from the grand ol’ shootout, there are plenty of other attractions to take advantage of in Jackson Hole. You can visit the Grand Tetons which are always looming in the distance, go fly-fishing in the Snake River or take a dip in the Granite Hot Springs. If you’re a national park lover, we recommend staying at the Snow King Resort, a rustic mountain retreat nestled on the edge of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and a perfect hub for those wanting visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.