Wilson

A town where residents may appreciate an old way of life, but they also appreciate the finer things

Welcome to Wilson

Exclusive Jackson Hole community retaining old-west charm
 
Cross the Snake River north of Jackson, and you may be lucky enough to find the small, exclusive community of Wilson. Elijah Nicholas Wilson founded the town in 1899 after living with the local Shoshone tribe and riding for the Pony Express, and Wilson retains much of that Wild West charm today. Drive through town, and you'll see a log-cabin-style post office, kids riding to school on horseback, and a bar that looks straight out of a movie. Wilson's tranquil western vibes have slowly grown the community over the last few decades, now boasting a population of over 1,500. Because it's separated from Jackson by the river, it's one of the quieter parts of Jackson Hole and spared from the influx of tourists experienced in other areas. 
 
Don't let its small size or Western grit fool you, however. Wilson is a town where residents may appreciate an old way of life, but they also appreciate the finer things. Many property owners who make their home in Wilson have opulent, rambling ranch-style homes with the finest amenities and finishings. Large-cabin-style homes are typical, with big front porches that usher you into great rooms with a crackling fire. These homes sit on vast acreage, where homeowners can take in the stunning Jackson Hole views and participate in the outdoor recreation treasured here. 

What to Love

  • Old West charm meets modern luxury
  • A small community that treasures the Jackson Hole lifestyle
  • Great access to outdoor recreation, including fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, and more
  • Just across the river from Jackson for fast access to travel links and bigger city amenities 
  • Great community events like dances and holiday celebrations

Local Lifestyle

Wilson is the West you've always wanted to experience. Life in Wilson feels like time stopped about a hundred years ago in the best way possible. Life here is quiet, peaceful, and protected. Friends meet at the local saloon, and you'll see your neighbors over at the weekly barn dance. It's not unusual to see people riding their horses through town to pick up the kids at school or pop into the general store for milk and bread. The community treasures its way of life. While they'll work hard to protect it, they also welcome newcomers eager to join it. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Wilson may be a small town, but it has some legendary places to eat. Start with a meal at Nora's. The rustic diner just off of the Teton Pass Highway serves excellent hamburgers, but it's their breakfast you don't want to miss. Choose from hearty omelets with hashbrowns or homemade biscuits and gravy. For lunch, head to Rations for incredible burgers and truffle fries. For dinner, visit Sudachi, Wilson's sushi restaurant with nightly specials featuring fresh fish flown in from all over the world. End your night at the Stagecoach Bar. The 70-year-old bar also offers weekly food specials and has a selection of eight beers on tap.

Things to Do

No visit to Wilson is complete without attending Sunday Church. Instead of a religious ceremony, Sunday Church is the nickname for the weekly dance held at the Stagecoach Bar. The same house band has been playing at Sunday Church for 44 years. After you've danced the night away, you can spend the next day at the Teton Raptor Center

The nonprofit helps rehabilitate injured raptors before returning them to the wild. They offer tours, talks, and demonstrations that the whole family will love. Of course, Wilson is in the heart of Jackson Hole, so you'll also have quick access to everything the area offers, including skiing in Snow King Mountain or hiking in Teton Pass
 

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