Spring Creek Ranch
What We Love
- The range of activities from dog sledding and sleigh rides to balloon rides and fishing
- Award-winning Granary restaurant
- Unobstructed Teton Mountain views
- Acupuncture at the on-site Wilderness Adventure Spa
- Location on a 1,000-acre wildlife reserve
- Stone fireplaces and traditional mountain decor
What To Know
- The ski season lasts from late November through early April
- Spring Creek Ranch sits at over 7,000 feet
- The Ranch is a 20-minute drive from the slopes in Jackson Hole, but free shuttles are provided
- A $20 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Jackson Hole’s Spring Creek Ranch sports contemporary Western decor in lieu of loud cowboy kitsch. The soaring wood and iron structure, with a copper-framed fireplace, is set off by view-framing floor-to-ceiling windows. Soft, cognac-colored leather armchairs are as inviting as the staff, whose professionalism strikes the right balance between sophisticated service and warm Western hospitality.
Bed and Bath
Ranging from inn-like cabin studios to full-blown mountain houses, each of the 123 living spaces has an unobstructed view of dramatic Grand Teton peak, the jewel in the range’s rugged crown. These luxe getaways, constructed from fir, spruce, and lodgepole pine, seamlessly blend into their alpine environment and are kitted out with a wood-burning fireplace and private terrace.
The ranch is situated on a 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary where moose, elk, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, buffalo and antelope roam and nest. Explore Spring Creek’s expansive grounds by snowshoeing up and over the butte with an on-site naturalist, or, for a more relaxed approach, hop on a horse-drawn sleigh — especially romantic at night. Finish the day with a massage that uses products made from local alpine juniper and cypress. Meals are served at the Granary, a spectacular dining room built into the cliff, with walls of windows framing the mountains. In warmer months, sit around the firepit for s’mores and an astronomy lesson.
In the Area
While there’s plenty to keep you occupied on-site, a trip to nearby Yellowstone National Park, Jackson’s saloon-filled downtown or the world-renowned Jackson Hole Ski Resort are just a free shuttle ride away. Adventure-seekers can hover over the 305,000 acres of legendary Jackson terrain with High Mountain Heli-Skiing. Don’t miss downtown’s pitch-perfect Snake River Grill, with its luxe spin on Wild West dining and melt-in-your-mouth dessert soufflés. Explore Yellowstone by snowmobile and enjoy a lunch of hearty beef stew as Old Faithful erupts before your eyes. Each year, Jackson Hole’s slopes and backcountry bowls get about 500 inches of fresh powder, ideal for days of schussing.
How to Get There
We stayed at Spring Creek Ranch years ago when it first opened. We had a lovely room with a balcony looking down at the ranches and out at the Tetons. It also had a lovely fireplace. Most memorable was standing on our balcony at night listening to several packs of coyotes howling back and forth. We returned there last week to a king room. Management was great. We checked out our room, weren't as happy with the location as we had hoped, and asked if we could get a room change. They not only changed us, but upgraded us to a room with a kitchen and front room. It was beautiful. The only disappointment was that after 20 years or so of development in the valley, we didn't hear even one coyote. On the other hand, this time we had a wonderful breakfast included in our rate. Management was also very accommodating when we asked if we could leave a night early and get our money back, which we greatly appreciated. It is a bit pricey, but truly not that much more than the generic motel type rooms, and includes the hearty breakfast. In my opinion, it's worth spending an extra $50 and having a memorable experience far from the maddening crowds that now plague Jackson during the high season. Did I mention it's also very romantic? Although we didn't use them, the hotel also has a fitness room, spa, hot tub and outdoor saltwater pool.
Well, it ain't a s'more, that's for sure. Granted, settlers traveling along the Oregon trail didn't have graham crackers or Pinot, but at 75 dollars a person for a ranch style BBQ, it sure would have been nice. The food itself was mediocre and the staff disorganized, but we did get to see a fox kill three prairie dogs only ten feet from our table. It doesn't get more frontier than that. The lame BBQ aside, the rooms at the ranch were spacious, the people were friendly, and the views spectacular. In a do-over, we would return to Spring Creek, but would pass on the overpriced BBQ and instead venture into the city for a night out.
A special shout out to our BBQ companions Matt, Cheryl, Robert, Roane, and poor little Finn, whose pioneer dreams of s'mores by the campfire were sadly dashed.
My husband & I enjoyed a great time at Spring Creek Ranch. We stayed for a week, and began with the Wolf & Bear Safari with Lindsay, our naturalist. She was so knowledgeable about the entire ecosystem of Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons. We stayed overnight in Cooke City, Montana, so that we would be in the Lamar Valley in the evening and first thing in the morning. Not only was Lindsay an interesting guide, but she was great company throughout our 2 days together. The Lamar Valley was heaven. Along with the Safari were dinners & breakfasts at the Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek. The restaurant staff was so sweet and the food delicious. The room was very comfortable, and the shuttle service to and from town worked out great...all the drivers were so accommodating. I can't say how much we would have missed in Yellowstone without Lindsay! Dawson was also very helpful in planning the safari as to what to pack and all the details. Janette the concierge was also very helpful in planning.
We did a two hour trail ride with our family (including 3 teenagers). All the employees were great helping us get on the horses and explaining things as most of us were riding for the first time. Our guide was Sarah and she was awesome! She told us a lot about the scenery, animals, plants, landmarks, etc. Sarah also would explain the trail coming up and what to do I.e. steep hill, rocky path, etc. The views were gorgeous. I highly recommend this trail ride!
My family and I booked our ski reservation here. Their listing and even their own website say that they are a 4 diamond property. Their motto is “Western, Rustic, Elegance” well... Erik’s the elegance completely, add run down,l and dirty and you’ve got it nailed. This place couldn’t have been a 4 diamond place for the past 30 years. What a joke. Stay away... FAR away!