9 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice in Jackson Hole

Celebrate the never-ending days of summer with a bonfire or campfire.
Celebrate the never-ending days of summer with a bonfire or campfire. Jelle
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Soon, the Tetons will celebrate the longest day of the year: June 21, also known as the summer solstice. What's the best way to celebrate this season of almost never-ending daylight? By being outside, of course. Savor the 15 hours and 25 minutes of daytime that solstice brings by indulging in some of these activities. With such long days, feel free to mix-and-match these activities for a day full of adventure. This year, June 21 also falls on on Father's Day, so feel free to grab a father figure in your life to bring along on some of these great adventures to celebrate summer solstice in Jackson Hole.

1. Go camping.

The longest day of the year is a perfect one to sleep under the stars. Pack up your friends, grab a cooler full of burgers and beer, and head to one of the many local campgrounds. If the spots in Grand Teton and Yellowstone are packed, and you're looking for something a little more low-key, explore the options within the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Jackson Ranger District offers the closest sites to town, including areas up Curtis Canyon and Crystal Creek.

Celebrate the combination of Summer Solstice and Father's Day and bring your family out on a camping adventure.
Celebrate the combination of Summer Solstice and Father's Day and bring your family out on a camping adventure. Oakley Originals

2. Hit the trails for a run.

The gently rolling hills of [Taggart Lake](//rootsrated.com/jackson-hole-wy/trail-running/taggart-lake "Taggart Lake") offer a great place to lace up your trail shoes and head out for a run. The stunning scenery of the Tetons will surround you on this 5-mile jaunt. And, since you're in the park, if you want to run farther, you'll have a plethora of other options. Be sure to bring your bear spray and be aware of wildlife on your run.

3. Hike Crystal Butte.

Located just on the edge of town, Crystal Butte is a local's favorite spot to get some exercise in and enjoy gorgeous views of town, the Tetons, and beyond. Hit the trail and climb 2,000 feet up to the ridgeline to enjoy a nice ridge hike. When you head back down, you'll find plenty of options to grab a meal or a drink in town.

4. Climb a rock.

Long days are perfect for getting some time in on the area's popular climbing routes. Head over to Blacktail Butte . This sport crag, located in Moose, offers a number of options. From the parking lot, simply walk up the stairs to check out the routes on offer, including Wild at Heart (5.11b) and WaterStreak (5.12b) as well as plenty of other options in the 5.10-5.13 range.

Celebrate the never-ending days of summer with a bonfire or campfire.
Celebrate the never-ending days of summer with a bonfire or campfire. Jelle

5) Have a Bonfire or Campfire

Even when the sun's up, who doesn't enjoy a good bonfire or campfire? Grab some wood and friends and enjoy a bonfire or campfire. Be sure to follow all regulations if you're on public land, including regulations concerning fire size, burn restrictions, and keeping it inside the fire ring. Whether you're celebrating with a big backyard conflagration or a mini-bonfire of the s'more roasting variety, gathering people together is a great way to revel in summer. Be sure to be fire-safe and have water and shovels on hand and know what to do if your fire escapes.

6. Ride the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram.

Head to the top of Rendezvous Mountain to celebrate the longest day of the year. Hop on the Tram for a 15-minute ride to the top of the peak to take a look around or grab a waffle at Corbet's Cabin. Snow usually prevails up top this time of year, so evaluate conditions and consider the best recreation option for you up top. Or, head back down to the base and enjoy the bike park and hiking trails down below.

7. Grab a backpack and explore Grand Teton National Park.

Mid-June brings melting snows and opens up some of the area's popular backpacking trails. While the high country is still socked in with snow, head to a lower elevation trail to enjoy the 15+ hours of daylight. Grand Teton National Park allows visitors to purchase backcountry permits online or you can walk up and see what's available (one-third of spaces are held aside for walk-up reservations). The park offers numerous backcountry options to choose from.

Ride the scenic chairlift to the top of Snow King and soak in the breathtaking views.
Ride the scenic chairlift to the top of Snow King and soak in the breathtaking views. Hilary H

8. Take in the views from the Snow King scenic chairlift.

June 21 is the first day of the season for the Snow King Scenic Chairlift . In winter, skiers and snowboarders ride the lift to carve down the mountain, but summer opens up a whole new world of fun. The Summit Lift will take you to the top of the mountain and offer scenic panoramic views of the town of Jackson, the Tetons, and beyond. First chair is at 9 am and closing times vary between 6 pm and 8 pm through early September. While you're at Snow King, you can also go for a hike or a bike ride or take a ride down the Alpine Slide .

9. Mingle with cool creatures at Raptorfest.

Spend your afternoon on the longest day of the year with some of the most fascinating and majestic creatures in the valley. Teton Raptor Center celebrates Father's Day and the longest day of the year with their annual raptor celebration: Raptorfest . This family-friendly activity includes opportunities to meet Owly the Great Horned Owl, Gus the Golden Eagle, and other live raptors at the center located in Wilson. The event runs from 1-5 pm and free shuttles run from the Stilson parking lot at the corner of Highway 22 and the Village Road.

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