Flying to Jackson Hole:
The recommended option for traveling to the 2018 IPMHVC is flying directly into Jackson Hole Airport. This airport was recently expanded and now includes service from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines. Daily summer service begins on June 1st with direct flights to/from Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. These flights fill quickly due to the popular summer activities in Jackson Hole and surrounding national parks, and therefore we recommend conference attendees book travel to Jackson early. A variety of rental car options are available including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty, National, and Alamo.
Once in Jackson Hole, conference attendees will need to travel from the airport to the Jackson Lake Lodge. The Jackson Hole Airport provides detailed information on taxi, shuttle, rental car services available in the area. Additional information is available from the Grand Teton Lodge Company. The easiest shuttle service to the lodge is available through JH Shuttle, approximately $75/person each way, and can be reserved in advance (visit the JH Shuttle site and select “Book Now!” to view options). Alternatively (or for small groups), weekly rental car rates are affordable in the Jackson Hole region, and rental cars also allow freedom for conference attendees to explore the nearby national parks at their own leisure. Parking is free at the Jackson Lake Lodge for conference attendees. The drive from Jackson Hole Airport to Jackson Lake Lodge is approximately 35 minutes, free of traffic, and includes scenic outlooks of the Grand Teton Mountains along the way:
- From the Airport: turn left (north) on US-191 and drive for 22 miles
- Turn left (west) to continue on US-191 into the ranger station to enter Grand Teton National Park (entry fee, see below)
- Continue on US-191 (west) for 5 miles
- Turn left (south) onto Jackson Lake Lodge Road and arrive at Jackson Lake Lodge
Access to Grand Teton National Park:
The Jackson Lake Lodge is located inside Grand Teton National Park, and therefore conference attendees will be required to purchase an entry pass in order to enter the national park. Typical park passes for the 2018 season are approximately:
- $30/vehicle for seven-day pass to Grand Teton National Park (note: if arriving by shuttle/taxi, the rate is less and collected by person)
- $50/vehicle for seven-day pass to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park (note: if arriving by shuttle/taxi, the rate is less and collected by person)
- Discounts are available for U.S. active or veteran military service personnel, please inquire at the park entrance for more information
Driving from Salt Lake City:
An alternative option (if flights to Jackson are unavailable and/or expensive) is to fly to Salt Lake City Airport, the nearest large U.S. city, and use a rental car to drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. The drive is approximately five hours, and includes breathtaking views throughout the Rocky Mountains along the border of the U.S. states Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Multiple routes exist, either utilizing I-80 through Evanston, WY, or through I-15 through Idaho Falls, ID. There are a large number of daily national and international flight options to Salt Lake City, rental car options, and parking is free at Jackson Lake Lodge for conference attendees. Several bus services (such as the Salt Lake Express) have pick-up/drop-off locations in Salt Lake City and Jackson.
Driving from Idaho Falls
Another travel option (if flights to Jackson are unavailable and/or expensive) is to fly directly into Idaho Falls Regional Airport, and then use a rental car to drive into Jackson Hole. The drive is less than two hours (approximately 90 miles), and provides the opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery of the open west! The primary route from Idaho Falls to Jackson is along HWY-26. Multiple major carriers have daily service to Idaho Falls, such as Delta and United Airlines, and parking is free at Jackson Lake Lodge for conference attendees. Several bus services (such as the Salt Lake Express) have pick-up/drop-off locations in Idaho Falls and Jackson.