Jackson Hole has a long and rich history.
Fondly known as “JH” to locals, it is a valley bounded by the Teton Range to the west, the Gros Ventre and Wind River ranges to the east, the Palisades Mountains to the south, and the Yellowstone Plateau to the north. The valley's largest town is Jackson tucked into the southern end, twenty minutes from the ranch.
The valley was named for Davey Jackson, a fur trapper who wintered in the valley. But the region had seen thousands of years of human travel, as it was the summer and fall hunting grounds for the Shoshone Indians.
In 1807, John Coulter, the only scout to be allowed to venture separately from the Lewis and Clark Expedition on its return east, wandered south from the thermal basins and geysers of what became Yellowstone National Park. His tales of the beauty of the region seemed so far-fetched as to render him an outcast upon his return to eastern settlements.
Jackson Hole is now a thriving community which retains its small-town appeal. Its world-class skiers and mountain climbers are neighbors to some America’s most successful businessmen and politicians.
For more information on Jackson Hole, please visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
Lost Creek Ranch was originally homesteaded in the late 1800s. In 1929, as the Rockefeller Family was acquiring thousands of acres in Jackson Hole to convert into the Grand Teton National Park, the ranch’s owner, Albert Schwabacher, retained private ownership. The Halpin Family purchased the ranch in 1968 in order to continue Albert’s legacy of involving new people in the region’s traditional activities. Three generations of Halpins remain actively involved in its daily operations.
Lost Creek Ranch is a Concessionaire of Grand Teton National Park and Permitee of Bridger Teton National Forest.