Life in the Tetons by Erica Hansen in Jackson, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is the beautiful backyard to Jackson,WY. We are surrounded by the towering mountains, the icy lakes, and the endless wandering trails. All you have to do is walk out your door and nature’s path is at your feet. Let it take you on an adventure!

Name:Erica Hansen

Barista at the local watering hole.


I enjoy spending my time meandering through the streets and little back alleys of Jackson Hole. With the “hill”, or Snow King, that made Jackson the town it is just blocks away from where I live, I have easy access to the local hiking trails. Along with Snow King, Grand Teton National Park is just minutes away from town and with a short drive I get the most incredible views of the most understated mountain range in the country, or at least I think so.

Tell us about Jackson:

Jackson thrives on tourists. The two beautiful seasons enthrall the people that make Jackson their home. With the feeling of eternal winter comes the ski bumbs that make Jackson their home for a few short months, and with the summer we have an endless supply of a variety of tourists who still don’t know that deer do not turn into elk at a certain elevation. Needless to say, we’ve got something that everyone will love.

A perfect day?

Working the early morning shift at my popular little coffee shop, and then, spending the rest of the afternoon hiking the trails around Grand Teton National Park.

What is the best thing about Jackson?

Whether you are here to visit or here to stay, no matter the situation, you will always come back in the end, because you just cannot stay away from a place like this.

What is the worst?

Quite honestly, it’s that you have to be at work when you’d much rather be outdoors having an adventure.

What would be surprising about Jackson to an outsider?

That within two weeks of being here in Jackson you are already over the sight of a moose because having them walk through your backyard really is a common occurrence.

If Jackson was a person or character who would it be?

Clint Eastwood. He started out in the Old West, grew in popularity, and now everyone loves him.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Jeff Buckley, Mumford and Sons, and the Vitamin String Quartet.


Name:Erica Hansen


Favorite place to eat:

Bin 22

Favorite place to drink:

Pearl Street Bagels

Favorite shop:

Paper and Grace

Local Tip:

If you are out in the woods, make sure you have bear spray.

Must Do:

Hike Teton Village and if you are unable to do that, take the gondala up. You get an incredible view of the town, along with surround buttes, rivers, plains and the Tetons.