Review: Jackson Hole Airport

We rarely review airports on TAR, but last week we were in Jackson Hole, WY and had an awesome experience at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC).  This airport is great because it treats all travelers like guests.  JAC is small.  In fact, there are no jet bridges and only a handful of gates.  The airport sits in a valley surrounded by mountains.  The Teton range towers to the west and is visible from the arrivals and departure lounge.  

Upon arrival we walked from the plane into the arrivals lounge.  The airport is modern and features a rustic mountain design.  There's a heavy use of wood, cement and steel.  It feels like a welcoming lodge.  Several guides were eagerly awaiting tourists and offering assistance.  In pure Wyoming style a man in a cowboy hat and chaps was walking around baggage claim offering complimentary orange juice and mimosas.  

The departure area was another pleasant surprise.  It's filled with comfy leather chairs and a large fireplace in the center of departures is flanked by couches.  There's a restaurant and bar on one side of the departures lounge and a couple of gift shops.  Flights board through a series of doors that lead out to the tarmac.  

A few quick tips:  

  • If you're traveling on a weekend or during the summer make sure you arrive early.  The terminal is small and check-in and security can take a while during peak travel times.  
  • Jackson Hole Airport features TSA PreCheck
  • The airport is about twenty minutes from town and about 40 minutes from Teton Village and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.