Triangle X Ranch
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Seasons: summer, fall, winter
Located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, the historic Triangle X Ranch is the only guest ranch in the country within the perimeters of a National Park.
In the early 1900s, a couple from Utah—John S. and Maytie Turner—enjoyed taking vacations to Yellowstone National Park and the nearby Jackson Hole valley. One summer, while fishing just east of Jackson Hole, John followed a small creek down a draw and came to an open area with a stunning view of the Teton Range. In that moment—moved by the magnificent landscape in front of him—John knew he would move his family to this exact area and build a home.
In July of 1926, John’s dream came true; he bought the land, paying the land’s owner more than twice the requested amount. That fall, the Turners welcomed their very first guests—big game hunters.
John and Maytie’s son, John C. Turner, took over the operation in the late 1920s. In 1931, he guided a fortuitous elk hunt—on the hunt was a pretty young woman named Louise Mapes…who he married four years later. They had three sons—Harold, John, and Donald—and the Triangle X Ranch currently operates as a partnership between the three third-generation brothers. All fourth-generation Turners grew up on the ranch, and two of the clan, Lucas and Robert, continue to help their fathers on the ranch, continuing the family tradition.
Tradition is a big part of the Triangle X—just as the early guests did, today’s guests can enjoy riding, fishing, cookouts, square dancing, hiking, helping with ranch work, or just relaxing and enjoying spending quality time with friends and family.
Those looking for a little adventure can find it on the Triangle X’s pack, river, or big-game hunting trips.
In the winter, guests can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing right from their front door.