Jackson Hole Airport
is a public airport
located seven miles (11 km) north of the central business district
, a town in Teton County
, United States
. It is owned by the Jackson Hole Airport Board.
It is the only airport in the United States located inside a national park
, in this case Grand Teton
. (The Provincetown Municipal Airport
in Massachusetts is on land leased from the National Park Service, but it is not in a National Park). A large fraction of air travellers headed to Grand Teton National Park
or nearby Yellowstone National Park
and western Wyoming go through the airport. The airport at one time had an unusual terminal building resembling a pioneer log cabin
which blended with the surrounding environment and served to attract visitors. Starting in 2009, a major $30 million terminal expansion project began. The design; however, still blends with the unique surroundings of the national park and Jackson Hole preservation area. The entrance from the outside is a wood walkway that heads to the main terminal building. The airport has 6 gates.
The airport was created in the 1930s as the best place to put an airport in Teton County. The airport was declared a national monument in 1943, and merged with Grand Teton National Park in 1950. In 1959, the runway was extended to its current length to better accommodate larger planes, especially the DC-3
. In the 1960s and 1970s, the... Read More