Our Story

A Brief History of Trail Creek Ranch

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Elizabeth “Betty” Woolsey bought the first parcel of Trail Creek Ranch in 1942 after discovering the incredible powder skiing leading down to what is now the Ranch’s Main Lodge. She soon discovered that the summer activities were just as appealing. She quickly expanded the ranch property to the 270 acres it is today. Upon her death in 1997, she had the Ranch placed in a conservation easement with the Jackson Hole Land Trust to protect it from development of any kind.

Betty Woolsey was the Captain of the first women’s Olympic ski team in 1936. She was an incredible athlete and individual. She had great determination to share the simple pleasures of the outdoor and western life with her friends and family.

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Your hosts, Muggs and Alex, have continued to share these things with their guests, and hope to help introduce you to the beauty and excitement of Jackson Hole. Muggs has been at Trail Creek Ranch for sixty six years (wow!) and is a one of a kind. She remembers the ‘good old days’ and is happy to share her stories. Alex has been at Trail Creek for 26 years and she and her husband, Mike, are raising their family of four boys in this valley paradise.

Trail Creek Ranch has been a working Guest Ranch since 1946, entertaining guests from all over the world. In the early years, guests would come for a month at a time and enjoy their vacation at the Ranch and on extensive Pack Trips into the Teton Range, the Gros Ventre Range and into Yellowstone. In the past 17 years, Jackson has become a destination resort town, easily accessible by air and highway.

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Jackson Hole, the gateway community to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, lies at an altitude of approximately 6,200 feet in a valley at the base of the Teton Mountain Range. Located in Northwest Wyoming, Jackson Hole is comprised of the Town of Jackson, as well as Kelly, Moose, Moran, Wilson and Teton Village. This spectacular valley in the mountains offers residents and visitors alike an unparalleled array of outdoor activities for year-round enjoyment. From world class skiing, snowmobiling, backcountry touring and dog sledding in the winter, to horseback riding, hiking, rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking and rock climbing in the summer, there is fun and challenge for everyone. In addition to the incredible scenery and unlimited recreational opportunities, Jackson is also known for its genuine western charm, nationally recognized arts center in the nation, and for quality events such as Old West Days and the Fall Arts Festival. Although Jackson Hole has undergone change since homestead settlement in the 1880’s, the reasons why people come to the area remain the same. The old west feeling of small town hospitality, the people, scenery, abundant wildlife, and recreational activities continue to attract people from all over the world.