Families from across the West come to Jackson for Great Outdoors Western Campout

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Families with 4th graders from across the western United States have been invited by Governor Matt Mead to participate in the first-ever Great Outdoors Western Campout. This event will celebrate Great Outdoors Month and the National Park Service Centennial, as well as coincide with the Western Governors Association (WGA) summer meeting, where the social and economic impact of outdoor recreation will be a major topic. The families will camp in Grand Teton National Park June 10 - 15. During their time, they will experience many different outdoors activities in Jackson Hole including whitewater rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. On June 13, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will host 14 families for a full day of activities. Smokey the Bear will be with the group as they ride the Aerial Tram and try Corbet’s Cabin waffles at the top of Rendezvous Peak. The families will also experience a guiding hiking trip, the bungee trampoline, the climbing wall and the ropes course. They will get a presentation by the Teton Raptor Center over snacks at Teton Village Commons. “We are looking forward to hosting this special group in Teton Village next week,” said Jerry Blann, President of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. “This mountain environment offers a massive and stunning playground that will hopefully inspire and create a lasting impression for these families.” On June 14, the same families will head to Snow King Mountain for a closing day celebration. Snow King activities include riding the Cowboy Coaster and the Alpine Slide, jumping on the Bungee Trampoline, trying out the Treetop Adventure, and playing the new Agents of Discovery outdoor game. "After a full weekend of amazing outdoor activities in our national parks and at JHMR, we think lunch at the new King's Grill, and some fun on the Cowboy Coaster and Treetop Adventure will be the perfect wrap up to the group's experience," said Keely Herron, Snow King Mountain Marketing Director. Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest added “National forests provide tremendous settings for experiencing the great outdoors. These public lands provide more than 3,000 miles of recreational trails, over 100-miles of wild and scenic rivers, more than 1000 lakes and streams, and over 30 campgrounds and day-use sites, on the Bridger-Teton alone. We are so happy that these families will be able to go play with us.” More information on the Great Outdoors Western Campout is at #buckrail #news