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Jackson Hole Airport

A ramp at the Jackson Hole Airport. (Wikipedia/Acroterion)

It’s the only commercial airport in America located within the boundaries of a National Park. Jackson Hole Airport began as a dirt landing strip in the 1930’s, and in 1939, Jackson Hole Mayor Harry Clissold stepped-off 6,000 feet, right at the same stretch of land that is used today, and declared it so, this was to be the Jackson Hole Airport. The land was leased and here, 8 miles north of Jackson, in amongst the spectacular Tetons, the creation of Jackson Hole Airport was underway.

The first commercial flights came in and out of Jackson Hole Airport in 1941. Western Airlines was the first airline to use it, and when they left in 1959, Frontier Airlines came in. Today, as many as a dozen different companies make use of Jackson Hole Airport, providing service to several U.S. cities. And, of course, there is a fair share of private jets that drop in and out.

After a great deal of discussion, and an abundance of controversy over noise levels and harm to local wildlife, the National Park Service authorized the first 737’s, the larger jets of Frontier Airlines, into Jackson Hole Airport in 1981.

It really is quite the spectacle, and a bit of rush, when you drop into the Tetons, and hit the runway at Jackson Hole Airport.

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