The drive from Rapid City to Jackson was very pretty. We went through bursts of tall evergreens and flat grasslands. We passed long coal trains, lots of cattle, ranches, and large groupings of strange rock formations.
We arrived in the Jackson Hole area in the early evening, and were wowed by our first view of the Tetons, from a scenic overlook with warnings of bear sightings! (Yes, I was in full Parent Trap mode.) We also encountered a local traffic jam — a large group traveling through the area on horseback!