Wilson is a quaint picturesque little community which offers interesting nightlife and delicious breakfasts.
Wilson, Wyoming, is situated at the eastern foot of 8,431-foot Teton Pass, so it's a fun place to travel through on your way to neighboring Jackson.
Approximately seven miles west of downtown Jackson, Wilson has a great history - something that is still being preserved today - and is named after one of Wyoming's most fascinating characters.
Born in 1842, Nick Uncle Nick Wilson grew up in Utah where he made friends with a fellow Indian sheepherder and learned to speak his language. Suddenly, Nick's tranquil life took a strange twist. The mother of Chief Washakie, from Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, lost her son and in a dream had a vision that he would be replaced by a white boy. Washakie quickly sent his men out in search of this white boy. In their search, the men came across Wilson and bribed him to join the tribe. Without hesitation Wilson joined, and for the next two years he lived as a Shoshone Indian hunting and fishing before he was returned home.
At the ripe age of 18, Wilson became one of the first Pony Express riders, a position that nearly cost him his life when he was struck in the head by an arrow during a Paiute Indian attack. Wilson remained in a coma for almost two weeks. From then on, Wilson was always seen wearing a hat to cover the scar. A number of years later in 1889, Wilson guided a party of five Mormon families over steep Teton Pass and into the fertile lands of Jackson Hole. The town that sprouted up around him became Wilson.
Today, Wilson offers an abundance of recreation activities, no matter what the season. In winter, there's world class skiing. In the summer, Teton Pass offers everything from downhill mountain biking to casual day hikes surrounded by an abundance of colorful wildflowers. Mount Glory is the southern start of the popular Teton Crest Trail which continues all the way into Grand Teton National Park. This trail is a great opportunity for serious backpackers to see the awesome surrounding landscape.