About Us

Jackson Hole Hideout Tree

A warm welcome from The Hideout’s Owners Derek and Zohar McMurtry, and the Innkeepers Joe Bell and Ellena Realley

There is so much to see and do around Jackson Hole that you’ll want to spend at least a few days here – time enough to recharge from your flight or drive into the valley, to adjust to the higher altitude, to get your bearings, and to simply get around given all of the other visitors and locals on the roads.

And, either before or after booking a room with us at the Hideout, know that we are ready, willing and able to help you plan your trip to Jackson Hole.  We’ll be glad to answer questions, provide recommendations – based upon our own or shared guest experiences, and offer up general considerations for making the most of your visit.  For right now, we’ll just remind you that during your visit you’ll want to drink your water, to wear your sunscreen, to dress in layers, to respect the wildlife big and small, and to admire the wide open spaces and western heritage of Jackson Hole.

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Derek grew up in the desert region of Los Angeles, California in a family of 8 kids. He spent his younger years heavily involved in football, baseball, soccer, skateboarding, surfing, racquetball, and any other sport he could get his hand on. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, and then went on to get his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2000. Derek had initially worked in the high tech industry as well as the aerospace industry, but he realized early on that he wanted to establish and run his own business. Over the last 20 years, Derek has founded numerous real estate and construction companies from which he has gained an extensive amount of experience in the hospitality industry. Derek has been happily married to his high school sweetheart for over 22 years and now has two wonderful kids named Sarah and Eliana. He continues to enjoy sports including triathlons, hiking, biking, running, and swimming. He loves watching college football and enjoys traveling in his free time with his wife and kids.

Zohar moved here to America when she was 6 years old from Israel when her father was brought here for his technical expertise in the solar industry. She still is able to speak fluent Hebrew despite not having lived there for almost 40 years. Zohar knew early as a child that her love in life was taking care of people. She volunteered as a medical candy striper helping hospital nurses when she was 12 years old, and continued that career path by obtaining her master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA, and is now a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working at a local hospital with newborns. She enjoys her work, but her biggest priority in life is being a mom to her two kids. She makes it a priority in her life to always spend her precious time with her family and friends. Zohar enjoys the beach, the mountains, dancing, singing, and most of all giving to others.

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Joe was born in Southern California but fell in love with the outdoors after spending a great deal of time on his grandfather’s ranch as a child in Texas. Joe loves the outdoors and embarks on as many adventures as often as possible including hiking, snowboarding, and surfing. Joe is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience cooking in high end hotels, restaurants, and resorts, as well as cooking privately for executives, family and friends. Joe and Ellena met in a restaurant working together in San Diego over 7 years ago and are engaged to be married sometime soon.

Ellena is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania where she grew up in a small town environment outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Culinary school in Vermont in 2008 and has been cooking professionally ever since. She has extensive experience working in the hospitality industry, most recently as a private chef. She also has catering experience and she particularly enjoys making elegant desserts and fresh baked pastries. She also fell in love with the outdoors after she was proposed by Joe in Yosemite Ca, where she was able to experience the beauty of nature and all its fascinating aspects. She has been enjoying trips with Joe in the outdoors ever since including Jackson Hole, Mammoth Lakes, Backpacking in Yosemite, Telluride Colorado, and the Sierra Nevada’s near Sequoia National Park.

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Innkeeper Recommendations just for you

Jackson Hole Traveler

Get a free visitor guide to Jackson Hole. View it now online  or order your hard copy to be mailed!

Jackson Hole Central Reservations

Check out sample travel itineraries and get local assistance with scheduling and booking activities.

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Jackson Hole Dining Guide

Review menus from a wide variety of restaurants across the valley

West Bank Dining

Here in Wilson, you can stop by Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, Streetfood at The Stagecoach, Pearl Street Bagels and Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream, or try out Calico Bar & Restaurant along Moose-Wilson Road as you make your way to Teton Village

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Scenic Float Trips

Float through Grand Teton National  Park with Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips

Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy the thrill of whitewater raft through the Snake River Canyon, or take a scenic float trip south from Wilson with Dave HansenMad River Sands Whitewater


Try out a kayak tour, lesson or rental from Rendezvous River Sports

Guided Fly-Fishing

Experience fly-fishing from a drift boat on an outing with Grand Teton Fly Fishing, Snake River Anglers, West Bank Anglers

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Hike at Jenny Lake, Phelps Lake or one of the many other lakes in Grand Teton National Park on your own with a local guide from Hole Hiking Experience


Bike on Teton County’s extensive and scenic network of multi-use pathways

Mountain bike at Cache Creek, Teton Pass, Grand Targhee Ski Resort or on a local tour with Teton Mountain Bike Tours

Horseback Riding

South of town with significant elevation gain at Mill Iron Ranch, in town with big sky and big vistas at Spring Creek Ranch or north of town in Grand Teton National Park at Grand Teton Lodge Company

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And when off the trail and off the water, you might also be interested in the following activities and attractions:

A wildlife safari trip with EcoTour Adventures, Jackson Hole Wildlife SafarisScenic Safaris

A photography excursion with Alpenglow Tours, Jack Bayles Photography

An hour long raptor educational encounter at the Teton Raptor Center

A supper and western music show with the Bar J Wranglers at the Bar J Chuckwagon

A fully staged western comedy at the Jackson Hole Playhouse

The Town Square Shootout, the longest, continuously running gunfight in the United States, preceded by a stagecoach ride or art gallery walk around the square

Supervised shooting at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience

Stargazing at Center for the Arts on Friday nights with Wyoming Stargazing

Our local rodeo on Wednesday and Saturday nights

Scenic tram, gondola and chair lift trips at our main ski resorts: Jackson Hole and Snow King

Biking along our many miles of well-maintained pathways throughout the valley

A walk up Heck of a Hill Road to the Barn Healing Center for a spa treatment

A visit to the Jackson National Fish Hatchery located on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Elk Refuge

A visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art

A visit to the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

A drive out toward Kelly to see sights like Morman Row, Slide Lake and the Red Hills

A drive through Hoback Junction and on to Granite Creek Falls & Hot Springs

A drive over the Teton Pass to Victor & Driggs, Idaho and Alta, Wyoming