Located between the Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges, Jackson Hole offers some of the most stunning sights and natural beauty Wyoming has to offer. With many seasonal activities available, it may seem daunting to plan out exactly when is the best time to make your trip to the valley. Knowing the highlights of each season will help guide you towards making the most of your next adventure in the state.
With temperatures averaging below 35 degrees and an above-average amount of snowfall, Jackson Hole becomes a haven for challenging sports and cozy sights in the winter. The Tetons offer several world-class skiing courses, as well plenty of opportunities for backcountry touring, snowshoeing, and snowmobile rides. For a special treat take a sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge, home to some of the largest herds of elk and bison in the United States. Many trails in the valley are prime for fat tire biking, an outdoor activity steadily gaining popularity with the locals.
Shifting between mild, cool afternoons and rainy days, spring offers several opportunities to view the first stirrings of wildlife after the long winter. From a safe distance, watch bears crawl out of hibernation, or view bison and elk start heading north and begin to raise their calves. Early spring is the best time to try your hand at fly-fishing, with many trout brought downstream by the melting snowcaps. Around Memorial Day you can catch several local events, including the Old West Days Parade, Elkfest, and Jackson Hole Rodeo. Spring is the most peaceful time to visit Jackson Hole, as well as the least crowded of the seasons.
Jackson Hole truly comes alive in the summer months. With dry, mild weather and pleasant nights, the valley draws in visitors from all over. Summer is the perfect time for activities out on the water, including whitewater rafting, scenic float trips, fishing, and more. Outdoor activities are also plentiful, including hiking, rock climbing, bicycling and golfing. Lovers of the arts can take advantage of theater in the area, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival. While there is a lot to offer in the summer, keep in mind that the area will be busy and difficult to book at the last minute.
If you are looking to enjoy the sights and activities of summer but at a calmer pace, Jackson Hole has much for you to do in the fall. Whitewater rafting continues through the season, and many sightseeing opportunities benefit from the beauty of the changing foliage and stunning sunsets. Hunting season begins in Bridger-Teton National Forest, as well as the Fall Arts Festival over in town. Unique to the season is “bugling,” where male elk call out for partnership to amusing effect. Beat out the summer crowds, and take advantage of the fall to make the most of your time outdoors.
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