Fall is a Fantastic Time to Visit with Plenty to See and Do
With the summer crowds dispersing, the trees changing colors and that nostalgic crispness in the air, there are plenty of highlights for the fall season in Jackson Hole. October and November provide a plethora of recreational activities for any outdoor enthusiast lucky enough to spend a piece of this wonderful season in the shadow of the Tetons. Here are five fun fall adventures for your visit.
Colors of Fall
Of course, we have to start this list with the wonder of witnessing the color explosion of the Fall foliage. Perfect for photo ops, get ready to load up your Instagram, because nothing beats this season’s scenery. We highly recommend renting a car and driving around to look at the colors and find the animals.
Known as “bugling,” the male elk’s cry is big, singing bellow, and unlike anything else you’ll hear in nature’s chorus. Each Autumn, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks make great front row seats to observe the rutting elks and catch a concert of their calls, whether from the roadside during a drive or on a hike (or bike ride) through the woods.
Between the sweaty summer and the wooly winter, Fall is the perfect season for camping. From s’mores around a fire to waking up with the calls of nature, there is no better place to camp than around Jackson Hole. Regardless if you stay at a designated spot like Jenny Lake campground or courageously venture into the backwoods, you will enjoy nature in its truest and most emotive impression.
Self-Guided Wildlife Tours
Spotting wildlife in and around Grand Teton National Park is a thrill-seeking adventure no matter the time of year. From meeting a moose (at a safe distance) to watching a bald eagle soar into that wild, blue yonder, there are plenty of furry and feathery friends to study. Some of the places where you are nearly guaranteed to spy critters include: Moose Wilson Road, Oxbow Bend, Kelly Loop and Antelope Flats. The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers practically unlimited opportunities for self-guided wildlife tours.
Hiking & Biking
Grand Teton National Park is absolutely packed with rewarding hikes for all levels, making it truly a hiker’s paradise, no matter your skill level. Another way to see Autumn’s awesome display of colors near Jackson Hole is via the two wheels of a bicycle. There are 65 miles of bike pathways in Teton County, including the wildly scenic 20-mile stretch of multi-use trail that rests within the borders of the park itself.
Plenty of Room
The shoulder season, as it is known, is actually a perfect time to visit Jackson Hole as the weather is still dry, the Fall colors have hit their peak hue, and the national parks are still open. All you need is a good coat (we suggest layers) and comfy shoes to roam until your heart’s content. Be sure to check out our live webcams for a bird’s eye view of on the spot weather and a glimpse of the Fall fun from multiple locations.