Your Guide to Fall in the Tetons

Your Guide to Fall in the Tetons

As the temps start to drop and the leaves begin to change, the normal pace of Jackson generally slows down. A welcome stretch of reprieve after the bustle of summer, and before the flurry of winter sets in. With that said, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy the natural beauty of Jackson Hole and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The transition from summer to winter can be quick in the Tetons, but those few weeks of Fall that we do have are some of the most spectacular days of the year. Here are some of the best Fall activities in the Tetons—

 

  1. Exploring Grand Teton National Park

Head into Grand Teton National Park for the unbeatable views of the Tetons and surrounding landscape, with a Fall backdrop. Take advantage of some of the more popular destinations within the park, without the normal summer crowds, such as Jenny Lake, Mormon Row, and the Jackson Lake Dam.  This is a great time of year to go for a hike in the park, as trails are less crowded, allowing you to feel even more connected to the surrounding beauty. Driving the inner park loop on a crisp fall day is a relaxing and memorable way to see some of the very best of Wyoming!

 

  1. Fly-Fishing

During September and October, the Snake River offers some of the best trout fishing in the world. Without the summer crowds, and as the water levels start to fall, the fish become more concentrated, creating ideal fishing conditions. In early October all the tributaries are open, and while the water levels are lower, you are more likely to find pockets of fish in the larger standing water sections. Big fish are feeding, preparing for winter, and hatches will still happen during the warmer parts of the day, so the fish are biting. Breathtaking Fall views of the Teton landscape will enhance any fly-fishing experience!

 

 

  1. Wildlife Tours

Colder temperatures and less crowds, allow for more wildlife activity in and around the town of the Jackson and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Whether you join a guided tour or just hop in your own car, a sunrise cruise around the National Park is sure to provide some epic wildlife sightings. Bears are out and about trying to fatten up for winter, elk enter their rut and begin bugling to try and attract a mate, moose are rubbing their paddles on trees leaving behind a trail of debris, just to name a few of the Fall wildlife attractions. It is important to remember that no matter how enticing it is to get close to the wildlife, that they are in fact wild and deserve plenty of space and respect.

 

  1. Visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art

The weather in and around Jackson during September and October is notoriously unpredictable. For those days where there is freezing rain or snow in the forecast, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a great activity that everyone will love. They are open daily from 10am-5pm, through October 31st. The museum houses a permanent collection from over 550 artists, in addition to their exceptional rotating exhibits. After a morning of exploring the over 5,000 cataloged items of animal art, enjoy lunch at their in-house restaurant Palate, and take in the spectacular views of the National Elk Refuge. 

 

  1. Scenic Walks Along the Snake

Grab your sneakers or bike and head up to Emily Stevenson Park in Wilson for a mellow and beautiful stroll or ride along the Snake River. The impeccably maintained levee is a great spot to get some steps in and enjoy some of the best Teton views in the valley. This dog friendly path is a local favorite! Head North and walk straight towards the Grand Teton, or head south and take in the beautiful views of Munger Mountain. If you are lucky, maybe you will even catch a glimpse of the moose who like to call the area home.

 

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