Visiting Jackson Hole in winter and summer is undoubtedly awesome, but ask anyone who has traveled to Jackson Hole in May, and they’ll tell you to make time to visit during the spring. Here are a few reasons why:
As the snow melts, the grass greens and wildflowers begin to bloom, there is a revived sense of energy and serenity. The entire area seems to burst to life, and yet, the summer crowds are still at bay. The weather can be quite enjoyable this time of year as well with average temperatures in the mid-60s. Visiting this time of year is unique and exciting in Jackson Hole.
The Re-Opening of Two of the Best National Parks
The gateway to two of the greatest national parks, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Both national parks are extremely popular amongst summer vacationers and can become crowded in July and August. The parks are open year-round, but some of the main roads in and out are closed during winter time, and only re-open again in May, making May the perfect month to visit to take in the scenery. We promise the fields of wildflowers will not disappoint.
ElkFest, a weekend of activities built around the 51st annual world famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction, is an exciting time for celebrating nature, outdoor skills, and hunting and ecological education and awareness on May 18th.
Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before they migrate to their summer range. The Boy Scouts assist the Refuge with harvesting the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world who make furniture, wall decorations, jewelry and food products from them. This annual event, which includes the High Noon Chili Cook-Off (Sunday, May 19) and the Mountain Man Rendezvous kick-off, supports the National Elk Refuge with a large portion of auction proceeds going back to habitat enhancement projects on the Refuge. For more information on ElkFest, contact the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Old West Days
As the saying goes, “Jackson Hole is the last of the old west,” and for a few days, May 23rd-27th, the old west returns. Visitors from all over the country come to delight in the live music, theatrical entertainment, arts and crafts, delicious food, rodeo events, and much more. Event highlights include Old West Days Parade, Brewfest and new this year, Million Dollar Music Fest featuring Midland. Making this Memorial Day weekend a terrific time to plan a trip to Jackson Hole. For more information and full schedule, visit Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.