It is no secret that Jackson Hole is a gorgeous place to live and play, but when it comes time for the explosion of Fall colors that sweep through the valley, the list of things to do and places to see doubles. Golden amber, fiery reds, and pops of orange wash over the pastel hues of summer as Jackson Hole erupts into a vibrant place of things to do, and places to explore. If you want to live like a local, here are 10 of our favorite things to do in Fall in Jackson Hole:
1. It should come as no surprise that our first favorite thing about Fall in Jackson Hole is the turning of the leaves against the cinematic sunsets and never-ending blue skies. Outside of the ethereal color pallet, the sun setting in Fall means everyone is up to see the sun go down.
2. Hiking doesn’t mean trying to trek in the hot sun. The cooler temperatures that come with Fall make all those gorgeous hiking trails we have access to a lot more enjoyable for both beginners and avid hikers.
3. On that, Fall is perfect for exploring both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. The colors are beautiful, the animals are coming lower into the valleys and, most importantly, these tourist type areas are that much less populated in Fall compared to summer. If staying in town is more your thing, most restaurants and tourist attractions will also run loads of deals in the shoulder seasons meaning you can save those dollars.
4. Have you ever heard of a Fat Bike? For adrenaline and adventure junkies alike, these all-terrain vehicles are just like a standard bike except with big, fat tires that are 3.8 inches thick. This extra cushioning means you can take on any trail around Jackson Hole with ease.
5. If the Snake River is more your speed, Fall is the perfect time to get your fishing on. Many of the fish’s natural food sources like flies are hatching throughout the day come Fall, and the fish are indulging in extra eats to prepare for the winter.
6. Fall also brings around hunting season, and the area around Jackson Hole does not disappoint. From deer to the famous Wapiti (elk) you can spend your weekends filling your freezers with the best fresh game in the state.
7. Each fall, Jackson Hole enjoys the sounds of the elk mating season, or “rut,” marked by the otherworldly calls of male elk looking for companionship. Known as “bugling,” the male elk’s cry unlike anything else you’ll hear in nature. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are some of the best locales to hear the bugling.
8. If you prefer to stay inside, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The museum houses a robust sculpture trail on the property and a permanent collection throughout its interior exhibits featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius chronicling much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present
9. Jackson Hole hosts the Fall Arts Festival each September and an exceptional array of events including gallery tours, a design conference, fashion shows, food events, outdoor art fair, art auctions, and so many more events. The Fall Arts Festival is widely recognized as the premier cultural art even for the Rocky Mountain region.
10. Jackson Hole is a little slower in the Fall. With the bustling lives, people lead nowadays taking a moment to relax and lean into a slower pace of life is something to look forward too. Whether is it sitting outside on your patio reading a book or taking a stroll in one of our many public parks to watch the sunset, Fall can be a great reminder to take a break.
There you have it! 10 of our absolute favorite things to do in Fall when the leaves start changing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Which one will you knock off the list first?!
Luxury Properties Jackson Hole can find you the perfect vacation rental for a trip out west this fall as well as arrange your itinerary through our lifestyle concierge services. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Us