Jackson Hole is a top destination for the great outdoors in summer and winter. Its vast, breathtaking scenery is full of gorgeous places to explore. But did you know that Jackson in the spring can be just as lovely? It’s true – shoulder season runs April-May, and you’ll find fewer crowds and just as much scenery and outdoor recreation as in summer and winter.
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. Here are a few ways to experience beautiful Jackson Hole during the spring months:
Take a private Wyoming safari on an adventure through the National Elk Refuge, an amazing place for wildlife sightings such as moose, big horn sheep, elk, mule deer and more. There are also several guide services that can take you through our national parks for wildlife viewing. Spring is when the wildlife emerges.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
For a culture-filled afternoon, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which overlooks the Elk Refuge and is home to the nations’ premier public collection of art devoted to wildlife. Observe thousands of works (from the early-19th century to the present) from hundreds of artists celebrating wildlife.
Visit the museum and have lunch at Palate, known for wonderful food and some of the best views in Jackson Hole.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Experience one of the most amazing balloon rides in North America with the Tetons in view. I bet you didn’t think Jackson Hole had hot air balloon rides, but we do, and this is one unique experience you will want to do.
Dining and Shopping
The dining options in Jackson Hole are endless, with something for every taste and mood. For a splurge meal with mesmerizing views, head to Amangani for an elegant yet warm romantic dinner. Genevieve, a neighborhood log cabin gem, is fantastic for brunch, lunch or dinner. We love sitting on their deck! Persephone is a great stop for amazing coffee, hot chocolate and pastries.You can’t go wrong with anything you choose!
Spend a half or full day on the town to shop and take in the local flavor. Galleries are abundant and so are the local shops. Stop by MADE for jewelry, cards, housewares, accessories and more by local makers, and the New West Knife Works & Mountain Man Toy shop for some of the most unique cutlery, knives and even throwing tomahawks
Spas are abundant in Jackson Hole, but we love Amangani Spa for its rejuvenating treatments. You also can’t go wrong at the Four Seasons or Terra spas.