As the snow begins to melt and the days grow longer, our lush valley comes to life! Jackson Hole in springtime is a brilliant burst of green sprinkled with the brilliant colors of blooming mountain wildflowers, framed by still snowy peaks of the Tetons. Enjoy mild weather for hiking, biking, and fishing, as well as ample wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. Wildlife becomes very active this time a year after a long winter, so encounters with bison, elk, moose, wolves and bear are common! For a truly unique experience, take a hot air balloon ride or attend Old West Days, a springtime celebration of the Old West with music, food, rodeo, and more.
There is so much to do during the sunny summer months in Jackson Hole! Mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, boating, horse-back riding and sightseeing are a few of the activities located close by. Everyday at 6:30PM an Old West Shootout is recreated on the town square. Grand Teton National Park ( 2 miles) and Yellowstone National Park (58 miles) offer some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery. The Snake River has award-winning trout fishing, whitewater rafting and scenic float trips. Wednesdays and Thursdays nights have action of the Jackson Hole Rodeo in June and also on Friday nights in July and August. Public golf and tennis clubs are nearby. Walk to scenic chairlift rides, miniature golf and an alpine slide found at nearby Snow King Resort.
For those in the know, Fall is one of the best and perhaps most underrated times to visit the Tetons. Spectacular foliage and active wildlife make Jackson Hole in Autumn a bucket-list destination for hobby photographers and naturalists alike. Hike through yellow-leaved aspen groves, listen to bugling elk, enjoy some of the best mountain biking and fishing of the year, and watch the first snow blanket the Grand Teton. For a truly unique experience, take in the fall foliage from horseback or attend the Fall Arts Festival featuring paintings, pottery, and more from artists all over the Mountain West.
Three Ski Areas to Choose From
Jackson Hole is a skier’s paradise. Legendary for consistent snowfall, vertical feet, and varied terrain, you’ll find something new to explore every day on skis here in Wyoming!
The Ranch Inn is located minutes from Snow King Mountain Resort, the local “town hill” that overlooks the town of Jackson. Snow King is quaint and family-friendly and also features night skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and more! The terrain varies from beginner runs to steep slopes where the U.S. ski team has trained.
To experience the most world-renowned skiing in the West, head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Access is easy via timely shuttles that leave regularly from town, or an easy 12.5 mile drive to the base. JHMR features endless terrain serviced by quad lifts, two gondolas, and the famous big red tram! Be sure to take a tram ride and try a waffle and hot coco “at the top of the world!” JHMR’s world-class ski school program offers private and group ski lessons for every age and ability level.
If you’re looking to explore another nearby resort that is low on crowds and high on untouched powder, head to Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming, about an hour and and half drive from town. This hidden gem is famous for record amounts of snowfall.
Other Winter Activities
Skiing isn’t the only way to enjoy your Wyoming winter wonderland! Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, elk refuge sleigh rides, and tours of Yellowstone National Park are among the countless winter adventures you can enjoy in Jackson Hole.