10 Reasons To Visit Jackson Hole In October

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10 Reasons to Visit JH During Our October Off-Season:

Do you want to visit Jackson Hole when it’s at its quietest and most affordable? We get this question a lot! We have the answer since one of those times is coming up.

October is part of the off-season dip for the Hole, the other time being mid-April through mid-May. Here are 10 reasons (among others) to visit Jackson Hole during our October off-season:

1. The weather’s great! While mountain weather is always unpredictable, the snow won’t be kicking into gear yet in the lower elevations. Highs hover in the upper-50s and lows at around 30. The air is crisp, and it’s time to get cozy!

2. You’ll get to see spectacular Fall foliage! Lots of amazing photography to capture!

3. Traffic, what traffic? The only kind of traffic jams you’ll probably encounter is from our natural residents. The legendary migrations get underway with the changing temps and weather patterns, especially along the National Elk Refuge.

4. Access to the parks. You can still access most of the land in Yellowstone and GTNP until later in the month, when road closures begin their regularly-scheduled seasonal shut-downs. You won’t experience much in the way of temporary closures either, since wildfire season is pretty much over by September’s end and snow doesn’t usually start in earnest until November.

5. Vocal natural residents. While you’ll always hear our natural neighbors, there’s a lot of extra chatter among the animal folk during Fall—elk bugling during their rut, migrating geese and other birds honking overhead, bellowing bison as they shift around, etc. It’s quite the symphony.

6. Prices! Yep, $$$ makes a big difference. We know, we get it. Like anywhere, off-season rates are at their lowest with the dip in visitor numbers. For example, lodging options are a bit constricted, like some of the dude ranches and sportsmen’s lodges closing their doors temporarily, but there are still plenty to choose among. Outdoor-focused merchants (think safari, fishing, rafting) are another example who tend to have reduced rates while still mostly open for business.

7. 2-for-1 restaurant deals. To continue the cost advantage with an October visit, many of our restaurants and eateries have gotten to offering 2-for-1 deals to entice you! It’s a beautifully satisfying belt-busting time. You can start here: https://www.seejh.com/businesses/food-drink !

8. Shopping! Besides restaurant discounts, less people means less jostling crowds to deal with, hardly any lines, more focused service (Jackson Hole is very well-known for great service among its many merchants, but more customers naturally means attention spread thinner), and SALES, SALES, SALES!

9. The skies above. If you like star-gazing and admiring the heavenly canopy, then October is one of the best times to be here! While the nights get longer, they tend to be at their clearest also, since October is one of our driest months and Winter’s overcast skies won’t be arriving for awhile.

10. Events. There are still plenty of events going on. Check out our FB page’s Events section and your eyes will pop! We’re an active community year-round, and you can get more of an authentic feel with some of our lower-key goings-on, like film festivals, ski swaps, concerts (like Diamond Rio this year!), Halloween-related activities, and programs even at the Jackson Hole Airport!

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10 Jackson Hole Must-Sees For Your Bucket List

You may only have the opportunity to only visit Jackson Hole once (the horror!) or quite a few times (we hope!). Here are 10 must-see spots to add to squeeze onto your itinerary–hey, we may not be New York City, but we’ve got plenty of spots you want to snap a picture for the ol’ photo album!

In no particular order, here are 10 spots we highly, highly, highly recommend seeing, touching, smelling, and listening to (but definitely not tasting) with your time:

1. Town Square.

Image: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Great storefronts, legendary bars, iconic antler arches (read more about those here), stagecoach rides, outdoor concerts, the world’s longest-running shoot-out, sled-dog racing, and being on live cameras for all the world to see , what more do you need?! Route 191, East Deloney Ave, Center Street, and East Broadway Ave, make up its perimeter.

 

2. Moulton Barn

Image: Holly Fischer Photography

It’s the world’s most photographed barn! We can think a bunch of reasons why. The barn is also part of a group of historic buildings on what is called Mormon Row, of which construction began at the end of the 19th Century.  Along Highway 89, right above Moose, is a road on the right called Antelope Flats Road–FYI, it’s closed between November and May. You’ll soon make a right onto Mormon Row, and you’ll see the structure with its impressive background on the right.

 

3. The Chapel of Transfiguration

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Along Highway 89, there is a left before the Antelope Flats Road’s right. There sits the Chapel, allso known as St. John’s Episcopal Church. This small log chapel is 15 miles north of Jackson in Moose just inside Grand Teton National Park’s southern entrance. Behind the altar is a wide window framing the Tetons’ world-renowned Cathedral Group of peaks–a sight to behold!!! Yep, you can get married here (we get that question a lot).

4. The National Museum of Wildlife Art

Image: The NMoWA

Another national treasure, the 51,000-square-foot NMWA is world-renowend for its stunning works, including the outdoor pieces along its walkways. Read more here! The views overlook the nationally-recognized National Elk Refuge. It also houses Palate, an excellent, highly-rated eatery! Watch our LIVE cam there! You’ll find the museum north of Jackson off of Route 191 on the left.

 

5. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Aerial Tram & Gondola Ride

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Located at 3275 West Village Drive in Teton Village, this ride can hold 100 people (suspended over the valley!) and takes just 9 minutes to reach the top. Also known as Big Red, this tram is the second one, with the first one having retired in 2006. The cables’ length is almost 5 miles! The view from 4,100 feet up is beyond words breath-taking!

 

6. Snow King Mountain’s Chairlift Ride

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See Jackson directly from above, watch the valley spread out before you, and soar with the Tetons! This open-air ride will take you between 15 and 20 minutes to climb over 1,500 up to Snow King’s summit. Yes, paraplegics can ride it also, alongside a handler. Head to 402 East Snow King Ave! See it LIVE here!

 

7. Grand Teton National Park Sign

Image: Explore GTNP

What more anticipated sign can you think of than GTNP’s?! Nope, Brooklyn’s doesn’t hold a candle to ours. The one you’ll be looking for has its own turn-off where you can get out and snap away–as long as you’re not totally distracted by the scenery around you. It’s also north of Jackson, along Route 191, the first right after the Auburn Fishing Hatchery.

 

8. Inspiration Point

Image: AllTrips

This’ll be the most inconvenient to get to, though not too difficult. It’s arguably the best spot to take in Jenny Lake and its surroundings. It’s, dare we say…inspiring! The Point is off of Jenny Lake Trail, which is a 7.1-mile loop around the lake. The trail starts at the Jenny Lake campground. Follow the trail around to the lake’s opposite side, and then at Cascade Canyon’s Cascade Creek you’ll want to take Cascade Canyon Trail. Getting up to the Point, you’ll also have the pleasure of passing by the beautiful Hidden Falls as well. Panoramic pictures are the most popular.

 

9. Schwabacher’s Landing

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Once again, you’ll head 16 miles north of Jackson along I-89 (also 191 and 26, by the way). The landing will be north of Moose on the left, at the end of Schwabachers Landing Road. The road is a dead-end, from where you can quickly and easily get to the spot. It’s arguably the best spot along the legendary Snake River for capturing the Tetons at their mightiest and most majestic! The Landing is also a popular spot for anglers and rafters to launch from.

 

10. Signal Mountain & Oxbow Bend

   

Image: TetonHikingTrails                   Image: Chuck Summers

Specifically the end of Signal Mountain Summit Road, which is accessed off of Teton Park Road, north of Jackson. Yes, another dead-end, but our dead-ends are safe and tend to attract everybody for good reason, namely more breath-taking scenery. This spot is also right by the Jackson Lake Overlook. Keep in mind, this another road that’s closed between November and May. From Signal Mountain, you’ll take in the great expanse of Jackson Lake, its dam, and the Snake River as it heads down first to Moran.

But before you get to Teton Park Road, along the highway on a right-hand turn-off there’s Oxbow Bend! Another incredible site! In front of you is the Snake River and its giant oxbow. To the right is Jackson Lake, behind you is Emma Matilda Lake. A little further up the highway is Jackson Lake Lodge. Snap away!!!

 

 

The Lay of the Jackson Hole Land

Today, we’d like to provide some geographical specifics for our incredible guests to our beautiful area! While most people know our town as Jackson Hole, our town is officially named Jackson. The Hole is actually the valley in which we’re found. So what does the Hole encompass?

To start, the Hole is 13 miles wide by 48 miles long, and it sits at around 6,500 feet up.

Jackson is the only incorporated town. Other towns include Wilson, Teton Village, Moran Junction, Hoback, Moose, and Kelly. Jackson is at the south end, nestled up against Snow King. The world-class Jackson Hole Airport is located around the center. Along the valley’s perimeters are Snow King, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort.

The Hole’s western side is walled by the majestic Teton Range, while its eastern side runs along the impressive Gros Ventre Range. Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Lake take up the northwestern reaches. The National Elk Refuge is also in the valley.

The Snake River courses through the valley’s entirety starting in the north at Yellowstone and running into the Snake River Canyon in the south.

SeeJH has an extensive number of real-time cameras set up throughout the Hole. You can find them here: https://www.seejh.com/webcams .

(Image: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce)

Experience Jackson Hole with Amazing Free Smartphone Tours!

Free Jackson Hole Tours – on Your Smartphone!

 

Want to experience the real Jackson Hole?!

 

Toss out your old travel guides and download the free TravelStorys app!  It’s easy to use, full of fascinating info, stories and images, and infinitely entertaining.  Ten of the app’s 120-plus audio tours are based right here in Jackson Hole.  As you walk or drive through the region, the audio triggers automatically, telling you the most interesting stories about your surroundings in real time.

 

How did homesteaders survive Jackson Hole’s harsh climate in the 1800s?

 

Where am I most likely to spot a moose?

 

Who was the “last stagecoach robber” of Yellowstone?

 

What are the dark stripes on some of the Teton mountains?

 

How did the town of Jackson get around the no-alcohol rules during Prohibition?

 

Where are the best places to picnic and hike in Grand Teton National Park?

 

Find the answers to these questions and so much more in the TravelStorys mobile app.  Simply:

  • Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the app for free to your smartphone,

  • Select one of the nearby tours,

  • Attach your earbuds and slip your phone into your pocket (if you’re walking) or connect your phone to your car speakers, and …

  • Enjoy the tour!

 

Be sure to download the app and your chosen tours before heading out for the day.  Tour content is accessible even in the most remote parts of Jackson Hole where cell service and Wi-Fi aren’t available, so long as it’s downloaded to your phone ahead of time.

 

You can even “take a tour” from the comfort of your own home!  All TravelStorys tours can be accessed both on-site and remotely.

 

And coming this May: Jackson Hole tours translated into Mandarin!

Old West Days 2019: 10 Days of Western Pride, Cowboy Food, and Tradition

Media Release: Jackson Hole, Wyoming –April 4, 2019 – Old West Days just got bigger and better with the announcement of the new “Million Dollar Music Fest” presented by The Cowboy Bar and co-sponsored with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Midland, the reigning Academy of Country Music “New Vocal Group of the Year,” will perform a free big-stage concert on Jackson Hole’s famous Town Square on Sunday, May 26, 2019.  The outdoor Midland concert will anchor the 10-day Old West Days Festival, a long-standing celebration of Western Pride.

 

“We are absolutely thrilled to add the Midland concert to the incredible Old West Days lineup,” says Maureen Murphy, director of events at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “Midland is an enormous talent with a long history in Jackson Hole, and we are very fortunate to be able to share their incredible music with Jackson locals and visitors.”

 

Old West Days which now includes Elkfest and High Noon Chili Cook-Off, brings a variety of spectacular spring events to Jackson Hole loaded with family fun and Western tradition. Jackson was recently named a best place to visit in May by Travel + Leisure in part due to Old West Days.

 

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10 Days of Western Pride, Cowboy Food, and Tradition.

  • Elkfest, May 18, 2019
  • High Noon Chili Cook-Off, Sunday May 19, 2019 
  • Bar J Chuckwagon Season Opening Dinner, May 24, 2019
  • Old West Days Parade, Old Time Entertainment & Brew Fest, May 25, 2019
  • Cowboy Church, Sunday Sip & See, Million Dollar Music Fest, May 26, 2019 

 

Connecting these two Western weekends Jackson Hole relives the authentic 18th-and 19th-century western expansion with a Mountain Man Rendezvous showcasing the original lifestyles, crafts and storytelling.

 

Click HERE to read full release on Old West Days event information and more

 

 

The Whole Hole

The question often gets asked about Jackson Hole, “Where’s the hole?” Well, the hole is the whole valley, all 60 miles of it. 

There’s the town of Jackson and then there’s the Hole, or the valley where Jackson is located. Our area is called Jackson Hole and Jackson is the largest community in the valley.

The Hole has a great many places and features, which we’ll be sharing with you over time.

Outside of Jackson itself, do you have a favorite spot in our valley?


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Make Marvelous Memories in 2019 with Goosewing Ranch

Goosewing Ranch Dude RanchHappy New Year! Have you made all your New Year’s resolutions yet? Is one of them spending more quality time with family, making memories? Of course it is! And that means you’ll want to take advantage of this great offer from Jackson Hole’s top-notch Goosewing Ranch! They’re offering a 10% discount to families of 3 or more who book a peak season summer vacation package (between June 30 and August 24). Yes, you’re welcome. But don’t procrastinate (surely another resolution)! Because this offer is only valid until January 10, 2019. So make like a frog and jump on it! Contact Goosewing today at 1-307-733-5251 or [email protected] for more details.

Oh, and please note, this offer is not valid with any other specials or discounts, some restrictions apply, and you’ll need to contact Goosewing directly for more details. To receive this discount you MUST mention at time of booking that you saw their ad for this 10% off special.

Start building beautiful memories today with this special offer at Goosewing’s Jackson Hole Guest Ranch!

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Flat Creek Inn and Mart Strikes Again With More Great Deals!

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Photo courtesy of Flat Creek Inn.

The Flat Creek Inn & Mart is an immensely popular lodging, food, and supply destination for residents and visitors of the Hole and its surrounding region!

Therefore, it’d be a darn dirty shame for us not to share with you their amazing new deals that you’ll want to take advantage of while they’re available.

This one definitely pops out right away:

Stay and Sleigh Special:

One of their most popular specials, for good reason – Only $119 for a one-night stay and 2 tickets on the horse-drawn sleigh through one of the largest elk herds in the world. (Not valid with any other discount or promotion.)

Then there’s this one for you hunters in particular:

The Knock Your Boots Off Hunter’s Special:

Only $350 for a 7-day (minimum) stay with them this fall.  This special runs from October 1st through the Fall.  (Not valid with any other discount or promotion.)

If you won’t be doing any skiing, no problem:

Not Skiing? Save 20% on any stay through May!

Come to Jackson Hole this fall, winter or early spring at a discount. Get 20% off any regular priced reservation with their new promo “Creek20”.  Valid from 10/01/2018 – 5/10/2019.  (Not valid with any other discount or promotion.)

But since many of you come to do just that, they’ve got this one:

Ski, Snowboard & Sleep Special at Flat Creek Inn!

Our 2018-2019 SKI, SNOWBOARD & SLEEP package is an amazing deal if you are looking for affordable skiing in Jackson Hole! It includes a one-night stay at Flat Creek Inn, a grab and go breakfast, a ski lift ticket to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and a discount on ski rentals. The price is $209 for one person and $159 per additional person up to 4 per room. This special can be booked for several nights. You will not find a better deal than this!

Booking begins now and is available through 3/29/19. Reservation stays are between the dates of 11/24/18 – 4/5/19.  Guests can cancel free up to 7 days before arrival. Blackout dates include the Snow King Hill Climb (March 21-24). This special is not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

To make reservations call 307-733-5276.

To find out more and make a booking, go here:  https://bit.ly/2yuIufy

 

Must-See Destination #10: The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Folks, this place is awesome! You’re going to love it!

A two-and-a-half hour drive north of Jackson Hole will bring you to West Yellowstone, Montana, and the impressive Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

It’s a not-for-profit wildlife park and education facility which opened in 1993. The Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Center has a number of exhibitions that look at grizzlies, wolves, ground squirrels, and birds of prey. It is currently working on a Riparian Habitat exhibition to include river otters, cutthroat trout, boreal toads, and American dippers. A new habitat in the works will feature river rapids.

The animals the Center keeps were orphans, born in captivity, or urban nuisance animals threatened with death.

 

What the Center does to care for the animals and what it teaches the public are cutting-edge and absolutely worth a visit!

It’s open 365 days a year with admission good for two consecutive days!

 

Check it out at Grizzly Discovery 

 

 


Images from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

You want to be here. We want you here. 

Image credit: Only In Your State

You want to be here. We want you here.

To experience the breathtaking mountains and wide fields. To watch elk and moose grazing. To smell the crisp pine-scented air. To swim in clear, cool, pure, glacial lake water. To hear the music of the streams. To taste the freshest produce and the juiciest steaks. To meet some real-life cowboys. To touch those legendary arches at Town Square. To make way for the majestic bison as they regally trod the roads. To dazzle at the sunrises and unwind with the sunsets. To gaze upon the billions of stars that light up our nocturne valley.

And it’s okay to say hi to total strangers here. Heck, if you don’t do it, they will. Stop in to our office even, and meet our SeeJH team. The door’s open and the coffee’s not too bad.

Yeah. We know you’re coming. That’s why we do what we do here at SeeJH. To pave the way. We know you won’t stop smiling after you leave. We want you smiling before you arrive.

You come here for peace. You come for reverie. And you come for fun.

See you soon, friend. See you soon.