Fall Colors & Winter Powder!

   

So, we get a lot of questions about when Autumn kicks into gear with its vibrant colorations here at the Hole, and also when the snow starts its annual powdery reign of white. Excellent questions asked in order to properly plan whatever itineraries you have in mind.

A couple things to keep in mind because of our dramatically mountainous topography. First, we can only offer ranges, not specifics. Second, we’ve actually gotten flakes falling even at lower elevations at various times over the years–sometimes we get some flakes in May and October. They don’t stick around, but it happens. Second, when it comes to foliage, all the valleys, canyons, etc., will pop at different times, let alone the maples, aspens, cottonwoods, etc., working through their colors in their own ways. The resplendent changes happen over the same period of time, but not necessarily all synchronized across the expanse.

Okay, First, Fall. You can expect to find colors starting to come out in early September and the stragglers hold out until mid-October. Historically, the third and fourth weeks of September tend to be our peaks. During this entire time, average high temperatures will generally range from the high 50s to the low 70s. Expect nighttime temps to be 20 to 30 degrees cooler.

 

Second, Winter. We expect regular and constant snowfall here starting at the end of November and lasting through early April. It’s hit-and-miss before and after that timeframe. Mid-January through early March is definitely our peak time for snowfall. And we get lots and lots…and lots of powder! Highs will range from the low 20s through the mid 30s, and expect lows hovering just above zero.

We hope we’ve given you some perspective so you can plan with a little more clarity. Can’t wait to have you here!

 

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

Image: WeddingPlanner.com

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

Image: JHMR

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

Image: SKM

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

Image: AllTrips

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!!!

 

 

Lizards and Trout and Bear, Oh My!

(Image: Jackson Hole Grand Expeditions)

We’ve shared many, many wildlife pictures from a great many individuals and groups—especially our area’s safari guides, like Jackson Hole EcoTour AdventuresJackson Hole Grand ExpeditionsThe Hole Hiking Experience, Inc.Teton Wild Custom Wildlife ToursGaperGuide Inc., and others. There’s an unending supply for you to indulge your nature loving.

How many different kinds of wildlife reside in Grand Teton National Park? Grand Teton National Park Services provides answers for us. GTNP is part of the Greater #Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network, which provides planning and consistent oversight for maintaining our parks’ health. Besides #GTNP and Yellowstone, this network also includes the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Highway and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Mammals. There are 61 different species that climb, swim, run, glide, and fly in the park’s four eco-communities: alpine, forest, sagebrush flats, and wetlands. Moose, elk, deer, pronghorn, bison, grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, squirrels, chipmunks, badgers, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, martens, marmots, weasels, wolverines, rabbits, muskrat, beaver, river otters, and bats, are some of those residents.

Reptiles. While there is wide variety of mammals here, there are only 4 species of reptiles: the wandering garter snake, the valley garter snake, the rubber boa snake, and the northern sagebrush lizard. None of them are venomous. There may be others, and ecologists are on the constant look-out for new sightings.

Birds. With their comings-&-goings, there are many species that reside in and visit the Hole, so it’s tough to lock down a specific figure. But it’s LOTS! From North America’s smallest bird, the calliope hummingbird, to North America’s largest waterfowl, the trumpeter swan, to our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, there are enough kinds to please any enthusiastic ornithologist. Cranes, owls, grouse, osprey, what’s your pleasure?! Keep in mind the Teton Raptor Center, where you can get an in-depth education of a variety of birds!

Fish. GTNP is world-renowend for its fishing, and tens of thousands of sportsmen journey to the Hole at some point during the year to get some great fishing in. There are plenty of guide and lodging services available here, such as: Fish the Fly Guide ServiceGrand Teton Fly FishingGrand Fishing Adventures, Teton Troutfitters, and Snake River Angler & Scenic Float Trips. There are over a dozen native species in the park’s waters, and as many non-native ones; for example, of the area’s five trout species, only the Yellowstone cutthroat is native. Suckers, whitefish, chubs, sculpin, and dace, round out the other natives.

Amphibians. GTNP has 6 species: spotted frogs, boreal chorus frogs, boreal toads, tiger salamanders, northern leopard frogs (possibly extinct in the area) and bullfrogs. Amphibians may be the best indicators to diagnose an ecosystem’s health, as they’re the most sensitive to environmental changes thanks to their dual water-land life cycles.

Insects. Numbering over 10,000 species, they are the most dominant form of animal life at the Park. Yes, you’ll find the mosquitoes and ants, but you’ll also find plenty of butterflies and bees among the lot.

#GrandTetonNationalPark is a hot-spot for wildlife enthusiasts! Come see for yourself!!!

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!

Must-See Destination #2: Leigh Lake

Just north of Jenny Lake is Leigh Lake. Less well-known, but just as beautiful and striking.

The glacially-formed lake, also with environmentally cool, pristine waters, is two-and-a-half miles wide by nearly three miles long. It sits just southeast of Mt. Moran and where the Leigh and Paintbrush canyons meet.

You can get to the lake by way of hiking the easy, flat Leigh Lake Trail. You’ll find the Leigh Lake Ranger Patrol Cabin on the northeast shore. The Cabin is registered on the National Register of Historical Places as of 1990, by the way.

Here’s a quick piece of footage of the lake…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f4NneCs0-Io

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.