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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!

Images: @mp_photography1313; @mediumcore; @merejune; @betsystevensonclearcreekjh; all on IG

 

Bison vs. Buffalo: The Beef

Images: Wikipedia

 

Bison vs. buffalo. Are there differences? You bet! What are they? Glad you asked!

Well, for starters, Brewster Higley got things wrong when he wrote “Home on the Range,” since buffalo do not in fact naturally roam in the West—or the North American continent, or the Western Hemisphere, for that matter. You’ll find water buffalo in Southeast Asia and Cape buffalo in Africa, while bison live here in North America and parts of Europe.

Besides locale, there are 3 physical features to look for:

1. Bison have a shoulder hump, while buffalo don’t. The hump gives bison their tank-like appearance and plowing abilities in large snowdrifts.
2. Bison have smaller, sharper horns, while buffalo have larger ones, as long as 6 feet!
3. Bison are bearded, while buffalo are beard-less. Gillette or Dollar Shaving Co. should jump on that, just saying.

If You Want It, The Hole’s Got It!

Image: Sam Morse

 

I think you know by now from all that we’ve shared and will continue to share with you that Jackson Hole and its surroundings are loaded with amazing merchants, great services, and extraordinary opportunities to both work with others and commune with the natural world!

What do you want?

To buy a home? We’ve got that! 
To stay in a luxurious hotel or a rustic log cabin? We’ve got that!
To eat fresh, organic food? We’ve got that!
To find high-quality, stylish fashion? We’ve got that!
To immerse yourself on a nature walk? We’ve got that!
To ski down incredible mountains? We’ve 
got that!

To capture fish worthy of boasting about? We’ve got that!
To camp in the woods? We’ve got that!
To hike a thousand trails? We’ve got that!
To see geysers erupt? To see hot springs in their multi-colored magnificence? We’ve got that!
To see a moose, or a bear, or a herd of elk or bison? We’ve got that!
To crest a ridge on horseback? We’ve got that!
To float down a pleasant river? Or to plunge through dynamic rapids? We’ve got that!
To find best-selling books or little known ones? We’ve got that!
To dance the night away with great live music? We’ve got that!
To view and buy impressive art? We’ve got that!
To meet real-life cowboys? We’ve got that!
To see Broadway-worthy theater? 
We’ve got that!

To experience concerts given by the best musical artists? We’ve got that!
To watch a dog-sled race? We’ve got that!
To sleep in a Conestoga wagon? We’ve got that!
To watch adrenaline-pumping rodeo shows? We’ve got that!
To see for hundreds of square miles on a mountaintop? We’ve got that!
To paddle on a pristine lake? We’ve got that!
To sample cuisines from a dozen countries? We’ve got that!
To watch exciting hockey games? We’ve got that!
To sit on a saddle at a bar? We’ve got that!
To experience down-home greetin
gs from the strangers around you? We’ve got that!

To take pictures with globally-recognized arches, churches, even barns? We’ve got that!
To visit incredible national parks? We’ve got that!
To be high in the sky in a balloon? We’ve got that!
To find yourself humbled by touching a glacier or climbing a mountain? We’ve got that!
To see the stars in the clear sky above? We’ve got that!
To ride in a stagecoach? We’ve got that!
To stay on a dude ranch? We’ve got that!
To see an epic landscape no camera can fully capture? We’ve got that!

To just sit in a field and smell the flowers and the grass and the fertile soil, hear the birds singing and the crisp water gurgling, watch the animals moving, see and feel the gentle breeze blowing through the boughs, all under a big beautiful blue cloud-studded sky? We’ve got that too!

To be seen by thousands and thousands across the whole wide world enjoying your life with your loved ones? We’ve got that! 😎

…Come on out and stay awhile. We’d love to have you.

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