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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

 

Better than the Golden Arches!!!

 

Jackson Hole is known for a great many terrific things. One of them resides in downtown Jackson proper, our beloved antler arches! There are four of them standing at the Town Square’s corners. Our Town Square’s official name is George Washington Memorial Park, by the way, so designated in 1932 to commemorate our great first president’s birth.

With the first one built in 1953 in the southwest corner, and the other three erected between ‘66 and ‘69, the original arches had plenty of pictures snapped with and without admirers for 60 years. Then between 2007 and 2013, there was an undertaking to replace them with successors.

Each antler weighs somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds, with each arch eventually reaching upwards of 10,000 pounds. Gathered from the National Elk Refuge with help from the Boy Scouts, antlers for the arches are never in short supply.

Oh, and don’t forget about John Colter! His memorial has been standing magnificently since 1939, before the arches. Part of the revered Lewis & Clark Expedition, he’s the first known person of European descent to lay eyes on Yellowstone and the Tetons! Colter’s considered the first “mountain man”, having spent months alone in the wilderness.

Have you seen our arches and been to the Square?!

Image: @rnashleyyy on IG

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!!!

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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