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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

 

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!!!

 

 

The 2019 Teton County Fair is Underway!

 

All images from the Teton County Fair website

One of Jackson Hole’s most anticipated annual events has a few days left to be enjoyed! The Teton County Fair has brought Cowboy State has provided fair-goers with another way to immerse themselves in the area’s culture. From fun rides and savory food and exciting games, to great musical performances, races, and rodeo events, you can indulge all you want in Cowboy State revelry!

Some of what’s still to come are tonight’s Pig Wrestling competition, tomorrow’s Jackson Hole Ninja Warrior challenge, Saturday’s Fair Rodeo program, and Sunday’s Figure 8 Races!

Then there is the petting zoo, pet shows, gymnastics demonstrations, more various 4-H related activities, lawn games, the beer garden, magic shows, and paintless paintball.

Hopefully you already got to see the rifle and archery shoots, barrel races, livestock showings, the Whiskey Myers concert, and more!

Held at the fairgrounds from July 19-28, tickets and passes vary in pricing. To see all the info, head here: https://www.tetoncountyfair.com/31/Fair  !Enjoy!

 

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

Rare Opportunity Awaits With Goosewing Ranch!

 

Goosewing Ranch has a terrific announcement to share! A few spots have recently become available!!! Head this way to start your booking: https://www.seejh.com/businesses/hospitality/goosewing-ranch ! Don’t miss out on this aMAZing vacation package opportunity on a premiere dude ranch in the heart of the Yellowstone ecosystem and near Jackson Hole!

Dates now available again:

July 21 – 24
July 31 – August 4
August 4 – 7
August 15 – 18
August 29 – September 1
September 1 – 4

Purple Mountains Majesty!

 

You’ve seen tons and tons of pictures of our beloved Teton Mountains; and if you’ve seen them in person, you’ve been awed and numbed by their beauty and power. What do you say we make formal introductions between them and you so you can know them better?

Their neighborhood stretches approximately 40 miles (64 km), from Idaho’s border to Yellowstone National Park. The Shoshone tribe called them the Teewinots, or “many pinnacles”, and French frontiersmen named them les trois tetons, or “the three nipples”. It’s the new neighborhood on the block, so to speak, because the Teton Range is the Rocky Mountains’ youngest range. The Teton Fault’s eastern block shifted upward to build up the mountains, and its western block fell to create the valley that you know as Jackson Hole. The Teton neighborhood is particularly stunning among the world’s ranges because the drop is so sharp as to lack any foothills or low-lying peaks, thus creating an unobscured, deeply contrasting view between the valley’s floor and mountains’ sides and summits. It is remarkably stunning and needs to be seen in person to truly absorb the incredible scene!

The biggest ones in the family are the five that make up the Cathedral Group: Grand Teton at 13,775 ft.; Mt. Owen at 12,928 ft.; Teewinot at 12,325 ft.; Middle Teton at 12,804 ft.; and South Teton at 12,514 ft. Other well-known peaks include Mt. Moran (12,605 ft.), Mt. Wister (11,490 ft.), and Statis Peak (11,303 ft.)

The Tetons are so visually mesmerizing that Hollywood has been regularly using them as a backdrop and players in a variety of film and show, including John Wayne’s introduction to cinema audiences with his film debut in 1930’s “The Big Trail”.

The Tetons may not live in a crowded area, but they are as well-known throughout the world as are Times Square and the Eiffel Tower!

Have you visited them in person?!

 

 

JacksonHoleLive! Brings Jackson Hole More Great Music & Events!

JacksonHoleLive! does it again!

What is “it”?!

Doing what they do best: scheduling great events and lining up incredible national acts for the Jackson Hole community to enjoy and remember!

Watch the action on our Snow King cams, especially this one!

Today is Sunday, June 16th–Father’s Day!–and they have a line-up to make any dad happy…

First on the list is RaptorFest, spear-headed by the superb and nationally-recognized Teton Raptor Center! This community celebration of birds of prey will run from 3-6 pm at the Snow King Ball Field. It offers food, fun, feathers, and festivity, for residents and visitors to the Hole. This unique community event helps support the Center’s education, research, and rehabilitation programs.

Next up will be the 14th Annual Crawfish Boil offering a huge helping of New Orleans culture! 2,000(!!!) pounds of crawfish with all the fixings will be the main course. Yuuummm!!!

There will also be the North Mississippi Allstars performing live! NMA is a nationally-recognized band steeped in American roots music and Hill Country Blues. For three decades they’ve been making blues-oriented rock ‘n roll, and they’re awesome!

Teaming up with NMA will be Futurebirds, from Athens, Georgia, providing an enriching concert accompaniment. Futurebirds offer a twangy Southern rock and reverb-soaked psychedalia sound mixed with multi-part vocal harmonies and lyrical slide guitar.

Tickets for the concerts are $5 and kids under 17 are FREE! Food and beverage vendors will be around too!

This Father’s Day is full of awesome fun!!!

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.

Browse our website to see all of this and more that’s available to you while you’re here!

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!