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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

 

The Great Yellowstone Arch!

Image: @yellowstonenps on IG

The Roosevelt Arch is located on Route 89 in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Its cornerstone was laid in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, hence its name. There is a quote along its upper portion, “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”, the inscription being from the 1872 Organic Act, the legislation from which came Yellowstone Park.

Construction began February 19, 1903, and was completed August 15 of the same year. It cost roughly $10,000 to construct. The archway’s north entrance was the first major entrance into the national park. Folks would take the train to Gardiner and then ride horse-drawn carriages into the park. Several thousand attended its dedication.

There’s a time capsule in it, containing a Bible, a picture of the president, newspapers, and other miscellany.

Have you seen it?!

#RooseveltArch #Yellowstone 

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!!!