24 Aug 2017
With the end of the summer upon us and the start of the fall season around the corner, there has never been a better time to visit Jackson Hole. The foliage will be stunning and there’s still plenty of adventures to be had this time of year. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening this fall in Jackson Hole.
Fall foliage in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Enjoy Local Flavor
Every Saturday morning through Sept. 22, you are invited to join dozens of vendors on the Town Square in Jackson. The farmer’s market features local and fresh produce along with other tasty treats. This is also a great time to visit the downtown galleries and shops and enjoy a healthy, delicious start to your Jackson Hole getaway.
Have the Town to Yourself
Exploring both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park in the fall is a wonderful experience. The colors are beautiful, the animals are coming down from the mountains and the weather is great for hiking. Most importantly, it’s less crowded than the summer season! You’ll want to check to make sure all services are open before heading out, but the southern entrance to Yellowstone is generally open until early November. It’s also a great time to live like a local and take advantage of restaurant specials and other discounted tourist attractions.
Start the day by checking out Mother Nature’s autumn apparel from the air with a Jackson Hole paragliding session. Typically available in the mornings through early October, they’ll undoubtedly leave you awestruck and longing for more.
Enjoy Wildlife (And Wildlife Art)
While this might be a more relaxed season for us, the animals are busy storing up nature’s bounty in preparation for winter. They are more active in the fall than they are in summer, and chances are very high that you will hear elks bugling their mating challenges as the sounds echo around the valley.
If you prefer to stay inside, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. It is open daily, year round except for select holidays. The museum’s grounds boast a ¼ mile long sculpture trail that is free to access. To enjoy the interior exhibits, you’ll need to remit a modest fee. When you’re finished enjoying both, stop by the onsite café and gift shop before calling it a day.
Concerts & Special Events
Late autumn in Jackson Hole is also a great time to enjoy a concert at the Pink Garter Theatre or attend a special event. One of the more popular special events is the Town Square Lighting. It typically takes place after the Thanksgiving holiday. The event usually includes live musical entertainment, munchies and a visit from Santa and his sled dogs.
Sample Cabin Life
If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your Jackson Hole rental cabin, don't worry — many of our Jackson Hole rental cabins feature private hot tubs, Jacuzzis, indoor saunas and expansive, outdoor decks with sweeping views. There are also those rental cabins that feature gourmet kitchens and fireplaces that are ideal for romantic dinners.
Fall Arts Festival: September 6-17
Jackson Hole is proud to host the world-renowned Fall Arts Festival, which features an exceptional array of events, making it widely recognized as the premier cultural art event for the Rocky Mountain region. From the many art strolls to the Western Design Conference and 22nd Annual Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction, the Fall Arts Festival in Jackson is a grand affair that draws an international crowd every year. Stay updated with their schedule here.
Shift: November 1-3
Outdoor recreation and conservation have evolved in tandem in Jackson Hole and the partnership lies at the heart of our community’s environment, economy, and character. Simply put, there's no better place to explore the ongoing relationship—and the ways we can leverage it for the protection of our wild places. The 2017 SHIFT Festival explores “The Business Case for Public Lands:” How investments in outdoor recreation and the conservation of public lands create vibrant, resilient economies in communities around America.
Receive a 10% discount off our already low-value season rates when attending the SHIFT Festival. Check out the full schedule of events here.
Simple Rest and Relaxation
After a busy summer, maybe some downtime is what you’re looking for. It’s understandable if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your Jackson Hole vacation rental while you’re here. You’ll enjoy a relaxed and slower pace in the fall. Folks tend to enjoy just breathing in the clear, crisp mountain air. Most all of our rentals offer a nice outside deck or patio where you can read a book or watch the sunset. To learn more about our properties and what’s available in late autumn, contact us. We can be reached toll-free at (888) 739-2565.