Falling for Fun: Jackson Hole Fall Activities
With a slight chill in the air and the surrounding landscape shedding their summer green leaves for the more stylish autumn reds, there’s no better time to visit Jackson Hole than fall. With cooler temperatures than summer—and fewer crowds—there’s so much to see and do. Here’s a short list of Jackson Hole fall activities for you to try.
For the culturally inclined, 2018 marks the 34th anniversary of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, which is considered one of the premier arts festivals in the Rocky Mountain West. This year, the event is being held September 5-16. The festival boasts artwork by local, national, and internationally acclaimed artists. Featuring music and food, the arts festival is not to be missed! If art isn’t necessarily your thing, the art festival includes more than 50 events including historic ranch tours, complete with cowboys and an old-fashioned barbecue, and the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes.
If you’d rather enjoy the fall air and the shifting shades on the trees, why not grab a bike and hit the trails? Whether you enjoy road biking, mountain biking, or something in between, Jackson boasts over 56 miles of paved biking paths and over 115 miles of mountain biking trails. During the fall season, these trails are often un-crowded and offer breathtaking views. (Important note: Flat Creek has bikes for guests to borrow!)
Looking for night time fun for the whole family? How about free public stargazing? Every clear Friday night, when the temperature is above zero Fahrenheit, gather on the lawn beside the Center for the Arts for a lesson in astronomy! An educator will use a Dobsonian (it’s real, I looked it up) to show you planets, galaxies, stars, and planetary nebulae (also real) and more! They’ll also have iPads with apps installed so you can explore the stars while others are looking through the telescope. Staff will be onsite throughout the event to answer all your burning astronomy questions. Dress warm and bring your thermos full of hot chocolate and enjoy a night under the stars with the whole family!
Last, but certainly not least, take a day trip to Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park! With fewer crowds and lower temperatures, autumn is arguably the best time to see wildlife in Yellowstone. Autumn is mating season for elk so not only will you see them as they migrate to lower elevations for the winter, you’ll also hear them bugling. You’ll also want to bust out your binoculars because fall is the best time to spot bears as they forage for food in preparation for their winter hibernation.
From world-class shopping and farmer’s markets to art walks, LOTOJA and the Boston Qualifier Jackson Hole Marathon, Jackson Hole is the place to be this fall! Whether you’re heading up for a weekend getaway or planning a trip for fall break, be sure to take advantage of all of the Jackson Hole fall activities.