Fall is a time of true transformation - a beautiful transition from summer’s long warm days and a precursor to the cloak of winter on the horizon. It is an idyllic time to visit Jackson Hole and the national parks - promising the emergence of active wildlife, fewer visitors, and a backdrop of stunning colors. Here are some of our favorite things to do during fall in Jackson Hole.
One of the highlights of visiting Jackson during the fall season is viewing the array of bold, vibrant autumn colors that blanket the valley. Myriad shades of gold, yellow, orange, and red offer stark contrast to the jagged Tetons rising high into bright bluebird skies. There are several ways to view the colors, from leisurely walks to intense hikes, smooth bike pathways to mountain trails. One of the best ways through, is taking a drive on one of the many scenic roads throughout the valley. Fall Creek Road is one of our favorite drives – offering breathtaking scenery and countless photo ops, while Moose-Wilson road offers stunning vistas and the opportunity to view active wildlife among the changing leaves.
The Jackson Hole valley is home to over 56 miles of paved pathways that link the town of Jackson to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park. Leave the car parked and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery as you ride on smooth, paved trails and marvel at the scenic vistas around you. Stop for a drink or a bite along the way and take in the brisk fall air. Bike rentals are available both in the town of Jackson or in Teton Village, so whether you’re looking for a short leisurely ride or a long heart-pumping adventure, our Pathfinders will help you plan the perfect day on two wheels.
Embarking on a hike and getting up close with nature is arguably the best way to experience the beautiful changing leaves and vibrant colors. With nearby access to Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, you can head out in any direction and find a trailhead that suits you. Active wildlife, alpine lakes and shades of autumn colors are a few highlights to expect on your fall hiking adventure. Our Pathfinders will help you find the best trail that fits your time schedule and challenge level, as well as provide tips on great photo op spots.
Jackson Hole is renowned for Fly Fishing, and the fall season is a beautiful time to get out on the water. Whether you’re an expert angler or a fishing newbie, there are several outfitters around town that will ensure a seamless, unforgettable experience on the iconic Snake River. Float along the river and its tributaries as you marvel at the fall colors and maybe even catch a glimpse of a moose or elk coming down for a drink.
Thinner crowds and cooler weather make it the perfect time to peruse boutiques, browse galleries and dine around the town of Jackson. Stroll out our doors and you’ll be at the heart of Town Square – the perfect place to view the iconic antler arches, find unique treasures to bring home and sit on a bench to take in the beautiful fall colors.
Another nearby treasure for your perusal is the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Present your Cloudveil room key for free admission any day of the week and enjoy the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibit of Valued Species.
Some of our favorite restaurants are just a short stroll away, making sampling Jackson’s food scene easy as pie. Renowned eateries showcasing everything from breakfast to late-night cocktails are in easy walking distance from your room at The Cloudveil. The slower pace of fall means securing a table, bar seat or making a reservation comes a bit easier as well.
Persephone Bakery is a local favorite and perfect way to start the day, and the husband and wife ownership team recently unveiled Coelette – a dinner & dessert spot that highlights regional flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. The Restaurant at White Buffalo Club and Local both feature steak and wild game paired with an extensive wine list, and the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy bar delivers an authentic western saloon experience. Not to be remiss, The Bistro located within Cloudveil is Jackson’s newest Parisian-style eatery – showcasing European flavors, a fresh oyster bar and more. Enjoy a nightcap here and a quick stroll back to your room.