The fall season brings a certain calm to the Valley - a time of transition between the hustle and bustle of summer and the impending liveliness of ski season. The air becomes crisp and the leaves boast their vibrant Autumn hues, while the wildlife prepare for hibernation and life around town slows down a bit. Fall in Jackson Hole just might be the area's best kept secret. Here are some of our favorite off-season activities you can do in Jackson Hole.
View The Wildlife
Jackson Hole is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and off-season is an excellent time for wildlife viewing. You can take a wildlife safari or go on a self-guided tour in Grand Teton National Park or the National Elk Refuge to spot bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and various bird species.
Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art
This renowned museum houses an impressive collection of wildlife-themed art, lifesize sculptures on the outdoor trail, stunning vistas of the National Elk Refuge, and curated collections and exhibits. This museum offers a great opportunity to learn about the region’s wildlife and art history.
Catch a Show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse
Housed in the oldest building in the Town of Jackson, this “Old West” theater is an authentic, mountain town experience. Enjoy a live performance at the historic playhouse, which features entertaining musicals and shows through all the seasons.
Indulge in the Hot Springs
Soak in the natural hot springs at Granite Hot Springs, located about an hour’s drive, or Astoria Hot Springs, about 30 minutes south of Jackson. The warm waters are especially inviting as the crisp air begins to return during fall season – plus, the autumn foliage is a stunning backdrop to your soak.
Take a Scenic Drive
Scenic drives abound throughout Grand Teton National Park and along the Teton Pass, where you’ll admire breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. During the off-season, wildlife becomes more active in preparation for hibernation, and fewer crowds allow for more viewing opportunities.
Capture A Breathtaking Photo
Jackson Hole offers picturesque landscapes year-round, but the fall season is especially breathtaking as the Tetons tower high above vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red. Grab your camera and explore the area yourself, or book a tour where you’ll be whisked around in style and comfort to the most photogenic spots.
Peruse the Galleries
Jackson Hole has a thriving arts scene, with numerous art galleries showcasing Western and contemporary art. You can explore the local art scene on foot just outside our doors, and admire a variety of artworks – maybe even taking home a piece of Jackson.
Take a Hike
The cool temperatures, stunning foliage and thinner crowds make for idyllic hiking during the fall season. Hundreds of miles of trails intertwine the valley, offering something for every adventurer – from sweeping views to sparkling alpine lakes. A few of our favorite in-town fall hikes include Cache Creek and Game Creek, as well as Phelps Lake Loop and Taggart & Bradley Lake Loop in Grand Teton National Park.
Our Pathfinders are experts in assisting our guests in making the most of their time here in Jackson. Stop by our front desk or contact us to help you plan the idyllic off-season trip to Jackson Hole.
Note that the availability of these activities may vary depending on the specific dates and weather conditions during the off-season in Jackson Hole. Be sure to check local resources and attractions for the most up-to-date information and any seasonal closures.