One of the main questions we get from travelers is “when is it the best time to visit Jackson Hole?” In reality, when isn’t the best time to visit Jackson would be a better question. Besides the off-seasons (April-May and October-November), our little town has a lot to offer visitors year round.
Contrary to many beliefs, Jackson during the summertime can be even more fun than visiting the winter wonderland that it’s best known as. Hiking, horseback riding, camping, biking, trail running, swimming, rock jumping, tubing, paragliding…and the list goes on. Jackson offers endless activities in an outdoor paradise. It also doesn’t hurt that our neighbors are two of the most beautiful national parks in the United States.
One of the best and most popular activities during the summer here in Jackson Hole is rafting on the Snake River. The Snake River is home to two different types of trips: calm, scenic stretches where you can spot all types of wildlife, and our class II/III whitewater trip for adventure seekers. No matter which trip you choose, you are bound to have a great time.
On the flip side, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts over 116 trails and record snowfall. Teton Village, located about 20 minutes from Jackson hosts the globally recognized resort known for its challenging terrain, vertical drop, and aerial tram. Whether you are interested in learning how to pizza or dropping into Corbets Couloir, JHMR has something for everyone in the family!
Wintertime in Jackson isn’t just limited to downhill skiing and snowboarding at the resort or the town ski hill, Snow King Mountain. Jackson Hole has tons of groomed nordic skiing paths and places to snowshoe. In addition to the winter wildlife safaris, be sure to check out the estimated 7,000 elk wintering in the National Elk Refuge.
Jackson is a great place to visit and offers travelers a variety of activities depending on the season. There’s always something going on- it’s just a matter of choosing what you want to do!