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10 Reasons To Visit Jackson This Fall

Need a few reasons to visit us during the fall season? We put together 10, and could give you a million more! The cooler temps and vibrant changing colors create the perfect setting for loads of outdoor adventures! Whether you take a scenic float down the Snake River, hike around Grand Teton National Park, bike our miles and miles of pathways or just sip an ice cold brew on a patio, you’ll be able to take in the awesomeness of our our awe-inspiring valley in the fall.

Another bonus? The crowds are thin and the wildlife is more active, so you’ll score a better chance of seeing those elusive animals. Are you ready for your fall trip to Jackson Hole yet?

The Wise Guides 10 Reasons To Visit Jackson This Fall

Fall Foliage against the Tetons

Fall Foliage & Bright Blue-bird Skies

The only thing that could possibly make the backdrop of the Tetons and the wide open range better is the changing fall colors. Think hues of red, orange, yellow, purple and everything in between. You’ll be oohing & ahhing all over the place!

Empty Jackson Hole Town Square and Elk Arches

Have The Place (Almost) To Yourself

The summer crowds have scattered and the ski crowd is eagerly awaiting the first snowfall. What’s that mean for you? Less hustle, quieter town, more chances to see wildlife (more on that below…) and less wait time at your favorite spots around town!

Moose in Fall in Jackson Hole

Get A Load Of That Wildlife

They’re more active, so there’s a better chance to see elusive animals like Grizzlies, Moose, Bison, Wolves, etc… Don’t forget to pack your camera (or phone, since that’s what most people are using these days) so you can capture it for your friends at home.

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

This is one of the premier cultural events in the Rockies , drawing thousands of art enthusiasts to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make Jackson Hole a leading cultural center. Appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an array of events featuring music, cuisine, and wine. More than fifty events round out the festival, which runs the 2nd and 3rd weeks of September.

Big Hole BBQ Jackson Hole

Enjoy Your Favorite Restaurants With Killer Deals

With less crowds and some awesome deals at many of the local restaurants, it’s the perfect time to get out on the town to your fave joint, or try a new spot! And we mentioned the great fall weather, right? Grab a spot on the patio and cheers to life!

Rainbow Trout - Fishing Snake River

Get A Line In

Fall is the perfect time for excellent fishing in and out of the parks. Lots of flies hatch throughout the day, and the bigger fish are feeding in preparation for winter. Bring your own equipment, rent from an outfitter, or book a fly fishing excursion and take advantage of the ideal conditions.

Elk in Autumn

It’s Huntin’ Season

September marks the start of elk and deer archery season, and hunters travel from all over the world to stalk down the famous Wapiti of Jackson Hole.

Snake River Rafting in Fall

Cooler Temps in the 60’s & 70’s

We’re not going to lie, we missed the cooler mornings & evenings, and overall briskness that fall brings. Pack layers since you never know what the weather is going to do here, but rest assured, those days of 90+ are behind us now.

Stargazing in Jackson Hole - Milky Way


With the clearer skies that arrive in fall, the stargazing is phenomenal! Usually, Wyoming Stargazing offers free public events every Friday in front of Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. However, in the current state of affairs they will be hosting free, virtual stargazing events! The events are still free, although a donation is always appreciated. Check out the lineup on their website.

Old Bill's Fun Run

Run Events

Held every September, our community’s largest fund raiser, Old Bill’s has brought over $146 million philanthropic dollars to the Jackson community. These funds are busy feeding the hungry, supporting the sick and elderly, teaching kids to read, protecting wildlife, building affordable housing, enriching our lives through the arts and touching the lives of everyone in Teton County.

Also in September is the annual Jackson Hole Marathon. The Jackson Hole Marathon races cover the best of the Jackson Hole Valley and finish at the base of the Teton Mountain Range in Teton Village. If the altitude doesn’t take your breath away, the scenery certainly will!

What’s your favorite fall activity in Jackson Hole? Let us know!