Spring is peeking around the corner, and with what an epic winter we’ve had we are excited for the change of seasons! During this time of year, Jackson is a bit quieter, the animals are starting to become more active, and there are lots of deals to be had around town. Before we know it, summer will be upon us, so why not get a little adventure in while the snow melts? Plus, those bluebird skies make for some amazing photo backdrops.
5 Reasons You Should Visit Jackson In The Spring
Fat Tire Biking
Perfect for muddy and snowy springs, this sport couples adventure with a good workout and amazing vistas. Fat tire biking has gained popularity in the last few years, and there are now hundreds of “groomed” trails around the Jackson area to explore.
The National Parks Open
In perfect time to catch animals coming out of hibernation, both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks open in early May. They are both great day trips from our basecamp! You’ll want to pack a picnic lunch as services can be limited in early season, but it’s an amazing time of year to see wildlife before the weather warms up. Grand Teton National Park opens May 1, and is only 5 miles from MMM. The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opens May 10th, and is just a little over an hour’s drive north.
Insider tip – hit the park roads before they open for the season and you can hike or bike with no automobile traffic!
Wildlife Tours & Viewing
Wildlife “wakes up” (literally and figuratively) this time of year, after a nice long winter. Spring brings calving for the deer, elk and moose, as well as migration of herds back to habitats (hence the Elkfest in May). Everyone’s favorite, the bears, are more active as they get moving from winter hibernation so your chance of spotting one is good. Book a tour or head out with a map and some recommendations from our front desk wise guides!
Jackson is a bike friendly community, and we have the pathways to prove it. There are stunning vistas everywhere you look, and gliding along the base of the Tetons is something you’ll never forget! Whether you rent a bike from one of our great local bike shops, or you bring your own, spring is a great time to get on the road.
Spring kicks off some of favorite events around town, as well as some great new ones this year. You won’t want to miss:
Old West Days – May 23-27, 2019
Celebration of Western culture with a parade, family activities, rodeo, live music, local beer, and more. Learn More
Jackson Hole Rodeo – Begins May 25, runs through the end of August
The Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago. Your Jackson Hole vacation would not be complete without experiencing the legendary Jackson Hole Rodeo. Learn More
Elkfest – May 18-19, 2019
Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before they migrate to their summer range. The Boy Scouts assist the Refuge with harvesting the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world who make furniture, wall decorations, jewelry and food products from them. This annual event, which includes the High Noon Chili Cook-Off and the Mountain Man Rendezvous kick-off, supports the National Elk Refuge with a large portion of auction proceeds going back to habitat enhancement projects on the Refuge. Learn More
Million Dollar Music Festival – May 26, 2018
The iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is kicking off this inaugural music festival with country band Midland. Enjoy this free, all-ages, big-stage concert on the Jackson Hole Town Square from 4 – 10pm. Learn More
So there you have it. Oh wait! We also have some killer deals that are easy on the wallet. Check out our spring packages and offers and book your stay with us. You’ll love our spacious rooms, heated pool, brand new hot tub, lobby café and perfect central location just two blocks to Town Square. See you soon!