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Fall in Jackson Hole

Fall in Jackson Hole

Fall is the locals’ favorite season for a reason. Colors are changing, the crowds have died down, and the national parks are open and beautiful. There are endless things to do in the fall, but your trip to Jackson Hole wouldn’t be complete without the activities listed below.

1. Wildlife Tour

A moose stands in a field near Jackson Hole, WY

Jason Williams, CEO of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, said, “Fall is a great time to view Jackson Hole's abundant wildlife for several reasons. Not only does cooler weather make animals more active, the fall is also a time of change including migration, mating, and preparing for a long mountain winter. All of this, combined with fall colors and early snowfall in the mountains, makes fall one of my favorite times to experience Jackson Hole." Jason and his team can take you on an unforgettable wildlife safari while you are here. In the fall, visitors can expect to see bears (both black and grizzly), moose, bugling elk in rut, bison and all kinds of birds migrating south. It is a beautiful season to reconnect with nature.

2. Hiking in Grand Teton National Park

Sun shines through golden autumn leaves in a national park near Jackson Hole, WY

Fall is the best time to take advantage of Grand Teton National Park. The summer crowds have died down and you will feel like you have the park all to yourself. On top of your solitude, you will have a front row view to the beautiful fall foliage. The trees go through an elaborate progression that peaks in late September, transitioning from yellow to burnt gold before turning a deep red and emptying their branches around the park. Popular hikes include Phelps Lake, Bradley-Taggart, Cascade Canyon and Granite Canyon.  Be prepared for backcountry hiking with knowledge of the area, water and food, and bear spray for the remote chance of a close encounter. 

Be sure to read the Grand Teton National Park's seasonal road closure, as some roads close in November.

3. Fly Fishing

A fisherman carries a fishing rod through tall grass near mountains in Jackson Hole

Whether you are an expert angler or learning to cast for the first time, Jackson Hole is a mecca for incredible fly fishing. September through October is the best time to get out on the water. There are dozens of species of fish that live here, but while in Jackson Hole, it’s a must to go for the native fine-spotted Cutthroat Trout. Visit the Wyoming Fish and Game Department to learn more about fishing rules and regulations.

4. Local Events

A vintage painting of the Wort Hotel as cowboys on horseback pass by in the street.

Jackson Hole and The Wort Hotel hosts countless events throughout the year. One of the fall’s biggest attractions is the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The 2022 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is September 7th - 18th. In it's 38th year, The Fall Arts Festival is the premier art festival of the Rocky Mountain West. Nationally and internationally-recognized artists will be featured throughout Jackson's galleries in exhibits and curated shows and sales during the 38th annual Fall Arts Festival. View the full schedule of shows and events here.

The Fall Arts Festival and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce this year's Fall Arts Festival featured piece: "The Grandest Journey" by Troy Collins. It is a 60x60 oil on canvas piece in Troy's signature style - bright colors and rich textures of impressionistic Western landscape - with a nod to Jackson through his depiction of the trees & the Tetons. The artist skillfully employs the effects of light and shadow as well as a rich color palette to masterfully depict a crisp fall Teton day.

Stay With The Wort

This fall, make The Wort Hotel your basecamp and return each evening to the comfort and luxury that only this award-winning hotel can provide.