Best Times to Visit Jackson Hole
The best times to visit Jackson Hole are the months of April, May, September and October, unless you’re a skier, then winter is the season for you. Although the weather during these shoulder seasons can be unpredictable – temperatures can range anywhere from the low 30s to the low 60s – you can expect to find prices at their lowest and a region practically free of tourists. Expect rates to rocket in the summer since both Yellowstone and Grand Teton are nearby and draw in thousands of visitors. Although you'll save a few bucks on a winter trip, the arrival of powder hounds will keep hotel rates relatively high.
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This short shoulder season is the best time for animal-lovers to visit. Mother animals emerge from hibernation with their young this time of year, so lucky wildlife watchers might catch a glimpse of a baby taking its first steps in the world. However, rainfall is frequent, so you might find yourself spending more time at the hotel than you had originally planned. On the plus side, high levels of precipitation keep the crowds away, so you're almost guaranteed rock-bottom rates. If you're hoping to visit Yellowstone while here, plan your trip for May when roads within and around the park reopen.
Summer is the most popular time to visit Jackson Hole. Average high temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s and fairly low precipitation levels make for ideal hiking, biking and rafting conditions. Plus, both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are fully open, offering great daytrip opportunities. The downside, however, is that the area becomes flooded with tourists during these months, so you should expect crowded trails and peak-season prices.
Jackson Hole's second sweet spot is accompanied by crisp fall weather (average high temps range from the high 50s to the low 70s) and brilliant autumn foliage. Travelers who brave the chilly weather will be rewarded by hiking trails lined with bright reds, oranges and yellows. Even better, hotels have bid adieu to summer tourists and have yet to welcome the winter crowd, so room rates will be a bargain.
Because of its mountainous location, Jackson Hole is a go-to spot for powder hounds. A good winter reputation, however, comes with a price. If that doesn't deter you, the weather might. High temps range from the high 20s to the mid-30s, while lows linger in the single digits. And, of course, snowfall is prevalent. Take extra precautions if you're driving during this season, as blizzards and black ice can catch drivers off guard if they don't have experience with cold-weather conditions.
Popular Times to Visit Jackson Hole
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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