The arrival of June brings warmer temperatures, and the scenery can’t be beat. Wildflowers are starting to peek out as the snowpack melts, wildlife is still pretty active as many youngsters are being born, and there’s usually still a fair amount of snowpack in the higher elevations. The contrast of the budding greenery and wildflowers contrasted with the snowy mountains lends itself to great photographs.
By June 1, all park activities are up and running. As you head into Grand Teton National Park, be sure to pick up not only a map of the park but also the park newspaper. It’s a wealth of information on opening and closing times of the visitors’ centers, restaurant hours, and plenty of ranger-escorted tours. There are several different ranger tours in each section of the park and range from on-site lectures at the visitor center to educational hikes throughout the landscape. Be sure to check at least one or two out. They are well worth the time invested, and you come away with a better understanding of the history and geology of our park. You can also find this information online ahead of your stay by going to the National Park Service website and clicking on the link for the newspaper.
Two of our most popular activities in the Jackson Hole area are river activities: either a gentle float trip on the Snake River within the park boundaries, or an exhilarating whitewater raft trip on the Snake River south of Jackson. Both Barker-Ewing and Dave Hansen companies provide enjoyable experiences for our guests and are highly recommended by our staff, having participated every year in these activities. You book directly with each company yourself, and be sure to mention that you are a guest of ours. They will take care of you quite well!
Whitewater rafting with Dave Hansen is always a blast. They offer several different rafting adventures, from small to large rafts as well as combo and overnight trips. The scenery in the Snake River Canyon south of Jackson is exceptional, if you can tear your eyes away from the rapids!
An evening float trip with Barker-Ewing is a pleasant, quiet trip down a calm section of the Snake River and can lead to some wonderful wildlife-viewing opportunities, like these river otters tumbling down the bank to follow our raft. Early morning trips are also a great time for watching wildlife.
Another activity most frequently sought out by our guests is trail riding. There are a few outfitters that we recommend in our area for a fantastic trail ride full of scenery. Swift Creek Outfitters on Pacific Creek Road just outside of the park is our favored recommendation. The wranglers are very friendly and professional and can get you out riding in no time flat. Reservations are generally not necessary unless you are a group of six folks or more, so it’s quite easy to work it into your schedule. Just head on up there and you’ll be put on the next group going out. Just remember, children under the age of 6 unfortunately are unable to participate. For other recommendations, just call the office shortly before your arrival and we’ll be able to go over the trail-riding options of different outfitters with you.
Of course, there are many touring opportunities with Grand Teton National Park as well. There are several areas of the park, each well-deserving of exploration. The extreme south end of the park hosts the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve. The Jenny Lake area is next as you drive north on the Teton Park Road, then the Signal Mountain area, and then you cross over the dam leading to the north end of the park to reach the Jackson Lake Lodge area and Coulter Bay area. Each section has several highlights to explore, and enthusiastic hikers and kayakers will find plenty of trails to satisfy their adventurous spirits.
There is always something going on in the town of Jackson as well. There’s star gazing at the Center for the Arts every Friday night, clear weather permitting. The Raptor Center is open Wednesday through Fridays in Wilson at 2 p.m. if you have any birders in your group. Tuesday through Friday, the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum holds 1-hour walking tours of Town Square. Every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. is the People’s Market, offering locally produced crafts and food items as well as music. For a full list of festivals and events taking place in the Jackson Hole area, check out Jackson Hole Traveler calendar of events. There’s always something going on for everyone!
We always enjoy talking to our guests and helping them plan their vacation. Please, feel free to call the office about any of these activities or just to learn about the peaceful accommodations we can offer for you to come home to after a busy day exploring all the natural, historical, and exciting opportunities that we have here in Jackson Hole. We look forward to speaking with you!