Jackson Hole has a little something for everyone during the summer months. Whether you’re experiencing the valley for the first time, or you are back year after year, you’ll never run out of trails to explore or new favorites to discover. The summer season runs from May – October, but the conditions vary wildly depending on weather, time of year, or altitude. May and June can be less crowded, with a little more elbow room to enjoy yourself, but July and August generally have the best summer weather – warm, dry and sunny. September and October can be lovely, with warm days and crisp cool evenings or they can be cool with an abrupt end to the season. The key to enjoying yourself is to simply dress for the occasion. (No matter the season, pack warm layers you can pull out if the weather requires it.)
People come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Nature abounds, so plan to get out and enjoy it! Check out these must-do summer activities for the region. Plan on spending a week in the area to fully experience all that the region has to offer. If your time is short, read about our best suggestions on how to make the most of a weekend in the area.
Solitude in the Tetons
Believe it or not, you can find solitude away from the hustle and bustle of tourists to the valley. You just have to know where to look…
Float the Snake River on a Wooden Boat
Experience the quiet solitude of a leisurely float on a luxurious wooden boat. This private adventure departs every evening from the boat ramp in Wilson, WY and takes you through the braided channels of the Snake River to the valley’s hidden gem, Tipi Camp, nestled among the cottonwoods at the river’s edge. Upon arrival, you’re treated to appetizers by the campfire before dinner is served. There’s nothing like this fine dining experience – don’t miss it.
For those seeking a calm start to the day, there’s a breakfast option too! Float the Snake River ahead of the hustle and bustle of the crowds and breathe in the fresh morning air while you enjoy the solitude of the river to yourself. Arrive at Tipi Camp to a fantastic brunch, served riverside. Heated tipis are available for cool mornings, but nothing beats a warm cuppa next to the river in the morning. To extend your time outdoors, add a Wild Child Adventure to your morning float. A horse-drawn wagon ride takes you through the cottonwood forest and along the Snake River for beautiful vistas and nostalgic fun before you head back to your hotel.
Visit Astoria Hot Springs
The newly renovated site brings back an old Jackson Hole favorite – local hot springs! The hot springs are open year-round and the facility is located just south of the town of Jackson, near Hoback. There are several hot springs to explore. The leisure pool is ideal for families and friends to soak together. The meadow pool and the river soaking pools offer therapeutic and/or seclusion for a quiet, reflective experience on your own. There is also a children’s pool, if you’re traveling with young ones.
Making reservations in advance is highly advised, as space is limited.
Take a Wildlife Tour in Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris offers daily tours to Grand Teton National Park. Traveling with a guide offers the best opportunities to spot wildlife in the wild. The National Park offers plenty to see for all ages, all situated against the impressive backdrop of the Teton Range.
Book a private tour to have a guide to yourself for the day and really take advantage of your time in the park.
Learn to Fly Fish
Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School offers a full day of fly fishing instruction on the river. Schedule a private day of instruction for a great day on the river with the whole family. The school offers daily departures but making reservations well in advance is advisable. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, spending a day on the water with a local is the way to go.
Take in a Show at the Grand Teton Music Festival
The Grand Teton Music Festival returns each summer to Jackson Hole and this summer marks their 60th year in operation. The season runs July – August and hosts world-renowned classical musicians on rotation each season.
Performances vary by date and it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Are you ready to experience luxurious solitude in Jackson Hole? Contact us for questions and reservations.