“I came for the winter but stayed for the summer.” Ask any local why they’re still in Jackson Hole one, five, or 20 years longer than they expected, and more likely than not you’ll get this answer.
We stay for the fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, riding (bikes and horses), and long summer days that let us squeeze it all in. “Rest day” isn’t really in the local lexicon — after all, when we head out on a bike ride “around the block,” we mean a 106-mile ride up and over two mountain passes — but when we do relax, there’s the joy of walking to a farmers market in flip-flops, outdoor concerts, sailing on Jackson Lake, and sipping sunset cocktails on the deck.
It’s not just locals who love summer; it’s the most popular time of year to visit. Equal to the endless possibilities for summer adventures is the need to book hotels, guides, and restaurants in advance. Your options are only limited by how far you’re willing to go to plan an adventure all your own.
There are many ways to have the perfect summer day in Jackson. Here are a few of my favorites.
From awe-inspiring encounters with nature to wild and western activities every kind, Jackson Hole offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences, 365 days a year.
Eager to glimpse your first bear, moose, or wolf? Challenge yourself with a run down black diamonds or class III rapids? Hook an 18-inch cutthroat? Meet a real cowboy? Watch a Teton sunset? This place is full of experiences you won't find that at home, or anywhere else for that matter. In Jackson Hole, wild adventures aren't just possible—they're already here waiting for you.
Questions about summer in Jackson Hole
There's plenty to explore any season in Jackson Hole.
A snow-filled landscape offers both wild and cozy experiences for everyone. Along with world-class skiing and snowboarding, you can discover snowmobiling, sleigh rides, hot springs, fireside moments, and so much more.Explore
As the snow melts and the Tetons defrost, the Jackson Hole valley comes alive with signs of life: rivers swell with snow runoff, fields and trees burst into green, and wildlife comes out of hibernation with their young.Explore
As the leaves change and mountain peaks get dusted with snow, scenic drives, bike rides, and hikes can offer the area’s most beautiful views of the year. Jackson and the national parks slow down a bit as summer winds down and wildlife begin preparation for winter.Explore