Discovering a new place and finding adventure has nothing to do with what you’re wearing.
That can be especially true in Jackson, where blue jeans or hiking pants are acceptable dinnerware at even the most upscale restaurants. Here, you’re just as likely to see locals hiking up Snow King in sandals as in top-of-the-line trail shoes. You’ll be at home here no matter what you like to wear, as long as you dress for the weather.
The often-unpredictable conditions can be challenging to the uninitiated (it’s been known to snow in August), so it’s important to be prepared. Staying warm and dry is critical to your safety and enjoyment of the outdoors. Packing with these tips in mind will help you enjoy all that Jackson Hole has to offer in comfort and style.
- Sunglasses/goggles and sunscreen are necessary, since the sun’s UV rays can be strong at high altitudes
- Light backpack or fanny pack for keeping adventure essentials with you
- Reusable water bottle or hydration pack
Winter extends from November to March. During this season it’s essential to prioritize warmth over style. Be sure to pack a thermal base layer, add a fleece or puffy down jacket for insulation, and finish with a waterproof outer layer to keep dry in the snow. Don’t forget to bring warm accessories such as gloves, hats, and a scarf or neck gaiter as well as insulated boots with good traction to prevent slips and falls. If you’re skiing, make sure to pack proper gear such as goggles, a helmet, and a ski jacket.
Spring in Jackson Hole (April to June) is unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from 20 F to 60 F, and a snowstorm is always possible, so it’s best to pack many layers to accommodate the weather changes. Start with a base layer of thermal underwear, add a mid-layer of fleece or wool, and top it off with a water-/windproof jacket and pants. Spring is a great time for hiking, but trails can still be snowy or muddy, so make sure to bring appropriate hiking shoes, a hat, and gloves for the colder days.
Summer temperatures in Jackson Hole range from 50 F to 90 F throughout June, July, and August. It’s essential to pack lightweight, breathable clothing since the sun can be intense. Opt for shorts, T-shirts, light pants, and hiking boots. Bring along a light jacket or raincoat in case of a sudden change in weather. Temperatures drop significantly at night, so a light jacket, puffy down, or sweater is essential. Bring sports shoes or flip-flops for kicking around town. Life at 6,237 feet brings extra-strong sun, so be sure to pack sunglasses and a hat for protection from elevated solar radiation.
Fall in Jackson Hole typically lasts from September to October and is a beautiful season with cooler temperatures and changing foliage. Pack a few layers and be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings. Like in spring, it’s also important to have a waterproof layer in case of rain or even snow, and we recommend you pack a lightweight warm hat just in case. Comfortable walking shoes or boots are all you need for hiking or exploring the area.
Better safe than sorry
- Bear spray
- Wag Bag/portable toilet system
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- First aid
- Water treatment system
- Fire starter
- Map or GPS and compass, or digital mapping platforms on your charged smartphone
- Pocketknife (leave at home and purchase one here if you’re flying with carry-on baggage)
Optional but nice to have
- inReach or SPOT satellite communications device