Take an autumn trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to enjoy the awesome fall colors all around. Splendid views are only a part of the thrill of an RV vacation to Jackson Hole. You have the gorgeous valley landscapes that hold a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities as well as some educational sites from the Old West.
In the fall, the weather is great. You don’t have to leave your shorts at home, but definitely you will need to bring some warmer clothes, like long-sleeved shirts and jackets. Getting out into the outdoors around Jackson Hole is an adventure. You will see wildlife everywhere you go. Catch glimpses of elk, moose, buffalo and antelope.
RV camping is abundant in the region. You can stay in Jackson at the Jackson Hole Campground or stay at Grand Teton Park RV Resort east of Grand Teton Park. All will provide great amenities and friendly service. An RV, of course, is a great place to relax between all those fun adventures, such as ballooning, whitewater rafting or golfing.
Head north to Grand Teton National Park once you have settled in. You will be able to take in all the fall colors of yellow, orange, red and gold as you drive past. The aspens, cottonwoods and willows all change to brilliant hues. The park itself is a panorama of color, with mountains, lakes, trails and rivers offering tons of outdoor fun.
With more than two hundred miles of hiking trails, you will find plenty of fascinating places to explore. The scenery and the wildlife will fascinate the whole family. The trails are of varying length and are ideal for many levels of capability. Short hikes of a little over three miles long or the longest at 15.8 miles – take your pick!
While in the park, make your way to the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve where there are more trails to hike. In fact, this preserve is the starting point for a whole network of trails. View the beautiful Phelps Lake and stop at some rest areas for views of the Teton Range.
Float trips on the Snake River will make your trip extra-special, with views you could have gotten no other way. Watch for beaver and see if you can spot some of their dams built along the tributary rivers. Otters are also a favorite to see swimming the waters. The best time to see wildlife is around sunrise and at dusk.
Another must-see in Grand Teton is the Cunningham Cabin. Step back into the past and get the true flavor of the Old West as you tour the old homestead with its fascinating stories. Also be sure to include Menor’s Ferry on your itinerary. This was the perfect place to cross the Snake River and a ferry operated here until a bridge was built in 1927. It is possible a replica will be operating when you visit in the fall. (You will have to check dates and times before you arrive at the National Park Entrance.)
Before you leave to go back to Jackson, check out the fun available on Jenny Lake. You can discover plenty of inspiring activities by stopping by the Visitor’s Center. Take a ranger-led hike to Inspiration Point or watch a film on how the Teton Range was formed. If it is chilly outside, you can simply sit and warm up by the fire.
Once back in Jackson Hole, you can have many more adventures before heading home in your RV. Browse the art galleries, walk the boardwalks of downtown and stop in the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a magnificent view of art collections from more than 500 artists. This is also a history lesson in wildlife art.
Take your camera and go to the National Elk Refuge to photograph the elk population in their natural habitat. They are migrating in the fall and this is a sight not to miss! With about 10,000 elk wintering there, it is a splendid opportunity for young and old to witness this yearly event. Then you should make your way to Granite Hot Springs to take a wonderful warm soak in the hot springs.
The trip to Jackson Hole is a wonderful opportunity to see how the Old West really was and how present day recreation can please and relax the whole family. Always end your visit with a cheery goodbye to all the good friends you’ve made, with plans to return again another day.