Text by Cindy Cooper
Autumn is a quiet time of year in Jackson, with golden aspens scattered throughout the area. While many visitors return home once summer has ended, the harvest season shares its cool mornings and pleasant daytime temperatures with those who choose to linger. With a history of fur trading and prospecting, Jackson has embraced its early American heritage in more recent years, as evidenced in the Town Square, and now boasts around 10,000 residents.
Each September, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival offers 11 days of visual and culinary arts and is widely acknowledged as an attraction that is respected the world over. Located in the heart of town, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts offers year-round performances and a community theater. Of course, the area is home to outdoor pleasures such as fly fishing on the Snake, Green, and Salt Rivers, and expert guides can provide memorable
experiences. Grand Teton National Park has popular walking trails, especially around Jenny Lake, and hiking routes to Taggart and Bradley Lakes for the adventurous. A relatively short drive away, Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park—offers the wonders of geyser activity, hiking, waterfalls, and the Grand Loop drive.
Until early October, you can ride the historic Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in nearby Teton Village. Scenic drives provide more active wildlife and great fall color. Locals say that fall is the best season for these colorful experiences in the open spaces of life in the Western Rockies.