Goodbye winter, hello spring! We realize that most of the country celebrated the start of spring back in March, and while we do love spring skiing, spring in the traditional sense of baby animals, green grass and blooming flowers hits its peak in May. Most people think of summer or winter when planning a vacation here, but planning your travels during spring in Jackson Hole also makes for an incredible experience.
1. Bison Bambinos
Jackson Hole has been called the “Serengeti of North America”, and spring is one of the best times to take an American safari and see all the baby animals. “May is a phenomenal time of year for wildlife watching for many reasons, but one of the highlights is definitely the newborn animals that we get to observe during our wildlife safaris,” says Hotel Terra’s in-house naturalist, Kurt Johnson of Wild Things of Wyoming. “Bison are born in early to mid-May and are bright orange and very cute. Most other large mammals are also born during May including moose, elk, deer and bighorn sheep.”
Johnson adds, “Even though wolves and bears were born earlier in the year we don’t tend to see them until springtime and are always memorable to see in the wild.” Make sure to visit with our concierge staff to book a wildlife safari with Wild Things of Wyoming. Kurt and his team can guide you to all the best locations to spot Jackson Hole’s fauna friends.
2. Tram Rides to the Tetons
Jackson Hole’s iconic aerial tram is best known for carrying expert skiers to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but it should not be overlooked as an incredibly scenic spring ride. The 15-minute ride whisks guests 4,139 vertical feet from the base of Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain where you can take in incredible, 360-degree views.
The Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Gros Ventre Range and the rugged peak of Grand Teton are just a few of the sites you can see from atop. There are also both long and short hikes to explore. Be sure to fuel up first at Corbet’s Cabin with their world famous waffles.
3. Old West Comes Alive
Jackson Hole has been called the “Last of the Old West”, and two spring festivals pay homage to our Western heritage. Elk Fest takes place May 16 & 17, and centers around the 48th Annual Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction. Other events during spring in Jackson Hole include the High Noon Chili Cook-Off and the Mountain Man Rendezvous. Memorial Day in Jackson is also Old West Days. The three-day festival features a parade, multiple kid activities, wine fest, brew fest and kicks off the summer rodeo series.
4. Solitude in the National Parks
May is a great time to visit the National Parks. Before the summer peaks with visitors, enjoy a little extra peace and quiet in nature in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Starting April 17 through May 22, certain roads in Yellowstone begin opening and a spring vacation allows you to be one of the first to the park after the winter hibernation.
Hotel Terra is conveniently located just one mile from the west entrance to Grand Teton National Park, making it an ideal basecamp to explore our National Parks.
5. Dining Deals
A spring vacation to Jackson Hole is extremely friendly to your budget. There are deals to be found throughout Teton Village. Many restaurants, including Il Villagio Osteria, located inside Hotel Terra, offer 2-for-1 entrée specials. And we’re talking about delectable dishes at award-winning restaurants where wild game meets locally sourced ingredients. Lunch specials also abound both in the Village and the town of Jackson during spring.