Spring in Jackson offers excellent wildlife viewing and great values on lodging as the busy ski season comes to a close. Some of Jackson Hole’s most exciting events also take place in the springtime as well. If you are planning an upcoming getaway, then don’t miss these top spring events in Jackson:
Jackson Hole is home to the National Elk Refuge, a unique wildlife preserve where thousands of elk spend the winter. In the spring, during the rutting period, males will compete for mates by sparring with their powerful antlers. Many elk will shed their antlers on the National Elk Refuge, before migrating to their summer range.
Each May, our local Boy Scouts comb the National Elk Refuge to harvest and collect shed elk antlers. On May 18th and 19th, ElkFest will celebrate the change in season and with an antler auction where bidders can purchase antlers harvested from the Refuge. Proceeds benefit the the Boy Scouts as well as habitat enhancements for the National Elk Refuge. Other event highlights include the High Noon Chili Cook-Off, interactive competitions like bow and arrow and knife throwing, and a Trader’s Row full of refreshments and hand-crafted goods.
Old West Days
Memorial Day Weekend in Jackson Hole means it’s time for Old West Days, a 38-year-old tradition celebrating Western culture. From May 23rd through the 27th, Jackson will be bustling with events and activities that will give you a taste of local culture and reveal why Jackson is known as the last outpost of the Old West.
Our favorite Old West Days highlights include the rodeo and signature parade throughout the town of Jackson. Kids will enjoy the parade’s mountain men and covered wagon followed by a ride on an old-fashioned stage coach. Don’t miss the famous Jackson Hole Shootout on Town Square or the Old West Brew Fest, featuring dozens of beers from regional brewers and a vote for the Golden Boot Award going to the best selection.
This year will mark a new tradition, with the first annual Million Dollar Music Fest on Sunday, May 26th, from 4pm until 10pm. This free all ages event will take place in Jackson's Town Square and feature Midland as the headliners!
Park Roads Open
As we thaw out from winter, the roads throughout Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park will reopen for driving and cycling. To check for the most recent news and find out more about when roads will be accessible, visit the park roads page for Yellowstone here and the park roads page for Grand Teton here.
To plan a spring safari in Jackson Hole, give us a call at (888) 838-6606. We’ve got amazing deals on spring packages and can recommend the best places for wildlife viewing while you’re here.
Photo courtesy of Eco Tour Adventures.