Spring is not usually on people’s radar as a time to visit Jackson Hole but it should be. Known to locals as the shoulder season, it’s that time of year when holiday skiers have headed home and the first arrival of summer visitors has yet to begin. The grande dame of America’s national parks, Yellowstone, is scheduled to open on April 17th. Elk, deer and bison are on the move and snowmelt has begun. The whole valley is poised on the verge of shaking off that winter coat of snow.
You may already know some of Jackson’s best-kept off-season secrets, but then again, maybe there are a few locals tips that we can let you in on.
Grand Teton National Park has opened its paved roads to hikers and bikers, only until May 1st, when vehicular traffic will be admitted. A hike or a bike is a great way for the family to witness Mother Nature’s greening season without the additional stress of passing cars. From the Craig Thomas Visitors Center at Moose Junction to the junction in Moran and its entrance into Yellowstone National Park, these 21 miles of open road and pathway take in the breadth of the Teton Range and its many pristine lakes.
Spring Creek Ranch offers a variety of wildlife expeditions and safaris, but our Wolf & Bear Safari is a Spring special, and provides exceptional opportunities for viewing two of the area’s most famous predators. The park has few visitors at this time of year and the success rate of animal sightings is high. We explore most regions of Yellowstone during this safari and spend two full days soaking in all the area has to offer.
Fish are plentiful when the big thaw hits the valley and before the snow melt occurs. From the south fork of the Snake River to the Hoback River in Snake Canyon to the many backcountry streams, you’ll find hefty rainbows, browns and native cutthroat that are ready to play. Whether you come for the solitude or prefer to partner with a seasoned guide, Spring Creek Ranch can help you arrange an outing with one of our preferred vendors (Snake River Angler) or you can take advantage of our all-inclusive Spring Fly Fishing Package.