Wyoming Wildflowers in Full Bloom
When the season is right, Wyoming’s wildflowers are perhaps as magical as its wildlife. Every June, they paint the valley floor in vibrant reds, blues, yellows and purples. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots to see wildflowers in all their glory. Remember, Indian Paintbrush (Wyoming’s state flower) are illegal to pick, and it’s also against the law to take anything out of the National Parks. Wherever you go, practice your best Leave No Trace ethics and take only photographs. Talk to your concierge at Spring Creek Ranch to arrange transportation or a guide.
Just outside of downtown Jackson, the Cache Creek trailhead offers a whole sequence of hiking and mountain biking trails, each of which offers wildflowers galore. Wander onto a side trail, or just stick to the double-track dirt road (closed to vehicles) and take it as far up as your legs will allow.
Like Cache Creek, Munger Mountain boasts a large network of trails that meander through Aspen groves and abundant wildflowers. Park at the Munger Mountain Trailhead up Fall Creek Road, 18 miles southwest of Jackson. If you have a mountain bike and are looking for a longer adventure, take the full Munger Mountain eight-mile loop. If you’re looking for a scenic hike, take the Wally’s World trail up to the ridgeline, where a beautiful view of the Valley and the Tetons awaits—and a bench for you to rest on.
The Wildflower Trail
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has made looking for wildflowers even easier—any one of their hiking trails is sure to be covered in flora, but their aptly named “Wildflower Trail” is both family-friendly and beautiful. It’s two miles and climbs steadily the whole way, but offers plenty of shade and places to stop and smell the flowers.
Jenny Lake or Cascade Canyon
Two of the more iconic hikes in Grand Teton National Park. For an easier hike, stroll around Jenny Lake as far as you’re willing—the full loop is 7.3 miles. For more of a challenge, either take the ferry across the lake or hike around to the Cascade Canyon trail. You’ll pass a 200-foot waterfall, Hidden Falls, and Inspiration Point, which offers amazing views of the park. You can turn around there for an easier day, or continue into Cascade Canyon, a nine-mile out and back hike with panoramic views of surrounding peaks.
The Ski Lake trailhead is about halfway up Teton Pass. Park at the Phillips Pass trail, a popular mountain biking destination (and bring your bike if you’d rather travel on wheels!), and take the trail three miles up through diverse landscapes. The lake is chilly, but take a dip if you must! Enjoy the myriad wildflowers along the way.