Everywhere you explore, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem teems with life, whether animal or plant. This is an expansive time of year to grow and flourish. Keep an eye out for the young animals and enjoy the bursting energy of summer.
The idyllic weather of June made for an explosion of wildflowers! The month started with warm temperatures and ended cool and wet, a perfect mix of elements making meadows thrive with life and blossoms. With over 1000 species of flowering plants in the Tetons, the diversity of color lures us up the trail.
With all the current changes in our world, it seems that nature is where people want to be. As we deal with so much uncertainty, we feel a pull to the natural world and the opportunity to breathe fresh air, gaze at beautiful scenery, to reflect, and to discover. Jackson Hole is special — nestled in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with amazing nature, wildlife and endless trails to give us that connection to the natural world. Vacation rental occupancy has soared here, and all over the West, as folks flee urban settings to seek a spot to reset their souls. Read more »
As confidence in travel amidst Covid-19 increases and summer tourism kicks in, time will tell how each town has successfully balanced visitation and safety. Wyoming governor, Mark Gordon, has kept restrictions in place as we watch numbers climb in our state. As June comes to an end, confirmed cases have increased in Jackson, WY and a local brew pub has closed due to the virus. The town of Jackson considers requesting a variance for mandatory mask wearing in Teton County, WY. Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions »
What do you have to fear from the wild elephant
Who can only damage your body here and now,
When falling under the influence of misguided people
and wrong views
Not only destroys the merit you have accumulated in the past,
But also blocks your path in the future
What’s in the Woods
6/1- Pinedale, WY- pronghorn antelope, sandhill cranes, great blue heron
6/5- Phelps Lake- clematis, arnica, arrowleaf balsamroot, spotted coralroot, phlox, scarlet gilia, oregon grape, spring beauty, female black bear and cub
6/5- Highway 390 and 22- cow elk and new born calf crossing road
6/5- Phelps Lake- Female Black bear and cub
6/6- Grand Teton Park, Oxbow Bend- large herd of cow elk, sandhill cranes, ravens, magpies, mule deer
6/7- Wilson, WY- cow moose with new born calf
6/7- freeze warning, snow in mountains
6/11- Blacktail Butte- lupine, nine-leaved desert parsley, arnica Indian Paintbrush
6/13-Boulder, WY- scarlet gilia, antelope bitterbrush, lupine, Oregon grape, groundsel, larkspur, blue penstemon, pronghorn and calf, herds of pronghorn
6/16- rainy and cold
6/19- Cream Puff Peak- scarlet gilia, antelope bitterbrush, lupine, green/green/ green!!
6/20- Gros Ventre- slate creek- pronghorn, geese family teaching the chicks to swim, redtail hawk, harrier
6/24- bike path in town- blooming roses, sunflowers, flax, penstemon,
6/25- overcast, chance of rain
6/27- Palmer Creek- scarlet gilia, arrowleaf balsamroot, mules ear, sunflower, phlox, anemone, silky phacelia, cutleaf daisy, penstemon
6/28- rainy and cold- highway 22- bald eagle on power pole
6/29- fresh snow in the mountains
At this time of the year, recreational options are endless. You can pick almost any activity of choice and off you go. Snow is an issue in the high country but options abound at lower elevations. Near town, you can’t beat Cache Creek, Snow King or Josie’s Ridge for a walk or ride. These trails are great if you only have a short bit of time. Trails in Grand Teton Park do get more crowded but you can’t beat the views. Stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery Center for a suggestion based on your interests and time of visit. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy this amazing time of the year in Jackson Hole!