Late season snowfall and cooler temperatures have helped preserve the snowpack. Melting snow is crucial to keep the summer meadows moist and blooming as well as keeping wildfire risk at bay. After a mild winter, the cool spring has been a welcome change. Water content in the Teton snowpack is currently about 70-80% of average.
Local — Grizzly 399
The iconic female grizzly, 399, is out of winter hibernation and moving through the valley. There is great concern for her and her four cubs’ safety. In recent years, the family has found human food sources such as compost piles, bee hives, fruit trees and bird seed in neighborhoods adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. The cubs are sub-adults now, so she will chase them away to begin their adult lives on their own this spring. We are sending well wishes to 399 and the cubs for long lives away from people and populated areas.
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Regional — Season of Migration
Spring is the time of migration. Elk migrate north to Yellowstone and other parts of Jackson Hole while the Pronghorn have begun their long migration back to summer in the Jackson valley. Lots of animals are on the move throughout the state so it’s important to slow down and be aware to limit animal-vehicle collisions.
Learn more: Migrating wildlife need a break »
“May Day celebrates the start of the bright half of the year. One of four main festivals of Celtic spirituality, it’s a time to make merry. It is a time of love and adventure, inspired by the fledging birds which leave the nest at this time to find their own territory.”
- It’s birthing season for many animals and baby bison have been seen in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
- Winter wildlife closures end allowing access to all trails around Jackson Hole
April has been wet and cool so trail access may be limited by snow. Best to explore trails in the southern part of Jackson Hole. Could be fun to explore Dog Creek south of town followed by a soak in Astoria Hot Springs. The pathways are always a good option for walks and such. Winter trail closures have ended. Best to let trails dry to minimize impact. Have fun!
- Bear spray is essential while hiking in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- Plan for winter weather during spring months — the mountains can be quite cold time of year
- Remember to stay on the trail to reduce impact and find south-facing trails that are dry to avoid damaging the muddy ones