Jackson has the feel of fall with a chill in the air and autumn colors strewn about the landscape. It’s nice to feel to the brisk air and enjoy the shimmering early morning frost and then feel the afternoon sun warm our cheeks. Both Aspen and Cottonwoods turn the hillsides yellow while Mountain Ash, Huckleberry and other shrubs dot the meadows with a vibrant red. It’s mating season and the sounds of the bull elk bugle delights listeners. Town continues to buzz with fall visitors and hunter orange is seen around town and trails reminding us that it is still hunting season. Shorter days, cooler temperatures and changing color tell us that winter is on its way.
As summer 2022 comes to a close, my guess is that most Teton residents can reflect on a summer of weird weather. I have lived in Jackson Hole since the mid-eighties and the feel of fall with its whisper of coolness usually begins in late August. Fall is now milder than I remember and I have never recalled temperatures in the 90’s in September. As a biologist and nature lover, I can’t help but notice how our decisions affect Earth and contribute to the current climate crisis and extreme weather events. Here’s to each of us doing our part to reduce our impact on this beautiful planet.
Read more about climate trends:
Local: September 2022 Weather Review and October Outlook
International: Hottest summer on record for Europe and China during Northern Hemisphere’s 2nd-hottest summer
Regional — Wildlife Crossing Project in Kemmerer, WY
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department actively supports wildlife crossings and voted to put $500,000 toward the Kemmerer wildlife crossing project on U.S. Highway 189. It’s great to see motivation and funding approved to fix deadly stretches of road, help prevent collisions with mule deer and pronghorn, and create safer road for drivers.
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Birds are migrating. Flocks of robins, sparrows, and geese can be seen around town. Enjoy this change of season.
- In the fall, bears enter a state of hyperphagia which is an increase in feeding activity as winter approaches. This makes them more active at this time of year so give them lots of space.
- For all wildlife, make sure to make noise when on the trail. Bear spray is always important to carry.
- It’s hunting season so wear orange while recreating on forest lands.
- Elk are bugling. Two great places to listen in Grand Teton Park are the Lupine trailhead or the Moose Wilson Road.
It’s a wonderful time of the year to explore nature in Jackson Hole. Make sure to limit your bike rides if the trails are muddy so as not to create deep ruts and multiple tracks. Shadow Mountain is a great place to explore by foot or bike with colorful Aspen trees and amazing views. The Old Pass Road near Wilson offers lots of trails and beautiful fall colors. Grand Teton National Park trails will be quieter this time of year. Enjoy a peaceful walk to Taggart Lake or around Jenny Lake. Have fun!