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Stays here during late August and September doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. Most people plan to visit at the peak of summer but there are so many reasons to experience our Ranch as things transition into autumn.

1. Perfect Weather

This time of year the weather is very pleasant. The afternoons are warm, averaging in the mid 70’s and then cooling off into crisp mornings. Due to our elevation, you can expect the mornings to be around the low 40’s to high 30’s depending on the week you’re visiting. Pack for layering and you’ll be set.

2. Exciting Fall Fishing

This is the best time of year to catch the largest brown trout of the season. Water temperatures drop this time of year into the optimal range for trout fishing. They also start the urge to pack on the pounds for the upcoming winter which means they want bigger food and are more aggressive, willing to get out of their lairs to chase down tasty looking flies. September is basically the only time of year that every river within Yellowstone is fishable.

3. Less Crowds at National Parks

Tourism to the Parks typically tapers off in September so it’s a great time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds.

4. Active Wildlife

Wildlife behavior changes in autumn as they begin their winter preparation rituals. Animals that typically linger in high elevation during summer trade the protection of trees for lower grasslands to escape the oncoming snow. Hundreds of bison will head to Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful areas during this time.

Visitors might see some elk in the mountain forests but this time of year they’ll be lower — and you’ll get to hear them, too! Elk begin their mating season during this time and you’ll hear them bugling, a sound alternately deep and high-pitched, as they vie for female attention. Remember to give all the critters their space.

Bears are more active as they forage for food in preparation for their long winter hibernation – don’t forget to store your food safely! Bring binoculars with you as you explore the area. In addition to bear, elk, and bison you may well see pronghorn, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, eagles, and more.

5. Fall Scenery

Many people come at the start or peak of summer but fall has it’s own beauty here when the scenery transforms itself. This place feels magical as you watch the leaves and grasses change to lovely shades of yellows and oranges. Horseback riding through this vast land while witnessing the landscape changing colors daily will leave you with memories you’ll never forget.

If you’ve never visited in fall, you’re in for a treat. Give us a call if you have any questions. We’re happy to assist you with your trip planning.

The summer crowds at Grand Teton National Park can be a bit of a deterrent for some. Fall instantly removes that barrier. Vacation summers have been exhausted and kids are back in school, leaving you with a park that returns to its wide-open spaces.

Take advantage of the change in seasons to plan a trip to the ranch and treat Grand Teton likes it’s your private wilderness getaway. You won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few suggestions for your itinerary.

Jenny Lake

The size of the lake isn’t what’s going to take your breath away. It’s the beauty. The lake is perhaps one of the most photographed areas in the park as it sits with the Teton Mountains as the backdrop.

The views and hikes around the lake are huge draws during the summer. That’s why visiting in the fall is a much more attractive option. You’ll be able to explore the area without the jostling.

Jackson Lake

Views and activities abound at Jackson Lake. Rent a boat, fish, hike or grab a bite at Leeks Marina or Signal Mountain Marina. You can easily make several trips here to take in all that this gem of a lake has to offer.


There is no shortage of hiking options at the ranch. You’ve got a plethora of hiking routes right outside your cabin door. Phelps Lake, Bradley-Taggard and Two Ocean Lake are a few other popular hiking spots in the park

If you want some insider knowledge, make sure to talk to the staff at the ranch for their favorite hiking spots.

Come With Us

You’ve always got the option of spending a half day with one of our experienced guides on one of our guided tours. You’ll hit well-known sites as well as a few favorite hidden locales while learning about the history of the area.

This also gives you the opportunity to customize your tour by letting the guide know what’s important to you.

Slow Roll

If your time is limited, a drive along the park’s Inner Park Loop Road gives you a representative perspective of what the area has to offer. You’ll be able to meander past Jenny and Jackson Lakes, get amazing viewpoints of the Grand Teton range and, if you’re lucky, see an abundance of wildlife. It’s not uncommon to spot deer, elk, bears, moose and pronghorn antelope along this route.