Yellowstone Tours From Jackson Hole Uncategorized When to visit Yellowstone – Seasons to Visit Jackson Hole

When to visit Yellowstone – Seasons to Visit Jackson Hole

When to visit Yellowstone seasons to visit Jackson Hole are the months of May through September.  Google My Business  Jackson Hole visit can be rewarding at certain times of the year.   A Yellowstone tour in May could result in black bears and Grizzly sightings.  They look for prey such as elk, bison, deer. They also feed on grass and flowers, especially tender fresh growth. It is easier for your guide to locate bears at this time of the year.  Webwiki By the end of September and early October guides can also locate bears much more easily for you. If your intention is to see bears, then consider the months of May, early June, September and early October. In addition to feeding on other wildlife, flowers and grass, bears in September and October also dig out seeds stored in the ground by squirrels.Reserve Tours

When to visit Yellowstone – Seasons to Visit Jackson Hole

Bears also eat the large variety of berries found in Yellowstone, Tetons and the surrounding areas. There is an abundance of blueberries, huckleberries, red elderberry, grouseberries, etc. Your guide will know where to drive and help you find bears in the midst of their foraging activities.  rbls

Yellowstone was first settled by Native American tribes, Shoshone, Nes Perce among others.  They called Yellowstone River “Yellow Rock River ”, most likely because of the yellow we still see on the banks of the river.  The yellow seems to be very old sulfur deposits.  Yellowstone is the first National Park in the world.  It is a world heritage center.  Evi

Seasons to visit Jackson Hole for Elk, Moose and other wildlife

You can visit Jackson Hole for elk sightings.  You can see elk any time of the year, but especially in the fall and winter.  They tend to feed at night, while they relax inside the bushes and trees when the sun comes out. Guides are familiar with elk routines and they will help you locate them. In certain locations such as the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, you can see elk in winter months, in the thousands. There are two other locations in the Jackson Hole vicinity that you can see in the thousands as well.  Moose love to keep cool when it is hot. Wildlife tour guides know where to look for them. Be1

Moose likes mashy places: guides know to look in such places

Because they love to keep their body temperatures cool, moose can be found in marshy areas. They can be found in higher elevations and by the rivers as well. In September and October, you can see moose much more easily, because it is their rot season and they hang out in the fields. In the winter, there are particular places you will see moose. Wildlife tour guides are very familiar with these places. Once in a while you will see moose inside Yellowstone. But they are in the Tetons for the most part.

When to visit Yellowstone – Seasons to Visit Jackson Hole

When you visit Yellowstone and Jackson Hole between the months of May and September, you can take amazing pictures. You can take stunning pictures of the Snake River with colorful aspen trees mingled with pines from the Teton Point Turnout. Or you can take impressive pictures of trees, the Snake River and the Grand Teton from the vantage point of Schwabacher Landing. Go to the Snake River Overlook and you can also take pictures of the Snake River down below with the glacial ridge and the Tetons in the background. Another amazing spot for photography of the Tetons is at the Oxbow Bend Turnout.
Where Ansel Adams took pictures by the Snake River
Some of the scenic places where you take pictures, includes where Ansel Adams took pictures of the Tetons.  With perfect sunrise or afternoon sun, you could take pictures of the Snake River, colorful aspen and birch trees and Mount Moran with its skillet glacier and basalt dyke in the background. You can also take pictures of the Tetons reflected in Jackson Lake in the perfect mid morning sun near the Chapel of the Sacred Heart.
Grizzly in Yellowstone
Stunning views in Yellowstone at certain times of the day
On a hot sunny day, you can take rainbow colored pictures of the Grand Prismatic Spring. You can do that by trekking from the Fairy Falls parking lot to the Grand Prismatic overlook hill. Or you can take the boardwalk and go closer to the spring and take good pictures. Sapphire Pool in the Biscuit Basin thermal area deserves its name. You can get beautiful pictures of the pool even with a cheap camera. Emerald Pool in Black Sand Basin should be another stop, if you love green, brown and yellow colored hot pools. Castle geyser near Old Faithful erupts infrequently. If you are fortunate, you could see it erupt. While Old Faithful erupts for about two minutes, the former shoots out water for several minutes.

Exotic creatures in hot pools of Yellowstone

And why not go to the Fountain Paint Pot where you will see the deep blue water of Silex Pool. Nearby, you will also see mud pots popping. Bacteria breaks down soil, water collects on top of the soil and heat from the volcanic magma underneath Yellowstone heats the mixture. The result is bubbling hot mud. You can also go to Norris Geyser Basin, where you have fumaroles, geysers and hot springs. Steamboat Geyser can shoot water as high as 300 feet, but it is extremely infrequent. Hot Springs in Norris are reportedly the hottest inside Yellowstone, reaching temperatures of 459 degrees, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone tours

You can make your tour fun by going to the lower and upper falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Go to the Brink of the Upper Falls and you will stand on top of the waterfalls. At times rainbow could be seen in the Yellowstone River. Further up the road past the Brink of the Upper falls you can drive into a parking lot and hike down to the lower falls. It is about thirty minutes to go down. Once you go down, you will see the waterfall drop which is much longer than the upper falls. You can go to Uncle Tom’s parking lot and see the upper falls as well. Afterwards you can drive to the Artist Point. There are four places where you can see the lower falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. They are all good spots for picture taking. You will see colors of white, yellow, pink, brown and maroon on the banks of the River Yellowstone, all of it rhyolite.

A visit to Hayden and Lamar Valleys.

Hayden Valley and Lamar Valleys are similar in that you are more likely to see bison and many of them too. There is grass and lots of it, plentiful clean water, open spaces. For these reasons, bison and other wildlife hangout in the two valleys. Elk can be found, bald eagles, swans, pelicans as well, but also predators such as wolves, coyotes and bears. Get into the Valleys early in the morning if possible. You could see predators in the afternoon, but most of their action is early. Spend time scanning the landscapes carefully with binoculars. Patiently spend some time waiting and watching.
Tours inside Yellowstone Lower Loop
When you leave Hayden Valley, you may want to spend some time by Lake Yellowstone. Be there in the afternoon with the sun shining on the lake from the west. With the Absaroka Mountains in the background, the view of the lake can be stunning. And if you are in Lamar Valley, go to the Calcite Springs near Tower Falls General Store. You would see steam and dark elements by the Yellowstone River. Few yards down the road, you can park your vehicle by the vertical basalt high cliff by the side of the road. Across from the cliff is the Yellowstone River. The cliff of the river has several layers of ancient soil deposited on top of each other over a period of millions of years perhaps.
Visit Mammoth Hot Springs, the birthplace of Yellowstone.
Do not forget to visit Mammoth Hot Springs. It was a military fort prior to 1900. Today it is the headquarters of Yellowstone National Park. Adjacent to it, is the travertine terraces formed over a period of thousands of years. One of the more visible hotspring, Palette Hot Spring, can be seen from the road. You can even take good pictures of it from the side of the road. You can drive in the massive natural complex of dormant springs. Drive up towards Huckleberry Cliff and you will come across massive boulders strewn carelessly down the canyon. You will then come across Huckleberry Ridge. This is supposedly the location of the first Yellowstone volcanic explosion 2.1 million years ago.