Visitors to Grand Teton National Park can experience this magical place during all 4 seasons.
Here’s what you can expect if you visit during each season in the park.
Average monthly temperature and precipitation
Seasons in Grand Canyon National Park
Summer (21 June to 22 September)
Summer is by and large the most popular season in Grand Teton. From June to September, temperatures are well above 70ºF (21ºC) in Jackson during the daytime, which provides the perfect conditions for hiking and camping in the park.
At night, temperatures are generally quite cool and you can also expect afternoon thunderstorms on a fairly regular basis. Moreover, snow usually sticks around until about the end of June or even July on some of the higher elevation hiking trails.
You’ll also have to combat the mosquitos in the mountains, which you should come prepared for with a headnet. However, in terms of overall access to all of the park’s roads and trails, summer is hard to beat.
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Fall (23 September to 20 December)
Fall is a truly majestic time of year in the Tetons. Although the temperatures start to drop by the end of August and you can expect snow at the highest elevations by mid-September, the fall colors are a wonder to behold.
For wildlife lovers, autumn in Grand Teton is not to be missed. Fall brings the annual elk rut, which is an exciting event. The elk will start to bugle (a special type of call) and the males often engage in some stellar fights over potential mates.
You can be certain, however, that there will be substantially fewer crowds in the park during the fall than in the summer. Oh, and you can usually camp without those pesky mosquitos flying around camp.
What could be better?
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Winter (21 December to 19 March)
The winter months (December to mid-March) in Grand Teton National Park are a special time of year.
While you’ll certainly need to brace for cold temperatures, anyone that loves snowsports will find plenty of adventure in the park.
Winter in the Tetons is the perfect time to ski, snowshoe, or just take in the scenery. However, big snowstorms are common in the region and cold temperatures require adequate preparation. So, don’t forget your winter sleeping bag or your heated jacket when you pack.
Also, keep in mind that avalanche awareness is critical for anyone traveling in the Teton backcountry in the winter. Check the weather and bring tire chains, too, if you plan to drive on the park’s roads in the winter.
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Spring (20 March to 20 June)
Spring is between mid-March to mid-June.
It’s important to note that spring weather in the region can still bring lots of cold and snow, so you’ll want to be prepared with your winter boots.
Most park trails are covered with snow until at least the start of summer, so snowshoes are a must if you want to go on a hike.
You’ll also get to enjoy the park without the crowds, which tend to be at their lowest during the spring months. Of course, this comes at the expense of muddy trails, but if solitude is what you seek, spring is your go-to time to visit Grand Teton.
Gaby is a professional mountain guide with a master’s degree in outdoor education. She works primarily in the polar regions as an expedition guide, though she can be found hiking, climbing, skiing, sailing, or paddling in some of the world’s most amazing places when not at work.