Outdoor Adventure at Grand Teton in the Fall

Planning a trip to Grand Teton in the fall is an amazing experience, especially if you enjoy the outdoors.

Check out our Grand Teton National Park guide and the information below to plan your fall trip.

We share things to do, what to pack, where to stay and amazing photo spots for autumn leaves and wildlife!

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Grand Teton Fall Weather

When you visit Grand Teton in the fall you can expect cooler temperatures due to the higher elevation.

If you visit in September, the average daytime temperatures will be in the mid-60s. The nighttime temperatures will drop all the way into the low 30s. The average amount of rain in September is about 6 days. 

Once October hits, so does the cooler weather. During the day the highs hover around 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows will drop all the way to the mid 20s! 

Bundle up if you choose to visit the Grand Tetons in November because you might experience some really cold days. On average the highs will be around 35 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows will dip all the way into the low teens on average. You can expect the month of November to have about 11 rainy/snowy days throughout the month.  

It is really important that you dress in layers and bring your winter clothing essentials so that you can stay warm and comfortable. 

Grand Tetons Fall Colors

Fall at the Tetons runs from September through mid-October. After that, the temperatures really start dropping.

Planning a trip during this time means you’ll see incredible fall colors at the Tetons. 

Fall color is striking at Grand Teton National Park.
Fall color is striking at Grand Teton National Park.

Although you can’t predict the peak dates to see the fall colors, it usually happens around the 3rd week in September. 

During the fall you will see the deciduous trees showcase yellow and orange shades with a little bit of red popping through the Teton Range. 

Must-see locations in the fall are along the Snake River where the cottonwood trees showcase their vibrant color during the fall. We recommend visiting Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing and Jackson Lake to see these fall color scenes with the river and lake.

The Grand Tetons fall colors don’t stop with the trees. You will see willows and shrubs on the trails that turn yellow and red in the fall as well. 

Animals in the Fall at Grand Teton

Along with the beautiful colors you will be in for a real treat with all the wildlife that is out and about during the autumn months.

Fall is the beginning of the mating season, and the male elk are doing everything they can to stand out to the females. If you are lucky you will hear them bugling, and even more lucky to see a sparring match between two male elk! 

Bull moose at Grand Teton in the fall.
Bull moose at Grand Teton in the fall.

The bears will be foraging for food to get ready for winter hibernation. You’ll see black bears eating berries along the roadway, and on the hiking trails, so be extra cautious on the roads and trails.

It’s exciting to see the moose at Grand Teton in the fall, especially the male moose with their large antlers.

Hiking at Grand Teton National Park

When it comes to hiking in Grand Teton National Park you want to remember that you will be in higher elevations which may make for a more challenging experience. 

The landscape is beautiful, but many trails may be steep and even extreme. If you have any questions about which trails are best for you, be sure to talk to a Park Ranger to find the best fall hikes at Grand Teton for you and your family. 

Best Fall Hikes at Grand Teton

Here’s a list of Grand Teton day hikes as well as longer backpacking trails that are perfect for fall hiking!

Death Canyon

A trail that takes you along the pine forest to overlook the Phelps Lake, Death canyon is a perfect and peaceful hike.

You might not like the name, but it is full of great views and lots of wildlife. You may even see a moose alongside the creek. 

Inspiration Point / Hidden Falls

While hiking this trail, you will see why it’s called Inspiration Point. It is one of the most popular destinations for hiking in Grand Teton National Park.

One of the must-see stops along the trail is at Hidden Falls, a 200-foot waterfall .

Be sure to bring your camera to capture this incredible view. 

Cascade Canyon Trail 

Looking for a hike where you will pass through huckleberry and wild raspberry patches? This is the one for you!

The Cascade Canyon trail is a 10-mile round trip journey where you will see lots of ponds and beautiful mountain views and fall colors. 

Remember the bears also like the berries along this trail so make noise and carry bear spray!

Granite Canyon Trail

Granite Canyon Trail is for more experienced hikers. It is known to be strenuous in certain areas and is about 12 miles long.

On this hiking trail, you will have a bird’s eye view of Jackson Hole, Jackson Lake, and the Grand Tetons. 

Paintbrush Canyon

This trail is ideal if you are looking for a longer trail to hike. Paintbrush Canyon takes about 12 hours to complete so be sure you pack accordingly.

The trail loops you through Paintbrush and Cascade Canyons.

If you choose to do this hike, you may want to consider making this an overnight hike.

Lakeshore Trail

Lakeshore Trail is one of our favorite hikes at the Tetons. It’s an easy walk and will give you views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range.

It only takes about 2 hours to complete the Lakeshore Trail making it one of the best fall hikes at Grand Teton. 

Murie Ranch Hike

Murie Ranch hike is perfect if you are planning on visiting the Visitor Center while at Grand Teton National Park.

You will find Murie Ranch as you leave the Visitor Center where you can explore nature and the beautiful scenery. 

Between the fall colors at the Tetons, the mating animal season, and all the incredible fall hikes that you can go on, the Grand Tetons is the premier destination for your next fall adventure with your family. 

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