Soak up the last rays of the sun during the “unofficial” end of summer. September is also a great time to take in the great outdoors due to slightly cooler temperatures and more active wildlife.
Ready to start planning your perfect escape before the sun sets on summer? There’s so much to do, the options can be overwhelming! Our team is here to take the headache out of your trip-planning, so we’ve compiled this list of planning resources & adventure inspiration to help you get started so you can make the most of your minutes in the last weekend of the summer. For custom experiences, additional recommendations, or for help with trip planning, contact our Concierge Team with your wish list!
While there are countless ways to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Jackson Hole, there’s nothing quite like experiencing this spectacular terrain than from the seat of a saddle! Natural & pristine alpine lakes, wildflower-laden meadows, rugged ridges – and possibly even a glimpse of a deer, elk or moose! Escape the crowds and find serenity before the weekend. All rides are guided by Wyoming’s premier mountain guides and are perfect for any group and all skill levels. Only at Abode Experience includes private luxury round-trip transportation, gourmet catered meals, and a champagne toast.
SNOW KING MOUNTAIN RESORT
Get a full day of activities at Snow King Mountain Resort. The Big King Pass is a great way to experience summer fun in one-day, this pass includes one tour on the Treetop Adventure and unlimited rides and activities all day on like The Cowboy Coaster for careening through nearly a mile of dips, dives, and curves, Mini-Golf, Alpine Slide for a classic choose-your-own-speed adventure, Amaze’n Maze to get lost in the fun and challenge yourself and Bungee Trampoline to flip and fly fearlessly.
FRIDAY NIGHT BIKE RIDES
Head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Friday evening for the last night of mountain biking! From 4PM to 6PM you will get to ride for one last time the new Bike Park Trails as the summer comes to an end. Bike park lift tickets & bike rentals are available in resort only, including access to Sweetwater Gondola and Teewinot Quad only.
While the sun comes down, walk around Town Square, famous for its four antler arches and great shopping ranging from fine jewelry and art galleries to outdoor gear stores and old time photos. If the sky is clear, end your day with Wyoming Stargazing’s free stargazing gathering. Meet at the Center for the Arts’ lawn anytime between 9:30 to 11:30pm for astronomers to show you planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more through their professional telescopes.
Look for local farmers, ranchers, and specialty food vendors at the weekly Farmers Market in Town Square under the elk antler arches from 8AM to 12PM. Be there first to get the best selection of produce, locally raised beef, baked goods, and other prepared foods. End the morning enjoying live music by a local band! You can also pop into the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center between 3PM and 5PM for Teton Raptor Center – Soaring Saturdays, meet live raptors and relax on the wildlife-viewing decks.
Enjoy the last day of elevated yoga on the second floor south deck of Rendezvous Lodge, at the top of the Bridger Gondola! Get your sun salutations at 9095′. The class goes from 9:30AM to 10:30AM, we recommend taking the gondola at 9AM. You can sign up online but you must go to the Mountain Sports School sales desk on the bottom floor of the Bridger Building to pick up a ticket for gondola access.
September is considered the best month to fish for trout. Catch the “Zen” when fishing with Jackson Hole’s skilled fishing guides. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisher or a novice, they will make your experience one to remember. Explore legendary rivers like the Snake, Green, Firehole, and Bighorn—home to wild and native trout species including cutthroat, rainbow, and brown. You’ll see bald eagles, moose, elk, and maybe even a bear! You’ll come away with stories of feisty fish and adventures you’ll cherish for years to come. Day trips last from 5-8 hours, contact the Abode Concierge Team to plan your trip.
Jackson Hole Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the rodeo season. These are real cowboys and girls who are competing for cash money, we’re going to be able to see some of the best performances of the season on their last weekend to compete. You can’t visit the “Last Town of the Old West” without experiencing a real rodeo. It’s one of our favorite events in Jackson Hole. We recommend you buy your ticket online, popular nights often sell out, print it and go straight to the entry, crowds start showing up at 7:15PM so arrive early!
WHERE TO STAY
PRIVATE IN-ABODE SPA SERVICES
The getaway finds you tired? Relax, and unwind in the comfort of your Abode with the best massage therapists in Jackson Hole. Indulge in any number of stress-reducing, relaxational or therapeutic massage treatments. Licensed massage therapists are happy to do multiple massages and various modalities of your choice. They also offer infrared heated tables for a deeper heated experience. Choose from deep tissue, hot stone & Swedish massage, salt/sugar scrub massage, Thai, or couples massage. Have another request? Reach out to our Concierge Team.
VISIT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART
Located across from the National Elk Refuge on the edge of town you will experience artworks representing wild animals from around the world. The National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a variety of ways to experience our wildlife art with many exhibits, collections, and a sculpture trail. They’re open 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Journey down the class II-III Snake River with stunning canyon scenery, calm stretches, and fun rapids. Experience the two biggest waves on the river, Big Kahuna and Lunch Counter. Your guide will teach you how to sit, paddle, and stroke as you laugh your way down the Snake! The 8-mile whitewater stretch through the Snake River Canyon takes you through a mix of calm sections where you’ll be able to take in the scenery and wildlife, and exciting rapids where you’re more than likely to get a little wet. Custom made, state of the art Aire rafts can hold up to 16 people, with 8-10 paddle spots in each boat. Private rafts are also available. Contact Abode Concierge Team for more information.
A LAZY MORNING
If the group wakes up running slow, just grab an early breakfast or a late brunch. Jackson Hole is full of cozy spots that serve traditional American breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods or desserts such as pie. The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant is one of Jackson’s favorite casual restaurants, serving breakfast and lunch daily throughout the year and dinner during the summer months. If you are looking for more home cooked classics with a log cabin environment Cafe Genevieve Restaurant is perfect for you. High attention to detail and creative preparation defines Rations, the in-store restaurant at Basecamp, is a not-so-hidden gem in this establishment.
GRAND TETON TOUR
From glamorous peaks to roaming wildlife, enjoy an afternoon in Grand Teton National Park with visits to Oxbow Bend, Mormon Row, Snake River, and Jenny Lake. Tour offers balanced narrations covering flora, fauna, geology, and both natural and local history. Only at Abode Experience tops your evening off with a delicious safari-style hot dinner served in the field at a scenic location.
Stop by the Hootenanny on Monday night at Dornan’s in Moose! The Jackson Hole Hootenanny (“The Hoot”) invites musicians to gather and play traditional acoustic music for a receptive crowd in one of the most awe-inspiring settings in the world. Enjoy Western, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Blues singers and if you’re musically inclined jump up on the stage for a minute of fame! Free from 6PM to 9PM.
To enhance your stay we are happy to help you not only with the essentials such as pre-arrival grocery + stocked bar, transportation, and more, we also deliver five-star experiences curated by a local concierge. Our in-house concierge services can take care of booking chef services, restaurant reservations, yoga, bike rentals, a photographer to preserve the memory in a family portrait, outdoor excursions, massage therapists and more – all to come to you at the house. Just let us know what is on your wish list.
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