See Every Season in Grand Teton National Park
SO you've made the incredible decision to have a destination wedding in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, or Yellowstone.
Congratulations!!! The epic beauty of this area makes for some seriously jaw-dropping photos!!! Now it's time to set a date. I figured it might be helpful to give you a guide to choosing the perfect time of year for you by seeing what this area looks like in each season!
May | Spring
This wedding was on May 17, and I actually had to shovel some snow to clear the path to the ceremony site that was in the shade! By the end of May, the majority of Grand Teton National Park is not open yet, but the crowds are lighter, the weather is not too hot, not too cold, and there's still snow on the Tetons. May typically has a high of 63º, a low of 31º!
June | Early Summer
Grand Teton National l Park & Yellowstone officially open on June 5, because that's when the snow is pretty much totally melted. By this wedding which was at the end of June, you can see that there's less snow on the Tetons than in the May wedding, and we have wildflowers pretty much everywhere! June typically has a high of 73º, a low of 37º.
Fun Fact: from May-July, our sunset time in Jackson, Wyoming is around 9 PM!
July | Mid Summer
In July, it's pretty much perfect summer--beautiful warm days, still some snow highlighting the lines of the Tetons, usually still a few beautiful wildflowers here and there, and less rain than in May & June! This wedding was July 15, and was a little smokey from wildfires, but the mountains still looked breathtaking and dreamy! July typically has a high of 82º, a low of 41º.
August | Late Summer
By August, usually most of the snow has melted off the Tetons, the wildflowers are gone, and you have the perfect tone of green in the sagebrush! August typically has a high of 80º, a low of 39º.
September | Early fall
September might be my personal favorite month in the area. The tourist volume is lower, the fall colors are popping out, the weather is perfectly comfortable! September usually has a high of 71º, with a low of 32º.
Early October | Mid Fall
Early October is vastly different from late October (which you'll see next.) The temperature is cooler, the fall foliage is incredible, and it's our true fall. Early October temperatures are in my opinion in the 60º area, although the average for October is a high of 57º, a low of 24º.
Late October | Late Fall
Late October is right on the edge of winter. This photo is from an October 23 wedding, and I was very surprised there wasn't snow! As you can see, it just looks wintery!
November through April is our winter here in Jackson, Wyoming! You can expect magical winter wonder--the sunny days boast incredibly beautiful, sparkling snow; the cloudy, snowy days look breathtaking as well as you can see here, but the majority of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone are completely closed, although some spots are accessible by snowshoe. In November, the high is 40º; December & January have a high of 28º; February has a high of 33º, March has a high of 42º; and April has a high of 52º. As you can see, December-February will require some additional precautions to stay comfortable and warm during the bitter cold (I have more info on this here), and March is much more comfortable. The tricky part about April is that the snow is starting to melt, so it's much slushier--you might fall right through it instead of being able to perch on top like these two are in the photo above!
I hope you've enjoyed a snapshot of each season in Jackson Hole!
Have questions? I would love to help you navigate the perfect time of year for you, offer some advice or ideas, or chat through ideas about your perfect destination wedding! In the Rocky Mountains, but especially Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and Jackson Hole, the weather can be wild, but the wedding photographs are epic!