1. Go on a Walk
As you wait for the snow to melt along hiking trails in the mountains, there are many great places to enjoy a scenic walk. Head out along the Elk Refuge Road, hike up Cache Creek, or follow the pathway along the Snake River from the Wilson Bridge.
2. Road Biking in the National Parks
Before the Grand Teton and Yellowstone Park roads open to vehicles in the summer, they open to cyclists only for one month in the spring, typically for April. Enjoy biking along beautiful park roads before any cars have the chance. If there is still enough snow on the ground, try renting a snow bike instead!
3. Go on a Scenic Drive
In the spring, the snow has typically melted down low but it leaves a blanket covering the mountains. It's a great time to go out for a scenic drive to try to spot wildlife, view wildflowers, or to just take in the views. Head out along Antelope Flats Road for an amazing view overlooking the valley.
4. Join a guided Wildlife Tour
You are guaranteed to increase your chances of seeing wildlife (and learn a thing or two) by joining a wildlife tour in either Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks. If you don’t have time for a tour, a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, just north of town, is always a rewarding outing.
5. Soak in Granite Hot Springs
Head south of town and out an 11-mile dirt road to a local's fave, Granite Hot Springs. There are hiking trails that leave right from the pool so you can easily spend a day in the area. Call ahead because the pool closes for a period in early spring.
6. Shopping, Dining, Entertainment in Downtown Jackson
Stroll around the many galleries and shops surrounding the Jackson Town Square or grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate from Jackson Hole Roasters. Get your photos taken at Jackson Hole Old Time Photos. Buy a local souvenir at Made or Mountain Dandy in Gaslight Alley. Take your pick from one of many great dining options.
7. Check the Local Calendar
Check the local Event Calendar or grab a paper when you get to town to see what is going on during your stay. In the heart of spring, known to locals as the off-season, there are often many dining specials. You'll typically find these listed in the paper.