When thinking of the Wild West one tends to imagine hot sunshine, beautiful mountains, majestic wild horses, and dusty old cowboys. While some of those things are true and others have been somewhat tamed; the wild western weather still remains untamed and unpredictable.
Jackson Hole Wyoming is one of those places that is still a little wild yet filled with wonderful adventure. Being in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem the area is prone to diverse weather patterns. One thing you can count on with the weather in this vast area, is that no matter the season it could always snow on you. Now, don’t let this turn you off and make you start thinking about that sandy beach vacation again…. Just because it could snow in July doesn’t mean that your experience will be any less amazing.
Weather in any mountain region can be difficult to understand. Mountains produce their own weather and also make it difficult to see weather moving in; you just never know what to expect when setting off for a fun day hike or family horseback ride. Most of the summer months are filled with warm, arid (dry) days and clear, cool evenings, and if weather moves in it is usually gone as fast as it arrived. Some thunderstorms may only last about 10 minutes, and just because it is storming doesn’t mean the sun won’t still shine. Then after the storm has passed the dust is gone, the air is fresh, the grass is green, and all is right in the Gros Ventre again.
This diverse weather pattern can turn the average day into a great story making adventure. Just think about what the real cowboys and mountain men went through year after year, and take the weather in stride. The horseback riding, and many other activities can still be enjoyed even when the weather is less than favorable. A snowy June day can also give you a chance to relax by the fire, catch up with family and friends, and a reason to treat yourself to a soothing massage. So, next time you are planning a vacation to the Jackson Hole area, remember pack a bit of everything, leave for activities prepared for anything, and take the weather in stride, because after the storm comes the most amazing rainbows! Remember our guides and wranglers at Goosewing Ranch are trained to keep you safe, they have gear available for you to help you stay warm and dry, and will do their best to always make the best out of any situation.