Golf, Fish, Float, Hike, Tour and Run – Must be Fall in the Tetons
O.K., let’s face it. Some of the real fun happens after Labor Day when most of the out-of-towners have squeezed in the last few days of fun and have headed home. Everyone knows how special this Yellowstone-Teton area is during the throes of summer season, but this is actually the time of year when visitors should really set their travel sites on this corner of the Rockies, and many do. We all feel a new crispness in the air and we almost need a sweater until the sun heads high over the Tetons. Ah, but the temperatures rise quickly, the days remain sun-splashed and we still need to lather on the sunblock. It’s September in the Tetons, undoubtedly the most gorgeous time of year in the mountains.
The only dilemma with travel to Teton Springs in September and October is that there’s almost too much to do. It’s a good problem to have. It’s a virtual sea of green in Teton Valley and the views are staggering. We count our blessings, this year in particular. We somehow escaped the dreaded drought conditions that plagued much of the nation. We also didn’t have the dreaded forest fires that tragically plagued many of our western neighbors. The rain fell in the Tetons and seemingly at optimum intervals throughout the summer. Wildflowers are still in brilliant view on mountaintops throughout the valley and the aspens are starting to show off their brilliant hues.
One can indulge in an action-packed trip or simply delight in the solitude that comes with a summer’s end trip to Teton Springs. The Headwaters Golf Course in Victor, Idaho (at Teton Springs Lodge) is showing its true colors and it’s nothing but green! Boy oh boy is this course in unbelievable shape going into fall. Legendary golfer Byron Nelson, the designer of this world-class course and also the entertaining Par 3 course, would be duly impressed.
Playing the links right now one would almost swear that it’s spring time in the Rockies given the lushness of the fairways. The lakes surrounding the course glisten and the trout filled ponds stand ready to challenge the fisherman and his fly. Not that anyone would need more incentive but the rates for STAY & PLAY PACKAGES at this time of year are easy on the pocketbook too!
YELLOWSTONE-TETON ENDURANCE RACES OCTOBER 6 & 7
Even for the seasoned runner, this event is definitely no walk in the park, except for perhaps the relay option added this year. Choose between a 100-mile, 50-mile, or 100-mile relay race presented by running legends Lisa Smith-Batchen and her husband Jay Batchen of Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures. Check off the 100 miler and you’ll begin your quest in West Yellowstone, Montana. I personally envy the 50 milers as they’ll don their running shoes in the spectacular and thundering Mesa Falls area, outside of Ashton, Idaho.
Participants will follow one of the “Top 10 MOST SCENIC DRIVES IN AMERICA,” as they cover ground linking them to eastern Idaho’s Highway 32. Racers can expect dramatic scenery every step of the way, enhanced with magnificent fall colors. This race course winds through a landscape of lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, as well as golden wheat fields and potato farms as runners follow this scenic loop thru the quaint town of Tetonia and then on to the finish on Main Street in downtown Driggs. You’ll be so blown away by your surroundings you may not even notice you’ve just accomplished something extraordinary.
The two folks leading this charge know something about running and race events so you’ll be in good hands. Lisa is considered one of the best ultra-marathoners and top endurance athletes in the world. She is the only American to win the Marathon des Sables stage-race through the Moroccan Desert and has twice won the Badwater Ultra marathon, considered one of the toughest races in the world. Lisa also happens to be the head honcho at the Teton Springs Sports Club. Jay Batchen, a 9 time Marathon des Sables competitor, is not only recognized for his running accomplishments but also for his expertise as a seasoned race director.
RUNNING CAMP TUNE UP AT TETON SPRINGS
Who wouldn’t need a tune up before running endurance races? A camp for the novice endurance runner, or experienced ultra runner, will be held October 1-4th in conjunction with this event. You’ll not only have the benefit of Lisa’s profound wisdom and experience but also two of the most accomplished ultra marathoners and adventure runners in the world, Marshall Ulrich and Ray Zahab. If you’re a runner, you know who these guys are!
Of course there’s always the less strenuous hiking, biking, wildlife safaris, swimming, fitness classes and enjoying a scrumptious treatment in the Stillwaters Spa
The Best Trout Fishing in the Nation
Speaking of fishing. If snagging the big browns or fighting the rainbows is your passion, then the time is now! Lots of guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year have early-morning wake-up calls, and the South Fork of the Snake is the seductive force.
There are lots of ways to skin this fishing cat but the ultimate is taking a guided trip down the Snake with the area’s most seasoned guides, and, coming back at night to a casually elegant one bedroom suite in the lodge. The locals are giving the nod to how good the South Fork and all the local rivers are fishing right now – that’s all the proof you need. Check out all our Summer Vacation Getaway Packages!
Great Food & Relaxing, and Scenery at Teton Springs
Savor a relaxing breakfast at the Headwaters Restaurant. Somehow pancakes always taste better when served with spectacular golf course views. It’s a great place to plan your day. If your tee time is later or this is a non golf day, you have tough decisions to make. My idea of a perfect September day is cruising through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. There are actually more animals than humans in the parks this time of year. You’ll share the hiking trails with savvy locals who head to the backcountry when temperatures cool and solitude is returned to the mountains. Consider a raft trip down the wild and scenic Snake River, definitely the best way to view the Tetons in all their grandeur. Bald Eagles are spotted frequently along this excursion & a fun history lesson on the historic Jackson Hole area from your seasoned guide is included in the price of admission.
Jackson Hole Arts Festival
Another good reason to schedule a trip to the Tetons in September is a chance to take in the JACKSON HOLE ARTS FESTIVAL. This event has moved far beyond just being a nationally acclaimed event. Art lovers are coming from across the pond for a chance to eyeball exquisite art, take in gallery walks, live music, and cowboy poetry. Of course, a day or two exploring Yellowstone is part of the agenda.
The nice folks at Teton Springs offer a terrific package thru the month of September that offers free admission to the area’s national parks, as well as multiple days soaking up the luxury that comes with staying at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
- Only $129* per person per night
Or, simply relax by the pool at Teton Springs and do absolutely nothing at all! Ah, Fall in the Tetons. Where would you rather be?!
Call the experts at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa for your fall adventure! 208.787.7888