Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning places in Wyoming. Few landscapes in the world have the incredible vistas found in Grand Teton National Park. This National Park boasts jagged peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes and vivid evergreen forests, creating a landscape as beautiful as it is diverse.
This park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the 40-mile Teton Range, which runs through the park. It is said that the mountains were named Les Trois Tetons (the Tree Teats) in 19th century which was later shortened to Tetons. Grand Teton rises over 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole, the celestial peak providing the perfect setting for nature lovers. The 310,000 acres of the park includes lush valley floors, mountain meadows, hiking trails, wildlife, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Teton Range.
Grand Teton National Park is located just minutes outside of Jackson at the southern end, and stretches 45-miles north to the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, connecting it to Yellowstone National Park. The park is best explored in 5 or more days, though the highlights can be discovered within 1-2 days. Each season brings a new feel to Grand Teton. Winter results in gorgeous snow covered peaks, fall is the perfect time to witness the foliage changing colors and the wildlife preparing for winter, spring brings new life and lush meadows, and summer is the best time for hiking and exploring in the backcountry.
Jenny Lake: Exploring Jenny Lake is one of the best things to do in Grand Teton National Park and a highlight of any day trip to Grand Tetons, and it could easily take up your entire day. Jenny Lake sits at the base of the Cascade Canyon and is two square miles of pristine water and beautiful views of the Tetons. Depending on the weather, visitors can fish, paddle, swim, or boat its waters, or they can take the moderate 12.5 km round-trip hike from the Jenny Lake Trailhead for views of Cascade Canyon, Storm Point, Symmetry Spire and Mount Moran, among others. There is also a much shorter 2.5 km round-trip hike to Hidden Falls, which is a traveler favorite. Spend the day hiking and enjoying gorgeous views.
Go Horseback Riding: Explore like the cowboys! Spend a morning or afternoon in Grand Teton horseback riding and experience the views the same way the early explorers did. Jackson Lake Lodge horseback riding also offers one and two hour scenic rides where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Tetons, Oxbow Bend, and the Snake River. Colter Bay Village along the shores of Swan and Heron Ponds and include panoramic mountain views from wildflower meadows.
Wildlife Viewing: Grand Teton National Park is teeming with abundant wildlife, including 300 species of birds and dozens of mammals, big and small. Bear, Bison, Moose, Elk, Pronghorn, Eagles, and more are regularly seen throughout the park. You can book ranger-led nature hikes, take a guided viewing tour with a third party company, or take to the trails and observe animals on their own. Just be sure to give animals a lot of room when observing them.
Hiking Taggart Lake Trail: Taggart Lake Trail is a moderate hike, perfect for novice hikers and families. A 5 km round-trip journey with only a 400-foot elevation change, this gentle climb does reward you with a great view of surrounding meadows and streams. And what better way to end the hike than to cool off after with a dip in Taggart Lake!
A rafting trip on Snake River: Your visit to Grand Teton National Park will not feel complete without a trip down the Snake River. Enjoy the stunning mountain views and wildlife on a 10-mile scenic float on the Snake River. Not only you will see wildlife such as moose, beavers, eagles, osprey, and more, but you will also get a chance to learn about the history, and geology of the area. Be sure to bring your camera for fantastic pictures!
Go for a scenic drive: If hiking is not your cup of tea, then you can hop in your car and go for long drives. Start with a visit to the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center to learn more about the park and gain access to the 42-mile park road. Driving the Teton Park Road at the base of the mountains offers non-stop incredible views of the Tetons. There are numerous pull-offs and lookouts to stop at for views of the Teton Mountain Range, wildlife and foliage. This drive is your personal tour of Grand Teton National Park!
Explore Mormon Row: Another easy adventure in the park is exploring the famous Mormon Row area. Mormon Row is where you’ll find that classic Grand Teton photo. In fact, Mormon Row and the Moulton Barns may be the most photographed destinations in the park. It is at the south entrance to the park. In the 1890s a group of Mormon homesteaders arrived from Idaho to establish a community with the intention of clustering their farms to share labor and develop community bonds. That area is now known as Mormon Row, within the Grand Teton National Park, and has been historically preserved for all those budding photographers wanting the perfect shot of those infamous Moulton Barns with the Teton Range in the background.
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