Three roads lead to the park: US 26/89/191 from Jackson to the south; US 26/287 from Dubois to the east and US 89/191/287 from Yellowstone National Park to the north. The park has 2 entrance stations: Moose, the south entrance, is located on Teton Park Rd west of Moose Jtn and Moran, the east entrancem n US 89/191/287 north of Moran Jtn.
Jackson Hole Airport is located within the southern section of Grand Teton National Park. It is not owned, however, by the park. As you fly into this small airport you will be met with the awesome view of the Grand Teton Mountain Range outside your window. The planes are small to mid-sized passenger planes. Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines supply service from either Denver, Colorado; or Salt Lake City, Utah.
The airport is located about 7 miles north of Jackson, and you can rent a car at the airport after landing from National, Alamo, Avis, or Hertz.
If you are arriving in the summer, and not planning on renting a car, but would like transportation to Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, or Colter Bay Village within Grand Teton, check out AllTrans, Inc. They may be reached at 800-443-6133 if outside Wyoming, or if calling from within Wyoming, at 307-733-3135. Visit their web page at http://www.jacksonholealltrans.com.
Address 1250 East Airport Road, Jackson, WY 83001
Many people would like to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, using an RV and staying in campgrounds, yet they don’t own one. If you do not own an RV (Recreational Vehicles, sometimes called campers), but would like to try it, you can rent RVs in various locations throughout the U.S. When I visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I see quite a few RVs rented from Cruise America. These come in three styles: 19 foot Compacts, which sleep 2 - 3 people; 23 - 25 foot Standard models, that sleep up to 5 people; 28.4 feet Intermediates, that sleeps up to 6; and 28 to 30 foot large, which sleeps up to 7. Cruise America has 134 locations from which you may pick up a rental RV, so visit their web page to see what pickup location would work best for your trip. You can even do one way rentals. So you could pick up your RV at one Cruise America location, drive across the country, and return your RV to a different Cruise America location. There is an extra fee for one way rentals, but by calling the number below you can get all the needed information. Also their website includes an orientation video that is a must to watch if you are considering renting an RV. To find this video go to their web page, click “Site Map,” found at the bottom of the homepage, click “Renters Orientation” from the list. Be aware that even though the video explains how to hook up electricity, water, and sewer, many campgrounds across that country do not have these options. You can usually fill your water tanks in campgrounds, and you should always have drinking water in bottles. Simply purchase a few bottles of drinking water, then you can refill them in campgrounds, provided you like the taste of the campground water. Your generator will be used if you do not have electricity. Campgrounds always have generator hours, so be sure you know what they are. You will not be allowed to use a generator overnight, which would be very rude and disturbing to other campers. The generator only has to be run if you want to use the microwave, air conditioner, or any electrical appliance that requires 110 electricity. Some things in the camper, such as lights, water pump, and the heater fan will run on batteries. Be sure you keep track of the charge in your batteries, as you will have to use the generator to recharge the batteries, and remember, you can only do this during generator hours. The video tells you that the RV must be level for the refrigerator to operate properly, yet their demonstration is done on level ground. There are a lot of campgrounds, especially in State and National Parks where the campsites are not level. Discuss this with Cruise America, to see if they have ways to level the RVs. . If you are told that you must park in a level site, be sure you request this when you make your reservations. Also, be aware that you can be a little off level and the refrigerator will still operate.
Grand Teton National Park has only one full hook-up campground, which fills up early, so if that is the one you want to stay in, be sure to make your reservations as far in advance as you can. The park has other campgrounds, however, that are first come first serve, if you feel you can get along without hookups.
This was not an overly expensive visit to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for us because we were within driving range, so did not need to book flights. In addition, you are going to need wheels to reach the many geological wonders scattered about the landscape so, one way or another, you will likely end up with either a rental car or a controlled tour of some sort. I like my freedom, so was quite happy to drive for hours taking in the scenery of places I had never before seen in the American west.
Our 2004 Honda Accord served us well, but in the second scene it is getting a rest parked outside our cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge. It was great to be able to just decide on the spur of the moment where we would go next in the Park and what we would do when we arrived. Because of all the wildlife, speed limits in Grand Teton NP are conservative, so you may as well sit back and enjoy the scenery. The highways are great in this part of the USA and there are lots of interesting things to see while travelling from place to place. We actually enjoyed our final marathon drive home again as we left Cody, Wyoming and drove east across a desert-like area straight out of some cowboy movie before winding our way up and over the impressive Bighorn Mountains near Sheridan in north-central Wyoming.
Grand Teton National Park is not well served by mass transit and once in the park, you would be hard-pressed to get around without at least a bicycle due to the distances. For most, it is a park most easily visited by your own vehicle. We were on a six-month camping trip around the western US so it was really our only option in order to carry all the gear we needed for our various endeavors.
Grand Teton National Park is located in the western park of Wyoming. It is about 100 miles and 2.5 hours south of the top of Yellowstone National Park to the middle of the Tetons. Jackson, WY is about 20 miles or 40 minutes from Jenny Lake Campground, about the center of the park. Salt Lake City, UT is over 300 miles and 6 hours from that same campground. Idaho Falls is the closest fair-sized city and that is over 100 miles and 3 hours drive due to the mountainous terrain. So, as you can see, this is pretty remote but that, my friend, can be a very good thing.
Grand Teton National Park charges $25 for a car load of people to enter for up to one week. Singles pay $12 for the same privilege. We were using the America The Beautiful Pass which costs $80 and allows unlimited entry into any US National Park or Federally Administered Land for a car load for a 1 year period. This pass surely represents the best value in the world of travel. Enjoy and support US National Parks.
I have booked my car via the company Holiday autos.
This makes it much easier, as it is in your own language, if you have problem you can call their office.
First I was searching the internet to rent a car, but there are so many different companies, like Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget, ...
And they all heave different ways in giving their prices (with or without a number of assurances), that makes it really hard to compare; also there are the hidden extras.
And then after a long tiring flight you stand there for the rent a car desk, and then they propose all kind of extras and assurances, and then it is sometimes very confusing to know what you really need.
So the advantage of booking via Holiday autos was that everything was included, so no more extras, of course at the desk they always try to sell one or more extra insurances, but a simple no does it
After the booking you receive a voucher, and upon arrival you present this voucher at the rent a car desk, a few signatures, and you can explore the American Highways.
The rent a car firm was Alamo.
And for the 21 days I paid 681 euro, which is 32.4 euro a day.
My car was a red PT Cruiser – Cryssler.
We flew into Jackson Hole Airport, the most scenic airport in the country, and rented a car from the Thrifty car rental located there. They have a few other car rental agencies, Herzt was another one I remember. Thrifty had the best price. Originally we had wanted to rent a Jeep, none of the car rental agencies rented them out...bizarre. Anyway, we got ourselves a little Nissan Sentra, glamorous, no, not at all, but it did the job.
The whole process of picking up and dropping off went super smooth, couldn't ask for an easier transaction!
Two shuttle boats leave every 10 or 15 minutes to cross Jenny Lake, from near the visitor center and ranger station. It's only $5 per person if you're going one-way and walking back. Before you disembark on the other side, the driver encourages you to leave no evidence of your visit to the park, to keep it clean and safe for the animals who live there and for future generations of visitors. The trip is only about 10 minutes.
The closest airport is north of Jackson in the southern part of the park. The views of the Jackson Hole area are incredible during takeoff and landing.
Major airlines that service Jackson Hole airport include: American, Delta, United, Continental and Northwest. More direct flights are available during the summer season. We had to swtich in Salt Lake from L.A. but a week later we could've flown direct.