Grand Teton National Park Travel Guide

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Grand Teton National Park Highlights

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     I found my moose! Oh and some pretty incredible mountains too 

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     It's small size and proximity to Jackson can lead to overcrowding at many locations 

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     A great way to start and end our honeymoon! 

Grand Teton National Park Things to Do

  • Grand Tetons

    The highlight of the park is a series of peaks known collectively as the Grand Tetons. The major peaks are in order; Grand Teton, Mount Owen, Middle Teton and South Teton. The peaks are popular among climbers.

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  • Walk to Hidden Falls

    You can take the shuttle boat from the Jenny Lake boat dock (near the South Jenny Lake parking lot) across to the Cascade Canyon dock, or walk around the lake. From the dock it's a half mile walk up the canyon to the falls. The path is uphill most of the way, and rocky in places, but not steep or difficult. You follow the stream through the pines...

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  • Museum of Wildlife Art

    Fantastic Museum which is a piece of art itself! This gorgeous stone building is set into the mountainside, it looks like an extension of the landscape. It houses over 2000 beautiful works of art all with a wildlife theme. At the time of our visit they had a special exhibit on Georgia O'Keefe. The museum was originally in the town of Jackson, it...

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  • Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor...

    The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is an information center, and a good place to learn about the park. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they will gladly answer your questions, and help you plan your visit to the park. If you plan to spend overnights in the backcountry, or do mountain climbing, this is one of the locations to get...

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Your 7-day entrance permit to Grand Teton also allows you entrance to Yellowstone National Park through its South Entrance. (If you go to Yellowstone first, your pass will allow you entrance into Grand Teton.) Since these two parks boarder each other, visitors often plan to visit both parks while they are in the area. Yellowstone’s road is a figure...

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  • Heron Pond and Swan Lake Hike

    The Heron Pond and Swan Lake Hike is an easy, mostly level three mile loop trail that only has a 40 foot elevation climb. The trail leads to two lovely ponds, where you may see birds and other wildlife. There are several junctions along this loop trail, so look at the signs carefully, and if you have a trail map, it could be handy. This is a...

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Grand Teton National Park Restaurants

  • A Restaurant in Dornam

    The Pizza and Pasta Co. serves soup, pasta, salads, hot sandwiches, gourmet pizza, cappuccino, and ice cream cones. They will even prepare a picnic lunch for you to take along on your day trip into the park. This lunch will include a deli sandwich, drink, and trail mix. We did not eat here, but I did check out their menu, and it looked interesting...

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  • A Seasonal Outdoor Restaurant

    Dornan’s Original Moose Chuckwagon opened in 1948, and has been serving people breakfast, lunch, and dinners every summer since. This is a grill area, where you will order and pick up your food, and then eat outside. The smells coming from the grill, and out of the cast iron Dutch Ovens, cooking on an open fire, will tantalize your taste buds.The...

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  • A Lunch Counter Grill in Jackson Lodge

    The Pioneer Grill has a casual atmosphere, consisting of a room full of 1950’s style lunch counters. The grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or you can just stop in for a malt, milk shake, Sundae, or ice Cream. Breakfast offers traditional items such as fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, bagels, pancakes, French toast, omelets, and other egg...

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Grand Teton National Park Nightlife

  • I love my brewpubs but

    With Jackson a mere 20 miles away from the park, it would be easy to head down there each night for a nice meal and a few drinks. It would be fun too. The town has one of the top brewpubs in the region and I love trying different beers. Don't get me wrong, I did go there, three times but most nights we spent in the park. It is magic as the sun goes...

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  • Drinks with a view

    The Blue Heron Lounge is just off the main seating area in the Jackson Lake Lodge, and shares the same stunning views. We went there for cocktails before our meal in the Mural Room restaurant, and for a night cap after it. The cocktail list has the usual favourites but also includes some specialities such as the huckleberry margherita. I enjoyed...

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  • Look for moose

    One of the popular pastimes at the lodge is moose watching at dusk. The lodge is situated on a bluff overlooking marshland which eventually gives way to Jackson Lake and eventually the Grand Teton Mountains. The marshland is prime moose habitat and moose like to eat at dawn and dusk. Therefore around sundown everyone congregates on the spacious...

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Grand Teton National Park Transportation

  • Getting to the park is easy

    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.

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  • KJAC Jackson Hole Airport

    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...

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  • So You Would Like To Try RVing

    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...

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Grand Teton National Park Shopping

  • Shopping In Colter Bay

    The Colter Bay Gift Shop has a large number of items that could be purchased for yourself, or as gifts for others. Some of the items you will find are Wyoming themed or made, such post cards, jams, photography books, hiking guides, books on the history of the area, and local made crafts. There is also a section of western themed children’s books....

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  • Shopping for Groceries

    We were very surprised and impressed with the size of the Colter Bay General Store. We have traveled with our camper trailer to many national parks, and we have never seen a general store with so many food products to choose from. Although not a large supermarket, you could certainly plan and purchase needs for a meal, including fresh produce. This...

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  • A Small Log Structure

    The Jenny Lake Store is located in a rustic log cabin, and although small, it is still a shop where you can purchase film, souvenirs, gifts, snacks, and a limited amount of groceries. You will also find some clothing, including hats, t-shirts, and sweat shirts. If you are camping, the store has firewood and ice for sale. There are a number of...

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Grand Teton National Park Local Customs

  • People Who Serve You

    Locals, as well as people from other places in the U.S. and other countries, come to Grand Teton to work, especially during their summer vacation. Many of the young people who serve you are college students, who are working in the park during their summer break. If you notice that the store clerk, maid, waiter or waitress, or other park employee...

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  • the lowdown on getting backcountry...

    To camp in the vast and wonderful wildernesses of Grand Teton National Park, you will need to get a backcountry permit. These can be reserved in advance for $25 but the park very nicely does not charge a fee unless the requested sites are available. This is very different from most parks who ask you to give alternatives and charge you regardless of...

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  • "Hey, whatcha lookin at?"

    As you travel along the park roads, every once in a while you will come across a bunch of cars pulled over and people all staring through binoculars or camera lenses at something. Sometimes it pays to stop and ask them what they see. We saw moose, elk, coyote, a bear ect.... just by stopping and asking. This was the most helpful with moose. Our 1st...

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Grand Teton National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch Wildlife From a Safe Distance

    Be smart, remember that all the animals you see in Grand Teton are truly wild, and therefore can be dangerous. Do not feed them, for your own safety and theirs. People food is not only unhealthy, but it encourages animals to hang around, sometimes begging, sometimes stealing food from your picnic table, and sometimes becoming aggressive. Do not...

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  • You need to be careful around Bison

    Grand Teton was no different than Yellowstone in that there were plenty of Bison roaming around, especially in the southern portion of Grand Teton. When we left Jackson to return northward to our Lodge, we took a different route back – along the banks of the Gros Ventre River on the eastern side of the park. Just like the Hayden Valley drive along...

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  • Don't take chances with Bears!

    Bear attacks are not frequent in Grand Teton National Park, but there have been instances of attacks by both Grizzly and Black bears in recent years. In 2007 a middle-aged male hiker was out for an early morning walk not far from Jackson Lake Lodge when he inadvertently came too close to a female Grizzly and her cubs feeding on an Elk kill. He was...

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Grand Teton National Park What to Pack

  • Items to Help You Enjoy the Outdoors

    Although summers are generally warm, you can still get chilly weather, even in July and August. If you are going to Grand Teton in the spring or fall, you may even have snow conditions. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Bring shorts, long pants, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, rainwear, and jackets of varying weights. Even in the summer a...

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  • The D factor

    Grand Teton National Park has an amazing backcountry so bring your backpack if so inclined. If you have ever thought of trying it, this is the place to do it. Otherwise, a day pack will suffice for the park's many day hikes to suit all levels of hikers. A pair of good sturdy hiking boots and cushioned socks will work wonders for your feet if you...

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  • Snow

    In June there was a lot of snow still in the park, and we weren't really prepared for that. June is pretty hot in Florida. Even though I spent four years in Colorado Springs, I had forgotten how late the snow lingers in the mountains. So pack warm clothes because there are snowbanks in places even in July. Be sure that you have sufficient...

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Grand Teton National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Dornams, In the Park, But Not Part of...

    Dornans is a fifth generation, privately run resort that has been in business for over 60 years. This resort is located in the Moose area, within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. In Dornan you will find cabins, two restaurants, a sports shop, a business for boat and bike rentals, a fly shop for fisherman, a small grocery, gas station,...

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  • A Wilderness Break, Jackson, WY

    If you are staying in the national park, and would like to take a break in town, the tourist town of Jackson, Wyomng lies near the southern end of Grand Teton National Park. Because of its location, Jackson’s economy depends on tourism, both in the summer and winter months. The historic Town Square is the center of the downtown area. The town...

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  • National Museum of Wildlife Art

    If you love wildlife and art, and you have the time, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is a must do activity for you. The museum contains 14 excellent gallery rooms with wildlife paintings and sculptures. Your trip will be enhanced if you use one of the radios that you may carry with you as you explore the museum. Some of the painting and...

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Grand Teton National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • If You are Planning on Bringing Your Own...

    If you plan to bring your own boat to Grand Teton National Park, you must register your boat with the park. There is a fee for this registration, and you may either register your boat for a 7-day period, or for the entire season. You may purchase these permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, the Jenny Lake Visitor Center, or the...

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  • Renting a Kayak, Canoe, or Motorboat

    With the mountains towering above them, the lakes in Grand Teton National Park are beautiful. Paddling a kayak or canoe on Jackson Lake, with its stunning views, and the possibility of seeing wildlife along its shores, can be a special activity that will let you get away from the crowds, and bring you closer to nature. If you don’t have your own,...

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  • Float Trips on the Snake River

    Float trips can be a fun activity, and add a new dimension to your visit. There are calm, narrated trips, or wild whitewater trips offered by Grand Teton Lodge Company. For many people, this is one of their favorite activities in the park. On the Wild and Scenic Raft trips, you will float for 10 miles along the snake River, while the guides tell...

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Grand Teton National Park Favorites

  • Jenny Lake Visitor Center

    Jenny Lake Visitor Center is open from mid May to late September, and is located at Jenny Lake, 8 miles north of Moose along the main park road. The center has a small geology exhibit, and a relief map of the park, and a small book store. The staff is very helpful, and will answer your questions about how best to enjoy your stay, including...

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  • Viewing Wildlife

    Although, not known for their wildlife as well as Yellowstone, keep your eyes open as you drive the park roads and hike the trails. You may spot red squirrels, Uinta ground squirrels, deer mice, least chipmunks, coyotes, pronghorns, elk, bison, or moose. Both black and grizzly bears, as well as wolves also live in the park. If you are a birder,...

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  • Map of our travels

    Our very brief travels in Grand Teton National Park began after our first day and a half exploring Yellowstone NP to the north. Due to our late attempt at booking accommodations in the peak of the summer tourist season, the only lodging we could get inside either National Park was two nights at Jackson Lake Lodge, shown near the top-right in this...

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Colter Bay Visitor Center and Indian Arts Museum
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Colter Bay Marina
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Lupine Meadows Trailhead
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Oxbow Bend Turnout
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Signal Mountain Road, Try Not to Miss This Drive
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Mount Moran Turnout
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Stop at the Jackson Lake Dam
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Chapel of the Sacred Heart
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Signal Mountain Boat Launch
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Drive the One Way Jenny Lake Road
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Jenny Lake Boating
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Hike to Hidden Falls
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Teton Glacier Turnout
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Taggart Lake Hike
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Windy Point Turnout
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The Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration
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Menor’s Ferry Historic District
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Walk to Murie Ranch
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Abandoned log cabin in a scenic setting
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Explore the Jenny Lake area
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Convenient breakfast spot
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A car makes good sense in a National Park
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Expensive - but a nice way to end in Grand Teton
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A relaxing sit-down after strolling in Jackson
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It was a great introduction to Grand Teton NP
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Cunningham Cabin Historical Site
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Bison seem to like the Gros Ventre River area
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Stagecoach tours are available - maybe!
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Pretty Jackson makes for a nice stroll
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