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Fall in Jackson Hole: 6 Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park

With autumn just around the corner and kids back in school, the National Parks are the place to be. With fewer people and cars around, you will have a much better chance of seeing wildlife, especially the big brown bears and moose.  The next couple of months are our favorite for driving or hiking through Grand Teton National Park (GTNP.)  The further we go into fall, the more you'll feel like you have the whole park to yourself.  Here is a list of fun things to do this fall in Grand Teton:

  1. Camping - It's hard to imagine a more scenic place to camp than in GTNP.  Whether you stay at an established campground like Jenny Lake or the Gros Ventre campground, or venture into the backcountry, you will enjoy nature in its most visceral sense.
  2. Jenny Lake - Within seconds of standing on the shore of this relatively small lake, you will understand why it is known as one of the world's most beautiful lakes.  Located right at the base of the Tetons, make sure you have your camera ready for the multitude of photographic opportunities.  You can hike around the lake to Inspiration Point or Hidden Falls, but make sure you have your bear spray.
  3. Jackson Lake - Rent a boat, fish, have pizza and ice cream at Leeks Marina, dinner at Signal Mountain Marina, or Jackson Lake Lodge.  This much larger lake is the gem of Grand Teton National Park and not to be missed!
  4. Hiking - Popular hikes include Phelps Lake, Bradley-Taggart, Emma Matilda, and Two Ocean Lake.  Be prepared for backcountry hiking with knowledge of the area, water and food, and bear spray for the remote chance of a close encounter of the Ursidae kind. 
  5. Visitors Center - The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is a great starting point for your Grand Teton adventure.  Get the maps you need, talk to a park ranger, or go on a guided hike while learning about the park.  Browse the extensive bookstore or get your backcountry permit.
  6. A slow drive on the Inner Park Road - This is why you are in Jackson Hole.  Inner Park Road is one of the best drives in the US for seeing wildlife such as bears, moose, elk, wolves, pronghorn antelope, deer, and foxes.  Turn off the radio, roll down the windows, and keep your eyes peeled for what are sure to be beautiful sights and sounds.  Less than 15 miles from Jackson or Teton Village means it's easy to get there and you could take this drive every day of your trip!  The more time you spend looking, the more you will see.

To plan the perfect fall getaway. Give us a call at 888-838-6606. Our friendly local experts live and play in Jackson Hole. We can guide you toward the perfect lodging, activities, and transportation for your vacation.

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