Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is adjacent to Jackson Hole, WY. This park is a must-see!
When you visit Jackson Hole be sure to check out Grand Teton National Park, which is less than five miles away. Here are some of the top questions we receive about visiting Grand Teton to help you plan your visit.
When is Grand Teton National Park open?
The park is open year-round, twenty-four hours a day. During the winter season, many facilities and roads will close. But you can experience the park in winter months too. Please check the national park website for seasonal updates on road openings.
What is the park entrance fee?
The entrance fee for a seven-day pass is $35.00 per vehicle, $30.00 for motorcycles, and $20.00 for visitors entering by foot, on a bike, or on skis. Grand Teton Annual Passes are $70.00 and valid for one year through the month of purchase. The annual pass grants entrance to the pass holder and their passengers in single (non-commercial) vehicles.
What are the top things to do in Grand Teton National Park?
These are our top five picks for must-see's in Grand Teton National Park:
1. Hiking Near Jenny Lake
Many visitors like to begin their visit with a hike around Jenny Lake. There are several options including a 7.5-mile trek from the Jenny Lake Trailhead to various gorgeous vantage points, such as Symmetry Spire and Cascade Canyon, and back again. Or you can take a 1.5-mile hike to Hidden Falls, which is one of the most popular attractions in the park. For more information on waterfalls in and around Grand Teton National Park, check out our top waterfalls blog post.
2. Exploring Jenny Lake & Jackson Lake
Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake offer a world of recreation options from boating to water-skiing, to tubing and fishing. Jenny Lake is a 10 horsepower maximum, but Jackson Lake is open for water-skiing and tubing.
3. Snake River Rafting Trips
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. Your knowledgeable guide will help you to gain an understanding of the park's unique ecosystem and wildlife.
4. Scenic 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 plus plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and hop out to take in various points of interest.
5. Hiking Taggart Lake Trail
Taggart Lake Trail is a moderate hike, perfect for novice hikers and families. A 3-mile 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. In the warmer months, you will want to cool off after your hike with a dip in Taggart lake!
Where is Mormon Row located?
You may have seen photos of an iconic wooden structure sitting in front of the magnificent Teton Range - this is Moulton barn, part of the Mormon Row Historic District. The Mormon Row Historic District is a famous spot for photographers and wildlife watchers and sunset and sunrise are spectacular when viewed from this famous spot. The discrict is an old Mormon ranch settlement dating back to the 1890s. Admission to see Mormon row is free with your park entrance fee. This must-see historic site is accessible via Highway 191, off of Antelope Flats Road.
Can I visit Grand Teton National Park during the winter?
Yes, you can visit during the winter when snow blankets the Teton Range and peace and tranquility settle into the valley. While most park roads are closed during the winter, the main highways US 89 and 26 are plowed and open from the Town of Jackson to south of Yellowstone at Flagg Ranch. This route offers amazing, sweeping mountain vistas and plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. The inner park road is plowed from Moose to the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking area. From here, you can park your car and explore the area on the groomed cross-country ski trails or on snowshoes.
How much time will I need to explore the park?
Visitors can spend one day or multiple days taking in the beauty of Grand Teton National Park. There are many locations to explore and your timeframe ultimately depends on how your group wishes to engage with the environment. However, a one day visit is sure to leave guests satisfied with glorious views and ample hiking opportunities. For more information, give our local experts a call at 888-838-6606 or you can find some additional trip planning ideas for your visit here.
Where can I find maps of the park?
Here are two helpful maps, one for summer and one for winter. For more maps, please visit the official park website.
Are there campgrounds available in the park?
Yes, there are five campgrounds available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Group campsites and RV sites may be reserved in advance. For information about camping in the park, visit the official park website.
Are there places to eat in or near the park?
Grand Teton National Park offers several dining options in the summer months. One of our favorites dining options open year round (except for November) is Dornan's Pizza and Pasta Co. near Moose. Dornan's offers spectacular mountain views and it's the perfect place to fuel up for your outdoor adventures. For a complete list of dining options and grocery stores, view the park's website.
Where can I stay near Grand Teton National Park?
The travel experts at Jackson Hole Central Reservations can help you find the perfect place to stay in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, as well as recommend the best things to do in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park to fit your unique travel style. Aside from camping in Grand Teton National Park, your two main lodging options include staying in the town of Jackson, WY or in Teton Village, WY. You can read more about choosing a place to stay on our blog.
What kind of wildlife lives in Grand Teton National Park?
Grand Teton National Park is teeming with beautiful wildlife. Moose, bison, elk, and black-tailed deer are commonly spotted in the park. There have also been sightings of mountain lions, wolves, and bears (both black and grizzly), although these creatures are more rare. It’s important for visitors to remember to keep a safe and respectful distance from any wildlife they do see, whether observing from a vehicle or in the midst of a hike. Twenty-five yards is a good rule of thumb for most creatures you might encounter in Grand Teton, while any predatory animals should be observed from a distance of at least 100 yards. For more information about park safety click here.
In the winter months, we recommend taking a guided tour of the nearby 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge, which is home to a large number of migrating elk. The refuge is also home to animals like deer and bighorn sheep.
Is the park friendly for pets?
Pets are welcome in campgrounds and on park roads. For your pet's safety, and to protect the delicate ecosystem of the park, there are no pets allowed in the backcountry or on the park trails. All pets must be appropriately leashed or contained, and you must clean up after your pet. If you're traveling with a pet, then check out our blog for pet-friendly Jackson Hole travel tips.
Is the park family friendly?
Grand Teton National Park is the perfect place for a family trip. With ranger-led programs and hikes, there are so many opportunities for children to learn about the local environment and wildlife. Find even more family-friendly activities in Jackson Hole here.
What is the altitude in Grand Teton National Park?
Altitudes within the park vary from around 6,320 feet on the valley floor up to 13,770 at the summit of the largest peak, the Grand Teton. Visitors and hikers should use caution and be aware of the warning signs of altitude sickness.
What is the climate like in the park?
The weather in Jackson Hole varies widely throughout the year. Definitely check out our average temperatures and climate page for more information about what to expect during your visit.
Where is the aerial tram located and how much does it cost to ride?
The Aerial Tram, fondly known as "Big Red" to the locals, is accessible via Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The resort is adjacent to national park land and many visitors will ride the Aerial Tram to the summit of Rendezvous Peak and then hike back down or hike into Grand Teton National Park. Tram tickets run from $38-$43 for adults and $20-$28 for children, depending on the dates of your visit. There are discounts for senior citizens and family passes are available too.
When are Huckleberries in season in Grand Teton?
Huckleberries are at their finest around mid-summer or late July. Look for these berries around the trails near Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, and other areas at the base of the mountains. The berries are safe to eat and they are similar in taste to blueberries, just not as tart. They are a little on the sweeter side and locals will use in-season huckleberries as an ingredient for tons of delicious recipes.
What is the history of Grand Teton prior to being named a National Park?
Humans have explored Grand Teton National Park for at least 11,000 years. Archaeological evidence suggests they used the area encompassed by the park from spring to fall, based on what resources were available. People of European descent began exploring the area in the early 1800s, following wildlife and Native American trails through Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.
When was the park established?
Establishing Grand Teton National Park was much more difficult than the relatively easy establishment of neighboring Yellowstone National Park. The original Grand Teton National Park, encompassing only the Teton Range and six lakes at the base of the mountain, was established by an act of Congress in 1929. The park was expanded in 1943 with a presidential proclamation by FDR and a donation of 35,000 acres by John D. Rockefeller. In 1950, the original 1929 park and the lands set aside in 1943 were combined, creating what we know today as Grand Teton National Park.
What mountains make up the range in Grand Teton?
The Teton Range, mostly contained within Grand Teton National Park and to the south of nearby Yellowstone National Park, is made up of two divisions along a fault line, each known as a block. The east block near Jackson Hole has become a popular spot for tourists in search of some mind-blowing sights and pulse-pounding skiing. The west block rose and created the famed Rocky Mountains. Although Mount Elbert is the highest point of the Rockies at 14,443 feet, Grand Teton is the highest point of the Teton Range, rising to 13,770 feet and towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole. The Tetons represent the youngest mountain range in the Rockies.
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