Places to Visit: Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

If you plan on visiting the Rocky Mountain area, don’t forget to visit Grand Teton National Park, located in northwestern Wyoming and offering amazing mountain scenes and abundant wildlife.

  • Make a side trip to Grand Teton National Park to see amazing mountain scenery and abundant wildlife
  • Only about 8 hours from Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Fees are $25 per vehicle, $12 per hiker or bicyclist, $20 per motorcycle
  • Scenic drives provide views of peaks, valleys and the Teton Range

Overview

The Grand Teton range has eight peaks that soar over 12,000 feet with one rising to 13,770 feet. The landscapes are breathtaking, the lakes pristine in their beauty. View all manner of wildlife, including elk, bison, moose and black bears.

Hours/Seasons

Grand Teton National Park is accessible all year.

Visitor Centers

Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
Open year-round except for Christmas Day
Hours are:
1 November to 30 April 30 - 9 am to 5 pm
1 May to 6 June - 8 am to 5 pm
7 June to 26 September - 8 am to 7 pm
27 September to 31 October - 8 am to 5 pm

Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum
Open from early May to mid-October
Hours are:
8 May to 6 June - 8 am to 5 pm
7 June to 6 September - 8 am to 7 pm
7 September to 11 October - 8 am to 5 pm

Jenny Lake Visitor Center
Open from mid-May to late September
Hours are:
14 May to 6 June 6 - 8 am to 5 pm
7 June to 6 September - 8 am to 7 pm
7 September to 26 September - 8 am to 5 pm

Flagg Ranch Information Station
Open from early June to early September
Hours are:
9 am to 3:30 pm

Fees

Entrance fees are as follows:

For single entry 7-day pass - $25 for each vehicle, $12 for each hiker or bicyclist, $20 for each motorcycle, winter day use is $5 per day. A senior lifetime pass is $10.

Camping fees vary depending on the campground you choose. Most are $20 a night, but at Flagg Ranch Campground, RV sites are $60 and tent sites are $35.

Contact

Grand Teton National Park
P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012-0170
Information telephone:
307-739-3300

Highlights

Millions of people visit Grand Teton National Park every year, and with so many things to do, it’s easy to see why. Here are just a few:

  • Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
    Here you will enjoy the natural history exhibits, a park documentary video and guided walks and talks.
  • Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum
    See a wide selection of American Indian artifacts, take museum tours and witness craft demonstrations. You also have the opportunity to purchase informative books from the large bookstore.
  • Hiking
    With almost 200 miles of trails, hiking in Grand Teton National Park presents a wonderful chance to see the rugged landscape. Polecat Creek Loop Trail is only 2.5 miles roundtrip and will allow you to see the wildlife and waterfowl that make this area their home. An easy trail is the Flagg Canyon trail with its beautiful views of the Snake River. For a little more challenge, take the Two Ocean Lake Trail for a 3-hour moderate hike through meadows and forests around the lake.
  • Fishing
    Jenny Lake, Taggart Lake and Phelps Lake are just a few of the lakes that are open all year for fishing. You’ll find a healthy population of trout. Be sure to become familiar with the fishing regulations within the park by visiting the National Park Service website.
  • Scenic Driving
    Driving through the park is a scenic experience with a number of turnouts along the way. Jenny Lake Scenic Drive runs around Jenny Lake and gives breathtaking views of the magnificent peaks. Climb 800 feet on the Signal Mountain Summit Road to enjoy the vistas of Jackson Hole Valley and the Teton Range.
  • Wildlife Viewing
    There are many places to go within Grand Teton National Park to be able to get a great view of all the wildlife. At Oxbow Bend, east of Jackson Lake Junction, you will see beavers and muskrats swimming in the river, and perhaps some moose on the river’s edge. At Mormon Row, north of Moose Junction, you may spot some bison and pronghorn grazing. Remember to always keep your distance from wildlife, and never feed them.
  • Camping
    There are six campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park. Camping is a great way to experience this area. Bring your RV or do some tent camping. It’s up to you! Backcountry camping is also allowed in the park, but you’ll need a permit. Permits are free. You’ll also need a bear-proof canister when staying overnight. You can get these within the park if you don’t have your own.

Getting Here

To get to Rocky Mountain National Park from Grand Teton National Park, simply take Teton Park Road to US Highway 89 (scenic John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Highway). When you reach US Highway 26 or Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway, go left and follow that to US Highway 287. Take the ramp onto Interstate 80 east to Interstate 25 south. Exit 257 will put you onto US Highway 34, which will take you right to the park. It’s about 500 miles or an 8-hour and 18-minute drive.

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