Aptly named, the Tetons are quite Grand. Everywhere we looked, there really was no getting away from them - which was a good thing in my opinion (although I think a few thousand other people also got the memo). We caught our first glimpse at the Tetons the evening of the 4th, trying to salvage our less than stellar time at Yellowstone. The grandeur of the park was breathtaking and I did not want to leave.
It is, and isn't, a relatively compact park. We felt like we knew it intimately from our first drive. Yet there are so many distinct sections to check out - from Mormon Row, to popular lakes, to overlooks, to more secluded lakes. We even tried our hand at star photography (so we need more work, but we all have to start somewhere!) This is one we will definitely come back to! ♡
History of Grand Teton National Park
The original Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929, and surrounding land was added to the park in the 1940s. The earliest French-speaking explorers/fur trappers named the peaks “les troois tetons” or “the three teats.” The first humans to settle in and around the land were around 11,000 years ago!
Getting There: we chose to drive into Grand Teton, and if you’re coming from Denver that means a ~483mi drive over ~7.5 hours. You can also fly into Jackson Hole airport (airport code JAC) and then rent a car to get to the park.
Transportation: You’ll definitely want to rent a car to explore this park.
Fee: there is a fee to enter the park. You can purchase a pass just for your visit, or like us, you can purchase an annual national parks pass.
Where to Stay
What to Do:
Boat: there is a marina behind the main ranger station!
Ride the Jenny Lake shuttle
Guided Rafting / Kayaking Tour: explore the Dead Man’s to Moose sections on the Snake River or along Leigh Lake.
Sunrise at Schwabacker Landing or Snake River Overlook: enjoy the beautiful alpenglow across the Tetons!
Stroll around Mormon Row & enjoy all the beautiful wildflowers during the summer!
Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
Practice your Night Photography
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