Grand Teton National Park (GTNP)
Grand Teton National Parkholds a landscape of stunning beauty,
where jagged mountains emerge from clear lakes and
a river has carved terraces through a unique flat sagebrush valley.
Setting a backdrop for a truly fairy tale landscape, the Teton Mountains were born from earthquakes and sculpted by glaciers. A photographer’s paradise, Grand Teton is breathtaking in all seasons. Springtime is best for wildflowers while fall lends itself to colorful foliage change. For the wildlife enthusiast, Jackson Hole is one of the few remaining areas in the U.S. where native wildlife, such as bison, elk, moose, pronghorn, bear, coyotes, eagles, and osprey, roam abundantly and free. And for those with human history interests, American Indian and homesteading artifacts are well preserved.
Grand Teton’s main roadway can be described as an oval loop with a northern branch. The eastern “outer road” travels through the sagebrush valley along the Snake River and captures distant views of the mountains. Picturesque stops include Mormon Row, Snake River Overlook, and Oxbow Bend. The western “inner road” travels along the base of the mountain range and near several glacial lakes. Picturesque stops include Jackson Lake, Signal Mountain, String Lake, and the Jenny Lake Overlook. And finally the northern branch travels through forested areas and along the Jackson Lake and up to the south entrance of YSNP.
For a road map of GTNP see: Http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/parkmap-basic.pdf
For a map of Wyoming see: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/maps.htm
For a tour route map with photos see: GTNP map (PDF)
Grand Teton National Park in 1 day
2 Tour Options: Half Day; Full Day
Prior to spending time hiking or exploring on your own, a GTNP tour is ideal introduction to the park in order to gain information and advice. A GTNP tour is also a nice complement to a full day tour of YSNP. We offer 2 different tours lengths through GTNP. An early morning departure is suggested, as it provides for a beautifully illuminated mountain range and an increased chance to view wildlife before they retreat into the cooler forest during the day.
- GTNP Half-Day Highlight Tour - approx 5 hrs: Traveling the loop road, this tour typically allows for approximately 5-7 stops within the park. Stops are geared toward group interests and pacing, with the farthest northern point typically being Jackson Lake Lodge, at the junction of the northern branch road.
GTNP Full Day Comprehensive Tour - approx 8 hrs: Depending on the interests and pacing of the group, this tour incorporates several additional stops to the Half-Day tour described above. Each tour is unique to its guests, but typical additions to choose from include a boat ride on Jenny Lake with un-guided hike to hidden falls and inspiration point, Colter Bay, the Indian Arts Museum, Visitor’s Centers, Menor’s Ferry homestead site, and a lunch stop.
(fun facts: Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 and greatly expanded in 1950 due to the determined efforts of John D. Rockefeller Jr., who purchased and then donated over 35,000 acres.)