Grand Teton National Park is Special!
Grand Teton National Park is the most picturesque of the many national parks that I have visited. The jagged cliffs cutting through the horizon as you approach the park get me every time and the view never gets old. It is truly a “WOW” moment!
Mountains & Wildlife
I have just never seen mountains quite like these anywhere else; however, Grand Teton National Park is about much more than just the majestic mountains. Wildlife is also abundant. Bison, pronghorn and elk are common animals to see in the wide open valleys within the park. Don’t forget about wildlife safety though and always stay a safe distance from all animals within any national park.
Moose, which are a little more elusive and harder to spot, can also be found in and around Grand Teton National Park. They are often in thickets beside some type of water. Keep your eyes open for them around the banks of the Snake River or even a creek bed. I recommend pulling over to the side of the road near water and glassing with binoculars. Look for movement and then concentrate on that spot. You may catch sight of one. Patience is the key and trust me, it’s worth sitting for awhile to spot one!
Besides the shy moose, the other animal that everyone wants to see at Grand Teton National Park is the grizzly bear. If you are lucky enough to ever see one in the wild, you are probably in a small minority. Catching sight of a grizzly bear or of a momma grizzly bear with her cubs is as cool as it sounds! I could just sit there all day watching the little grizzly cubs playing and following their momma around.
Seeing either moose or grizzlies is not easy though and takes some planning. The best time to spot grizzlies or moose is early in the morning or right before dusk. That means you need to drive to a more remote area of the park during these times to give yourself the best chance of seeing these animals. Don’t forget your binoculars and your camera!
Other than animals and the mountains, another wonderful photo opportunity in Grand Teton National Park is the John Moulton Barn. The Moulton barn was part of an old homestead dating back to the early 1900s. This world famous, often photographed barn sits within the Mormon Row Historic District and in a valley below the Teton range. You can find more information about this barn and Mormon Row on the National Park Service website.
Hiking, Lakes & Snake River
Grand Teton National Park has so much to offer its visitors besides scenery and wildlife. The park has over 200 miles of hiking trails to explore and numerous lakes offering different outdoor activities. Visitors can also fish or whitewater raft in the Snake River. I whitewater rafted there several years ago and had a blast!
Visitors can also learn about the rich history of Grand Teton National Park at one of the 6 visitor centers scattered throughout its over 300,000 acres. Click their website here for even more available activities.
Where is Grand Teton National Park?
Grand Teton National Park is located north of Jackson, Wyoming off of Highway 191. If you have time, spend a few days in Jackson on the way to or from Grand Teton National Park. Jackson, Wyoming is one of my favorite places to visit for many reasons. It is a charming western town that is both classy and rugged at the same time. I love it!
Jackson, Wyoming & National Elk Refuge
While in Jackson don’t miss visiting the National Elk Refuge, which is the winter home of the large Jackson elk herd. Also, no trip to Jackson is complete without checking out the elk antler arches in Jackson’s Town Square. Incidentally, these elk antler sheds are collected from the nearby elk refuge. As you drive around this adorable town, be on the lookout for moose at intersections or on sides of the road. You never know when you will see one!
Also nearby is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which has world famous ski slopes and a long list of activities for both winter and summer visitors. Check out their website here.
Close to Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is located directly north of Grand Teton National Park. Most visitors combine visiting Grand Teton National Park with a trip to Yellowstone since they are only about one hour apart. Read my past post about Yellowstone for more information.
Check out my video of these photos and more taken in Grand Teton National Park over the years on my YouTube channel.
Before you go, check out some of my posts on other National Parks: