Grand Teton National Park - Itinerary: Summer in Grand Teton Park (5-7 Days)

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Itinerary: Summer in Grand Teton Park (5-7 Days)

The imposing peaks of the Tetons dominate the skyline of Grand Teton National Park and give visitors a picture-perfect play-land. Browse through the options below to create your own perfect Grand Teton National Park vacation.

Reservations

Summers in Grand Teton National Park tend to be quite popular, and reservations for the numerous campgrounds, lodges, cabins and other accommodations both in and out of the park can fill in advance. Check out your options for staying in and near Grand Teton National Park and reserve a spot now.

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Full Day Suggestions

Sightseeing Tour

Taking a scenic tour is the perfect way to start your week in the Park. A number of private guide companies, offer day tours that highlight wildlife viewing and the natural beauty of the park.

Sightseeing and National Park Tours

Self-Guided Tour

If you'd rather go sans-guide, the Teton Park Road starts in Moose, Wyoming, runs north all the way through Grand Teton National Park and continues to the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Combined with a short walk at Jenny Lake or Bradley and Taggart Lakes and a short detour up Signal Mountain Road (some of the best views of the Park can be had along this road and from the top of Signal Mountain) and your day will be over before you know it. If you can, stop at the Snake River Overlook for some of the best sunset views in the Park.

Climbing and Mountaineering

The iconic Grand Teton peak draws the eyes of everyone who visits Grand Teton Park, tempting aspiring climbers and experienced mountaineers alike. Exum Mountain Guides and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides both offer guided climbs of the Grand Teton. Plan on spending at least two days for this adventure.

If the Grand is a bit much for you to bite off right away, there are plenty of other options within the Park where you can spend a day enjoying the sun and rock at a more leisurely pace. Disappointment Peak, just to the east of the Grand, is a day-long non-technical hike that combines a beautiful view of the Grand Teton with Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes.

Fly Fishing

Grab a fly rod and hit the water. The waterways throughout the Tetons are home to some of the most beautiful blue ribbon trout waters in the Western U.S. Stretches of the Snake River are ideal for wading and floating, Jackson Lake Dam's tailwaters are home to large trout, and Jenny Lake and a number of smaller tributaries offer quieter places to cast a line.

Fly Fishing Guides

Hiking

Hiking through the Tetons is one of the best ways to experience Grand Teton National Park. The trip up Cascade Canyon to Inspiration Point is a Teton classic, which everyone should definitely do at least once. If you're interested in an overnight, hiking up the switchbacks into Garnet Canyon and camping at Lupine Meadows is always fun.

Hiking Trails in Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Boating

Whether you want to float and fish the Snake River in a raft, paddle a kayak downstream or hang out on Jenny Lake in a canoe, Grand Teton National Park is a beautiful setting for a scenic river trip.

Boat Tours in the Tetons
Scenic Float Trips along the Snake River

See it All in Just One Day

If you don't have much time or just want to get a comprehensive overview of what Grand Teton National Park has to offer, check out Grand Teton Park in ONLY One Day. Guaranteed to leave you tired at the end, you'll get a little taste of everything that Grand Teton National Park has to offer.

Half-Day

Half-Day Tours

If a full-day guided tour of Grand Teton National Park won't leave you enough time to explore on your own, look into one of the many half-day tours that are offered by a number of guide companies. Not only can they help you orient yourself to the Park, guides often can provide helpful suggestions on ways to fill the rest of your day based on the most current conditions and events.

Find Guided Park Tours

Ranger-led Programs

Grand Teton National Park's rangers offer fun and educational programs that highlight everything from geology and fire ecology to native flora and fauna to the history of Native Americans that lived in the Teton area. Programs include hikes, boat rides, movies and more. Check the Park newsletter (available online or at park entrances) for specific program descriptions, locations and times. Programs last anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple hours.

Park Newsletter - Check here for Ranger Programs

Hiking

Any number of shorter hikes can be found in Grand Teton National Park, many with beautiful destinations, like Hidden Falls. Look here for more short hiking ideas.

Hiking Trails in the Park

Paragliding

Okay, technically it's not in Grand Teton National Park, but Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is just barely south of the Park, and you'll get some stunning views of the Tetons while soaring through the sky.

Paragliding, Hot Air Balloon Rides, and Scenic Flights

Scenic Lake Cruise

Hop aboard and take in the stunning views surrounding Jenny Lake during one of these 1-3 hour tours. You can even start or end your day in style on one of the breakfast or dinner cruises. Tours provided by Grand Teton Lodge Company and Jenny Lake Boating.

Boat Tours

Horseback Riding

Cowboy up and ride through Grand Teton National Park on horseback, just like they used to back in the day. Trips offered through Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Resort.

Horseback Riding Outfitters

Bouldering

Check out the Jenny Lake Boulders to get a quick climbing fix. Just 10 minutes from the car, these three classic boulders are about 200 meters down the bike path on your left.

National Elk Refuge

Across Jackson Valley from Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge holds the world's largest herd of wild elk. While hiking opportunities are not extensive, the Refuge and Visitor Center are well worth checking out.

More Info on the National Elk Refuge

Wildlife Viewing

If you don't want to spend all day hunting for wildlife, here are a few dependable sighting spots to check out. The Moose-Wilson Road, between Jackson Hole Resort and the main entrance of Grand Teton National Park winds through woods and past streams; be aware that this narrow, windy road is probably not a good place to stop except in pull-outs. Bison, pronghorn, harriers, grouse and coyotes can often be found at Antelope Flats, between Moose and Moran Junctions. Birders or aspiring moose-sighters should stop by Oxbow Bend, where abundant fish bring in eagles and other birds of prey and riparian areas provide ideal moose habitat.

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Live Music

The Grand Teton Music Festival's String Quartet present free half-hour Concerts in the Park multiple times and days each week throughout the Park. Times and locations are available at the Visitor Center.

Hike Along Jackson Lake

The short walk (about .5 miles each way) out to Willow Flats is fast and easy, but if you keep your eyes peeled you'll be able to find wildlife all around you, including moose, elk and beavers. Trailhead begins at Jackson Lake Lodge.

Tour Mormon Row

Spend an hour or two walking through Jackson Hole Valley's past at Mormon Row. These cabins, barns and more are testaments to the early homesteaders who came to the area, as well as being a great place to find wildlife and enjoy the Tetons spread out before you.

More Info on Mormon Row

Visitor Centers

Half a dozen Visitor and Information Centers throughout Grand Teton National Park provide everything from friendly rangers with advice and stories to natural history exhibits and videos (Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center) to the Indian Arts Museum (Colter Bay Visitor Center) to geology exhibits (Jenny Lake Visitor Center) to information about the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center) and more.

Hike to Taggart Lake

A quick way to get out of the car and stretch your legs out, this short, 2-3 mile hike from the Taggart Lake Trailhead covers easy ground and can easily be extended along a number of trails (including the ones that go to Bradley Lake) if you decide you want to spend a bit more time exploring.

Ride the Tram at Teton Village

Just 10 minutes will take you over 4,000 feet from the base of Jackson Hole to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, where you'll find a panoramic view of the Tetons and Jackson Hole Valley. Corbet's Cabin, at the top of Tram, serves up food and drinks. Tickets are $25/adult.

Evening Entertainment

Grand Teton Music Festival

With live music throughout the summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival features free Community Concerts, Spotlight Concerts, Chamber Music Concerts and more.

Campfire Talks

Come to the Gros Ventre Amphitheater and join one of the park rangers for informative talks on a variety of topics. Talks start at 9pm, June 7 through August 28.

Grand Teton Park Newspaper - Find a list of Ranger Programs Here

Mangy Moose

Located at the base of Jackson Hole Resort, the Mangy Moose is a guaranteed good time for dinner, especially if you show up on one of the many nights that feature live music from a variety of big name and local acts.

More Info on the Mangy Moose Saloon

Jackson Hole Nightlife

If sitting around the campfire is a little too tame, head on into Jackson. You're sure to find a bit of excitement at one of the many bars (try Thursday night at the Million Dollar Cowboy for free swing dancing lessons) or concerts (there's always someone playing at one of the bars and the Center for the Arts features big name acts in a small town venue).

Nightlife in downtown Jackson

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