Kelly Wyoming, Near Grand Teton National Park

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Kelly Wyoming

Kelly, Wyoming borders the National Elk Refuge near Grand Teton National Park and is famous for its Grand Teton Mountain views and numerous bison wandering the local area. Read More

  • Kelly, Wyoming is in Grand Teton National Park, a few miles northwest of Teton Village, near the National Elk Refuge.
  • Named for rancher and sawmill industrialist Bill Kelly, the town of Kelly was once known as Grovont or Gros Ventre.
  • Kelly nearly perished as a town in 1927 when a huge slide broke a dam, flooding the area.

Overview

Kelly, WY, remains a small, authentically western town in Grand Teton National Park and is particularly known for incredible wildlife viewing opportunities and quiet, rustic way of life. Named to honor local rancher and sawmill industrialist Bill Kelly, the town of Kelly was once known as Grovont or Gros Ventre. Kelly nearly perished as a town in 1927 when a huge slide caused a dam to break, flooding the area.

Location

Kelly is in Grand Teton National Park, a few miles northwest of Teton Village, and borders the National Elk Refuge.

Services/Amenities

Kelly offers a variety of small town services including food, gas, and sport and outdoor specialty equipment. Accommodations include sleepy guest lake cabins, a small motel, and guest ranch.

Activities

Nearby golf courses and ski resorts always entertain locals and guests. Photography, horseback riding, and hiking are also popular.

Attractions

Visitors can check out Slide Lake, formed in 1925 when 50 million tons of rock and debris slid off Sheep Mountain, damming the Gros Ventre River, leaving behind giant boulders.

Getting Here

From Jackson, WY, it’s about 14 miles or about a 20-minute drive to Kelly, WY. Along the way, visitors can watch for elk, coyotes, moose, elk and deer in the National Elk Refuge bordering US Highway 189/US 191 North.

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