There are some pretty amazing states in the USA, but when it comes to amazing national parks and landscapes, it's hard to beat Grand Teton National Park!
Grand Teton is located in the northwest of Wyoming, and has some of the most amazing landscapes you will see! There are the majestic mountains which actually led to the creation of the park itself. There are over 200 miles of trails that can take you on some pretty incredible adventures, and there are lakes and rivers to swim in and float down!
Four million people visit Grand Teton National Park every year, so it must be doing something right!
The Visitors Centers are a great place to start your adventure in the national park. There are actually 6 across the park, and each one can give you all the information you need on your stay there. There are interpretive walks and talks that you can find out about, as well as any programs and events that might be happening in the park. You won't want to miss those!
Across the year, the park rangers have a number of activities that are perfect for the family to get involved with. They are great for kids too as some have special children's activities!
Each season brings something different. From the wildlife in Spring, to the geological and historical experiences in summer, to bear safety in fall and snowshoeing in winter - there are PLENTY of topics for you to immerse yourselves in! (and it's a great learning experience for the kids!)
If you are looking for a very nature based day out filled with outdoor adventure, Grand Teton National Park is the place to be! Don't forget your camera - you will need it!
From Salt Lake City, Utah
(approximately 275 miles/5-6 hours):
I-15 to Idaho Falls. Highway 26 to Swan Valley. Highway 31 over Pine Creek Pass to Victor. Highway 22 over Teton Pass, through Wilson to Jackson. If you would like to avoid the 10% grade of Teton Pass, take Highway 26 from Idaho Falls to Swan Valley. Continue on Highway 26 to Alpine Junction. Highway 26/89 to Hoback Junction. Highway 26/89/191 to Jackson.
I-80 to Evanston. Highway 89/16 to Woodruff, Randolph, and Sage Creek Junction. Highway 30/89 to Cokeville and then Border. Continue on Highway 89 to Afton, and then to Alpine Junction. Highway 26/89 to Hoback Junction. Highway 26/89/191 to Jackson.
From Denver, Colorado
(approximately 550 miles/9-10 hours):
I-25N to Cheyenne. I-80W through Laramie to Rock Springs. Highway 191 North through Pinedale. Highway 191/189 to Hoback Junction. Highway 191 to Jackson.
I-25N to Fort Collins, Highway 287 North to Laramie. I-80W to Rawlins. Highway 287 to Muddy Gap Junction. Continue on Highway 287 to Jeffrey City, Lander, Fort Washakie, Crowheart, and Dubois. Highway 287/26 over Togwotee Pass to Moran. Highway 26/89/191 to Jackson.
$25 per vehicle for 7 days. $12 on foot.
Same as adult
The park really look after everything that calls it home, so why not help them out and pick up after yourself!
There are a number of restaurants throughout the park (some are seasonal) but will certainly give you a range of foods to fill those adventurous tummies!
There are often seasonal road closures (like Grand Teton Road shut Nov to May) so check the access before you head out there
The visitor centers have gift shops to pick up some fun gifts.
There are grocery stores to pick up healthy goods, some of the restaurants have healthy options, and there are picnic tables to bring your own healthy lunch!
They have an accessibility brochure available, but there are 3 visitor centres with accessible restrooms and entrances.
Jackson Hole has long, cold winters. The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through March; snow and frost are possible during any month.