When it comes to outdoor recreation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, few places compare to Grand Teton National Park. The vast 310,000-acre national park boasts endless opportunities for exploration, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Complete with an elaborate network of trails that beckon hikers and sweeping views that appeal to photographers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers, you’ll find a slew of things to do in Grand Teton National Park!
Are you planning a visit to Jackson Hole, WY, soon? Then Grand Teton National Park is just one of the many incredible attractions that you won’t want to skip during your stay with us. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide to instantly receive a complete list of our area’s top places to see and experience in and around Jackson Hole, WY. It’s all you’ll need to plan the ultimate getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
3 of the Best Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park
1. Explore Hiking Trails
Hiking in Grand Teton National Park is a challenging but rewarding experience. The region’s jagged landscape and steep trails lead to unbelievable vistas that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, there’s nothing like the peaceful solitude that comes with hiking amongst nature. Here is a quick look at some of the best hikes in Grand Teton National Park:
- Jenny Lake Trail: This 7-mile trail circles Jenny Lake and provides an easy walk for hikers of all levels. The trail’s breathtaking lake and mountain views draw many guests on summer days, so it’s best to head out early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
- Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop: Adventurous visitors love this challenging 18.1-mile backcountry trek through the rocky canyons, alpine lakes, and open fields of the park.
- Lunch Tree Hill: Overlooking acres of willows and fields dotted with moose, Lunch Tree Hill is the perfect place to stop for a snack. It’s also rich in history; in 1926, John D. Rockefeller and his family enjoyed a picnic in this spot that inspired them to purchase the land and protect its breathtaking views of the Teton Range.
- String Lake Trail: With a relatively short distance of 4.4 miles, and a series of picturesque features along the way, this is the perfect trail for an easy mid-day hike! The short loop will take you around parts of String Lake, so you can admire the calm waters and take in the views of the Tetons.
2. Enjoy a Scenic Drive
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Grand Teton National Park is by driving through it! There are many roads and highways that wind gracefully through the park, giving travelers a fantastic view of the striking Grand Teton National Park scenery. These mini road trips are also a great way to experience the beauty of the park when you’re short on time. Here are some of our favorite drives that you won’t want to miss:
- Teton Park Road: Following the base of the Teton Range from Moose to Jackson Lake Junction, Teton Park Road offers 21-miles of scenery and passes trailheads, picnic areas, and several side roads. Be sure to watch for large animals on your drive.
- Grand Teton 42-Mile Loop: This famous loop takes visitors to some of the park’s most iconic features, including Mormon Row, Snake River Overlook, Cascade Canyon, and Blacktail Pond. You can also stop at several pull-off points to take pictures and watch wildlife without disturbing other drivers.
- Signal Mountain Summit Road: This road climbs 800 feet and offers panoramic views of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole Valley, and Jackson Lake. It’s about a 10-mile drive round-trip, and a short trail at the top offers spectacular views from the parking area.
- Jenny Lake Scenic Drive: Take this 3-mile loop through the Tetons to enjoy scenic views of the mountains in every direction. Drive along Jenny Lake Road and enjoy the park’s best roadside close-ups of the Tetons.
- Schwabacher’s Landing: Nestled along the Snake River, this boat landing is one of the area’s most popular destinations, especially for photographers. Can you guess why? Schwabacher’s Landing boasts an extraordinary view of the Tetons. Complete with the reflection of the mountains in the still river waters, photographers from near and far come here to get their shot of the Teton Range.
3. Admire the Wildlife
Grand Teton National Park is home to countless species of wildlife. Visit Oxbow Bend (located one mile east of Jackson Lake Junction), where you’ll find fish and river otters in the lake as well as moose and elk along the water’s edge. Or drive along the Antelope Flats and admire the grazing pronghorn in spring, summer, and fall. The Snake River is another great place to view wildlife like bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, and more.
A more educational and organized way to the animals is to take a guided tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. They offer a wide range of excursions that teach visitors about the park’s wildlife, geology, and natural history.
Experience Grand Teton National Park During Your Stay at the Bentwood Inn
Are you looking for the best Grand Teton National Park lodging? Then welcome to the Bentwood Inn, a rustic and eco-friendly bed & breakfast located in Jackson Hole, WY. Our inn is the perfect place to stay for couples and families and boasts top-notch accommodations and amenities. Reserve one of our gorgeous guest rooms, or rent the whole inn to take advantage of our complimentary concierge services. The Bentwood Inn has close working relationships with many of the top naturalists in the valley and will help you plan an unforgettable trip to the park.
The Tetons are calling; check our availability and book your stay! We can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!