Grand Teton National Park

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  • 1. Cascade Canyon–Hidden Falls–Inspiration Point Trail

    Take Jenny Lake Boating's 20-minute boat ride or the 2¼-mile (each way) Jenny Loop Trail around the south side of the lake from the Jenny Lake Visitor Center to the start of a gentle, ½-mile climb to 200-foot Hidden Falls, the park's most popular (though crowded) hiking destination. Listen for the distinctive bleating of the rabbitlike pikas among the glacial boulders and pines. The trail continues half a mile to Inspiration Point over a moderately steep, rocky path with sweeping lake views. From here, continue west another 1½ miles into the heart of Cascade Canyon, with its dramatic views through the mountains and out toward Petersen Glacier. With the 10-minute boat shuttle ($18 round-trip), plan on a couple of hours to experience this trail—add another two hours if you hike the whole way, which is your only option from October through mid-May, when the shuttle doesn't run. Easy–Moderate.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
  • 2. Colter Bay

    This big picnic area, spectacularly located right on the beach at Jackson Lake, gets crowded in July and August but is lovely nonetheless. It's close to flush toilets and stores.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA
  • 3. Colter Bay Lakeshore Trail

    This easy, wonderfully picturesque 1¾-mile round-trip excursion treats you to views of Jackson Lake and the Tetons. As you follow the level trail along the rocky shore and forest's edge, you may see moose and bald eagles. Allow two hours to complete the walk. Easy.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA
  • 4. Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

    Jenny Lake

    This 4-mile, one-way loop provides the park's best roadside close-ups of the Tetons and the eastern shore of Jenny Lake as it winds south through groves of lodgepole pine and open meadows. Roughly 1½ miles off Teton Park Road, the Cathedral Group Turnout faces 13,770-foot Grand Teton (the range's highest peak), flanked by 12,928-foot Mt. Owen and 12,325-foot Mt. Teewinot.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
  • 5. Leigh Lake Trail

    This flat trail follows String Lake's northeastern shore to Leigh Lake's southern shore, covering 2 miles in a round-trip of about an hour. You can extend your hike into a moderate 7½-mile, four-hour round-trip by following the forested east shore of Leigh Lake to tiny but pretty Bearpaw Lake. Along the way you'll have views of Mt. Moran across the lake, and you may be lucky enough to spot a moose or a bear. Another option from Leigh Lake's southern shore is the 13-mile round-trip hike into Paintbrush Canyon to Holly Lake. Moderate.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
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  • 6. Oxbow Bend

    This peaceful spot overlooks a quiet backwater left by the Snake River when it cut a new southern channel. White pelicans stop here on their spring migration (many stay on through summer), sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans visit frequently, osprey nest nearby, and great blue herons nest amid the cottonwoods along the river. Use binoculars to search for bald eagles, moose, beaver, and otter. The Oxbow is known for the reflection of Mt. Moran that marks its calm waters in early morning.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA
  • 7. Phelps Lake Overlook and Loop Trail

    The quickest way to view this stunning lake, this 2-mile round-trip Phelps Lake Overlook Trail takes you from the Death Canyon trailhead up conifer- and aspen-lined glacial moraine to a view that's accessible only on foot. Expect abundant bird life: Western tanagers, northern flickers, and ruby-crowned kinglets thrive in the bordering woods, and hummingbirds feed on scarlet gilia beneath the overlook. From here, if you're up for a longer, enjoyable adventure, continue along the steep trail down to the north shore of the lake, where you can pick up the Phelps Loop Trail and follow it around the lake or all the way to Rockefeller Preserve. Hiking just to the overlook and back takes just over an hour, but allow four to five hours if continuing on to the Phelps Loop Trail. Moderate–Difficult.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
  • 8. Antelope Flats Road

    Off U.S. 191/26/89, about 2 miles north of Moose Junction, this narrow road wanders eastward over sagebrush flats, intersecting with the gravel lane to the Mormon Row Historic District. Less than 2 miles past here is a three-way intersection where you can turn right to loop around past the tiny hamlet of Kelly and Gros Ventre campground and rejoin the main highway at Gros Ventre Junction. Keep an eye out for abundant and swift pronghorn, along with bison, foxes, raptors, and more than a few cyclists.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed winter
  • 9. Campfire Programs

    In summer, park rangers give free slide-show presentations, usually at Colter Bay.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: June and July, nightly
  • 10. Chapel of the Sacred Heart

    This small log Catholic chapel sits in the pine forest with a view of Jackson Lake. It's open only for services, but you can enjoy the view anytime, and the grounds are nice for a picnic.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–June, Services mid-June–late Sept., weekends at 5
  • 11. Chapel of the Transfiguration

    This tiny chapel built in 1925 on land donated by Maud Noble is still a functioning Episcopal church. Couples come here to exchange vows with the Tetons as a backdrop, and tourists snap photos of the small church with its awe-inspiring view.

    End of Menors Ferry Rd., Moose, Wyoming, 83012, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sept.–late May, Services late May–late Sept., Sun. at 8 and 10
  • 12. Cunningham Cabin Historic Site

    Antelope Flats

    At the end of a gravel spur road, an easy ¾-mile trail runs through sagebrush around Pierce Cunningham's low-slung 1888 log-cabin homestead. Although you can peer inside, the building has no furnishings or displays. Watch for badgers, coyotes, and Uinta ground squirrels in the area.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83013, USA
  • 13. Death Canyon Trail

    This 7.9-mile round-trip trail to the junction with Static Peak Trail climbs some 2,100 feet, with lots of hills to traverse, a great view of Phelps Lake, and a final 1,061-foot climb up to a patrol cabin into this verdant glacial canyon. Give yourself about six hours to manage this rugged adventure. Difficult.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
  • 14. Flagg Ranch Information Station

    This small seasonal visitor center with exhibits on John D. Rockefeller and the region's natural history is the first place you'll come to if driving south from Yellowstone. It's in the same village as Headwaters Lodge, along with a convenience store, restaurant, and gas station.

    100 Grassy Lakes Rd., Moran, Wyoming, 83013, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed early Sept.–early June
  • 15. Grand View Point Trail

    Give yourself about four hours, which allows time for relaxing and soaking up dramatic views of back toward Jackson Lake and the Teton Range, to complete this moderately challenging 5.6-mile round-trip trek that starts at Jackson Lake Lodge. The trail curves around tiny Christian Pond and along the western shore of the much larger Emma Matilda Lake before climbing nearly 1,000 feet in elevation to this lovely viewpoint.

    Moran, Wyoming, 83013, USA
  • 16. Jenny Lake

    Shaded and pine-scented, this picnic site adjacent to the Jenny Lake shuttle boat dock is a good place to have lunch before catching a shuttle boat across the lake for some hiking.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
  • 17. Jenny Lake Loop Trail

    You can walk to Hidden Falls from Jenny Lake Visitor Center by following the mostly level trail around the south shore of the lake to Cascade Canyon Trail. Jenny Lake Trail continues around the lake for a total of 6½ miles. It's an easily managed though somewhat long trail hike if you circumnavigate the whole lake—allow three hours, not counting any forays into Cascade Canyon on the west side of the lake. You'll walk through a lodgepole-pine forest, have expansive views of the lake and the land to the east, and hug the shoulder of the massive Teton range itself. Along the way you may see elk, foxes, pikas, golden-mantled ground squirrels, and a variety of ducks and water birds. Moderate.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83012, USA
  • 18. Junior Ranger Program

    Children and even adults can earn a Junior Ranger badge or patch by picking up a Junior Ranger booklet at any park visitor center.

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
  • 19. Lake Creek–Woodland Trail Loop

    This relaxing, mostly level ramble alongside Lake Creek leads through a verdant forest to the southern shore of Phelps Lake, where you're rewarded with grand views up into Death Canyon. Easy.

    Moose, Wyoming, 83001, USA
  • 20. Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

    This immense 1,106-acre preserve devoted to conversation includes miles of trails. You can access it via the Valley Trail, 1¾ miles north of the Granite Canyon trailhead and ½ mile south of the Death Canyon turnoff. Hikers can admire the Phelps Lake shoreline from a loop trail beginning at the preserve's sleek, contemporary interpretive center, or climb a ridgeline with beautiful views of aspens, wildflowers, and regional birds.

    Off Moose-Wilson Rd., Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 83001, USA

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