We decided to add Grand Teton National Park as part of our Yellowstone vacation almost as an after-thought because it was an adjacent National Park.
They are actually only a few miles away from one another – a really short drive.
And as it turns out, the Tetons is one of the most beautiful areas that we’ve ever seen!
As always, pictures pale in comparison to the real scenery.
The foothill-less snow-capped mountains rising up from the horizon; the beautiful Jenny Lake and Hidden Falls; and powerful Snake River; and the stunning Jackson Lake – our family had a great time here!
This 3-hour raft ride down the Snake River was the highlight of our Grand Teton trip. We took the Triangle X tour and had a great guide, “Will”, who has since moved on to work for the NPS at Lake Yellowstone. You meet at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center and take a van up river where you ‘put in’. The scenery is phenomenal. We saw a pair of bald eagles and some other wildlife and got some great stories about the Tetons and its history and habitat.
These cabins are very cozy and close to amenities in the park. We had a 2-bedroom cabin with bathroom that was spacious for our family of 6. We were minutes away from the General Store, the Restaurant, and the Ranger Station on the bay.
From the shuttle boat to the vantage point is approximately a 30 minute stroll. In late June, we had the treat of hiking up into a snow-covered trail. The boys loved being able to tell their friends that they had a snowball fight in shorts & t-shirts!
This new, modern facility is incredible. Its floor to ceiling glass allows for picturesque views; And the museum is loaded with kid-friendly displays about animals, the geology, and the history of Grand Teton NP.
Grand Teton NP was our family’s introduction in the National Park system’s Junior Ranger Program…and from there the kids were hooked. From a parent’s perspective, it was a great way for the kids to learn about each park. In the Tetons, it gave them an incentive to understand the park around them as they filled in their pamphlets with the signatures and activities to get their badges. Great program!
We also saw a fair amount of wild life here to include: Bison, Elk, Eagles, and even a Grizzly Bear with cubs!
We chatted with many people that saw Moose here, but alas, that was the one animal that eluded us.
The Tetons are a must-see. You could spend a week going through all that there is to see and do. There’s also something here for everyone whether you want to go on a hike, a rafting ride, a boat tour, biking, animal watching, ranger-led talks and much more.