Grand Teton

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Grand Teton

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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!

Grand Tetons
Grand Tetons
Bald Eagle – Snake River
Bald Eagle – Snake River
Grand Teton - Jenny Lake
Grand Teton – Jenny Lake
Boys and Rangers – Grand Tetons
Boys and Rangers – Grand Tetons
Grand Teton - Jackson Lake
Grand Teton – Jackson Lake

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!

Here’s what our family would recommend:

Things to See & Do

Snake River Float Cruise:

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.

Colter Bay Cabins:

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.

Jenny Lake:

Very nice lake with good picnic areas and some family-friendly hikes such as the Hidden Falls hike (we opted for the shuttle boat to save our 4-year-old 4 miles of hiking :-).

Hidden Falls Hike:

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!

Craig Thomas Discovery Center:

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.

Junior Ranger Program:

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.

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