GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Places to Visit
The Snake River offers adventures for all levels. If you are looking for something mellow, you can drift down the river in a boat. In the Snake River Canyon, the rapids get more intense and are rated class II and III rapids. We recommend going on a guided tour through the canyon because of the difficulty and water temperature.
Jackson Lake is known as a great fishing spot. In the lake, you will find cutthroat trout, brown trout, salmon, and pike. If you are visiting in the winter, ice fishing is a popular activity. Canoes, kayaks, motorized boats, sailboats, and inflatable boats are all permitted on the lake. You can camp at the lake but permits are required.
42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive
The 42-mile loop through the park offers visitors astounding views of the Tetons. Generally, the drive takes one to two hours depending on how many stops you take along the way. You can drive the road yourself or book a guided tour.
Oxbow Bend Turnout
At the turnout, expect to see the picturesque Mount Moran. If the water is calm, the mountain will be reflecting on the water. Oxbow Bend Turnout is home to a wide array of wildlife; Otters, pelicans, moose, and bears all live in the area. This is a popular spot for sunrise and sunset.
Jenny Lake was created around 12,000 years ago when a glacier-carved out the lake bed. Today, the lake is one of the most popular areas within the park. At the lake, you can hike, boat, or hang out on the shore. If you want to learn more about the history of the Grand Teton National Park, take a stop at the visitor center and talk to a ranger.
Mormon Row Historic District
In the 1890s, Mormon settlers arrived in the park to create new communities. Jackson, Wyoming has harsh weather but fertile soil. The settlers utilized irrigation, levees, and dikes to successfully grow crops. The Moulton Barns and Chambers Homestead are the most popular buildings in the Historic District.
Signal Mountain Summit Road
Signal Mountain Summit Road offers awe-inspiring views of the plains, Jackson Lake and Snake River. The road is 5 miles long, climbs 1000 feet, and takes about 20 minutes to drive. If you are visiting in the early summer, keep an eye out for blooming wildflowers. RVs and trailers are prohibited and the road is closed during the winter months.
If you want to try your luck at spotting a moose, this drive is your best bet. Moose like to hang out by water making the ponds along the road are a good place to look for them. Part of the road is unpaved so take your time and avoid the large potholes. Remember that it is prohibited to feed the animals and it is best to give them space. The drive is 45 minutes without stopping.