You're vacationing where the wild and wonderful things are — and Mother Nature never disappoints. From hiking to biking to wildlife talking, give these suggestions a try to maximize your time exploring Grand Teton National Park.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
- Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes – Fit and adventurous hikers won’t want to miss this chance to bask at the shores of two high-altitude lakes. (9.6 miles RT)
- Goodwin Lake – This trail-less-traveled is nonetheless a classic, with panoramic mountain views, waving wildflowers, and the chance to extend your hike for a reasonably difficult climb of Jackson Peak. (6 miles RT; 10.4 miles RT to Jackson Peak)
- Explore the Northern Section of the Park – Drawing fewer visitors than the southern portion of the park closer to Jackson, the areas surrounding Jackson Lake and bordering Yellowstone are chock-full of hiking trails and some of the most picturesque views imaginable. Christian Pond, Emma Matilda Lake, and Two Ocean Lake are all lovely.
DISCOVER AND UNCOVER THE BEAUTY
- Bike the Pathways – The trail system through the park is easy grade, predominantly flat, and a great pick for families.
- Hop on a Tour – Wildlife-viewing, interpretive tours and guided float trips are fantastic ways to learn about the unique Grand Teton ecosystem and its native species. Bike tours are also available. Scenic photo-ops abound!
JOURNEY BACK ... AND UP!
- Absorb the History – Grand Teton is dotted with the historic dwellings of the valley’s earliest homesteaders. Mormon Row, Menors Ferry, and the Chapel of the Transfiguration are all intriguing historic sites, their impact heightened by the stunning natural setting.
- Climb the Grand – If you’re ready to experience the summit of this technical, thrilling climb for yourself, sign on for a guided expedition with seasoned mountaineers. (pictured above)
BE PREPARED IN THE BACKCOUNTRY
- ALWAYS pack these essentials: food, water, first aid, warm clotes, light, fire, phone and bear spray. Learn more at backcountryzero.com