Located on the western side of the Teton Mountain range, a short winding drive up from Driggs, Idaho, and an hour's drive from downtown Jackson, Grand Targhee Resort is the perfect summer base camp for your adventures in Teton Valley, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. A ski resort in the winter, Targhee spends its summer as a world class mountain biking park, music and festival venue and lodging base for adventures of all kinds.
Throughout the summer, Grand Targhee turns into a mountain bike mecca for downhillers and cross-country riders. There are more than 46 miles of multi-use trails with spectacular views and wildflower meadows, along with a variety of downhill and free-ride terrain that appeals to beginner and advanced bikers. Ride the chairlift up with your bike and cruise down until you've had all the laps you can handle, or peel off and try the myriad cross-country trails without needing to buy a lift access ticket.
The resort features two downhill trails and a Mountain Bike Skills Park. The Targhee bike park offers every style of riding for every level of mountain bike rider: gentle, banked cruisers; tight and twisty singletrack cross country; gnarly, rock strewn downhill; drop offs; and much more. The bike park was voted the No. 1 bike park in the Northwest by MtBParks.com.
Every summer, Targhee hosts several outdoor music festivals that make the whole region excitedly block off weekends months in advance. The weekend-long Targhee Fest will be in its 12th year in July 2016. Additionally, the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival will return in 2016 to provide us with the best collection of bluegrass in the west for a 29th time! For the full line-up of each music festival, click here.
Hiking and Trail Running
Grand Targhee is also a fantastic basecamp for beautiful day hikes and trail running with larger-than-life views of the Teton's "cathedral group" of peaks. Take advantage of the shops and food at Targhee's base for a bite or any last minute outdoor gear or clothing before you go and then grab a summer trail map to find the hiking trails that best suit you. If you aim to get to the top of Fred's Mountain (we love trail No. 28 on the map—Bannock), you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Teton peaks from beyond the back rim of the Grand Targhee resort boundaries.
If you're a disc golfer, or a golfer, or a disc-er, you've really got to be happy with the disc golf offerings in Jackson Hole. Both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort have set up fantastic courses in the past few years and they still find ways to improve them every season. Targhee's disc golf course has a bit more elevation change than JHMR's it seems, and you'll have a hard time finding a disc golf course with such superb views. Ask the shops at the base for disc equipment (and a map of the course)!
Bungee Trampoline and Climbing Wall
Test your skills at wall/rock climbing and perfect tricks and flips on the resort’s bungy trampoline hybrid. The climbing wall is ideal for first time climbers, children and those with experience alike. Session includes instructor, harness and belay. The EuroBungy also includes instruction. The cost for the EuroBungy is $10 for 5 minutes of jumping; the climbing wall also costs $10 for a 15-minute sesssion.
Other Activities and Special All Day Pass!
The Grand Targhee Summer Activity Pass—$32 for those age 12 and under—includes one Climbing Wall session, one EuroBungy session, one all day scenic chairlift ride ticket and one Prospector’s 2-pound bag of gemstone mining rough.
The Last Word
If you find yourself on the Idaho side of Teton Pass for a day, make sure that you consider checking out all that Grand Targhee has to offer in the summertime. There's loads to do on "the other side" of the pass—under an hour from downtown Jackson—and a distinctly unique vibe as soon as you arrive in the gorgeous valley across the mountains. Grand Targhee is a centerpiece and is a fantastic inducement to make the trip. If you're lucky enough to be in town during one of Targhee's music festivals, then count yourself lucky and join most of Jackson in heading over for one of the highlights of summer!