Established on February 26, 1929, Grand Teton National Park has been wowing visitors with its majestic peaks for more than 85 years. While the beauty is evident to anyone who lays their eyes on the mountains, it is also verified by the fact the park is one of the 10 most visited national parks in the U.S., averaging around 2.5 million visitors a year. You might ask, what do that many people do there on a yearly basis? Well, there is more than enough sightseeing to do at Grand Teton National Park, so here are some options for when you make your trip.
With the splendor of the Teton Range, you could spend hours upon hours just exploring its vastness. Taking a quick walk would be one option, or you could stretch out your adventure with a hike around Granite Canyon Trailhead or Jenny Lake Trailhead. If you are looking for a more intense trip, you can always do some backcountry camping, but just remember that you will need to get a permit before you get started.
Some other high-energy options include biking, climbing, and cross-country skiing, while those looking for a slower pace can do some bird watching or relax out on a boat on the Snake River. And regardless of your expertise, we recommend that you bring your camera so you can capture the scenery and bring some memories back home with you.
Taking a trip on Teton Park Road will be a decision you won’t regret. Spanning 20 miles, you can take your time from Moose all the way to Jackson Lake Junction. By making the drive, you will get breathtaking views of Teton Range, Jackson Hole Valley, and Jackson Lake.
Grand Teton National Park is home to six different visitor centers, all which provide valuable information on the park. Each visitor center is unique and provides its guests with different programs and exhibits. Whether you choose the Colter Bay Visitor Center or the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visitor Center (or any of the other four), you will get to meet park naturalists who are experts on the area.
No matter if you visit in summer, spring, winter, or fall, you can always participate in one of the ranger programs. The friendly park rangers offer an array of activities for guests, spanning everything from wildlife viewing to children’s activities in order to engage the young ones.
Other Local Activities
There are many local businesses in the area that provide entertainment for visitors. Services offered include boat rentals, climbing guide, horseback riding, and fishing trips. Be sure to check the complete list in order to find the right experience for you.
Even with so much of the great outdoors to take in, our favorite place to visit when in the Grand Teton National Park area is the Bentwood Inn in Jackson, WY. The lone Select Registry property in the state of Wyoming, the Bentwood Inn is right in the heart of Jackson Hole and is one of the premier bed and breakfasts in Wyoming. Whatever you do, don’t think that the sights and sounds of nature are exclusive to Grand Teton National Park. If you are lucky, you could see a moose outside your window first thing in the morning. What a unique way to start your day, and that’s just one of the many reasons you should visit Select Registry and book your stay at the Bentwood Inn.
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