30 Jan 2020
If you're new to Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas, you'll be blown away by the grandeur of the Grand Teton mountain range! And Grand Teton National Park is right in the backyard of Jackson Hole, just a short drive away from many of our properties. (May to October is the best time to visit as the snow can close some roads and hiking areas in the winter.)
Here are a few of the must-see places in the Park when you come to visit!
One of the treasures of Grand Teton NP is the beautiful Hidden Falls. Located on the south end of Jenny Lake, it’s an easy hike for all almost all ages. If you would like a more scenic view of the surrounding mountain peaks, purchase your ticket on the Jenny Lake Shuttle across the lake to cut off at 2+ miles each way. Once you reach the Falls, add on a .5 mile hike to Inspiration Point for outstanding views.
They are the most highly photographed barns with the Teton’s for a backdrop and there’s something special about seeing that picturesque landscape in person. The Moulton Barns are part of the 6 original Mormon Row homesteads of the 1800s and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1990s.
A trip to Grand Teton NP wouldn’t be complete until you see a herd of bison, a moose munching grass along the Snake River, elk, pronghorn, and maybe even a bear on your hike in the backcountry. Wildlife is abundant and it would be wise to sit is on a ranger-led program on Bear and Wildlife Safety so that you can enjoy the Park while remembering that you are in the wild.
While not all of this road is in Grand Teton National Park, it’s still worth the drive heading south out of the Park. This is a winding (and sometimes bumpy) road among the trees. It’s especially beautiful in the fall when the aspen trees display their golden array and the snow-capped peaks rise above the trees. There’s no guarantee, but there are times where you can spot wildlife along and across the road. This road will also take you past 3 trailheads, Granite Canyon, Phelps Lakes, and Death Canyon trailheads, so stop and take a short hike.