Untouched nature, lakes and mountainous terrain, south of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming lies Grand Teton National Park with its magnificent landscape. Impressive granite walls and canyons are located in the national park which is located in western Wyoming.
On February 26, 1929, the US Congress declared the area a national park. When the national park was founded, only the mountains of the Teton Range belonged to Grand Teton Park. Then from 1949 more land was added at the foot of the mountains and areas – Jackson Hole Valley. With the addition of settled land, farmers still have grazing rights in some areas of the national park.
The Teton mountain range, after which the national park is named, runs through the park from north to south. The peaks of the Teton mountain range look like big breasts in French: grandes tétons.
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The highest peak in the mountain range is the Grand Teton at 4198 meters. East of the mountains is the famous Jackson Hole plain at 2000 m altitude with the mountain lakes Jackson Lake, Leigh Lake and Jenny Lake. A paradise for windsurfers, sailors and anglers.
The Snake River, which flows through the entire park, is ideal for swimming and rafting.
There are over 300 kilometers of hiking trails in the park. In order to be able to cross Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake when hiking through the national park, ferry connections were set up in Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton National Park is particularly popular with mountaineers who want to climb the walls of the Teton mountain range.
If you don’t want to explore the park on foot or by car, you can book a tour on mules or mountain horses.
In the winter there are opportunities for cross country skiing and dog sledding in Grand Teton National Park.
The fascinating wildlife in Teton National P ark consists of pronghorn and mule deer. Grand Teton National Park is also home to wild black bears and grissley bears. It is recommended that you never walk alone when hiking through the backcountry of the National Park and always behave loudly to scare away the bears. If you encounter a bear, you should keep your distance, don’t move frantically and withdraw slowly.
You can drive through Grand Teton National Park on paved roads with a rental car or an RV. There are no paved roads leading to remote spots. A Teton Park Road runs through the park, as does the D Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, Highway 89, and Highway 26.
Jackson Hole Airport and the Jackson Lake Dam, a dam used to irrigate the fields, are located in the park. Jackson Lake was artificially enlarged by the Jackson Lake Dam.
Many visitors use Grand Teton National Park as a way station via the John D Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway to Yellowstone National Park.
Weather & Climate in Grand Teton Park
In summer, days are warm and nights are cool, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. In September and October, sunny days and cold nights alternate with rain and thunderstorms.
Directions & Getting to Grand Teton NP
You can drive to Grand Teton National Park. From Salt Lake City, Utah (290 miles) via US 26/89/191 to Jackson and from Denver, Colorado (550 miles) via US 189/191 to Jackson.
Grand Teton National Park has its own airport, Jackson Hole Airport. Rental cars are available at the airport.
There are buses from Salt Lake City, Pocatello (Idaho) and from Idaho Falls (Idaho) to the city of Jackson. Shuttle service to and from Jackson is available from Salt Lake City, Utah, Pocatello, Idaho, and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Opening hours of Grand Teton National Park
The park is open all year round. Due to snowy winters, not all roads are always passable at this time of the year.
Opening hours of the individual visitor centers:
- Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center(Moose Visitor Center): November-April: 9:00am-5:00pm; May and October: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; June to September: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
- Colter Bay Visitor Center: May, September and October: 8am to 5pm; June to August: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; closed from mid-October
- Flagg Ranch Information Station: June through early September: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
- Jenny Lake Visitor Center: May and September: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; June to August: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
- Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Center: late May: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; June to August: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; September: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Entrance fees to Grand Teton National Park
Admission is $25 per vehicle, $20 for a snowmobile or motorcycle, and $12 per person entering the park on foot, bike, or ski (as of 2012). Admission is valid for 7 days and also included Yellowstone National Park.
With the Annual Pass you can also visit the national park. The Annual Pass costs $80 (as of 2012) and entitles the owner to entry into all national parks in the USA. It is valid for one year.
The following lodging and dining options are open during the summer: Flagg Ranch, Colter Bay, Jackson Lake Lodge, Signal Mountain and Moose.
Address of the attraction Teton National Park:
Grand Teton National Park