Northwest Wyoming features spectacular (and famous) landscapes. Beautiful Grand Teton National Park is situated between Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park in the US’s Rocky Mountain range. It features one of the most iconic, most recognized, most beautiful, and most dramatic views in North America – The Teton Mountain Range, which is home to the idyllic Grand Teton peak. Other amazing peaks like Moran and Teewinot are breathtaking as well. Honestly, no matter how many times I see these mountains in person, I am in awe of their beauty and just have to stop and stare for a while.
Flying into Jackson Hole allows you to see the peaks from the plane window as you land. Driving to Grand Teton National Park? The routes south from Yellowstone will give you great views. However, I think my favorite view is from Togwotee Pass – there is a certain point where you can see the Tetons in the distance they jut through the trees and it spectacular!
But, the mountains aren’t the only thing that make Grand Teton National Park worth visiting. This area has meadows, sagebrush flats, wildlife, and beautiful surrounding scenery. If you like hiking, rock climbing, camping, bike riding, boating, or wildlife spotting, this is the park for you!
One of my favorite activities is hiking the Cascade Canyon trail around Jenny Lake at the base of the Tetons. The hike is easy, and you can see everything from marmots to bears in the area.
There’s generally enough activity on the trails to scare bears. Just make sure to make some noise as you walk and go in a group – the last thing you want to do is surprise a bear! Keeping a safe distance from wildlife is crucial! Do not approach wildlife and respect the environment. Being outdoors is great, but it is also our job to act responsibly. Hike long enough at the Jenny Lake Trail and you will reach Hidden Falls, which is a great waterfall nestled back in the woods, as well as Inspiration Point.
The last time we hiked to Hidden Falls was in the middle of an awful spring thunderstorm. When we were hiking in, everyone else was hiking out. That should have been a sign to turn around, but we kept going! As we crossed the rock and boulder field, massive lighting strikes and thunderclaps started rolling off the mountain looming above us. All I could think of was how stupid it was of us to be alone on the boulder field during a storm like that and, if the thunder caused a rockslide, we were toast! Luckily, we made it to the falls and had the area to ourselves to enjoy!
The south end of the Teton range is also home to world class skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Other popular activities in the area include rock climbing, horseback riding, and water sports.
Most people who visit the park stay in Jackson, WY. Grand Teton National Park is a great stop before heading in to Yellowstone National Park and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers, anyone who needs to be inspired by the beauty of our world. If you are heading to the area, you simply cannot miss it and surely will not be disappointed. Need ideas for a hotel in the area? We really like The Lodge at Jackson Hole or Snow King Resort.
Now is a great time to get out and explore America’s National Parks!