Hotels, Lodges & Cabins
Several places provide concessioner lodging inside Grand Teton National Park. As in most national parks, none of the lodge rooms contains TVs, radios, or air conditioning. Some rooms contain phones, and Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby of Jackson Lake Lodge.
Reserve at least nine months ahead to be sure of getting a room in the peak summer season. Dozens of additional accommodations are south of the park in Jackson.
Grand Teton Lodge Company (owned by Vail Resorts Hospitality, www.gtlc.com) is the primary park concessioner, managing Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village, and a variety of park services.
Grand Teton Lodge Company operates a free shuttle bus to Jackson from the park. It runs twice daily in the summer, stopping at Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village, and downtown Jackson. The shuttle is only for guests staying at company lodges in Grand Teton.
Near park headquarters in Moose, Dornan’s Spur Ranch Cabins (307/733-2522, www.dornans.com) has a dozen modern log cabins filled with handcrafted lodgepole pine furniture. One-bedroom cabins are $175 d or $205 for up to four people, and two-bedroom cabins cost $250 for up to six people. There’s a three-night minimum stay in the summer. All cabins include full kitchens and are open most of the year (closed Nov. and Apr.). Off-season rates are 30 percent lower.
For four-star accommodations a stone’s throw from the Tetons, stay at
Jenny Lake Lodge (307/733-4647 or 800/628-9988, www.gtlc.com, late May-early Oct.), where 37 comfortably appointed cabins surround a cozy Old West main lodge. This is a marvelous honeymoon or big-splurge place, and the $515 s or $599 d price includes horseback rides, bikes, breakfast, and a five-course dinner. (Note, however, that the meals are served only at specific times, so you’ll need to adjust your schedule accordingly.) For the ultimate in extravagance, choose the lodge’s luxurious suites ($775-850 d).
Built on a grand scale, the 385-room Jackson Lake Lodge (307/543-3100 or 800/628-9988, www.gtlc.com, late May-early Oct.) occupies a bluff above Willow Flats on the southeast side of Jackson Lake. Sixty-foot-high windows look across to the Tetons and fireplaces flank the spacious central hall, which offers Wi-Fi (limited elsewhere in the hotel). Guest computers are available. Outside is a large swimming pool and kiddie pool (major attractions for families), and inside you’ll find restaurants, a lounge, gift shop, newsstand, clothing shop, and ATM. All rooms contain two double beds and phones; some also have small fridges. Most guests stay in 348 cottage units surrounding the main building, but 37 guest rooms are available inside the lodge itself. Rooms in the lodge without a view (unless you count the parking lot) are $224 d, while those with windows fronting the Tetons are $319 d. Cottages cost $224-239, or $289-319 d for ones with mountain vistas. A separate modern structure facing Moose Pond houses some of the nicest rooms and suites ($599 d), while a single luxury suite in the lodge costs $775 d. Extra guests (beyond two) in any of these rooms are $10 per adult. Pets can stay in the cottages for $15 extra.
On the south shore of Jackson Lake, Signal Mountain Lodge (307/543-2831 or 800/672-6012, www.signalmountainlodge.com, early May-mid-Oct.) offers a variety of accommodations. Simple and rustic log cabins start at $132 d, up to $198 for a two-room unit that sleeps six. Motel-style rooms with fridges and microwaves are $175 for up to four people or $227 for a nicer room with a gas fireplace and king bed. The lodge’s finest options include lakefront suites for $254-274, cozy bungalows with kitchens and private decks for $182 d, and a three-room cabin with fireplace in the living room, full kitchen, and laundry for $300.
Family-oriented Colter Bay Village (307/543-3100, ext. 1080, or 800/628-9988, www.gtlc.com) has 166 rustic cabins of varying sizes and types, some of which sleep six people. The most basic are canvas-and-log structures with outdoor grills and picnic tables, potbelly woodstoves, and bring-your-own-linen bunk beds (a limited number of sleeping bags are available for rent). These tent cabins cost just $50 d ($6 for each additional person up to six). Tent cabins are open late May-early September. There are no phones or cooking facilities in any of these cabins. Restrooms are nearby, along with coin-operated showers.
Slightly nicer are little one-room cabins that share a bath for $60 d (two twin beds or one double bed). Cabins with a private bath start at $109 d for those with a double bed, up to $155 d for those with two double beds and a twin bed. Two-room cabins with a bath are $169 for up to four. Additional guests are $10 each in all of these, and the cabins are open late May-late September. Guests at Colter Bay Village can use the big outdoor swimming pool at nearby Jackson Lake Lodge.
In Rockefeller Parkway just three miles south of Yellowstone, Flagg Ranch Resort (307/543-2861 or 800/443-2311, www.flaggranch.com) has modern four-plex log cabins with patios and two queen beds or a king bed. Rates are $179-189 d, plus $10 for additional adults. The main lodge houses a convenience store, restaurant, gift shop, and central area with couches and a large fireplace. Flagg Ranch is open mid-May-late September and early December-early March, but lodging is available only in summer.
Several lodging places are in beautiful Buffalo Valley, east of Moran Junction on U.S. Highway 26/287.
Eight miles east of Moran Junction, Hatchet Resort (307/543-2413 or 877/543-2413, www.hatchetresort.com) has year-round accommodations and a friendly staff in a country setting. Well-maintained log-walled motel rooms with kitchens and fireplaces go for $145-169 d, while modern log suites featuring vaulted ceilings, fridges, and microwaves, are $239-259 d; one has a jetted tub. Groups appreciate the A-frame house with five bedrooms, a gas fireplace, and full kitchen for $455. Hatchet also has five simple budget rooms with shared baths for $99 d. All guests can use the large outside hot tub, and the small resort also has Wi-Fi, a general store, and gas. Hatchet Grill serves breakfasts and lunches ($7-9), and The Whetstone has surprisingly good dinners—burgers, salads, steaks, trout, and more ($11-27). Both are open May-mid-October.
Buffalo Valley Ranch (307/543-2062 or 888/543-2477, www.buffalovalleyranch.com) is adjacent to Heart Six Ranch (same owners) and is 12 miles east of Moran Junction. A triplex log building houses a pair of one-bedroom units ($159 for up to four), along with a spacious two-bedroom unit ($219 for up to nine guests), all with kitchenettes, private baths, washers, and dryers. The ranch affords fine views across Buffalo Valley to the Tetons, but book early since cabins fill in the summer. Also here is Buffalo Valley Café ($10), serving tasty meals three times daily.
You’ll discover spectacular views of the Tetons from Luton’s Teton Cabins (307/543-2489, www.tetoncabins.com), 36 miles northeast of Jackson (five miles east of Moran Junction). The modern duplex cabins have full kitchens, private baths, queen beds, and front porches facing the mountains. One-bedroom units cost $270 d, two-bedroom units are $395 for up to six people, and deluxe cabins sleep six for $433. Cabins are open May-October (no phones, but free Wi-Fi). Horse-lovers can use the corrals at no charge.
For rustic accommodations with an unbeatable Teton view from the front deck, stay at Anne Kent Cabins (307/733-4773, www.annekentcabins.com, June-Sept.) in the quiet village of Kelly a dozen miles northeast of Jackson. These cabins are perfect for those who want a real taste of Wyoming from a family with a long local history. Two rental options are available. Your best bet is to request the very comfortable log house, which has bedrooms in the loft and basement, two baths, a complete kitchen, washer, and dryer (but no phone). Wi-Fi may be available. The home sleeps a maximum of 12 adults and kids for $250 (plus $25 per person for more than four guests). Next door are two cabins that rent together and sleep five guests for $200. The front one (built in 1939) includes a bedroom and kitchen, while the back cabin contains a second bedroom plus bath. The Anne Kent Cabins feature handmade lodgepole furniture created by co-owner Ron Davler, who crafts them at the adjacent Jackson Hole Log and Rawhide Furniture.
Moulton Ranch on Historic Mormon Row (307/733-3749, www.moultonranchcabins.com, late May-Sept.) rents several cabins in one of Jackson Hole’s most majestic locations. This is the only private property on Mormon Row inside Grand Teton National Park, and the much-photographed Moulton Barn—one of the prototypical Wyoming images—is just a few hundred feet away. The five cabins are cozy and not at all elaborate, but where else might you awake to a spectacular Teton vista with bison grazing outside your window? Rates start at $89 d for a tiny cottage with a separate bathhouse, up to $229 for a modern cabin with space for six. The latter is especially popular and features a kitchenette, deck, and picture window facing the Tetons. No phones (your cell phone will probably work), but Wi-Fi is available in some cabins.
Budges’ Slide Lake Cabins (307/733-9061, www.jacksonholecabins.com, open year-round) are four secluded but modern cabins along Slide Lake, six miles east of Kelly. Each has a woodstove, full kitchen, patio, and phone (but no TVs or Wi-Fi). Rates are $245 d, plus $30 for each additional adult guest (maximum of eight). A small cabin in nearby Kelly sleeps two for $100, including a kitchen and bath, but no TV or phone. Also available is a comfortable three-bedroom, two-bath log home in Kelly with mountain vistas ($250 for up to six guests).
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition