Planning Your Time
Backcountry hikers are attracted to the scenic canyons and alpine areas within the park, and the 13,772-foot Grand Teton is a goal of mountain climbers. Photographers can’t resist the mountain-and-river Teton Viewpoints that captivated millions of earlier visitors, including Ansel Adams. A couple of days are sufficient to see park sights.
Jenny Lake is one of the most scenic areas in the park. Here a boat transports hikers to Inspiration Point, a base for longer explorations into the Tetons. Historic Jenny Lake Lodge has upscale accommodations and gourmet meals; it’s one of several good choices in the park.
Enjoy the view from the summit of Signal Mountain, and scan for moose in the sloughs at Oxbow Bend. Bison roam the flats near Mormon Row, which has some of the most photographed barns in America with a Teton Range backdrop to die for. Jackson Lake is popular for fishing and boating, and rafting the Snake River attracts thousands of people each summer.
The little settlement of Moose, on the south end of Grand Teton National Park, is home to park headquarters and the striking Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Nearby is the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a rustic log church with a dramatic backdrop.
Before your visit, contact Grand Teton National Park (307/739-3600, www.nps.gov/grte) for publications and maps, or use the website to learn more about the area.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition