If you’re coming to visit Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park is a must-see. With over 310,000 acres of untouched, natural landscape, the park is home to hundreds of animal species, has some of the best sites for photography in the nation, boasts a healthy fishing experience you can get nowhere else in North America, and is home to world-renowned hiking trails and remote campsites. It’s no wonder that millions have visited, and tens of thousands make the trek every year to see the best-kept secret for vacations in the United States.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five things everybody HAS to do when they visit Grand Teton National Park so that you can start crossing off bucket list items as soon as you arrive.
- Traversing the Pathway
Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway provide more than 100 miles of paved roads and a multi-use pathway with splendid views of the Teton Range. Bring your bike, rent a ride, or ride some horses alongside this beautiful multi-use pathway that views South Jenny Lake and the Teton mountains. For the history buffs, check out the old Native American hunting route through John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
- Hike at Your Skill Level
With over 250 miles of hiking trails, there is something for everybody. Trails ranging from simple to extreme and everything in between! Some hikes allow you to enjoy views of all the beautiful waterways, including Phelps, Jenny, Leigh, and Taggart lakes. Some trails lead to rock climbing opportunities for experienced thrill seekers. Some mountain hikes can include extreme and abrupt weather changes you rarely will see anywhere else to add to the challenge!
Even if you’re not an avid fisherman and you’re with somebody who is – do them a favor and join them. Don’t be the reason somebody is missing out on some of the best fishing opportunities in the nation. Besides… you may love it yourself! Browns, rainbows, lake trout, and native cutthroat trout can all be caught in the park’s waters, and you can choose from many fly fishing and boat fishing expeditions.
- Wildlife Tours
Guided tours have the knowledge and experience to get you the best views of rare wildlife in Grand Teton National Park. You can chance it and see something spectacular on your own. Still, guided tours through the forest, mountains, and marshes are an excellent way for children and older adults to see something unique without exerting too much energy or focus. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera!
- Scenic Floats/Whitewater Rafting
Snake River originates in Wyoming just outside the park and arcs across southern Idaho before turning north along the Idaho-Oregon border. Of course, there are some incredible whitewater rafting outfits for thrill seekers, but the park is home to even better scenic float opportunities than the river. The Snake River’s headwaters are a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Float trips in the northernmost part of Snake River run for up to 10 miles and offer unique and captivating perspectives for everybody!
Once you’re all done crossing everything off your list, come lay your head at the beautiful Parkway Inn of Jackson Hole. Experience authentic Jackson Hole accommodations and enjoy our on-site amenities, which include an indoor pool, two hot tubs, and a spacious fitness center with men’s and women’s locker rooms, each featuring a sauna. We have several promotions available, so check them out before booking online or calling us at 307-733-3143!