Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwest Wyoming. It is over 310,000 acres full of mountains, hills, valleys, alpine lakes, and more. For many, many years visitors have flocked here to escape the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with nature.
Getting to Grand Teton National Park
As we said, Grand Teton National Park is located in the Northwestern area of Wyoming and is about 8 miles from Yellowstone National Park – with the John D. Rockefeller, Jr Parkway separating them. To give you more perspective, it is about 3 ½ hours from Bozeman, about 2 hours from West Yellowstone, about 2 ½ hours from Idaho Falls, and about 5 hours from Salt Lake City. The closest city to the park is Jackson, WY.
Getting to the park is quite easy as there are many different ways to do so. One of the most common is to fly into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). This airport is actually located within the park so you can just imagine the views you will get. Other airports are also nearby but may require a bit longer drive to arrive, such as Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
Driving? Whether you flew in and rented a car or you drove from home, Highway 191/89 is an incredible drive. Although highway 22 will get you in there, as well. Of course, there is always highway 26, Grassy Lake Road, and Moose-Wilson Road, all depending on where you are coming from and where you’d like to access the park.
Once you arrive at the park, there is an entrance fee per vehicle of $35 per automobile, $20 for bikes or hikers, and $30 for motorcycles. This fee allows you access to the park for one week. If you prefer, you can purchase a Grand Teton annual pass for $70.
Pay your entrance fee and you are in. All that is left to do is decide what you want to do while you are there.
Tips for Visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
If you have decided to visit Grand Teton National Park, you are going to want to do your research. There are certain things you should know before going to ensure you get the most out of your trip – and you stay safe along the way. Check out these tips below.
Avoid the Crowds: Over the last couple of years, more and more people are finding joy in visiting national parks, including this one. That means the areas where people were once sparse are now filled with visitors. To combat this, it is best to plan your visit in the spring or the fall when it is less busy – and the scenery is at its best (bonus!).
If you do find yourself visiting during busy seasons, arrive at the park early or later for the least busy times.
Road closures: It is important to note that in the winter months, it is not uncommon for roads to close due to weather. You will want to check with the park service before visiting so that you gain access through the open, drivable roadways.
Bears and other wildlife: There are bears in Grand Teton and it is best to protect yourself and those around you. Invest in a good bear spray and keep it with you while on your trails. Moose, deer, and elk are out and about early whereas bison and pronghorns make their way out in the brightest parts of the day.
Leave no trace. When you sit for a picnic, are snacking and hiking, or set up camp – you want to leave no trace behind. This is best for the beauty and health of the environment and the wildlife.
Looking for an unforgettable adventure while you are visiting Grand Teton National Park? Solitude Float Trips offers float trips inside the park at two meeting locations along Snake River. You will float near the base of the mountain range, enjoying the breathtaking surroundings. Memories made are sure on these boats are sure to last a lifetime.