One of the first things you must decide when planning a Grand Teton National Park vacation is when to go!
There are a ton of things you can do at Grand Teton, but certain times of the year are more ideal for traveling there than others.
The best time to visit Grand Teton National Park depends on the type of activities you want to do.
Use our list below to learn more about what it’s like to visit during various seasons and months of the year to help you plan your vacation.
We share a general travel guide, list of things to do, packing checklist, travel tips and weather information for the different seasons and months at the park.
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The Best Time to Visit Grand Teton National Park
The best time to plan a Grand Teton vacation is between Mid-May and late-September, when all of the park’s visitor centers, hiking trails, and roads are open and accessible to the public.
During the summer, beginning in mid-June, most of the entire park is accessible. It’s the best time to enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, river rafting, camping and more without restrictions. This is why summer is considered the best time to visit by many people. But the park WILL be crowded.
Grand Teton in the Fall is simply amazing! The aspens change to beautiful shades of orange and the wildlife scurries around getting ready for the cold.
In contrast, winter and spring, between November and April, the harsh Wyoming winter rolls into the area and forces many roads and facilities to either shut down for the season, or have reduced hours of operation, as a result of high levels of snowfall.
If you plan to visit the park during the winter, be sure to check alerts and current conditions for the most up to date information on the weather conditions and closures.
Grand Teton National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.
During the summer, most of the facilities and roads are accessible, while during other seasons, the roads might be closed. For instance, Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge are inaccessible by car in the winter, which is from Nov. 1 through April 30.
The visitor centers in the park each have their own operating hours and can provide information about the park.
Those interested in camping or backcountry hiking need a permit, no matter what time of the year. Visit the Grand Teton page on the National Parks website for more information.
Weather by Season
The weather at Grand Teton is dramatically different from season to season.
Spring falls between March and June, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 49 degrees Fahrenheit in April. Expect to see snow and rain during this time, and the snow won’t really melt until the end of May or the beginning of June.
The season for summer activities at Grand Teton is from June through August. The average daily temperature is a perfect 77 degrees with the lows around 30 at night. Even in summer, the higher you go in elevation, there still can be snow on the ground. There are also many afternoon thunderstorms as this is the season when the Grand Tetons experience the most rainfall.
Fall is considered the months of September through November, with temperatures ranging between 23 to 54 degrees. There is also occasional rain and snow during this time.
Winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21, but the first snowfall can come as early as Nov. 1. From December through February, the temperatures range from 2 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and there can be up to 14 feet of snowfall!
Be sure to wear winter clothing for all outdoor activities at the Tetons.
Where to Stay in Jackson near Grand Teton:
There are a variety of lodging options in Grand Teton as well as Jackson. Here are the 3 favorite places we recommend:
- Elk Refuge Inn – this is right across from the refuge and the closes hotel to the park entrance – our favorite place to stay!
- Elk Country Inn – awesome property if you want to be in town.
- Vacation Rentals – we LOVE having a kitchen to prepare our meals!
- Hotels in Jackson Hole
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!