Visiting Grand Teton in February

A trip to Grand Teton in February is a fun time to visit if you like winter activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter photography. Expect cold temperatures and snowy weather.

Grand Teton National Park in the winter is a quiet time to visit. In February all services and most of the roads in the park are closed to vehicles. But you’ll enjoy a beautiful snow-covered landscape for those who are willing to brave the elements.

Grand Teton National Park in February

Use this Grand Teton National Park guide to learn all about a trip in February: services available, what to pack, where to stay, things to do, and more!

We live only a few hours away from Grand Teton and have visited the park many times during all four seasons. The tips we provide here are based on our travels to the park, especially during the month of February.

The number one tip for visiting Grand Teton in the winter is to pack winter clothing so you can enjoy your time at the park! Use our Grand Teton National Park packing list to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting during the cold months of the year! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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A Photo Tour of Grand Teton National Park

Take a visual tour through Grand Teton National Park to see the stunning landscape and wildlife you’ll find in the park!

Visiting Grand Teton in February

There are a lot of things to do when visiting Grand Teton National Park. Each season will have different activities and services available.

In February, it’s all about winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing!

Use our guide to find other times of year to visit if you want to do summer activities like hiking and kayaking: best time to visit Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Services in February

Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year. In February, most of the park roads and services are closed. Check the Grand Teton website for more information. Campgrounds and lodges are closed so you’ll need to stay in nearby Jackson.

grand teton national park in the winter with snow
Grand Teton national park in the winter with snow

February Weather at Grand Teton

When you visit Grand Teton in February you can expect very cold temperatures. Daytime highs are near 30 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows are near 0! 

Snow storms can roll through at any time. Always check the current weather and road conditions on the Grand Teton website.

It is really important that you dress in layers and bring your winter clothing:

winter hiking gear

Pets at Grand Teton in February

Pets are allowed on plowed roadways and parking area. You can also take your pet on the unplowed sections of the Teton Park and Moose-Wilson roads.

Pets must be on a leash of six feet or less, and within 30 feet of a roadway. Please dispose of your pet’s waste properly. There are waste disposal cans at the trailheads.

Teton Park Road in February

Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and walking along the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge.

The road is closed to vehicles and bikes in February since it’s snow covered.

Check out the map below showing groomed trails, skier tracked trails and wildlife closer areas.

Things to Do at Grand Teton National Park in February

There are so many fun things to do in Grand Teton National Park any time of year. If you enjoy winter activities, then check out this list of things to do at Grand Teton in February!

Grand Teton Winter Activities in February

You can enjoy many of the Grand Teton National Park winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.

You’ll find a variety of Grand Teton National Park winter tours. Many of the tours will determine stops based on the road conditions, weather conditions, and needs or interests of each group.

Most winter tours do NOT include the Grand Teton National Park entrance fee (be sure to have your National Park pass!)

elk refuge near Grand Teton in the winter
Elk refuge near Grand Teton in the winter

Grand Teton Wildlife in February

In the winter it’s easier to see Grand Teton wildlife as they contrast against the white snow.

If you’re lucky you may see eagles, coyotes, foxes, bison, deer, wolves, trumpeter swans and more on the tour… as well as on the roads or trails that are open in the park.

You’ll see many elk at the Elk Refuge between the park and the town of Jackson. You can take a sleigh ride tour to see the elk up close!

winter at grand teton national park
Winter at Grand Teton national park

Grand Teton Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing in February

The most popular activity in February is cross-country and snowshoeing. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy nature in a quiet setting.

There are etiquette aspects to keep in mind:

  • Do not walk or snowshoe on ski trails
  • Leave your skis on and side-step down or detour around steep sections
  • Snowshoe parallel to the ski track
  • Yield to faster skiers
  • Step out of the track for a break

Grand Teton Snowmobiling in February

Snowmobile use along the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway is limited to Grassy Lake Road when open. Off-road travel anywhere in Rockefeller Parkway is prohibited.

Visit the Yellowstone National Park Web site for information regarding snowmobile and snowcoach tours and for non-commercial snowmobile access.

The only location in Grand Teton where you can snowmobile is the frozen surface of Jackson Lake for ice fishing access only. Access is limited to the Colter Bay Swim Beach and Best Available Technology(BAT) snowmobiles is required. For the latest BAT approved snowmobile list please refer to Yellowstone Best Available Technology(BAT) Snowmobiles.

Snake River Overlook in the Winter
Snake River Overlook in the winter

Grand Teton Photography in February

The winter landscape at Grand Teton is amazing! The jagged peaks of the snow-capped mountains are a photographer’s dream!

Accessing the best places to photograph Grand Teton National Park in February is difficult. Many of these locations look vastly different when the water is frozen and snow-covered.

Here’s our list of favorite photo spots at Grand Teton that you should be able to access in the winter by car, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing:

  • Overlooks along Highway 191/89
  • Moulton Barn / Mormon Row
  • Snake River Overlook
  • Oxbow Bend
  • Coulter Bay

Be ready with your WINTER camera gear to capture images the landscape and wildlife as you drive along the road, or ski along the trails.

Grand Teton Lodging in February

Since all the lodges and campgrounds are closed in February, you’ll need to stay in nearby Jackson. Here’s a list of our favorite places to stay:

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