Must-Read Tips For Visiting Grand Teton in July

If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Grand Teton in July, keep reading to know what services are available, what the weather will be like, and what activities you can do!

This Grand Teton National Park guide will help you plan your July vacation: what to pack, where to stay, things to do, and more!

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Grand Teton is fully open in July which means all services and roads are open. The weather is really nice to enjoy all the outdoor activities you can do at this park!

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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 July

Each season will have different activities and services available when visiting Grand Teton National Park.

July is a popular month to visit because the weather is so nice! But that means you’ll need to navigate the crowds.

Use our guide to find the best time to visit Grand Teton National Park that fits your travel style!

July Weather at Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park weather in July is just about perfect! Expect daytime highs near 77. It will still be cold in the morning and evening with lows in the upper 30s.

July is also a rainy month with afternoon thunderstorms. We recommend you pack winter gloves, winter hat, fleece jacket, and rain jacket so you can enjoy the park from morning to night!

It’s always good to check the current weather conditions on the Grand Teton website.

Services at Grand Teton in July

Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year. In July all roads, Visitor Centers, lodges and marinas are open. We recommend you always get updated information on the services available and things to do. Here’s a list of all the areas at Grand Teton:

All Grand Teton campgrounds are by advanced reservation system only up to six months in advance at Recreation.gov.

Grand Teton Visitor Centers in July

Grand Teton has our visitor centers each with exhibits, publications, and films to educate and entertain park guests.

We always recommend stopping in a visitor center and talking to a park ranger before hiking, climbing, or tackling the river for the first time. It’s always a good idea to be safe and have the most up-to-date information.  

Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center: Visitor Information, permit desk, and bookstore open daily. Exhibits open. If you’re lucky you might get to see a demo on how to use bear spray. 

Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center: You’ll learn about the legacy of Mr. Rockefeller through video, photography, and audio recordings.

Jenny Lake Visitor Center: This cabin-turned-visitor center serves as an art gallery, museum, and bookstore where you can find maps and camping information here. Access the shuttle service across Lake Jenny or book a scenic cruise here.

Colter Bay Visitor Center: Rangers host park-related programs and videos throughout the day, and love sharing what they know about the park and all the things you should see and do. 

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Things To Do at Grand Teton in July

There are plenty of fun outdoor things to do in Grand Teton National Park in the summer. July is a fabulous time to explore this fantastic park!

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Look for Wildlife at Grand Teton in July

You never know when you’ll see wildlife at Grand Teton. Here’s a list of great wildlife viewing areas:

  • Oxbow Bend
  • Mormon Row
  • Gros Ventre
  • Willow Flat
  • Coulter Bay
  • Pilgrim Road
  • Moose-Wilson Road

Please be a responsible wildlife observer by maintaining a safe distance of at least 100 yards from wolves and bear, and 25 yards from all other wildlife.

Best Cameras for Wildlife Photography

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Hiking in July at Grand Teton National Park

Some higher elevation trails could still be muddy or even snow-covered the first part of July. Stop by a visitor center to get recent trail conditions. We recommend these Grand Teton day hikes to explore the park!

There are a few things to note about hiking at Grand Teton :

  • Make noise as you hike and always carry bear spray and know how to use it. Visit the Bear Safety page for more information.
  • Carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack. Plan to drink considerably more at Grand Teton due to low humidity and high elevation.
  • Be prepared for rapid weather changes. In July it’s STILL good to wear layers.
  • You’ll also need sun protection in July: sunscreen and sunhat!
  • Pace yourself. High elevation may cause breathing difficulties so listen to your body and don’t overdo it! The only cure for altitude sickness is to retreat to a lower elevation.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Solo hiking and off-trail hiking is not recommended. Many rescues involve solo parties that were unable to self-rescue, sometimes with life-threatening injuries.
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Grand Teton Photography in July

Landscape photography at Grand Teton is amazing. The mountains usually still have snow a bit of snow in July which makes a great backdrop. Check out our tips to photograph Grand Teton National Park.

We also created a checklist of all the best photo spots at Grand Teton!

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

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Fishing the Snake River in July

The Snake River is home to the unique fine-spotted snake river cutthroat trout, and anglers can’t wait to cast a line here. To protect this valuable resource, fishing at Grand Teton is heavily regulated, and catch and release is highly encouraged.

Snake River’s trout season runs April 1 through October 31 with late August and September being the best months for catching trout. 

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Boating and Floating at Grand Teton in July

Boating permits: All boats, windsurfing boards (only legal on Jackson Lake), stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks and canoes are required to purchase a boat permit. Purchase permits on Recreation.gov – new online mail-order system to have the permit mailed directly to you within two weeks. Permits can also be obtained at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center and Colter Bay Visitor Center permit desks.

Floating: Inner tubes, air mattresses, kick boats, float tubes and similar individual swimming/ fishing flotation devices are exempt from needing a park boat permit. These floatation devices are prohibited on rivers and streams in Grand Teton

Floating the Snake River: Due to constantly shifting logjams, boaters must anticipate their routes well in advance. Use caution and check conditions before each trip. They are posted at river landings and permit offices weekly or when there is a significant change.

It’s your responsibility to know all the Grand Teton boating rules and regulations.

Kayak and Paddleboard in July at Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park has more lakes than you can count but Jenny Lake is one of the main attractions. You can sit on the bank and take in the views, but Jenny Lake is a great place to get wet, cool off, and have some fun.

One of two lakes that permit motorboats at Grand Teton, Jenny Lake is the place to go if you want to enjoy your own boat (with some restrictions).

Paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing at Grand Teton are all great ways to explore Jenny Lake and stay cool in the summer, they are available for rent.

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Camping in July at Grand Teton

In July the Grand Teton National Park campgrounds are all open. The park has five campgrounds available – reservations are required!.

And all campgrounds except Jenny Lake welcome your RV’s and trailers. Backcountry camping is allowed in designated areas with a permit only.

Where to Stay in Jackson near Grand Teton:

Here’s a list of our favorite places to stay:

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