Visiting Grand Teton in November

Wondering what it’s like to visit Grand Teton in November?

If you want to experience a different side of this park, it’s a unique time to plan a Grand Teton vacation.

In November all services and most of the roads are closed to vehicles.

But that means you can experience the park in a completely different way and avoid the busy season crowds!

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

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National Park Packing List

When you are visiting any national park it is important to be prepared. This includes wearing the proper clothes and shoes to be comfortable for the climate and the terrain.

→ CHECK OUT: National park packing list for summer and winter

For most national parks you will want to bring:

Grand Teton in November

There are so many fun things to do when visiting Grand Teton National Park. You’ll find different activities and services available during each season and month of the year.

In November, many roads and services start to close which limits the activities you can do.

Use our guide to find information about the best time to visit Grand Teton National Park.

Services in November

Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year.

BUT some roads and most of the park services are closed in November. Check the website for the exact dates.

Campgrounds and lodges are also closed so you’ll need to stay in nearby Jackson. Here are a few 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!

November Weather

When you visit Grand Teton in November you can expect cold temperatures.

Daytime highs are near 35 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows are in the teens! 

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

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

Bull moose at Grand Teton in the fall.

Wildlife in November

In November you may see wildlife getting ready for winter.

The elk rut is over, but many of these animals start to make their way to the Elk Refuge between the park and the town of Jackson.

The bears will be foraging for food to get ready for winter hibernation so be extra cautious on the roads and trails.

It’s exciting to see the moose at Grand Teton with their large antlers.

Here’s a list of great wildlife viewing areas you can access in November:

  • Oxbow Bend
  • Mormon Row
  • Snake River

Hiking and Biking in November

Since the park is getting ready for winter in November, you won’t be able to access the main hiking trails at Grand Teton.

There are a few areas along Highway 191 from Jackson to Moran where you can explore various areas like Schwabacher Landing, Mormon Row and Cunningham Cabin.

Keep in mind the side roads like Antelope Flats, Pilgrim Creek and Schwabacher close seasonally based on conditions.

You can bike, hike, run and rollerblade along the Teton Park Road in November until it becomes snow covered.

And pets are allowed on this road in November! Once it’s snow covered, leashed pets can use the multi-use lane.

What to Bring on a Day Hike

Tips & Gear for Hiking with Kids

Photography in November

You can’t beat the landscape you’ll see at Grand Teton. The jagged peaks of the snow-capped mountains are a photographer’s dream!

In November, accessing the most famous photo spots at Grand Teton could get tricky based on weather:

  • Oxbow Bend
  • Schwabacher Landing
  • Snake River Overlook
  • Mormon Row – Moulton Barns
  • Jackson Lake Overlook

Make sure your camera gear is all packed and ready to capture the beauty at Grand Teton!

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