Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in America. It is known for its stunning mountain views, abundant wildlife, and diverse recreational activities. A trip to Grand Teton National Park in April will still feel like winter so be prepared for cold and snow.
Use this Grand Teton National Park guide and the information below to learn all about an April trip: services available, what to pack, where to stay, things to do, and more!
When visiting Grand Teton in April, most of the services and roads are still closed at this time which is a great way to avoid the busy season crowds!
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or just want to take in the stunning views, Grand Teton National Park is sure to have something for everyone in April!
Use our Grand Teton National Park packing list to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in April! 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!
Grand Teton National Park in April
There are a lot of things to do when visiting Grand Teton National Park. Each season will have different activities and services available.
In April, you can still enjoy winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing. As the snow melts you can enjoy hiking, running and biking along roads and trails.
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 April
Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year. In April, 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.
April Weather at Grand Teton National Park
In April the Grand Teton National Park weather will still be cold – expect daytime highs near 47 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows near 20.
It’s STILL important that you dress in layers and bring your winter clothing when visiting Grand Teton in April.
Snow storms can roll through at any time. Always check the current weather and road conditions on the Grand Teton website.
Teton Park Road in April
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 in April. Once the snow melts, you can ride your bike on the road until April 30. You can also hike, run, rollerblade and walk your dog on the road.
Pets at Grand Teton in April
Pets are allowed on plowed roadways and parking areas. 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.
Things to Do at Grand Teton National Park in April
Grand Teton National Park in the spring is a quiet season. Due to the elevation of the park, many areas are still closed due to snowpack in April.
Winter Activities at Grand Teton in April
April will still feel like winter so 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 you can enjoy. 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!)
- Grand Teton Winter Wildlife Tour
- Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Tour
- Luxury Winter Grand Teton Tour and Sleigh Ride
- Jackson Hole Dog Sledding Tour
- Full Day Dog Sledding and Snowmobiling Combo Tour
- Jackson Hole Snowmobiling Tour
Wildlife at Grand Teton in April
You’ll see many elk at the Elk Refuge between the park and the town of Jackson. You can take a sleigh ride tour near Grand Teton to see the elk up close up through early April. Check for dates and times.
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.
We’ve put together some good resources for Photographing Wildlife:
- Best cameras for wildlife photography
- Best tripods for wildlife photography
- Best tripod head for wildlife photography
- Best lenses for wildlife photography
Photography at Grand Teton in April
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 April is difficult. Many of these locations look vastly different when the water is frozen and snow-covered.
Check out our favorite photo spots at Grand Teton and print the checklist to take with you!
Be ready with your camera gear to capture images the landscape and wildlife as you drive along the road, or hike the trails.
Where to Stay in Jackson Near Grand Teton
- Where to Stay Near Grand Teton National Park
- Grand Teton National Park Lodging
- Grand Teton National Park Camping
- RV Parks near Grand Teton National Park
- Glamping Near Grand Teton National Park
Here’s a list of our favorite places to stay:
- 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 near Grand Teton – we LOVE having a kitchen to prepare our meals!
- Hotels in Jackson Hole