Plan Your Vacation to Grand Teton National Park in August

If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Grand Teton National Park in August, 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 August vacation: what to pack, where to stay, things to do, and more!

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Grand Teton is fully open in August 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 National Park in August

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

August 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!

August Weather at Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park weather in August is the best! Expect daytime highs around 80 and lows around 40. It will still be cold in the morning and evenings to pack a fleece jacket.

August can also be a rainy month with afternoon thunderstorms. It’s always good to check the current weather conditions on the Grand Teton website.

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Services at Grand Teton in August

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

Things To Do at Grand Teton National Park in August

There are plenty of fun outdoor things to do in Grand Teton National Park in the summer like hiking, fishing, river floating and camping.

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Look for Wildlife in August at Grand Teton

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.

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Hiking in August at Grand Teton National Park

By August the higher elevation hiking trails should be dried out. Here’s a list of good 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.
  • You’ll need sun protection: 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.

Here’s a list of handy resources for hiking:

Leigh Lake at Grand Teton

Grand Teton Photography in August

Landscape photography at Grand Teton is amazing. 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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Kayak and Paddleboard in August 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.

It’s also fun taking the shuttle boat for easy access to the beautiful Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point hikes.   

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Boating and Floating at Grand Teton in August

August is the perfect time to enjoy water activities at Grand Teton. Be aware that you’ll need the permits for the following: All boats, windsurfing boards (only legal on Jackson Lake), stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks and canoes are required to purchase a boat permit.

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. Flow rates are high in June. 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 rules for boating at Grand Teton.

man fishing along the Snake River in the summer

Fishing the Snake River in August

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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Grand Teton Camping in August 

August is a busy time at all Grand Teton National Park campgrounds. The five campgrounds are only available by reservation!

And all campgrounds except Jenny Lake allow 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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