Visiting Grand Teton National Park in March

A trip to Grand Teton National Park in March is awesome if you like winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling! Expect cold temperatures and snowy weather.

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 snow with limited facilities. But March offers an intimate experience for those who are willing to brave the elements.

Grand Teton National Park in March

Use this Grand Teton National Park guide to plan your trip: services available, what to pack, where to stay, and things to do in March.

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 March.

The number one tip for visiting Grand Teton in March 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 National Park in March

There are a lot of Grand Teton National Park winter activities to enjoy in March 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 March

Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year. In March, most of the park roads and services are closed. Check the Grand Teton National Park website for more information.

The park campgrounds and lodges are closed in the winter, but you can find hotels near Grand Teton National Park in nearby Jackson.

March Weather at Grand Teton

When you visit Grand Teton in March you still can expect very cold temperatures. Daytime highs are near 39 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows are near 11. 

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

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

winter hiking gear

Teton Park Road in March

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 March. It’s groomed for skiing, snowshoeing and hiking through mid-March.

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

Pets at Grand Teton in March

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.

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Dog sledding tour

Things to Do at Grand Teton in March

Due to the elevation of Grand Teton, many areas are still closed due to snowpack. Here’s a list of things you can do in March:

Grand Teton Winter Activities in March

The early part of spring 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. 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

Grand Teton Wildlife in March

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

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

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.

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Snow-covered trail at Grand Teton

Grand Teton Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing in March

The most popular activity in March 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 January

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.

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Grand Teton Photography in March

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

In March getting to the best photo spots at Grand Teton is difficult. Many of these locations look vastly different when the water is frozen and snow-covered.

Here’s our list of favorite places to photograph Grand Teton National Park, 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 March

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

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