A trip to Grand Teton National Park in May is one of our favorite times to visit.
Use our Grand Teton National Park guide and the information below to learn all about a May trip: services available, what to pack, where to stay, things to do, and more!
By mid-May most of the services and roads are open. The weather can still be unpredictable and cold, and trails can still be muddy. By the end of May things should be perfect!
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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 May
There are a lot of things to do when visiting Grand Teton National Park. Each season will have different activities and services available.
In May you’ll enjoy fewer crowds, scenic drives and wildlife viewing. But many of the hiking trails are muddy or still covered with snow. And some areas in the park are closed due to bear activity.
Use our guide to find YOUR best time to visit Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone & Grand Teton AUDIO TOUR
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the park and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a park ranger in the car with you.”
Services at Grand Teton in May
Grand Teton is open 24 hours, every day of the year. All roads are usually open by mid-May, conditions and weather permitting. Check the Grand Teton website for the most current opening dates.
Moose opening dates:
- Moose-Wilson Road – May 1
- Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center – May 1
- Chapel of the Transfiguration – May 8
- Moose Landing, Snake River Launch – open April 1
- Gros Ventre Campground – open April 30
Jenny Lake opening dates:
- Teton Park Road – May 1
- Boat Launch – May 1
- General Store – May 7
- Campground – May 7
- Visitor Center – May 16
- Lodge closed until June 1
Laurance S. Rockefeller opening dates:
- LSR Preserve Parking Area – May 1
- Preserve Center – May 30
Signal Mountain opening dates:
- Lodge, General Store & Gas Station – May 14
- Gas pumps open 24/7, self service
- Campground – May 14
Jackson Lake opening dates:
- Lodge, Dining Room Shops – May 17
Colter Bay opening dates:
- RV Park, Launderette & Showers – May 6
- Visitor Center – May 7
- General Store, Cafe – May 24
- Campground, Cabins, Tent Village – May 24
- Marina – May 24 (water levels permitting)
Rockefeller Parkway, Flagg Ranch opening dates:
- Headwaters Convenience Store and Gas Station – May 7
- Gas pumps open 24/7, self service
- Headwaters Campground and RV Park – May 14
- Cabins and Camping closed until June 1
May Weather at Grand Teton
When you visit Grand Teton in May you still can expect very cold temperatures: highs 60, lows 30.
It’s STILL important that you dress in layers and bring your winter clothing because it can still rain and even snow in May!
Always check the current weather and road conditions on the Grand Teton website.
Wildlife at Grand Teton in May
May is a terrific time to see wildlife at Grand Teton. At Grand Teton National Park in the spring there will be area closures due to bear activity and other wildlife management so be sure to follow instructions on any posted signs.
Here’s a list of great wildlife viewing areas in May:
- 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. The Grand Teton website has more detailed information about wildlife viewing 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
Grand Teton May Hiking
Hiking in the early par of May usually means muddy or even snow-covered trails so be prepared. Stop by a visitor center to get recent trail conditions.
By the end of May, we recommend these Grand Teton day hikes to explore the park!
There are a few things to note about hiking at Grand Teton :
- May is an active time for bears and cubs! 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 drinking water. Dehydration is common and can be serious. Plan to drink considerably more at Grand Teton due to low humidity and high elevation.
- Be prepared for rapid weather changes! In the spring at Grand Teton you’ll need layers, spring outdoor gear and cold weather outdoor gear!
- 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.
- Be careful crossing snowfields and streams. Do not hike in steep snow unless you have previous experience and the proper equipment.
- 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.
Grand Teton Photography in May
The spring landscape at Grand Teton is amazing! The jagged peaks of the snow-capped mountains are a photographer’s dream!
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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- Where to Stay Near Grand Teton National Park
Where to Stay in Jackson near Grand Teton:
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
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!