Grand Teton National Park Winter Activities

You’ll find many Grand Teton National Park winter activities available like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, and photography! The Grand Teton National Park winter months are pretty quiet, but the landscapes are breathtaking!

All services are closed during the winter. Highway 191 is the only road open to vehicles from Jackson to Moran. Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain Lodge is only open for non-motorized use.

Grand Teton National Park winter activities

Use this Grand Teton National Park guide to plan your winter vacation: services available, weather, and things to do when you plan a winter vacation to Grand Teton!

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. 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 during the winters.

The number one tip 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 in the winter! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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Grand Teton Winter Packing List

winter hiking gear
Grand Teton mountain peak in the winter
Grand Teton mountain peak

Grand Teton National Park in the Winter

The winter months of December, January, February, and March are pretty quiet at Grand Teton. All services in the park are closed during the winter: Grand Teton National Park website.

Highway 191 is the only road open to vehicles from Jackson to Moran. Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain Lodge is only open for non-motorized use.

Grand Teton Winter Weather

Check the Grand Teton weather and be prepared with the right winter clothing to enjoy the outdoor activities. In the winter expect cold days and frigid nights, with rain or snow any time:

snowy and icy road through Grand Teton in the winter
Grand Teton road in the winter

Grand Teton Roads in the Winter

When visiting Grand Teton in the winter, pay attention to the dates when the roads close for the season: road status at Grand Teton.

You won’t be able to drive the full Grand Teton National Park Scenic Drive during the winter.

The Teton Park Road: closed November 1 to April 30 from Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge. During this time the road is used for skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking from mid-December to mid-March.

Moose-Wilson Road: usually closed to vehicles until mid-May. When it’s snow-packed it’s open to skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Highway 191: open from Jackson to Moran.

Vehicles with four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or all-weather tires are recommended for winter travel. Roads may be closed during blizzards.

Drive at or below posted speed limits as conditions warrant; moose and other wildlife are often seen crossing roads during the winter.

Pets in the Winter at Grand Teton

In the winter, pets are only 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.

elk refuge near Grand Teton in the winter
Elk refuge in the winter

Grand Teton National Park Winter Activities

There are quite a few things to do in Grand Teton National Park in the winter. You can enjoy the winter activities on your own, or you can book a Grand Teton winter tour. Here’s a list of winter activities to consider when planning a trip this time of year.

Winter Tours at Grand Teton

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!)

Grand Teton Winter Wildlife Tour: Half–day tour through Grand Teton National Park where the guide helps you spot animals that are easy to miss without a trained eye. For your comfort and convenience, the tour is capped at ten or fewer.

Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Tour: Day tour with a naturalist guide through Grand Teton National Park to search for bison, bighorn sheep, moose, coyotes, eagles, or even wolves. Plus a visit the National Elk Refuge, where you ride past herds of powerful elk on a comfortable, horse-drawn sleigh.

Luxury Winter Grand Teton Tour and Sleigh Ride: This luxury half-day scenic tour through Grand Teton National Park begins at dawn or dusk. Explore the National Elk Refuge and the Gros Ventre Wilderness with you guide on a horse-drawn sleigh ride! Get a personalized Grand Teton experience because the tour is limited to just your group!

Jackson Hole Dog Sledding Tour: Experience an old-fashioned adventure with a dog sledding tour along the Buffalo Fork River. The private trail is flat and suitable for any age. It’s also closed to motorized vehicles for a safe and peaceful ride. The actual time in the dogsled is about 45 minutes.

Full Day Dog Sledding and Snowmobiling Combo Tour: You’ll get a two-in-one experience on this Grand Teton winter tour. Begin by dog-sledding to enjoy the view of the Grand Tetons. Then enjoy snowmobiling for a high-speed excursion through the scenery! The tour is capped at 10 participants for a more personal experience. Guidance, training, and cozy winter gear are all provided.

Jackson Hole Snowmobiling Tour: Full-day excursion snowmobiling at historic Heart Six Ranch near Jackson Hole. On this winter tour, a guide will provide narration about the area’s ecosystem and wildlife. The guide will also provide navigation to ensure your safety. You’ll stop at a lodge for lunch then return to the Heart Six Ranch to unwind around the fire at the end of the excursion.

cross country skiier
Cross-country skiing

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Grand Teton

Skiing and snowshoeing at Grand Teton are the most popular winter activities.

The trail is intermittently groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge.

Moose-Wilson Road (park at Granite Canyon Trailhead or Death Canyon Road), Colter Bay, Antelope Flats Road, Taggart Lake, and Flagg Ranch are other areas in the park to explore skiing or snowshoeing.

Be sure to follow these etiquette guidelines when skiing or snowshoeing at Grand Teton:

  • 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
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Snowmobile group tour

Snowmobiling at Grand Teton

The only location in Grand Teton where you can snowmobile is the frozen surface of Jackson Lake for ice fishing access only.

Along the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway snowmobiling is limited to Grassy Lake Road when it’s open. Off-road travel anywhere beyond this along the Rockefeller Parkway is prohibited.

We recommend checking out the Yellowstone National Park website for information regarding non-commercial snowmobile access in the Teton/Yellowstone area.

You can also book a Yellowstone snowmobile and snowcoach tour.

Teton Mountains in the winter
Teton Mountains in the winter

Grand Teton Backcountry Access in the Winter

Expect harsh environment conditions when accessing the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park in the winter.

It’s so important to know the backcountry safety guidelines at Grand Teton. It’s your responsibility to be prepared for exploring the backcountry:

  • how to read a map and use a GPS
  • how to use a compass
  • download the BackcountrySOS App
  • plan for the day and let someone else know
  • acknowledge your and your party’s limits
  • what to do in an avalanche and how to rescue others
  • winter gear and clothing essentials
Snake River Overlook in the winter
Snake River Overlook

Grand Teton Winter Photography

Many of the best photo spots at Grand Teton aren’t easily accessed during the winter due to road and trail closures.

Here’s our list of favorite places for winter photography at Grand Teton National Park. Each of these location 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 of the landscape and wildlife as you drive along the road, or ski along the trails. We especially love photography gloves and rechargeable hand warmers!

Grand Teton maps and guides

AMAZON: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Guides and Maps

Where to Stay in Jackson Near Grand Teton

Here’s a list of our favorite places to stay:

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