Here’s a list of our favorite things to do in Grand Teton National Park to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at this stunning park!
This Grand Teton National Park guide will tell you everything you need to know about visiting during all seasons and months of the year. We detail the services available, weather, what to pack, and where to stay for your Grand Teton at any time of year.
In the summer at Grand Teton you can enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, and photography. In the winter you can enjoy snow activities like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling.
We’ll list all the activities you can do at Grand Teton all year round!
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Grand Teton National Park Packing List
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- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- US National Park travel guides and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
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
Each season will have different activities and services available when visiting Grand Teton National Park.
The summer and early fall months are the most popular times to visit because the weather is so nice! But that means you’ll need to navigate the crowds.
The spring and winter months are pretty quiet at Grand Teton. It’s a terrific time to enjoy the park if you like doing winter activities!
Pay attention to winter closing dates in late fall and spring opening dates for all Grand Teton road, services, and lodging. Check the website for Grand Teton updated road status.
When is the Best Time to Visit Grand Teton
Use our guide to find the best time to visit Grand Teton National Park that fits your travel style!
Grand Teton in the spring expect cool mild days and cold nights with rain and snow any time. Average spring temperatures: highs range from 40 to 60 degrees / lows range from 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grand Teton in the summer are the rainy months with warm days and cool nights. Average summer temperatures: highs between 70 and 80 / lows between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grand Teton in the fall temperatures begin to dip as each month passes. Be prepared for rain or snow any time with average fall temperatures: highs range from 60 down to 35 / lows range from 30 down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit!
Grand Teton in the winter expect cold days and frigid nights, with rain or snow any time. Average winter temperatures: highs 25 degrees / lows 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
We recommend you watch the weather for when you’ll be visiting and pack layers so you can enjoy the park from morning to night: winter gloves, insulating hat, winter coat, rain jacket, and fleece jacket.
Places to Visit at Grand Teton National Park
You’ll find a variety of places to visit at Grand Teton like Visitor Centers, lodges, and marinas. We recommend you always get updated information on the services available and things to do for the timeframe you plan your vacation.
Here’s a list of all the areas along the Grand Teton National Park Scenic Drive:
- Visitor Centers
- Moose and Mormon Row
- Jenny Lake
- String and Leigh Lakes
- Signal Mountain
- Moran and the East
- Jackson Lake
- Colter Bay
- Leeks Marina and the North
- Rockefeller Parkway and Flagg Ranch
Grand Teton Visitor Centers
Grand Teton has four visitor centers each with exhibits, publications, and films to educate and entertain park guests.
We always recommend stopping in a visitor center and talking to a park ranger before hiking, climbing, or tackling the river for the first time. It’s good to have the most up-to-date information for the things you want to do at Grand Teton.
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center: Make this your first stop if it’s your first time visiting Grand Teton. You’ll see interactive exhibits that highlight the parks history, maps of all the trails, and displays of early settlers and mountaineers. There’s a 15-minute movie about the park and rangers have a scavenger hunt for young kids. You can get permits and information about all the trails in Grand Teton National Park. If you’re lucky you might get to see a demo on how to use bear spray.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center: This is a small, off the beaten path visitor center to get acquainted with the legacy of Mr. Rockefeller through video, photography, and audio recordings.
Jenny Lake Visitor Center: This cabin turned visitor center now serves as an art gallery and museum. You’ll also find books, maps, and camping information here. Be sure to take the short walk to see Jenny Lake. The visitor center offers a shuttle service across Lake Jenny and a scenic cruise.
Colter Bay Visitor Center: This visitor center has amazing views of Jackson Lake, and the easy walking trails take you to the boat dock. You can view a fantastic collection of Native American art and artifacts. The Rangers host park-related programs and videos throughout the day, and love sharing what they know about the park and all the things you should see and do.
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.”
Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park in Summer
Summer is a popular time to visit Grand Teton because of its beautiful scenery and outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, river floating and camping. Check out this list of summer activities at Grand Teton!
You’ll also find fun things to do in Teton Village in the summer!
Hiking in the Summer at Grand Teton National Park
Some higher elevation trails could still be muddy or even snow-covered the first part of July. Stop by a visitor center to get recent trail conditions. We recommend these Grand Teton day hikes to explore the park!
There are a few things to note about hiking at Grand Teton in the summer:
- 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.
- Be prepared for rapid weather changes. In the summer it’s good to wear layers.
- You’ll also 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 are a few packing lists and resources for hiking:
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
Grand Teton Photography in the Summer
Landscape photography at Grand Teton is amazing. The mountains usually still have snow a bit of snow in early summer which makes a great backdrop. 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.
Grand Teton Wildlife in the Summer
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.
Snake River Float Tours at Grand Teton in the Summer
About 50 miles of Snake River winds through Grand Teton National Park and the river offers incredible views. One of the best ways to experience this area is on one of the Snake River scenic float trips. You’ll get an expert guide and all the gear you need, making sure you don’t miss a thing.
Human-powered canoes, kayaks, and rafts are permitted on Snake River, but we recommend you visit a ranger station first because boaters require a permit to float the river.
Fishing the Snake River in the Summer
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.
Kayak and Paddleboard in the Summer 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.
Things to Do at Grand Teton in the Winter
There are so many fun things to do at Grand Teton, especially during the winter.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Grand Teton in the Winter
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are the most popular winter activities to do at the Tetons.
The Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge is intermittently groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
You can also explore areas around Colter Bay, Antelope Flats Road, Taggart Lake and Flagg Ranch.
Moose-Wilson Road is another fun trail, be sure to park at Granite Canyon Trailhead or Death Canyon Road.
Snowmobiling at Grand Teton in the Winter
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.
The only location in Grand Teton where you can snowmobile is the frozen surface of Jackson Lake for ice fshing 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.
Grand Teton Photography in the Winter
Winter photography at Grand Teton can be a bit tricky due to road and trail closures, making it hard to get to many of the best photo spots at Grand Teton.
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
Plan a Grand Teton Vacation
- Grand Teton National Park Guide
- Things to do in Grand Teton National Park any time of year
- Best Time to Visit Grand Teton National Park
- Photograph Grand Teton National Park
- Grand Teton TOURS
Grand Teton Camping in the Summer
Nighttime offers another experience entirely, and we highly recommend an overnight stay.
You can walk witness a spectacular display of stars in the sky, check out an evening Grand Teton ranger program, or rent a canoe at dawn.
And all campgrounds except Jenny Lake welcome your 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:
- 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!