Grand Teton National Park is home to striking mountain vistas, gorgeous lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. The park lies just south of Yellowstone and just north of Jackson Hole, so both are worth exploring if you have the time while you’re in the area. With so much to do and see, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary if you are on a tight schedule. Here, we’ll outline the major points of interest in Grand Teton National Park, starting from the north end of the park and heading south.
From North to South:
Colter Bay Village
A charming rustic village located on Jackson Lake, Colter Bay Village offers camping and lodging accommodations (but be sure to make reservations well in advance as they tend to fill up quickly). This is a great area to enjoy spectacular mountain views and partake in swimming, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Colter Bay Visitor Center doubles as the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum, which houses a variety of Native American artifacts.
Gorgeous Jackson Lake lies at the north end of the park and offers magnificent views of the Tetons. One of the largest high-altitude lakes in the US at 15 miles long, this is one of the only lakes in Grand Teton National Park that offers boating, including pontoon rental, sailboats, wakeboarding, fishing, waterskiing and more.
Offering incredible views of Mt. Moran reflected in the lake below, Oxbow Bend is a great place to observe a variety of birds and wildlife. One of Grand Teton’s most photographed islands, you can’t miss a trip to Oxbow Bend when you visit the park!
One of the more popular summits in Grand Teton National Park, you can access the peak via car or on foot for magnificent views of Jackson Hole and the Tetons. The hiking trail is moderate and is 6.8 miles roundtrip. Driving up the Signal Mountain Summit Road will also take you there quickly and easily.
Accessible via the Jenny Lake Trailhead or by shuttle boat across Jenny Lake, you won’t regret a visit to Hidden Falls, a visitor favorite. These powerful and majestic waterfalls will keep you cool with a refreshing mist. Note that these falls are quite popular and can get very crowded during peak season.
Perhaps the number one favorite destination for visitors to Grand Teton is Jenny Lake, and for good reason! On a calm day, you’ll be able to see the mountains reflected in this breathtaking lake. Hiking trails around Jenny Lake are incredibly popular and kayaks and canoes are also available for rent here. This area can get extremely crowded, so plan to arrive early in the day or after 4pm to avoid crowds and have options for parking.
Snake River Overlook
A famous location in the park for photo ops, this gorgeous overlook offers views of the stunning Snake River as it winds through lush forest against the backdrop of the splendid Tetons. This iconic lookout point is located just off the highway and can be easy to miss, so you’ll want to drive slowly to keep an eye out for it.
There’s no question why Grand Teton is the namesake peak of Grand Teton National Park. Standing tall at 13,770 feet, this impressive mountain is visible from as far as Jackson Hole. Only the most experienced climbers will ascend to the summit of Grand Teton, but hikers looking for a more manageable trek with stunning views can opt for the strenuous 19-mile Paintbrush Canyon-Cascade Canyon Loop.
A relatively off the beaten path destination in Grand Teton National Park, Schwabacher’s Landing takes you down to Snake River and offers splendid views of the Tetons. This is a great location for wildlife viewing and offers a bit of peace and serenity in what can be an otherwise crowded park.
Taggart Lake lies at the base of the Grand Tetons and offers beautiful views of the mountain range. A quick and easy 1.5 mile scenic hike to this lake is completely worth it and you can even reward yourself with a dip in the lake! This is a great hike for families with kids.
Mormon Row Historic District
Drive along Antelope Flats Road to reach Mormon Row, a dirt road leading to the iconic Moulton Barn framed by dramatic views of the Tetons. In this historic pioneer settlement, you’ll find a variety of wildlife from bison to antelope, so be sure to keep your distance when you go for that classic photo op!
Menor’s Ferry Historic District
This Old West Historic District was founded when Bill D. Menor settled alongside Snake River and began the ferry service to transport people across Snake River. Menor’s Ferry is currently home to the famed Chapel of the Transfiguration, a still-functioning 1920s chapel whose massive window offers magnificent views of the Grand Tetons.
The nearest town to Grand Teton National Park is Jackson. Nearby Jackson Hole is renowned for its ski resorts and phenomenal landscapes. The charming town of Jackson is full of lovely shops, bars, and restaurants and don’t forget to visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art . Jackson is a great option for overnight accommodation outside of Grand Teton National Park.