Watching Wildlife in Grand Teton National Park

Named for the Grand Teton Mountain Range, this park is home to 61 uncommon bird species living beneath the peaks of the Teton Range. Here you’ll also find grizzly and black bears, bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, squirrels, fox, fish, and other northern creatures native to North America.

The Grand Teton National Park’s Top Animals

  • Elk
  • Bison
  • Moose
  • Squirrels
  • Beavers
  • American White Pelicans
  • Ospreys
  • Bald Eagles
  • Otters
  • Pronghorn
    • Also known as the North American antelope, the pronghorn is the fastest land animal on the continent.

Viewing Locations

Oxbow Bend: Fish, otters, ospreys, bald eagles, pelicans, beavers
Timbered Island: Antelope, elk
Mormon Row: Bison, pronghorn, mice, squirrels
Snake River: Moose, elk, bison, bald eagles, osprey, blue herons
Cascade Canyon: Squirrels, pikas, marmots, moose, white-tailed deer
Blacktail Pond: Elk

When Should You Go?

Like most northern National Parks, Grand Teton National Park is best to visit from mid-May to mid-September when all trails, visitor centers, and campgrounds are open. During this time, fishing is abundant, warm summer breezes make it pleasant to be outside, and many of the birds and smaller mammals can be seen running about. However, in the colder winter months when many of these facilities close, the bigger game, like elk and moose, can be seen grazing in the valley to find warmth.