Grand Teton National Park Overview
It’s time to meet one of Wyoming’s most stunning destinations—Grand Teton National Park. Located south of Yellowstone National Park and north of the town of Jackson, Grand Teton’s 310,000 acres includes lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Teton Range. While iconic locations like Mormon Row and the Moulton Barns may be the most photographed destinations in the park, Grand Teton’s celestial peaks also provide the perfect setting for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers and road trippers who are looking to explore the park’s incredible landcapes.
The areas around the Grand Teton mountain range and its lakes were established as a national park in 1929 in order to protect the land from commercial exploitation. The protected area was extended into the surrounding valley in 1950. This truly special federal park boasts a diverse ecosystem with 310,000 acres of terrain ranging from summertime wildflower meadows to rushing whitewater streams. These ancient mountains also contain some of the oldest rocks in the National Park Service, dating to nearly 2.7 billion years ago.
Few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as that of Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton has a lot to offer whatever your interests. Mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and skies are home to diverse and abundant forests, wildflowers and wildlife. The park also has a rich cultural history with old homesteads and cattle ranches to explore and photograph. Walk on a trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or one that American Indians or fur trappers might have used in the 1820s. Ride a bike or paddle a canoe. There is something for everyone.
Summer brings the most travelers to Grand Teton National Park and for good reason. This time of year gives travellers the opportunity to watch wildlife—including bison, elk, moose, bears and bighorn sheep—explore 230 miles of hiking trails, cast a fishing line on the Snake River and climb impressive mountain peaks. In addition, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive and Signal Mountain Summit Road are two not-to-be-missed scenic drives.
Best Time To Visit Grand Teton National Park
Summer, autumn, and winter are the best times to visit the area. Days are sunny, the nights are clear, and the humidity is low. From mid-June and on, you can hike, fish, camp, and watch wildlife. If you want to see wildflowers, plan for the beginning of May for the lower valleys and plains, and July for the higher elevations. Autumn will showcase gold aspens, lots of wildlife, and less crowds, while winter offers skiing and sparkly snow.