It would be just about impossible for me to choose a favorite road trip stop, but Grand Teton is definitely in my top three. There is so much beauty in this park. Everywhere you go there are gorgeous lakes, rushing rivers, majestic wild life, and of course the magnificent Tetons. This place is breathtaking.
It is located in Wyoming, which quickly became one of my favorite states. You don’t ever really hear about Wyoming, but boy is it incredible. The southern entrance to Grand Teton is in Jackson Hole, and the park stretches all the way up to meet the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone gets a lot more attention, but I definitely recommend visiting both if you are going to be in the area.
There are quite a few different sections to Grand Teton. In the two days we spent there, we hardly made a dent in it. You could easily spend a week in this beautiful park and I will definitely be going back some day.
Our first stop was to the Visitor Center to get our maps and see if there were any camp sites available. We were there midweek, so fortunately there were quite a few to choose from. We decided to spend out first night at Gros Ventre Campground near the southern end of the park. We moved to Lizard Creek Campground the next day so we could check out the Northern part of the park. Both Campgrounds are first come, first serve and running water and flushing toilets, but no showers. There are other campgrounds in the park that are reservable and offer amenities such as showers facilities, convenience stores, and a gas stations. These were also the first campsites we encountered that required you put your food in a bear box at night. We had officially entered bear country!
After setting up camp we headed to Mormon Row. This is a very popular section of the park. Here you’ll find the historic homes of the Mormon families who settled in Grande Teton in the late 1800’s. These old homes are set amongst a beautiful backdrop of mountains and have become a very famous destination for photographers.
Our next stop was to Menors Ferry, another historic section of the park. Menors Ferry Homestead was established in the late 1800’s on the Snake River. It has a number if buildings you can explore, including a general store, a cabin, and an out building full of old wagons. If the river conditions are good, you can still take a ride on the ferry. I think it’s a replica of the original ferry, but it’s still pretty cool.
Menors Ferry is also where The Chapel of the Transfiguration is located. This chapel offers incredible views of the Tetons and is a popular wedding location. It is still a functioning Episcopal Chapel that has services on Sundays.
We drove the southern portion of the Teton Park road, all the way down to the Jackson Hole entrance and back to our campground. We stopped at many of the scenic overlooks and were endlessly amazed by how beautiful the park is.
The next day we got up and packed up our stuff so we could move to Lizard Creek Campground in the Northern part of the park . We took a detour on Antelope Flats road because we had been told that is the best place to see wild life. We weren’t disappointed! We saw wild horses and a heard of buffalo. It was great.
After we set up camp we headed to Jenny Lake to hike to Inspiration Point. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park. The trail in its entirety is about 7 miles long, but right near Inspiration Point there is a boat dock where you can take a boat back over to the other side if you so desire.
This is a beautiful hike. The lake is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom and there are great views of the Tetons in the distance. When you get to inspiration point you’re rewarded with a nice little waterfall.
My travel companion was not up for hiking the remainder of the trail, so we decided to take boat back over to the other side. It’s a little pricey, but it’s a fun little ride.
Our next stop was to check out Jackson Lake, the largest lake in the park. We stopped at the Jackson Lake Dam for a few photos, then swung by the Colter Bay Marina.
The day was coming to an end so we headed back to our campground for some food and a little bit of rest. Our campsite was just a couple minute walk from the Northern end of Jackson lake, so after dinner we took one last stroll down to the water before calling it a night.
I absolutely loved Grand Teton National Park. It is a place that you need to see with your own eyes to really appreciate how beautiful it is. Add it to your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed.