Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, features the Teton mountain range and the Jackson Hole valley. With its dramatic peaks, pristine lakes, and abundant wildlife, it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Wyoming
Area: 310,000 acres (1,300 sq km) – 25th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Grand Teton summit – 13,770 ft (4,197.10 m)
Lowest Elevation: Fish Creek – 6,310 ft (1,923.29 m)
Date Established: February 26, 1929
Annual Visitors: 2,806,223 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Jackson, Wyoming

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Jenny Lake Loop (7.6 mi, Moderate) – A scenic loop around Jenny Lake, with views of the Tetons.
  2. Cascade Canyon Trail (9 mi round trip to the Forks, Moderate to Strenuous) – Spectacular canyon scenery and potential wildlife sightings.
  3. Taggart Lake Trail (3 mi round trip, Easy to Moderate) – Offers stunning lake and mountain views with minimal effort.
  4. Amphitheater Lake Trail (10 mi round trip, Strenuous) – Climbs steeply to alpine lakes with impressive views of the Tetons.
  5. Death Canyon Trail (7.8 mi round trip to Patrol Cabin, Moderate to Strenuous) – Features a mix of forest, meadows, and canyon views.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Grand Teton National Park.

  1. Scenic drives with views of the Teton Range
  2. Wildlife viewing (e.g., moose, elk, and bears)
  3. Float trips along the Snake River
  4. Photography, capturing the peaks and lakes
  5. Boating and fishing on Jackson Lake

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Grand Teton National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Grand Teton National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Grand Teton National Park

After hiking and exploring Grand Teton National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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