Grand Teton 101
Getting there, when to go, and what to see
Meet the park. Now that Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a preferred retreat for Hollywood, Washington D.C. and Wall Street elites, some of the richest and most powerful people on the planet can look out their front door and see Grand Teton National Park.
But they shouldn’t have all the fun. Grand Teton is for you, too.
The park centers on the Grand Teton range―whose tallest peak is 13,770-foot Grand Teton itself―and the Jackson Hole valley below it. Yellowstone lies immediately to the north, and the two parks can be easily combined in one vacation. They are different from each other, though. Grand Teton doesn’t have Yellowstone’s geothermal spectacles―no geysers, no mudpots. But Yellowstone doesn’t have the views―made famous by photographer Ansel Adams and others―of the Grand Teton mountains with the Snake River curling in front of them. Both parks have good wildlife watching, but Grand Teton is tops for activities like mountain climbing (it’s a great place to learn) and river running (floating the Snake River through the park is one of the best things you can do on a summer day.)