Snapping this photo felt very gratifying to me. Why? I think it’s because it captured the essence of Grand Teton National Park perfectly, without the need for words. So maybe I should just not say anything about it and end my struggle to find the right words. The stunningly beautiful Grand Teton Mountain Range is the centerpiece of the park, but that’s not the only reason to visit–you must see the wildlife, and it’s the combination of the mighty beast against the backdrop of the rugged peaks that makes you pause and ponder the wonder of God’s creation.
We spent just two days in Grand Teton National Park, but it is certainly worthy of a longer stay. Our short visit consisted mostly of a search for wildlife and some hiking. We were not disappointed. It was at Grand Teton that I was treated to my first moose sighting.
It is very helpful to talk to park rangers and find out the likely spots and times to see wildlife. Sometimes you don’t even need to leave your car.
My kids enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger program when we visit national parks. Even the parents learn things from the kids completing the activities in the program booklet. We learned that much of the flats of the park are blanketed in sagebrush. We got out for a closer look. Its silvery-green foliage doesn’t look like much, but it smells wonderful.
Grand Teton also has beautiful lakes.
And there are glaciers up on those mountains.
I don’t intend to devote much time or space talking about lodging. In most cases, I feel a hotel is just a place to sleep in between seeing the interesting stuff, not a destination in itself. But, in this case, I feel our lodgings are worth a mention. On the recommendation of a friend, we reserved a tent cabin at Colter Bay Village, inside the park. With two log walls and two canvas walls, these are a hybrid between a cabin and a tent. Outside there’s a porch with a picnic table and a bear-proof storage cabinet. Inside are four pull-down bunks. You can also rent additional cots for larger families. We rented sleeping bags since we weren’t camping for any other part of our vacation.
The advantages of the tent cabins are that they are less expensive than regular cabins, they are fun, and that some of them have a great view. Check out the view from ours:
Grand Teton National Park is just 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. If you plan a trip to Yellowstone, make sure you allot some time to explore the beauty of Grand Teton.
This attraction appears in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips.