Spend the Perfect Day in Grand Teton National Park

By on June 3, 2021 Categories: Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Summer, Spring Creek Wildlife, Wildlife Safari

Head Out on a Wildlife Safari

Experience the best of Grand Teton National Park with one of the professional naturalists at Spring Creek Ranch. This all-day excursion is the perfect way to beat the crowds at Grand Teton National Park. You’ll head out in a safari vehicle to spot wildlife in the quieter regions of the park, often overlooked and unknown to the every day visitor.

Throughout the day you’ll learn all about the ecology, geology and cultural history of the park. Start the day early with a packed breakfast as you head out in search of wildlife such as moose, bear, and elk. As the day goes on, you’ll be one step ahead of the crowds at Grand Teton National Park while learning all about this stunning landscape.

Want even more time in the park? Book the Dawn til Dusk option and watch the drama of the sun moving over the mountain horizon.

Prefer to Plan Your Own Day? Here’s How to Spend One Day in Grand Teton National Park

Prefer to have a fun-filled visit of your own design to the park? Here’s how you can plan your own day discovering the mountain beauty of Grand Teton National Park.

Rise and Shine in the Air

Watch the sun rise dramatically in the Teton Valley with an exhilarating hot air balloon ride. There is nothing more magical than experiencing the alpenglow by air. Watch as the mighty Teton Range sparkles in the morning light, then enjoy a picnic breakfast with a scenic mountain backdrop.

Bike the Scenic Route

Next, it’s time to pick up bikes at Wheel Wranglers and head into the park. The paved trail follows Teton Park Road. You can bike the entire road while taking in sweeping views of the Teton Range. Stop at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center for a short hike around the lake or simply marvel at the sparkling alpine waters.

Note: It’s $35 per vehicle to enter the park or free with an America the Beautiful Park Pass.

Break for Lunch

After working up an appetite head to Dornan’s Pizza and Pasta Company to refuel. Located just outside of the park, you’ll have quick access to delicious food with a stunning view of the mountains. If you don’t want to take a formal lunch break, let the Spring Creek Ranch chefs prepare a packed lunch for you.

Head Out on a Hike

After you’ve noshed and relaxed a little, go for an afternoon hike. There are countless hiking trails in Teton National Park catering to all abilities. Choose a hike that suits your mood and abilities. Just be sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, a rain jacket, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes. 

A few of our favorite hikes include:

  • Taggart Lake: 3.8 miles, easy
  • Schwabacher’s Landing: 1.8 miles, easy
  • Jenny Lake Loop to Inspiration Point: 7.9 miles, moderate

Soak Up the Sunset

End your day with a gorgeous sunset with the Tetons as your backdrop. By this point, your legs are tuckered, so why not enjoy a beautiful golden hour right from your vehicle? There are a few easily accessible sunset spots in Grand Teton National Park that you’ll want to check out. Just don’t forget your tripod!

  • Mormon Row: Minimal walking to a historic homestead. Turn onto Alpine Flats Road from Highway 89 and follow signs to Mormon Row
  • Teton Point Turnout: A popular pull out that provides spanning vistas of the Snake River Valley and the Teton Range. 6 miles north of Moose Junction
  • Signal Mountain: Known for its stunning wildflower displays and panorama of Jackson Lake. 16 miles north of the Moose Junction park entrance. Go right on Signal Mountain Road and drive 5 miles to the observation area on the summit.

 Snag Room Service and Relax

Phew, you’ve had quite an exciting day! After you’re tuckered out from exploring the best of Grand Teton National Park, relax by your own personal fireplace with our in-room dining services. Our professional chefs are happy to craft you an amazing dinner to satisfy your mountain hunger.

You can plan your own day in Grand Teton National Park or go on one of our signature wilderness safaris and enjoy the sights. Either way, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning mountain scenery that surrounds us here at Spring Creek Ranch.