Grand Teton National Park

SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAYS 13 & 14

We took a side trip from Yellowstone to hit our third national park of the trip, Grand Teton. And oh so grand it is! We drove through the entire park, took a boat ride on Jenny Lake, hiked up to Inspiration Point, canoed on Jackson Lake and got a tip from a worker that saved us $20!

Grand Teton National Park

Day 13: Grand Teton National Park, Side Trip from Yellowstone

Since we are staying at Grant Village Campground on the south end of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park isn’t too far of a drive. If you do what we did today – drive around the entire park – well then the miles add up!

Even though the Tetons are Yellowstone’s neighbor, the park has a completely different feel. As we drove out of Yellowstone, the mountain range greeted us in the distance.

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National ParkWe started out with a stop at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake where we decided we would come back the following day to either canoe or kayak. The paved path from the visitor center along the lake is a nice stroll.

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

We then drove up the narrow road to Signal Mountain which provides breathtaking panoramic views of Jackson Lake, the valley and the mountain ranges.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons National ParkWe took Antelope Flats Road for animal stalking and then Mormon Row to see some of the most photographed barns in the country, Moulton Barns.

Grand Tetons National Park

Mormon Row

Just before sunset, we were fortunate to see a moose and her baby trotting along down a ravine. Don’t they look like they are talking to each other?!

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The day ended with the sun ducking behind the mountains, delivering incredible views throughout the park.

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Day 14: Hiking to Inspiration Point

We woke up bright and early today (around 5 am) so we could make the 7:00 am shuttle across Jenny Lake. When we were talking with one of the worker’s yesterday, he let us in on a little secret that the first boat of the day is $5 (cash) instead of $15 a person. Of course, my husband was not going to pass that up! So we were up at the buttcrack of dawn, driving to the boat.

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It worked out great; we were able to get a parking spot, pay the cheap rate, see some wildlife since it was so early, and it wasn’t busy on the trail. Unfortunately, the hike to Hidden Falls was closed so we only hiked to Inspiration Point. The hike is short, about 1.4 miles round trip, but it is a steep climb. We passed cascading waterfalls before reaching the beautiful overlook.

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Lunch at Signal Point Lodge

We stopped in Signal Point Lodge for a heaping mound of nachos (this is the half order by the way) and a few drinks. I had a huckleberry lemonade which had a unique flavor and the hubby tried a local IPA.

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Canoeing on Jackson Lake

We ended the day with a canoe ride on Jackson Lake. We rented it for two hours since it was the minimum at $19 an hour before tax. We had a blast making our way around the small islands and taking in the mountainous views.

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Tips on Visiting Grand Teton National Park

  • If you want to photograph the popular barns of Mormon Row, drive to the barns then turn around. The road is rough and dusty and doesn’t provide any additional views.
  • To save $10 a person on the Jenny Lake shuttle (a $15 ride for $5), take the 7:00 am boat. It is cash only and is the first boat to go out for the day. Bring a jacket, the ride is chilly!
  • Free Wi-Fi near the general store at Colter Bay
  • Trailers are not allowed on the narrow drive up to Signal Mountain’s peak.

Next Stop: Northwest Yellowstone

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. Follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven Last Two Days: 462, Total Miles Driven: 3,009, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.61, States: Wyoming

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

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8 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    All the parks you are visiting are ALL favorites of mine. It’s hard to beat the mountainous western states for awesome beauty in those national parks. I cannot even pick a favorite as it would make the others seem less significant, which is not the case…they are all spectacular! Enjoy your continuing adventure…I’ll be reading along!

  2. Nachos look amazing! Is your husband flexing in the boat pic?

  3. Hello again,
    I love relaxing anywhere at Colter Bay & Jenny Lake, the Tetons are so beautiful.
    Exploring Jackson Hole is a lot of fun also. Driving in from the west of the Tetons is nice too but definitely not as scenic as the east side of the range. There’s also a good rodeo in Jackson.
    My first trip here was in the spring & the wild flowers were fantastic & varied with elevation. I camped at Gros Vante. I love hearing water as I go to sleep There’s also a trail along the river & good chances for wildlife viewing. I saw moose & buffalo.
    On another trip through the area in the winter my mother & I saw hundreds of elk, it was spectacular
    I’m enjoying your trip as well as reliving several of mine. Thank you for sharing!
    Onward,
    Kim B

    • It’s so great that you have memories of each place as well! I’m going to write down your tips, places you camped and visited that we didn’t make it to 😉

  4. Gretchen

    We just got back from a trip to Tetons and Yellowstone. I’d read this blog before going and we used your tip of taking the first shuttle boat to save the $10/person. We had an awesome time on the hike to Hidden Falls (a bull moose surprised us when we were taking photos in front of the falls). Just wanted to say thanks for the tip!

    • Aww Gretchen, thanks so much for writing in and telling me! I really love these comments as it makes all the time and effort on the site worth it! Sounds like an amazing experience so glad you had fun.

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