Grand Teton, otherwise referred to as Teton Range, brings forth an extremely diverse experience for its park guests. With over 250 miles of trails for visitors of this beloved National Park to explore, the adventure doesn’t end there. There is also numerous different activities to enjoy such as floating the Snake River, or just sitting back and relaxing while you enjoy the sheer beauty of this natural monument.
Located in the state of Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park weighs in at a staggering 13,770 foot point of elevation on the granite summit. The sight is simply gorgeous during the summertime with various different wildflowers and colors to be seen. Winter does take a toll on this National Park however, with very long and very cold periods from November all the way until May.
Grand Teton National Park Visitor Centers
Craig Thomas Discover & Visitor Center: This is the only visitor center in Grand Teton National Park this is only year round (with the exception of Christmas Day). However operating hours do change throughout the year, the hours for each season are:
- November 1st – April 30th: 9 AM – 5 PM
- May 1st – June 2nd: 8 AM – 5 PM
- June 3rd – September 2nd: 8 AM – 7 PM
- September 3rd – October 31st: 8 AM – 5 PM
On November 28th and December 24th the hours for this visitor center change to 9 AM – 2 PM. The center itself offers information about the park, maps, schedules, and a fun bookstore/gift shop. It is also the starting point for many of the guided tours for Grand Teton. You can contact this center with further inquiries at (307) 739-3399.
Colter Bay Visitor Center: Open from May 11th – September 29th. This visitor center offers craft demonstrations, as well as museum tours and various other programs depending on the time. A bookstore, information booth, telephones, and restrooms are also available at this center. Hours are 8 AM – 5 PM, except from June 3rd – September 2nd they are extended to 7 PM.
How much does it cost to go to Grand Teton National Park?
Guests are required to purchase a seven day pass upon entering Grand Teton, however this pass is also valid at the neighboring Yellowstone National Park for seven days as well. Cost for this pass is $25 for a non-commercial vehicle and all of its passengers, $20 for a motorcycle, and $12 for an individual person on foot or bicycle.
Alternatively, visitors who come frequently, or local residents may want to entertain the idea of purchasing an annual pass for $50, which gives access to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone for up to 12 months after purchase.
What activities are there to do in Grand Teton National Park?
Hiking through trails is always a major attraction to National Parks like this, but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy during your visit to Grand Teton. Ranger programs are a great way to get acquainted with the park and learn about some of the history. Grand Teton offers a plethora of different ranger-led programs for each season of the year, in order to make things different for recurring visitors.
Once you’ve basked in the glory of Teton, it is highly recommended you take advantage of the many nearby attractions. Of course Yellowstone Park is nearby and visitors are able to take their Grand Teton pass to Yellowstone and enter with that, so for sure that is a great option. There is also the Fossil Butte National Monument, the Craters of the Moon Preserve, and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.