Autumn is a great time to visit our National Parks. The crowds are smaller and the weather is cooler. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is an excellent place to take advantage of the outdoor activities this time of year. Over 300,000 acres encompassing the Teton Mountain Range.
The leaves are changing and there is a crispness in the air. The aspens are all in amber flutter. Through the fall time you can still take advantage of horseback riding, hiking, rafting down the Snake River, fishing, camping, hot air ballooning, and wildlife viewing (most activities run through October and some into November). You can see plenty of elk, moose, deer, and even bears trying to fatten up before their long hibernation. Great for us bird watchers too! All with fabulous views of the majestic Teton Mountain Range.
RAFTING ON THE SNAKE RIVER
The area districts each have tons of activities waiting for you, Moose District, Jenny Lake District, Colter Bay District, and Laurance S Rockefeller Preserve, all with wonderful hiking trails, waterfalls, pristine lakes, and mountains. The Visitor Centers and Ranger Stations are your go to places to get all the information you will need for the areas, especially any road closures.
There are many lodging choices throughout the park or camp of you prefer. Teton Village is just south of the park and offers lodging, dining, and shopping. I particularly like the Alpenhof Lodge. A European style inn with cozy rooms, some with fireplaces and balconies. Lovely restaurant with great food and wine.
Teton Village is also where you can catch the tram ride that will take you up to Rendezvous Peak (10,450 feet) in the Teton Range. Hiking trails and fabulous views await you at the top.
AT THE TOP OF RENDEZVOUS PEAK
There are so many fun activities to do here you won’t get bored. I try to take advantage of as many of the activities as I can when I’m visiting but, I’m an avid hiker so that ‘s what will take up most of my time (especially around Jenny Lake). I love getting up close and personal with the wildlife. I do take time for rafting on the Snake River and horseback riding and if you have never been on a hot air balloon, this is a must and a perfect place to try it!
Each of our National Parks is unique and has its own beauty and Teton National Park is no exception. Simply breathtaking whatever time of the year you visit!
Checkout the Teton National Park website for more info on fun activities, lodging options and who to contact: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/index.htm
A few suggested sites for all activities & hot air balloon rides: