March 15, 2004
We stayed here when visiting Yellowstone and on our last day in Teton decided to take a ride on the tram. It runs regularly all day between 9am and 6pm, and is cheap at $18 per adult, children were about $5 I think. Each carriage takes about 45 people at a time, but we only had about 10 in ours so were able to wander about easily.
The views from the tram are magnificent. It travels about 17 miles per hour so you have plenty of time to view the valley below and the surrounding mountains. As you go up the side of the mountain you can see animals below such as moose and deer. We were told that you can see bears, but we didn’t. However, we did see quite a few people paragliding off the mountain – rather them than me!
As you get to the top, the temperature drops considerably. We were in temperatures of 80 degrees plus in the ground, but at the top of the mountain it was just above freezing and pretty windy.
When you get off the tram, apart from the cold, the first thing you notice is the silence. The only sound is the tram itself and the odd person chatting. You can go on hikes, either on your own or with the guides. We decided against this, and just wandered around by ourselves, taking photos of fantastic scenery and of ourselves freezing our bits off!
At the summit you are over 4,000 feet above sea level and you can feel quite breathless even if you are not exerting yourself, so take things easy, especially at first. The ground is also very uneven, so take care not to fall off the edge!
If you are hungry, thirsty, etc., there is a café on the summit. Here you can get hot and cold drinks, snacks and other essential items. They also do a good line in jumpers and sweatshirts, so if you forget yours and are freezing, help is at hand – at a price.
The café has indoor and outdoor seating and also has a telescope for zooming in on the views.
If you are in the area, you should spare a couple of hours to take the tram, but remember to take a sweater, binoculars and a good camera.
From journal Yellowstone Treasures