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Three Days in Grand Teton

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A July 2004 trip to Grand Teton National Park by callen60

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Quote: They may be America's most scenic mountains, and they're certainly popular--but there are still ways to beat the crowds and enjoy the well-known sights, too.

Three Days in Grand Teton

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Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Lots of claims are made for ranges whose mountains "just rise up out of the earth." The Tetons actually DO. These beautiful peaks jut 6,000 feet above the surrounding valley of Jackson Hole. Only 40 miles long, the geologic activity that formed this region is relatively recent, so erosion hasn't dulled the edges crafted by the glacial carving that followed, leaving the whole range looking like a series of American Matterhorns. But there's more than geology here. Interspersed among the mountains are clusters of beautiful alpine lakes, lovely meadows, and lots of wildlife. There's some of the cou...Read More

Signal Mountain Lodge

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Hotel

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Location, location, location. This collection of cabins and lakefront units is right on the eastern shore of Jackson Lake (the only such resort in the park, as they point out to you). We spent 1 night here at the end of our Grand Teton Visit in an upper-level lakefront retreat. For $210, our room (one of four in the building, two on each level) had a narrow but nice balcony along the front with two chairs and a magnificent view of Jackson Lake and its stony...Read More

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Signal Mountain Lodge
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
(307) 543-2831

Togwotee Mountain Lodge

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Hotel

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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This mountain lodge is evidently a big headquarters for snowmobilers in the winter, but it makes a good base for your summertime trip to Grand Teton, too. It's about 18 miles east of Moran Junction on the east side of the park, just as the US 287 heads up into Togwotee Pass. The 20-minute drive up the Buffalo River Valley to get here is pleasant.There's a main lodge with traditional rooms and a restaurant. We stayed in one of the two dozen or so cabins, which held our family of five quite nicely. The cabins are located on a cleared hillside behind the lodge, but don't really gi...Read More

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Togwotee Mountain Lodge

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83013
(800) 543-2847

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Attraction | "Gros Ventre Slide"

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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It's July 1927. Someone comes galloping into town screaming to get out. Minutes later, half a mountainside is carried through town on a wall of water. For the residents of Kelly, WY, it was the second time the mountain moved in 2 years. In June 1925, the limestone side of Sheep Mountain suddenly slid down the hill and into the valley. The rubble created a natural dam on the Gros Ventre River, 225 feet tall and a half-mile wide, forcing the creation of Slide Lake. Folks in Kelly lived downstream for 2 years before that natural blockage gave way, which took the town and the live...Read More

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Grand Teton National Park
Po Drawer 170
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300

Grand Teton National Park

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Attraction | "Phelps Lake Overlook"

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Unless you visit Grand Teton in the off season, you won't be alone in this beautiful park. Sometimes, that'll be okay—there are sites you wouldn't want to miss, even if you've got plenty of company at your side snapping pictures along with you. But if you're longing for a little solitude, this moderately strenuous hike is a good way to leave the crowds behind for 3 hours or so.It's not trivial to get here: head south from Moose on Moose-Wilson Road, and after 3 miles, turn right. After another mile or so, it turns into a two-track road (you can't make it on the Moose-Wilson Road with an RV or motorhome). You'll pass a number of private cabins as you head for the ominous-sounding Death Cany...Read More

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Grand Teton National Park
Po Drawer 170
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300

Snake River Float Trip

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Attraction | "Triangle X Snake River Float Trip"

Snake River Float Trip Photo, Cody, Wyoming
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This workin' dude ranch is still owned and operated by the Turner family, whose ancestors fell in love with the area 80 years and four generations ago. It's the last dude ranch in a national park, and running float trips is evidently one of the many things they do well.If you're looking for whitewater adrenaline, this trip down the Snake won't give it to you. There are a few small rapids here and there, but the focus of this excursion is on the scenery and the wildlife.We took the evening supper float, which ran about $200 for our family of five. We met at the ranch, where we were ferried down to the dining pavilion at the river's edge. Our guides had dinner well underway, whic...Read More

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Snake River Float Trip
Grand Tetons National Park
Cody, Wyoming

Chapel of the Transfiguration

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Attraction

Chapel of the Transfiguration Photo, Moose, Wyoming
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This little log cabin of a church fits perfectly here in the park. About a half mile to the west of the main park road, its altar faces the Tetons--and has a picture window over it, so the congregation looks out at the beautiful mountains beyond. It's one of many places in this valley from which to view these amazingly scenic peaks.The Chapel was built in 1925 and is still home to an Episcopal congregation. Two stained glass windows inside the small narthex commemorate the seasons in the mountains. The rustic interior, filled with log-crafted seats, holds maybe 80. The highlight is the wonderful view over the altar, but the whole site is picturesque and perfectly made for photo opportuniti...Read More

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Chapel of the Transfiguration
Grand Teton National Park
Moose, Wyoming

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Attraction | "Jenny Lake and Hidden Falls"

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Jenny Lake may be the world's most beautiful body of water. When we came upon it at the scenic turnout one morning, it was difficult to move on. The setting is spectacular: it's completely surrounded by the Tetons on its western and northern side. We ended up having our family portrait taken there by some new friends, and we all love that picture.Jenny Lake is also the site of one of the park's main attractions: the pleasant hike to Hidden Falls. It's popular enough that unless you schedule it first thing in the morning, you'll find the trail pretty busy. When you get there, you'll know why: it's a modest climb along a series of cascades, leading to a beautiful 200-foot drop of pure whitew...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Grand Teton National Park
Po Drawer 170
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300

Signal Mountain

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Attraction | "Signal Mountain Road"

Signal Mountain Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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It's hardly the most beautiful peak in the park, but then again, you can drive up it. We were looking for a nice early evening activity after checking in at nearby Signal Mountain Lodge on our last night in Teton, before heading back through Yellowstone and onto Montana.We headed south from the Lodge for about a mile and a half to the start of Signal Mountain Road. The two paved lanes gently climb 800 feet over 5 miles, with multiple but easy switchbacks (even so, trailers and RVs aren't allowed). It was a really pleasant trip under the forest canop...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Signal Mountain
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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