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Grand Teton National Park - What to Expect

Updated on January 19, 2015

Sublime Sightseeing Scenery in the Grand Teton Range of Wyoming

Of all the places I have personally visited, Grand Teton National Park was the most dramatic and beautiful place -- next to Yellowstone, which is only a few miles away in Wyoming. Weather can change in an instant, from hot to cold in a matter of minutes, as the sky go from dark, ominous downpours to colorful panoramic sunsets in the next moment. The wildlife is inescapable all around, with bison herds roaming the park, large elk mobs grazing the open fields, moose and river otters wading in rivers, and black bears hunting for food in the deep forest. The sightseeing is virtually unmatched all across North America, with stunning mountain views and scenery.

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning parts of the United States. Visually, it's splendor is hard to match anywhere in the west. From the city of Jackson, you can catch an excellent view of the Teton range. One of the iconic views of this mountain range can be seen on the pasture at the foot of the mountains.

This park really made an impression on me in 2005, our honeymoon trip. After driving through Yellowstone, Grand Teton was not a destination we had even anticipated seeing, but we were driving through on our way to Jackson, aka Jackson Hole. There was a storm passing through, which made the scenery especially dramatic. As we passed through to lower elevations, the steam and fog were rising across the pastures at the foothills. The sun was breaking through, just enough to light up the pasture and surrounding rain clouds. As we got closer to Jackson, there was a herd of deer grazing. It made for an incredible photo opportunity, yet we were very anxious to get to our hotel after a long day in Yellowstone.

Photo by nileguide.

Hot Air Balloon - Giddyup! A hot air balloon passes in front of the Tetons on this sunny day

Grand Teton is...

  • Only miles from Yellowstone, so take the time to include it on your trip to Wyoming
  • A beautiful drive that will guarantee abundant wildlife viewing
  • Far from most hotels, so make a day trip of this place if staying near Yellowstone

Panorama of Grand Teton National Park - A beautiful landscape scene of the Tetons in the distance with a pond scene in the foreground

This is one of the most scenic spots in the entire USA, so bring a good camera. The best time to visit is late spring through early fall to avoid snow.

Grand Teton Mountain Crest - A warm, orange glow on the tallest of the Grand Teton peaks

Tranquility in Jackson Hole - The winding Snake River of Jackson Hole is something you'll never forget!

While the mountains are difficult to navigate (if you can get there at all) in the winter months, the base of the mountain and the town of Jackson is accessible, allowing this beautiful shot.

Dramatic Sunlight over the Teton Range - Sublime photo of a purple sunstreaked sky

Wooden Fence Across Plain with Teton Range Behind

The scenery here is never anything but dramatic. Calm, blue skied days are open, ever-changing, and teeming with wildlife below. The weather here is unpredictable, as you can see in this photo, the unsure skies are providing an interesting sunset over the mountains.

Moulton Barn Grand Tetons Photo Print - The beautiful mountain range provides a marvelous backdrop for this famous barn in Jackson Hole

Old Barn on Mormon Row Surrounded by Fields, Grand Teton National Park, USA

This is one of the most photographed areas of Wyoming, and is very accessible to tourists. If you're headed to Jackson from the Grand Teton National Park, you can't miss the Moulton Barn which sits on the large pasture beneath the mountains. This photo displays perfectly the surreal environment which can be found here.

Misty Winter Snake River Photo - The beauty of Snake River in the chilly winter months

The nearby geothermal activity and the Snake River influence the scenery of this region dramatically, as you can see in this print.

Moon over the Grand Tetons - The moon says hello near dusk

You'll be hard pressed to find a clearer sky than you'll find in the Yellowstone region. Unlike the east and west coasts, the state of Wyoming has incredibly clear skies that exhibit spectacular views of the nighttime starry skies.

© 2009 Kiwisoutback

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      dmboyce 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens. I visited here way back in 1984. It has been my dream to come back one day - the most beautiful place on earth

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      What awesome, majestic images in this article! Great job!! Congratulations on being featured in the 50 States monsterboard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We've been to the Tetons and Jackson Hole many times. I love the rugged beauty of the area. Something magical about it.

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      mywyomingadventure 5 years ago

      I agree with you. The Teton's are so majestic! You just can't take a bad picture, but pictures really don't do it justice, either

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      macmaki 5 years ago

      I love the Tetons. My sister is a Park Ranger there and I go there every summer and most winters as well. Truly a spectacular lens on a spectacular park. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We were in a bad accident near Jackson Hole, but I will always remember how beautiful it is. It's like paradise. Beautiful mountains and streams and the wildlife are something I'll never forget. I would recommend everyone visiting at least once in their lifetime.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. I was at Grand Teton National Park just two months ago. It is really beautiful and they have some wonderful hiking too. The lakes are especially lovely.

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      slotowngal 8 years ago

      Gorgeous lens. We made one trip through Grand Tetons National Park and were awestruck with the beauty of the area. I had no idea it was even there. Things we miss when we don't travel! SO glad I had a chance to see it in person...

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for joining us on A Walk in the Woods and don't forget to add your lens to the appropriate plexo.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Your lenses are like beautiful scrapbooks. I always enjoy visiting them again and again. Thanks for adding another beauty to All Things Travel.