Grand Teton National Park Road Trip is a 40.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moran, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A comprehensive guide to the viewpoints and main attractions along the Grand Teton National Park Road. This route will take you from nearly Moose Junction to the south all the way to the northern entrance of the national park. This route is specifically for the Park Road that will bring you closer to the peaks and lakes than Highway 89. I've tried to make a waypoint for every roadside viewpoint, campground, and interesting spot along the road. Enjoy the drive!
Beautiful drive, lots of hiking and sightseeing along the way. Watch out for buffalo and elk.
Like this drive because it's closer to the Tetons and several lakes
Near the end of June, 2003, we adventured through GTNP for two days and stayed in the Jackson Lake area at Signal Mountain. We drove west on Hwy 22 from Jackson, WY and took a right onto Hwy 390 (Moose-Wilson Road) toward Teton Village and Grand Teton NP. We went left through the Teton entrance gate. The Chapel of the Transfiguration and Menor’s Ferry were to the right just past the gate entrance. Our first stop was a spectacular view of the Tetons at Windy Point turnout. We then drove on to the Jenny Lake Visitor’s Center and walked down to the boat dock, purchased tickets and took the boat to the Hidden Falls/Inspiration Point/Cascade Canyon starting point. The boat ride was pleasant, the NP guides extremely friendly. From the dock we hiked about a mile to Hidden Falls, which was roaring with spring melt, pushing a cool spray over us. After pictures at the split rail fence, we went up easy switchbacks to Inspiration Point overlooking Jenny Lake. Taking the trail toward the canyon took us right into the Cascade Canyon trail, which has all kinds of trees, shrubs and grasses, and opened up between stands of trees into a wide bowl with rocky mountain slopes on both sides, a river running through it. We turned around at a point adjacent to a ribbon waterfall coming off Mt. Owen. Arriving back at the dock, there was quite a crowd (if you go past Inspiration Point onto the Canyon Trail, the crowds disappear) and we had to wait on the second boat, which was only 2 minutes after the first. On the way back to Signal Mountain we took a left at North Jenny Lake Junction to take the one-way North Jenny Lake Loop road. We saw four elk in the clearing across from the Cathedral turnout, pulled off at String Lake, and then drove on to Cascade Canyon Overlook. Next, we took the Signal Mountain paved road to the top parking lot and walked up to the summit where we saw a grizzly through a scope as well as a baby elk and a small herd off in the valley (most wildlife "spotters" are very willing to share the views). From there we went to Signal Mountain Lodge. Our boys then proceeded to the dock and skipped stones on Jackson Lake. Signal Mountain Lodge restaurant provided good service and good food at a reasonable price, with a great view out the window. We watched the sun set over Mt. Moran and Jackson Lake. What a perfect day….
The next day we took the tram up Mt. Rendezvous and then explored the shops around Teton Village and the Chapel of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal chapel framing the main Tetons through the clear pane glass just behind the cross inside. The main Tetons are Grand Teton, Middle Teton (black granite), and South Teton, Mt. Owen (next to Cascade Canyon) and Mt. Moran (with a vertical black granite “spike”). We next journeyed out toward Gros Venture by way of Hwy 22 and turned left just before Jackson, going by the huge elk refuge (where were the elk?) and the National Museum of Wildlife Art (very interesting stonework architecture). Gros Venture is a very small town with a very small post office. We saw our first moose in the park munching on grass in the Gros Venture River. We also saw a Pronghorn galloping in the sagebrush. The Mormon Row barns and a herd of buffalo (up close and personal) greeted us at the famous barn with the Tetons in the background. We next drove up the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway Hwy 89 to Ansel Adam’s famous Snake Overlook around midday, ate peanut butter sandwiches (a normal fare for us on big trips) and then on to the raft launch where we witnessed folks starting their journey down the Snake River. Then we drove up 26/287 to DuBois, to see if we could catch a glimpse of Gannet Peak, the highest in Wyoming. We got to the top of Togwateet pass and spied the Wind River Mt. Range, with red rock formations, and the continental divide at Union Pass, by traveling along the Centennial Byway. We turned around, as there were other things to do, like checking out the hi-rent Jackson Lake Lodge which really isn’t on the lake, as the valley fills in around the lodge. We then took a quick hike to Leigh Lake from String Lake and headed on up to Colter Village and Leeks Marina for dinner, which was delicious and reasonable in a family-style setting at the Chuckwagon Steak and Pasta House. Finally drove back to Signal Mountain Lodge, spotted our second moose of the day as well as a deer just near the room. We settled down and enjoyed the sunset and cloud formations as rain was on its way…. Combine GTNP with Yellowstone for your next trip – priceless!