Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Grand Teton National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
24 days ago

Simply amazing views

Beautiful

road biking
2 months ago

In April, the park plows and closes off sections of the park roads for non-motorized use. Many of the side roads to Jenny Lake and other view points, campgrounds and turnouts are also plowed. The weather couldn't have been better this year. And, April 21 was park free fare day, so locals said it was the most crowds they had ever seen. The main park road is relatively flat, but the side roads can have more elevation. Keep in mind that all the buildings including restrooms tend to be closed. We did see one portapotty at the first Jenny Lake pulloff (that was probably there only as they were doing construction there).

We drove down Gros Ventre road to the slide today.. never expecting to see the beautiful scenery we did all the way there and past it. we drove as far as we could past Atherton campground and up to a horse ranch. The aspens were spectacular and the river corridor amazing. Also the rich red mountain.. unbelievable. few people and stopped in Kelly afterwards for a sandwich. best day ever. highly recommend it!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Mountain biking on bike trail, great fun for beginners.

scenic driving
Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've done this drive a couple times and it is everything you would expect it to be. Views out over the lakes, the mountains, doesn't get much better than this. I arrived early one morning on one trip, and the water on the lakes was like glass. Great reflection shots. Highly recommended scenic drive!!

Great drive through the middle of the the valley east of the Tetons on the North-South Hwy, takes you by Ansel Adams famous shot at the Snake River Overlook. See bison, pronghorns, elk, moose, deer, coyotes and if lucky a bear. This is wide open country on the road between GTNP and YNP. Arrive at Jackson Lake, where you can overnight in style. Enjoy the ride.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

We drove west on Hwy 22 from Jackson, took a right turn onto Hwy 390 (Moose-Wilson Road) toward Teton Village and Grand Teton NP. The Teton Range loomed along the whole left side of the road. Big granite peaks topped with snow like ice cream and aproned by blue-green prairie shrubs and trees. We passed by Teton Village and could see the how the tram snaked its way up the mountain. We drove on to the GTNP entrance and went a couple of miles on pavement and onto a gravel road. We stopped at the entrance to Granite Canyon to check out the trail but were attacked by biting flies. So we drove on, saw a big mule deer in the brush and came back to the paved road and back to the main inner loop road. The visitor’s center was to the right, but 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. We opted to go on and our first stop was a spectacular view of the Tetons at the Windy Point turnout. We then drove on to the Jenny Lake Visitor’s Center and walked down to the boat dock, purchased our tickets to take the boat across Jenny Lake. We really enjoyed Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon - will plan to go all the way to the end of Cascade next time. The next day we visited The Chapel of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal chapel, which frames 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”). This particular stretch of road on up to Jenny Lake is right next to the big five and is great for walking, biking and a scenic drive. Highly recommend it.

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We went here while it was still very cold. We did not get to see any large wild life, but we did see some moose tracks and a bald eagle.

Did this several years ago and it is a beautiful drive. For me, I'd include about another 30 miles or so south as well.

scenic driving
Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful drive, lots of hiking and sightseeing along the way. Watch out for buffalo and elk.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Like this drive because it's closer to the Tetons and several lakes

scenic driving
Sunday, July 24, 2016

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!

scenic driving
Monday, December 07, 2015

Great views from the road

Sunday, September 27, 2015

9/26/2015. Beautiful trail! Fairly easy, but not a smooth path. We went from South Jenny Lake trailhead to Hidden Falls-2.5mi to the falls. Could hear elk, but didn't see any animals. Other hikers saw a moose. It was a perfect weekend day so there were a lot of other hikers out. We forgot bear spray, but was OK with the big crowd. We also saw several park rangers on the trail. there was boat ferry this weekend still if you can't hike well.

Beautiful drive. Expect nothing but beautiful scenery and wildlife.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

I like staying closer to the mountains even though its a slower road

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nice drive to Slide Lake

scenic driving
Monday, September 16, 2013

Probably the most photographed mountain peaks in the US. You just want to stop and take another photo. We drove this from north to south, and then did it again from south to north. Great drive!

scenic driving
Thursday, August 23, 2012

This was a beautiful drive. Definitely have to stop at Oxbow Bend for that classic reflective view of the mountains! So much to see and do. We will go back!!!

You can drive right down to "Slide Lake", where there's a boat launch and some picnic tables. Go from June-October, depending on the snow levels.
The drive starts the climb from the sleepy town of Kelly, with some amazing views of the Tetons. As you snake your way up the road, you follow the meander of the GrosVentre River. Fly-fishing is great up here as it's a litt further out and you can find holes to yourself...something thats hard to do around these parts.
Take the fam if they don't want to spend the day on their feet. And for those more adventurous, keep an eye out for the over-hanging rock at a big switchback...the locals use this as a diving board into a pool beneath!

What can you dislike about a road that starts your day in the Grand Tetons and ends in Yellowstone? It was even peaceful on the way north since we traveled out of season and early in the morning. The return was after schools let out, and later in the morning, so it was busy. The mountains, the forests, streams and lakes. Lots of bison. This was our first exposure to the area north of Jackson, and it was amazing! I regret that we won't be returning in December when we visit further north in Yellowstone.

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