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Monday, March 13, 2023

Things To Do In And Around Grand Teton National Park, WY

Check out this post before your trip to Grand Teton National Park, WY for things to do in this area.

If you are taking a road trip to Grand Teton, this post Healthier Food And Snack Choices For Our Road Trips will give you some great ideas for what to pack in your cooler.


(1) Sometimes on a road trip, and what makes road trips so fun, you unexpectedly find things that make you stop the car and pull over. While on our way to Grand Teton we made a totally unplanned stop at Bighorn National Forest. We didn't realize, when we were planning our trip, that we would be driving through this forest until we were in it. We were so happy that we stopped. The things we saw here took our breath away. Things like this waterfall.


And this marmot posing for us on his rock.


And views like these.



(2) After spending a good hour in the forest, we were on the road again to our next campground Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch. The campground had a lodge with a restaurant and bar and a sitting area that worked out great for the guys to relax in while me and Sandie shopped in the gift shop.


The campground also had a a couple of trails. After dinner we took our coffee down to the trail that led to Snake River. It was a nice, easy and relaxing trail. (Read more about Headwaters Campground here.)



(3) The schedule that worked for us for this part of our cross country trip was to spend 2 days near Grand Teton then 2 days near Yellowstone Park, which is only a couple of hours away. Because we only had a small amount of time at this stop, we got up very early, and headed to Grand Teton National Park. We were only a short 26 minute drive from the Colter Bay Visitors Center where we got all the information we needed to start exploring Grand Teton National Park.


After looking through the Grand Teton Guide to the Park, we found a trail to hike. The entrance of the Lakeshore Trail was just outside the visitor's center.


It was an easy trail that followed Colter Bay shoreline. 


Soko is a good sport about carrying my backpack for me when I get tired of carrying it!


The view of the Jackson Lake with it's brilliant blue color and the jagged mountain peaks of the Teton Range in the background made for a breathtaking view.


After the hike and a picnic lunch, we headed over to a nearby trail for another hike but half of the trail was closed because of nesting and the other half of the trail was closed because it was undergoing some kind of renovation. We were a little disappointed that we were only able to do one hike but we knew there was a trail back at our campground that we thought we might do if we had time and now we had the time. 

The Flagg Canyon Trail was further away from our campsite than we thought. We must have walked at least a mile before we even got to the entrance. We wound up going halfway around the trail and then backtracked back. We met an Australian couple on the trail who said they were going to do the entire trail. 


After we had dinner we went to the lodge to buy a couple of souvenirs in the gift shop before they closed. As we were leaving the lodge we passed the Australian couple just getting back, about 2 hours after us, from the Flagg Canyon Trail. We were so glad we decided not to hike the second half of the trail.

 After shopping it was time to get back to the campsite to start the packing up process. We were heading to Yellowstone National Park the next day. This park has been on all of our bucket lists for so long and we were very excited to finally get there.

Read about our stop at Badlands National Park.


Have you been to Grand Teton National Park? What "things to do" did you find? Please tell us in comments. We would love to hear all about it! 





21 comments:

  1. So many good memories from Teton, visited there in the early 90's. We had an awesome time. Thank you for sharing at SSPS #252. Shared on SM

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  2. You have some very exceptional photos. I'd love to just sit and take in that view for a few hours, clear my mind, and absorb the beauty. Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday.

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    1. That's exactly how it felt being there. Nothing to think about besides for the beauty in front of us! Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  3. Such a gorgeous part of the world!

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

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  4. Oh that side trip was totally worth it with beautiful waterfalls like that! My husband often carries my pack when we're hiking and I get tired too-- I carry a really small bag anyway. It sounds like you had a great time.

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    1. We are lucky to have such caring husbands! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. What beautiful views! I can't wait to get my kids up there to see that part of the country.

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    1. Hope you get a chance to go soon. I think you kids will love it!

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  6. I’ve been to the grand Teton once when I was younger. I love it and the views were always amazing.

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  7. What a beautiful place! I visited Grand Tetons national park many years ago and would love to go there again. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 56.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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  8. I've never been there but I certainly enjoyed your photos! Such beauty in nature. I liked your healthier eating ideas for road trips too.

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    1. Glad you liked both of our posts. I always like what I see on your blog also!

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  9. Stunning photos. looks like an amazing place to visit
    Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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  10. I enjoyed the beautiful photos.
    I'd love to visit the grand Teton someday.

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  11. Oh my goodness these photos are amazing. Just stunning. I enjoyed taking this virtual trip with you guys. And I so appreciate you sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear Friends.

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    1. Thank you for taking a virtual trip with us! I hope you get a chance to see the park in person one day.

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