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Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

Snapping this photo felt very gratifying to me.  Why?  I think it’s because it captured the essence of Grand Teton National Park perfectly, without the need for words.  So maybe I should just not say anything about it and end my struggle to find the right words.   The stunningly beautiful Grand Teton Mountain Range is the centerpiece of the park, but that’s not the only reason to visit–you must see the wildlife, and it’s the combination of the mighty beast against the backdrop of the rugged peaks that makes you pause and ponder the wonder of God’s creation.

We spent just two days in Grand Teton National Park, but it is certainly worthy of a longer stay.   Our short visit consisted mostly of a search for wildlife and some hiking.  We were not disappointed.  It was at Grand Teton that I was treated to my first moose sighting.

It is very helpful to talk to park rangers and find out the likely spots and times to see wildlife.  Sometimes you don’t even need to leave your car.

My kids enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger program when we visit national parks.  Even the parents learn things from the kids completing the activities in the program booklet.   We learned that much of the flats of the park are blanketed in sagebrush.  We got out for a closer look.  Its silvery-green foliage doesn’t look like much, but it smells wonderful.

Grand Teton also has beautiful lakes.

And there are glaciers up on those mountains.

I don’t intend to devote much time or space talking about lodging.  In most cases, I feel a hotel is just a place to sleep in between seeing the interesting stuff, not a destination in itself.  But, in this case, I feel our lodgings are worth a mention.  On the recommendation of a friend, we reserved a tent cabin at Colter Bay Village, inside the park.  With two log walls and two canvas walls, these are a hybrid between a cabin and a tent.  Outside there’s a porch with a picnic table and a bear-proof storage cabinet.  Inside are four pull-down bunks.  You can also rent additional cots for larger families.  We rented sleeping bags since we weren’t camping for any other part of our vacation.

The advantages of the tent cabins are that they are less expensive than regular cabins, they are fun, and that some of them have a great view.  Check out the view from ours:

 

Grand Teton National Park is just 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.  If you plan a trip to Yellowstone, make sure you allot some time to explore the beauty of Grand Teton.

8 comments to Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

  • It does look beautiful there! It’s not every day that you see bison roaming on the plains. I had never heard of a tent cabin. What a unique experience!

  • I found Grand Teton WAAAAY better than Yellowstone with regards to wildlife viewing. Plus, there was just this essence of being in the west that was present in every corner of the park. We, too, had a bison encounter – and quickly hopped back into our van! Those guys are huge!

  • Jen

    We drove through Grand Teton on our way to Yellowstone but didn’t spend much time exploring. After our trip, I was reading a little bit more about the park and I was so disappointed that we missed out on so much. We hope to return someday and spend more time there.

  • Beautiful pics. It looks a fantastic park to explore with kids. Love the idea of the Junior Rangers programme. We were so impressed by the National Parks and their educational offer for families and kids when we were in the USA. Cabin camping looks fun too. All the fun of camping without having to carry the tent.

  • We loved Grand Teton! Unfortunately, we only spent a few hours there. There was an area where the bison were a lot closer for viewing than Yellowstone. How lucky for you to spot a moose. Beautiful pictures of an amazing park!

  • Love that photo at the top of the post. Wow! Gorgeous. The tent cabins sound like a great idea–never heard of those before!

  • We spent two weeks in Jackson Hole this summer and a lot of that was spent in the Tetons, love them so much. Saw amazing wildlife and it is just so beautiful out there! Great photos!