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So you want to go to Grand Teton National Park this fall!

Is September a good time to go to Grand Teton National Park?!

Well, of course weather varies each year, but I was in Grand Teton National Park in September last year and it was definitely a memorable trip!

Grand Teton National Park is known for its iconic mountain range.

That is the Teton Range.

It is one of 2 official national parks in Wyoming.

It is the Wyoming national park you go to in order to see amazing mountain views!

 

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As you are driving through Grand Teton National Park, you can’t miss it! It’s THERE!

With one day in Grand Teton National Park, you can easily see the highlights.

You can drive through Grand Teton National Park, and you’ll also have time for some short hikes with VIEWS of the Tetons!

Grand Teton National Park is also known for hiking.

So if you want to make time for it, you can find a short hike with mountain views.

And you can also find longer day hikes with mountains views too.

But, it is possible to see amazing views of the Tetons without stepping foot on a hiking trail!

If you aren’t looking to go hiking at all, it’s possible that you may even think you had a perfect time in Grand Teton National Park with just 1-2 hours!

It can be worth driving through Grand Teton National Park even if you have just one hour!

 

 

Top 3 things you should not miss in Grand Teton National Park

 

1. Driving Teton Park Road

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2. Driving Jenny Lake Scenic Drive to Jenny Lake Overlook

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3. Mormon Row barns

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Grand Teton in September or October

First, you will have to prepare for cooler temperatures, but September can be a GREAT time to go to Grand Teton National Park… I think!

Yes, you can drive through Grand Teton National Park in September.

Yes, Grand Teton National Park in September is worth it!

September is a good time to visit Grand Teton National Park!

I was in Grand Teton National Park in late September. The next day was October.

So similarly, early October at least seems like a good time to go to Grand Teton National Park too!

 

More below about making a quick trip to Grand Teton National Park!

 

 

 

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3 quick things to do in Grand Teton National Park to see the Tetons!

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1. Driving through Grand Teton National Park on Teton Park Road

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After you have officially entered Grand Teton National Park, you will soon start to drive with views of the Teton mountain range, if you didn’t already see it while you were driving towards Grand Teton National Park!

 

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👆 Driving through Bridger-Teton National Forest towards Grand Teton National Park! Do you see the silhouette of the Tetons?!

 

The main road through Grand Teton National Park is the 42-mile Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive. The Teton Park Road is basically one half of the Grand Teton scenic loop drive.

Once you have entered Grand Teton National Park, at some point, you will basically end up on the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive.

This scenic loop drive basically has 2 sides:

  • There’s the western side that’s the “inner” side is the closest to the Tetons. This is Teton Park Road.
  • There’s the eastern side that’s the “outer” side that’s further away from the Tetons but will still give you amazing views. This is US-26/89/191.

There are a few entry spots for Grand Teton National Park. Which one you enter from really is just about where you are coming from.

If you are driving to Teton Park Road from the south and from Jackson Hole, then you’ll likely entry through the Moose entry station in Moose WY. (map)

If you are driving from the east to Grand Teton National Park, then you’ll likely enter through the Moran entry station in Moran WY. (map) This would also be a drive through Shoshone National Forest and Bridger-Teton National Forest to get to Grand Teton National Park. This can be the driving route if you are driving from Devils Tower to Grand Teton or Mount Rushmore to Grand Teton for example.

If you are short on time, you may be quite happy to do this drive through Grand Teton National Park on Teton Park Road only from Moose WY to Moran WY with a few short stops for overlooks.

This is basically driving from the Grand Teton National Park Moose entry station to near the Moran entry station, when you are driving from south to north. (map) And then you can continue driving north from Grand Teton to Yellowstone. (Opposite if you are driving Yellowstone to Grand Teton!)

Driving this portion of the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive, Moose to Moran on Teton Park Road, without any stops will be around a 40 minute drive.

 

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👆 Driving Teton Park Road from Mount Moran Turnout to Jenny Lake Road.

 

You will see many great views of the Tetons as you are driving along Teton Park Road.

There are also a number of small parking areas that you’ll find along the side of the road as you’re driving through Grand Teton National Park that you can stop off at for a little walk around!

 

 

2. Jenny Lake Scenic Drive to Jenny Lake Overlook

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One of the turn-offs onto a side road along Teton Park Road to know about is the road to Jenny Lake Scenic Drive.

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive is the road you take to get to a famous Jenny Lake overlook that doesn’t require any hiking. (You can also hike around Jenny Lake. You can also take a boat across Jenny Lake.)

One again, it will get amazing views on the Tetons on your way to Jenny Lake overlook!

 

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👆 Driving the road to Jenny Lake Scenic Drive in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

3. Popular photo spots in Grand Teton National Park

Aside from Teton Park Road, you will also want to know about the most popular photo spots on the other side (eastern/outer side) of the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive so you can decide if you want to take the time to drive that side too. Driving that side is around a 45 minute drive one way with no stops.

You may be interested in one or more of the popular photos spots.

 

Here are among the most popular photo spots in Grand Teton National Park:

 

The Mormon Row Historic District is one the National Register of Historic Places.

There are a number of homesteads to walk around when you go to Mormon Row.

 

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👆 The John Moulton Homestead is one of the homesteads of Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park.

 

A Mormon Row barn is said to be the most photographed barn in America.

Oxbow Bend and Schwabacher Landing will give you views of the Snake River with the Teton mountains in the background. These are also popular sunrise spots in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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👆 The Mormon Row Historic District is a popular photo spot in Grand Teton National Park. There are a few homesteads to walk around, and a few barns at Mormon Row. This is the T.A. Moulton barn.

 

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👆 Oxbow Bend is a popular photo spot in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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👆 Schwabacher Landing is a popular photo spot in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

 

Should you drive the entire Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive?

Well… it depends… 😜

If you’re making it a one way drive, from Grand Teton or Yellowstone, or Yellowstone to Grand Teton, then doing the whole loop will require a backtrack at some point.

So it will be about how much time you want to spend and whether you will like what you see by only driving one side.

That said, I do think it’s possible to have a perfect drive through Grand Teton National Park by just driving one side.

But, THAT said, there may be some photo spots that you really want to see on both sides.

So… personal preference!

 

 

Have a look at pictures to see if you want to make the time to drive the whole loop: What to see along the 42-mile Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive

 

And those are some mostly quick things to do in Grand Teton National Park when you want to be in and out while still feeling like you’ve really seen the Tetons!

 

Plus…

Hiking in Grand Teton National Park

Hiking for amazing mountain views is also a thing in Grand Teton National Park.

There are many hikes that can be conveniently accessed just a short drive off of Teton Park Road.

A popular short hike that’s located off of Teton Park Road is the hike to Taggart Lake. You might give yourself around 2 hours to complete this hike.

 

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👆 Hiking to Taggart Lake is a popular hike in Grand Teton National Park.

 

The road to Lupine Meadows trailhead is located off of Teton Park Road.

 

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👆 Driving to Lupine Meadows trailhead for popular hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

The Lupine Meadows road will lead to the starting point of popular hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

This would be if you are willing to spend a few hours hiking.

From the Lupine Meadows trailhead, you can hike to mountain lakes like Surprise Lake, Amphitheater Lake, and the hidden Delta Lake. Depending which lake(s) you are hiking to, this can be an 8-10+ mile round trip hike.

You can make it a perfect one day in Grand Teton National Park by driving Teton Park Road, and then spend the rest of your day doing a Grand Teton hike… or 2!

 

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👆 Hiking to Surprise Lake is a popular hike in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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👆 Hiking to Amphitheater Lake is a popular hike in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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👆 Hiking the Delta Lake Trail is a popular hike in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

Cost to visit Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park requires a national park entry fee.

In 2021, the cost of a Grand Teton National Park 7-day pass is $35 per car. There is no one-day pass. See current fees.

Generally speaking, If you will be visiting 3 national parks within a year, then it will be worth it to get the annual national park pass.

So if Grand Teton National Park is a part of a greater national park road trip, and you will also be visiting Yellowstone National Park and Devils Tower National Monument, then the annual pass will be worth it!

As long as the Grand Teton National Park entry booth is staffed, you can buy the park pass when you arrive.

 

And that’s a little bit about some easy things to do in Grand Teton National Park!

 

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