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Grand Teton National Park Activities

It may seem obvious, but Grand Teton National Park is an outdoor lover's paradise. Summertime activities include multiple opportunities for either walks or more strenuous hikes and backpacking ventures, each with inspiring views; wildlife and nature photography; camping; biking; canoeing; boating; fishing; and climbing. The fun continues in the winter if you enjoy snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

But even those who live a less active lifestyle can also enjoy a visit to the Tetons, whether it be watching for wildlife, or absorbing local history in such places as the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum, the Cunningham Cabin Historic Site, or the Menors Ferry Historic District.

Visitors of all stripes and ages can enjoy the Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, or the Jenny Lake ferry.

Those wishing to hoof it around the lakes can choose from the following trailheads: Leigh Lake, String Lake, and Lupine Meadows; Taggart Lake; Death Canyon; Hermitage Point, Grand View Point, Two Ocean Lake; and Flagg Ranch Lodge.

Additional hiking and backpacking options include those starting from Colter Bay, the Aerial Tram from Teton Village, Granite Canyon, Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, and Signal Mountain.

Wildlife viewing and photography can be definite highlights of a Teton visit. Try the following sites for chances to see wildlife: Oxbow Bend, Timbered Island, Mormon Row, the Snake River, Cascade Canyon, and Blacktail Pond. Possible sightings can include elk, moose, mule deer, bison, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, pikas, marmots, beavers, and muskrats. Bears and wolves are also a part of the habitat in this national park. Birds include ospreys, bald eagles, kestrels, sage grouse, ducks, and great blue herons.

With more than 100 miles of paved roads available, the Grand Teton National Park--and its fabulous views--is popular with bicyclists. Road biking options include the multi-use pathway from Jackson to Moose Junction, and from there to South Jenny Lake; the one-way scenic loop around Jenny Lake; and the Antelope Flats-Kelly area. Mountain bikers can enjoy the routes of Two Ocean Lake Road and Grassy Lake Road.

And for those who wish to explore the wonders of Grand Teton National Park from the vantage point of a water craft, floating the Snake River is an option. Jenny, String and Leigh lakes are ideal for canoes.