There’s no missing the centerpiece of Grand Teton’s natural wonders: The stunning, craggy peaks lining the western skyline of the park dominate pretty much every view. But tear your eyes away from them and you’ll find gorgeous lakes, wildflower-lined trails, and a mighty river, too. 

The Peaks

Each of the park’s signature peaks has its own personality. The Cathedral Group encompasses a series of the tallest peaks in the Teton Range, all clustered between Death Canyon to the south and Cascade Canyon to the north. The big daddy is 13,770-foot Grand Teton, one of the mountaineering world’s prized summits, but Mount Owen (12,928 ft.) and Teewinot (12,325 ft.) are equally impressive. Nearby peaks like Middle Teton (12,804 ft.), South Teton (12,514 ft.), and Mount Moran (12,605 ft.) make for spectacular bookends. The Teton Range was uplifted along the Teton fault starting 10 million years ago, and the magic of wind, water, and ice has been carving the peaks into their jagged shapes ever since. The Teton peaks tower about 7,000 feet higher than the surrounding valley, making them some of North America’s most dramatic mountain vistas.

Jackson Lake 

Grand Teton’s largest lake is a natural one, even if it was raised 39 feet by the addition of a dam. Its expansive shoreline holds several visitor facilities, marinas, boat launches, hiking trails, and campgrounds (including Lizard Creek, Colter Bay, and Signal Mountain Campgrounds). Colter Bay Village forms the northernmost visitor hub, complete with a visitor center, swimming beach, restaurants, lodging, and a general store. A bit farther south, the swanky Jackson Lake Lodge sits alongside primo moose habitat, and the Willow Flats Overlook grants views across a marshland and over to Mount Moran. Chapel of the Sacred Heart, a beautiful old Catholic church, is just beyond that. The Signal Mountain area is the southernmost development on Jackson Lake and includes Signal Mountain Lodge and the winding Signal Mountain Road leading to a summit with amazing Teton Range views.

Jenny Lake 

Much smaller than Jackson Lake but charming in its own right, glacially carved Jenny Lake is a favorite place to soak in the views or set out on a trail. The south end of the lake, where you’ll find popular Jenny Lake Campground, the visitor center, and trailheads to Jenny Lake Overlook and Hidden Falls/Inspiration Point, tends to get crowded in the summer. You can swim or boat here, or hop on the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle to the Cascade Canyon Trail. Don’t miss the one-way scenic drive from North Jenny Lake Junction, which passes several excellent vistas and passes the luxe Jenny Lake Lodge


The first developed area you’ll hit if you’re coming in from Jackson, the Moose District features a snazzy visitor center and dining, lodging, and shopping options in the tiny Dornan’s complex. Menors Ferry Historic District preserves a late 19th-century homestead and general store, and the peaceful, 1925-era Chapel of the Transfiguration is a lovely spot for contemplation. Excellent hiking trails lead to Taggart Lake, Bradley Lake, and Death Canyon, and you can pitch a tent at Gros Ventre Campground

Snake River

The mighty Snake flows out of Jackson Lake and south through the park, providing fantastic opportunities for floating, rafting, fishing, and scoping for wildlife. One of the prettiest river views awaits at Oxbow Bend, a riverbend pullout with expansive views of Mount Moran and frequent moose and trumpeter swan sightings; reach it on U.S. 89/191 just east of Jackson Lake Junction. 

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