1. Hike In Grand Tetons National Park
If you’re looking for the best day hikes in Grand Teton national park, there are plenty to pick from with 242 miles of trails. Some of the short hikes are Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, String Lake, Leigh Lake, and Swan and Heron Pond. If you looking for a full-day hike that is more challenging, pick from Cascade Canyon, Death Canyon, or Paintbrush Canyon and experience towering granite peaks and beautiful remote lakes! More detailed hiking information and Grand Teton trail map PDFs can be found on the National Park Service website. See some of the best hikes we’ve done as a family on this full Grand Tetons travel guide blog post.
2. Picnic And Swim At String Lake Or Colter Bay Swim Beach
We were able to swim at Colter Bay two days of our trip, the waters are incredibly clear. And though the water can be quite colder than our Texas bodies are used to, once we started swimming & playing the water was so refreshing and one of the best places we’ve ever swum. So don’t forget your swimsuit!
3. Horseback Rides In Grand Tetons
Spend a morning or afternoon in Grand Teton horseback riding and experience the views the same way the early explorers did. Jackson Lake Lodge horseback riding also offers one and two-hour scenic rides where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Tetons, Oxbow Bend, and the Snake River. Colter Bay Village along the shores of Swan and Heron Ponds and include panoramic mountain views from wildflower meadows.
4. Wildlife & Nature Viewing
Grand Teton wildlife viewing is regularly referred to as some of the best in the US. Bear, Bison, Moose, Elk, Pronghorn, Eagles, and more are regularly seen throughout the park. The best place to view wildlife in Grand Teton National Park is always changing, ask at a Visitor Center or Activity Desk once you are in the park where there have been wildlife sightings. The Activity Desk at Jackson Lake Lodge keeps a log of recent animal sightings. However, some of the best spots for wildlife viewing generally are the Willow Flats in front of Jackson Lake Lodge, Oxbow Bend, Elk Ranch Flats, and Moose.
The beautiful views of mountains, lakes & fields of wildflowers will have you slowing down to take it all in.
5. Rent A Boat
Jackson Lake boat rentals allow you to spend a few serene hours exploring Colter Bay, Half Moon Bay, and other surrounding bays and islands. The Colter Bay Marina rents kayaks (double and single), canoes, and motorboats. Maps, lifejackets, and radios are provided with your boat rental. Boating is a fantastic way to spend a few hours relaxing in the morning or afternoon.