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3 Days in Grand Teton National Park for Families

Organisiert von Jacqueline Kehoea travel writer who specializes in America’s national parks.

Often overshadowed by next-door Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park offers a whole new world of adventure, just 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of its more famous sibling. Protecting some of the most iconic peaks on the continent, this park is a land of sparkling lakes, alpine meadows, 200-plus miles (320-plus kilometers) of hiking trails, a crystal-clear river, scores of wildlife habitats, and more. If the kids don’t find something to attract their attention, they must be asleep.

You’ll have much to do, too, whether this is your first time ever or just your first time with the kids. With three days to explore, you’ll get a good taste of this wild world—here’s what to do.

Trails can have snow through June, so come prepared.

If you only have time for one thing, make it Jenny Lake for its visitor center, picnic area, overlooks, and trails.

Day 1

Rugged Grand Teton National Park is a fraction of Yellowstone's size, but there's still much to do. Start at Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center for exhibits, a short film, and ranger talks. Pack a picnic or stop at Dornan’s Chuckwagon for pizza, salads, sandwiches, and ice cream.

Then, consider a tour for ease. If a tour isn’t your speed, choose a hiking trail. The 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) round-trip trek to Hidden Falls is a classic, and to get there you take a ferry across Jenny Lake. (Note: You could spend three days in Jenny Lake itself.)

Day 2

Start with an early-morning wildlife appointment. Grizzly and black bears, bison, moose, elk, and pronghorn wake up early to munch through the meadows. The earlier you arrive, the fewer people you'll encounter. Hop on a wildlife safari tour, or head to the Oxbow Bend Turnout or Antelope Flats Road to try your luck.

This afternoon, try a scenic float along the Snake River. Seeing the park from the water offers a new perspective—you’ll probably see wildlife along its bends, too (Think osprey, eagles, moose). With relatively calm currents, it’s an activity for all ages; in some cases, infants can sit on laps.

Day 3

On your final day, you have options. There's the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) hike around Moose Ponds, from the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. There's the famous homestead barns along Mormon Row, framed against the Tetons. There's a horseback ride across the Bridger-Teton National Forest, or, having an e-bike delivered.

If you’re visiting closer to winter, don't miss the National Elk Refuge. As temperatures cool, Teton’s resident elk herd moves to the meadows. See them on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and more also hang out here in winter.

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