Grand Tetons: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Grand Tetons National Park

Overview

Located only 10 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park is a stunning national park in Wyoming. Rising above pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect them. Explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, and just enjoy the beauty of this remarkable place.

 

For Camping Itineraries, please note, this is a participatory camping trip, where all travelers will assist in setting up camp and cooking meals. Guides will teach you the best methods for quick set up and take down of tents and will lead the cooking, providing clear instructions and oversight. If you’ve never set up camp or cooked outdoors before, this is the perfect opportunity to learn under expert supervision!

 

Established: February 26, 1929

Closest City: Jackson, Wyoming

Elevation: 6,320 ft (low) & 13,775 ft (high)

Time Zone: Mountain Daylight Time (GMT-6)

Emergency Number: 911

Outlet: Type A

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Packing List

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Weather

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Temperatures in Grand Teton National Park vary greatly from season to season, but it is always best to come prepared with layers, even in the summer. Better safe than sorry! Always check the weather forecast before your visit. The below chart shows the average temperatures per month.

Month High Low
January 25°F 0°F
February 30°F 2°F
March 39°F 11°F
April 47°F 20°F
May 57°F 29°F
June 68°F 36°F
July 77°F 41°F
August 76°F 39°F
September 66°F 32°F
October 52°F 24°F
November 35°F 14°F
December 25°F 3°F

 

Fun Facts

  • Earthquakes were the cause of the 40-mile-long Teton Range, which sits on a fault line. Over millions of years, earthquakes shook the land, causing blocks of land on both sides of the fault to slip past each other. The west block of land rose upward to form the mountains while the east block of land dropped down to form the valley called Jackson Hole.
  • Archeologists have evidence that the first humans arrived in the Jackson Hole valley about 11,000 years ago. They lived in the valley from spring to fall but left during the winters.
  • Grand Teton National Park is the only park in The US with an airport inside of it. The Jackson Hole airport was established in 1930.
  • There are 242 miles of hiking trails throughout the park.
  • The Teton Range is the youngest mountain range in the Rocky Mountains. It began forming between 6 and 9 million years ago.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $8-10 per person/per day
Drivers USD $8-10 per person/per day

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the National Park Service's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.

 

How should I prepare for mosquitoes? Tight-weave cotton shirts and pants work better than more porous synthetics. Wear khaki or other neutral colors. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially blue. Stay away from scented soaps, lotions and shampoos. 

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

Will there be charging ports? There will be limited outlets around showers to charge devices, but power banks are recommended.

 

Do you provide any gear? All your camping equipment (other than a sleeping bag and pillow) will be included. This includes tents, chairs, sleeping pads, stove, canopy, lanterns and all cooking equipment (pots, pans, dishes, etc).

 

What tents will we be using? Tents will be 4-person camping tents, double occupancy. You’ll use camping pads on the ground beneath your sleeping bags.

 

Will there be WiFi? Wifi and cell service are usually non-existent or very limited at the campgrounds. Some campgrounds may offer free wifi, although it may be unreliable.

 

What facilities are available? Please be aware that not all campsites have shower facilities. If that is the case, your Guide will take the group to a place to shower. Please have cash or spare change on hand as you may need to purchase shower tokens.

Luggage Restrictions

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