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Family Trip - Grand Teton NP 6/23-25/23

Updated: Jul 2, 2023



Friday:

Drive - 7:00 am - 1:00 pm (5.5 hr drive)


Float the Snake River - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (see Trip Report: Rafting - Snake River, Jackson WY 6/23/23)


The Snake is largely a flat, wide river with some fun 2 rated rapids, but those are easy to avoid if needed. Professional rafting companies lead this route as their “Family Scenic Float” or “Nature Observation Tour.” It took us 2.5 hrs including a .5 hr snack break.


**Must be 4 and older to raft

**5 person rafts must each have 3 adults (or responsible older teens, limiting 2 young children per raft). Necessary to navigate raft.

**Highly recommend starting your raft journey by following a professional rafting tour. It makes your navigation so easy - just follow them. They leave often from shore!


Dinner (on own)

Sunset Photo Tour - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saturday:

Sunrise Photo Tour - 6:00 am - 8:00 am


Teton Tri (kayak, hike, bike) - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (see Trip Report: Kayaking/Hiking/Biking - Teton Triathalon, Jenny Lake, Grand Teton NP 6/24/23)

  • Kayak - 1.5 miles (Jenny Lake)

  • Hike - 1.8 mile loop (Inspiration Point) then kayak back across Jenny Lake

  • Bike 7.5 miles south to Moose and back


Shopping/Dinner - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Drive Home - 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Rafting/Kayaking Gear: sandals (NOT flipflops), swimming suit, shorts, synthetic t-shirt (NOT cotton), long sleeve synthetic shirt, rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, 2-4 snacks, 1-2 L water (in water bottles NOT camelbaks), waterproof case for camera, raft/kayak, lifejacket, paddles (rent from BYU outdoor)


Accommodation Options: (check location distance from Jackson, WY)

Hotels:

$280+/night in Jackson

$160+/night in Driggs, ID (45 min from Jackson)

Air BNB $150-280/night

VRBO $300+/night


RV Camping:

Elkhorn Trading Post - $55/night; 45 min away Jackson and 1 hr 15 min from Jenny Lake


Camping in the Park:

Colter Bay Campground – $13-77/night; 1 hr Jackson and 30 min from Jenny Lake

Trail Creek - $17/night; 30 min Jackson and 1 hr from Jenny Lake

Gros Venture – $50-77/night; 15 min Jackson and 15 min from Jenny Lake

Signal Mountain - $60/night; 1 hr Jackson and 20 min from Jenny Lake


Camping in National Forest (free): first come, get there early

Spread Creek – free; 1 hr from Jackson and 30-40 min from Jenny Lake

Shadow Mountain – free; 40 min from Jackson and about 30-40 min from Jenny Lake



Sunrise Photo Spots (on your own):

Oxbow Bend Turnout (tetons)

Schwabacher Landing (tetons and water reflection)

Snake River Overlook (Ansel Adams spot)

Mormon Row (tetons and cabin – gets busy)

Signal Peak (tetons from summit view)

Willow Flats Overlook (tetons)

Blacktail Ponds Overlook (tetons – less busy than Mormon Row)

Jackson Lake Dam (tetons and lake)

Jenny Lake Overlook (tetons and lake)


Sunset Photo Spots (on your own):

Signal Mountain Lodge (lodge with view and food)

Signal Mountain Summit Road (tetons from summit view)

Snake River Overlook (Ansel Adams spot)

Willow Flats Overlook (tetons)

Blacktail Ponds Overlook (tetons – less busy than Mormon Row)

Oxbow Bend Turnout (tetons)

Schwabacher Landing (tetons and water reflection)

Chapel of the Transfiguration (tetons and chapel)

Elk Ranch Flats (tetons and sometimes wildlife)

Jackson Lake Dam (tetons and lake)



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