Salt Lake City, Utah to Yellowstone Road Trip

Hit the highlights from Great Salt Lake to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, returning through Craters of the Moon and south Idaho. Along the 1,398 miles, find ancient history and the best Americana.
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Boy flying a kite at Great Salt Lake in Utah

Boy flying a kite at Great Salt Lake in Utah

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Jumpstart this fantastic road trip in Salt Lake City where the mountains shoot dramatically from the valley floor, framing this bustling city. Discover the city's emerging hip restaurant scene and visit Temple Square to learn more about your family history. From there head east for adventures in beautiful Park City. Then drive north to Cache Valley and Bear Lake before stopping in Lava Hot Springs and Pocatello. Head to Idaho Falls for a dose of culture and explore the Americana in towns like Rigby, Driggs and Victor. Cross into Wyoming and experience Jackson, the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. Farther north, you'll discover Yellowstone National Park. From the park, head southwest to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, Sun Valley, Boise and Twin Falls before reaching City of Rocks National Reserve on your return route to Salt Lake City. 

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Start: Salt Lake City, Utah

Snowbird tram near Salt Lake City

Snowbird tram

Best of Salt Lake
Discover six things you didn’t realize about bustling Salt Lake City including the thriving beer and food scene and how to see the attractions on the cheap.

Mountain biking near Park City, Utah

Mountain biking near Park City

Best-Kept Secret of Park City
Utah’s Park City is known for its amazing ski resorts, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. But summer is its best-kept secret. Here are four reasons to stay in this gorgeous town.

Cache Valley and Bear Lake

Blacksmith at the American West Heritage Center. Photo by Mike Bullock courtesy of Cache Valley

Blacksmith at the American West Heritage Center. 

Travel Back In Time at the American West Heritage Center
Visit mock-pioneer settlements and a working farm straight from 1917, all come complete with interpreters in period clothing, offering the real American West experience.

Paddleboarding on Bear Lake at the Idaho-Utah border near Yellowstone

Paddleboarding on Bear Lake

Two Things You Must Do at Bear Lake
Straddling the Utah-Idaho border, this recreational paradise is known for its turquoise waters and a delicious treat.

Southeast Idaho Surprises

Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho High Country

Soda Springs Geyser

Scenery, Soda and Splashes in Southeast Idaho High Country
Climb aboard for a wagon trail experience, soak in a hot pool, and do something at a geyser that you can't do in Yellowstone.

Zoo Idaho in Pocatello

Zoo Idaho

Clean and Green in Pocatello
Explore these four stops where you'll see Stripes and Shoni, a place devoted to cleaning up, ancient curious creatures and a hub of ethnic flavors.

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Have a Shoshone-Bannock Native Experience
The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel offers a spa, a gift shop selling Shoshone-Bannock crafts and a place to watch your favorite sports team. Here are seven reasons to visit.

Taking a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot

Taking a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot

Get a Potato Selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum
Discover the stories behind this unsung hero of a vegetable including VP Dan Quayle's potato incident.

Idaho Falls sunset

Idaho Falls sunset

Fall into the Local Scene in Idaho Falls
By the time the Snake River reaches Idaho Falls, it is lined with artist-created benches, fun restaurants and locally owned boutiques. Along the River Walk here, you can walk, bike, rollerblade, sit on a bench or peruse the farmers market.

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations at the Museum of Idaho

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations

Explore Science and Innovations at the Museum of Idaho
Celebrate the work and legacy of Archimedes, a Greek mathematician whose inventions revolutionized the ancient world and have contemporary applications.

RV Idaho's Best Places to Camp
Choose from 60 campgrounds on the west side of Yellowstone. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and legendary outdoor recreation. 

The West Side of the Tetons

Kim Mills, Hunter and Co-Owner of Chinker Chicks, fishing catch

Local Color of the Yellowstone Teton Territory
Three locals from the west side of the Tetons share their favorite trails, sights and why they love where they live.

Curbside Attractions in the Yellowstone-Teton Territory
From a drive-in movie to root beer floats, find great Americana in eastern Idaho. Visit the Spud Drive-In and a summer music scene.

A pilot takes off at the Teton Aviation Center.

A pilot takes off at the Teton Aviation Center

West Side Story of Teton Valley
With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top nine things to do on the Teton's west side.

Summer music festival at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Summer music festival 

Grand Targhee Resort
Ride the lift on Fred’s Mountain to 10,000 feet and enjoy the region’s most dramatic views of the Tetons. Then enjoy an al fresco lunch on the plaza. The chairlift also accesses downhill biking trails for an exhilarating ride back.

Grand Teton National Park

Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Row your Boat with OARS, Barker-Ewing or Grand Teton Lodge Co.
Escape the heat with these kayaking, rafting and boating options in and around Grand Teton National Park. 

Yellowstone's Sister Park, Grand Teton
Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. 

Three Park Entrances and a Surprise
Grand Teton National Park is shaped a bit like your left-hand thumb and is dotted with three main entrances. A surprise for many visitors is there is no Grand Teton entrance station when you head south from Yellowstone into Grand Teton. 

GyPSy Guide Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour App
Download the Yellowstone tour app that’s like having a tour guide in your car. GyPSy Guide automatically plays interesting and entertaining commentary as you go. 

Horseback riding at Headwaters Flagg Ranch

Horseback riding at Headwaters Flagg Ranch

Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Just minutes from the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park, stay at the Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch.

Yellowstone National Park

A woman viewing Morning Glory Pool from the boardwalk

A woman viewing Morning Glory Pool from the boardwalk in Yellowstone

Enter the South Entrance to Yellowstone

48 Hours in Yellowstone
Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park including wildlife watching, dining at historic lodges and seeing geysers erupt

Top 5 Vistas in Yellowstone National Park
If you want to feel on top of the world, there are five views you must see including Artist Point, Lamar Valley, and the Yellowstone River cutting thru lava spires. 

Exit the West Gate of Yellowstone

Undiscovered Southern Idaho

Drive through a free-range bear habitat at Yellowstone Bear World

Free-range bear habitat

Drive Through Yellowstone Bear World
All kinds of animals - including wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bears and bison - roam throughout this outdoor playground, which you can see from your own car.

Kids enjoy climbing and playing in interesting rock formations at Castle Rock State Park near the City of Rocks National Reserve

Kids enjoy climbing and playing in interesting rock formations at Castle Rock State Park near the City of Rocks National Reserve

7 Uncrowded Gems in Southern Idaho
After Yellowstone, dip into southern Idaho to explore seven attractions, including two national park sites, you won’t find elsewhere. 

End: Salt Lake City

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