The West Side Story of Teton Valley, Idaho and Grand Targhee Resort

With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top eight things to do on the Teton’s west side.
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With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top eight things to do on the Teton’s west side.

1. Teton Aviation Center

A pilot takes off at the Teton Aviation Center. Courtesy photo

A pilot takes off at the Teton Aviation Center. Courtesy photo

If roping up and climbing Grand Teton herself isn’t on your bucket list, there’s only one other way to experience the mountains from up high. Scenic flights from the Teton Aviation Center in Driggs, Idaho, will put you up-close to the rocky summits and steep cliffs.

2. Grand Targhee Bike Park

The bike park at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

The bike park at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

If windy singletrack is your thing, the Grand Targhee Bike Park offers 2,200 vertical feet of lift-serviced twists and turns. Keeping it more mellow? Another 47 miles of trails are ideal for biking, hiking and horseback riding.

3. Teton Canyon

Catch a view of Grand Teton National Park from the west side of the mountain range. From the North Teton Canyon trailhead, do the strenuous 11-mile roundtrip Table Mountain hike, which offers incredible views of the Grand Teton. From the South Teton Canyon trailhead, hike to Devil’s Stairs, a more moderate 8-mile out-and-back. Access the trailheads off of Skil Hill Road past Alta, Wyo.

4. Teton River Float

Hop on a paddleboard, raft or even an inflatable tube to make the easy two-to-three-hour journey down the Teton River for spectacular views of the mountains, a cadre of different birds and—if you’re lucky—a thirsty moose, cooling off in the water just like you.

5. Eat at Grand Targhee

Outdoor dining at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Outdoor dining at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

The Grand Targhee Resort offers luxurious patio dining with views of the mountains and flavors prepared with local ingredients.

6. Scenic Chairlift Ride

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

There’s no easier way to take in the scenery than by taking the Dreamcatcher chairlift to the 9,862-foot summit of Fred’s Mountain. Obviously you’ll have a panoramic look at the Tetons, but you’ll also see into parts of three states and be able to visit the Nature Center at the top.

7. Teton Valley Balloon Rally

Teton Valley's Annual Balloon Festival. Photo by Lane Griffin Valiante Photography

Teton Valley's Annual Balloon Festival. Photo by Lane Griffin Valiante Photography

If you’re in the valley during the first week of July, be sure to look up. Get an early morning start and walk the Teton County Fairgrounds as the balloons inflate and take to the air, or stop into the town of Driggs at night when the balloons act as giant lanterns illuminating the sky as live music plays below.

8. Music Festivals

Summer music festival at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Summer music festival at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Targhee Fest and the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival are summer staples, bringing together a beautiful alpine setting and great food and drink with a collection of popular artists.

More information about Music Festivals

For more information:

Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce
(208) 354-2500
Chamber: 57 S Main St, Driggs, ID 83422
www.discovertetonvalley.com

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 East Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY 83422
(800) TARGHEE
GrandTarghee.com

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