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.

1. Teton Geotourism Center

Discover insider tips of what to do here, including the best places to see rodeo and do horsepacking trips. It's at 60 S Main St. in Driggs, Idaho.

2. Teton Canyon

Catch outstanding views of the Grand Teton. 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 Ski Hill Road past Alta, Wyo. 

3. Teton Aviation Center

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

A pilot takes off at the Teton Aviation Center.

If you don't want to hike them, there’s another way to experience the mountains from up high. Scenic flights from the Teton Aviation Center in Driggs, Idaho, will put you up-close to rocky summits and steep cliffs. 

4. 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.

5. Teton River Float

Hop on a paddleboard, raft or 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.

6. Eat at Grand Targhee

Outdoor dining at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Outdoor dining at Grand Targhee Resort. 

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

7. Scenic Chairlift Ride

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. 

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. Visit the Nature Center at the top.

8. Teton Valley Balloon Rally

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

Teton Valley's Annual Balloon Festival. 

If you’re in the valley during the first week of July, be sure to look up. Walk the Teton County Fairgrounds as 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.

9. Music Festivals

Summer music festival at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Summer music festival at Grand Targhee Resort. 

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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