1. Teton Aviation Center
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
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
The Grand Targhee Resort offers luxurious patio dining with views of the mountains and flavors prepared with local ingredients.
6. Scenic Chairlift Ride
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
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
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.
For more information:
Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chamber: 57 S Main St, Driggs, ID 83422
Grand Targhee Resort
3300 East Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY 83422