8 Best Places to Eat, Sleep and Play in Grand Teton National Park

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In Grand Teton National Park, it’s easy to get distracted by the world-class views. Don't miss these eight places to eat, sleep and play.

1. Jackson Lake Lodge

Mountain View Cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge

Mountain View Cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge

The window overlooking the Tetons at Jackson Lake Lodge

The grand lobby of the Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Why stay: It’s a 385-room lodge with hotel rooms and cottages, a heated swimming pool and several restaurants in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, giving you a classic national park experience. 

Little-known fact: On the lodge's front terrace, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze signed a statement of peace and friendship in 1989, which helped lead to the end of the Cold War. The lodgepole pine table, made in the lodge's carpenter shop for the signing, is in the Upper Lobby area. 

2. Jackson Lake Boat Cruise

Colter Bay Scenic Lake Cruise on the Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Colter Bay Scenic Lake Cruise on the Rendezvous. 

Why go: Go on a scenic cruise or a breakfast, lunch or dinner cruise on Jackson Lake where you’ll fuel up on great views and food on Elk Island. 

Main attraction: Being out on Jackson Lake gives you a whole different perspective. Eating breakfast or lunch on Elk Island beneath Mt. Moran is unforgettable. 

Related story: Fun on the Water in Grand Teton National Park

3. Blue Heron Lounge

Blue Heron Lodge at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Managed by the Grand Teton Lodge Company

Relax at the Blue Heron Lounge

Huckleberry Margarita on the deck of the Blue Heron Lounge in Grand Teton National Park. Managed by the Grand Teton Lodge Company

Try a huckleberry margarita (pictured) or mountain mojito on the deck

Why go: Wind down with a cocktail after a day in the park at this casual lounge with outdoor deck seating in the Jackson Lake Lodge. 

Little-known fact: The National Park Foundation named this the “best watering hole” for humans in the park.

4. Pioneer Grill

Pioneer Grill at Jackson Lake Lodge.

Pioneer Grill

Why go: Travel back in time at this 1950s-style restaurant in the Jackson Lake Lodge that serves American buffalo burgers along with chili. 

Main attraction: The huckleberry milkshake is legendary among those in the know. 

5. Colter Bay Village

Colter Bay. Photo courtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Colter Bay. 

Colter Bay Cabins in Grand Teton National Park

Colter Bay Cabins

Why stay: Sleep in historic refurbished homesteader cabins relocated from various places in Wyoming, stay in tent cabins, pull your RV into one of 112 RV spaces (reserve in advance) or pitch your tent in the first come, first-served campground.

Main attraction: Stay here on the northern shore of Jackson Lake for an affordable vacation with access to a general store, kayaking, horseback riding and beyond. 

6. Jenny Lake Lodge

Cabin at Jenny Lake Lodge. Photo courtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Co

Cabin at Jenny Lake Lodge. 

Why go: Luxury awaits here in the form of three types of cabins with incredible access to hiking trails and a five-course restaurant with a sophisticated menu that changes nightly. 

Little-known fact: Cruiser bikes are complimentary and allow you to explore the area on two wheels. 

7. Mural Dining Room

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge 

Why go: Tucked in the Jackson Lake Lodge, this fine-dining room offers authentic western cuisine. 

Main attraction: Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows offer views of the Tetons.

Tip: To make lodging accommodations, book early. Reservations open in mid-May. 

8. Snake River Float Trip

Scenic float rafting on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park with Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Scenic float trip down the Snake River

Why go: See Grand Teton National Park from a totally different perspective on a float trip that takes you down 10 miles of the Snake River.

Tip: Choose a lunch or dinner float for epic food, scenery and wildlife-viewing or sign up for a non-meal float.

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For more information:
P.O. Box 250, Grand Teton Park, WY 83013
Reservations 307-543-3100
Reservation questions Reservations@gtlc.com