In Grand Teton, all’s quiet on the western front in winter, except two unique lodging operations that come alive when the snow starts to fall.
Dornans Spur Ranch Cabins
Open Year Round (but closed November and April)
Located near Grand Teton National Park's Moose headquarters, Dornans offers a unique experience. Set on 10 acres along the Snake River, this family-owned and operated resort has eight one-bedroom cabin duplexes and four two bedroom cabin duplexes. Each cabin has a covered porch and BBQ grills. Kitchens are fully-equipped and you can purchase food at the Dornans grocery store. Every cabin has handcrafted lodgepole pine furniture and queen-sized beds with down comforters.
The resort has cross-country skis and snowshoes for rent in its Trading Post. There’s a restaurant, gas pumps, a nationally recognized wine shop and gift shop. dornans.com
Triangle X Ranch
Open Dec. 26, 2018-Mid-March 2019
You won’t be able to experience a dude ranch experience like Triangle X anywhere else in the United States. Why? It’s the last dude ranch concession operating in the nation’s National Park Service system.
Located 26 miles north of Jackson on Hwy. 89, the ranch sits on the eastern edge of the park closer to the Moran Entrance than the Moose Entrance. It’s just 30 miles from Yellowstone. Since 1926, five generations of the Turner family have managed the ranch that has 20 cabins and a four-star restaurant. All built in the Jackson area, the cabins were relocated and have anywhere from one to four bedrooms, plus bathrooms with tubs and showers. They also have a small refrigerator and a porch. The ranch has cross-country skis and snowshoes for guests to use and explore the surrounding area. trianglex.com
Outside Grand Teton National Park
The closest towns to Grand Teton National Park are Jackson, its smaller sister town, Wilson, and Teton Village where Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located. All three are minutes from park entrances. For details on lodging, visit Jackson Hole Central Reservations at jacksonholewy.com.