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

Star-Filled Stays with Grand Teton Lodge Company

In Grand Teton National Park, it’s easy to get distracted by the world-class views, but don’t miss these hotels, restaurants, activities and camping in the park.

1. Jackson Lake Lodge

Mountain View Cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge
Mountain View Cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

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. 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. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

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.

3. Pioneer Grill

Pioneer Grill at Jackson Lake Lodge.
Pioneer Grill at Jackson Lake Lodge. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

Why go: Travel back in time at this 1950s-style restaurant in the Jackson Lake Lodge that serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

4. Colter Bay Village Camping, Cabins and More

Colter Bay Tent Cabins in Grand Teton National Park
Choose to stay in a Colter Bay tent cabin in Grand Teton National Park. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

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  or pitch your tent in the campground.

Effective 2022, all camping in Grand Teton National Park is reservation only at recreation.gov .

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

5. Jenny Lake Lodge

Dining room at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park
The dining room at Jenny Lake Lodge offers stunning views. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

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.

6. Mural Dining Room

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park
The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

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: For summer 2022, reservations are recommended (no longer required) at the Mural Dining Room.

7. Snake River Wild and Scenic Rafting

Scenic float rafting on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park with Grand Teton Lodge Co.
Take a wild and scenic raft trip down the Snake River. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

Why go: See Grand Teton National Park from a totally different perspective on a wild and scenic raft 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 trip.

8. Jackson Lake Boat Cruise

Breakfast cruise on Jackson Lake to Elk Island from Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park
Colter Bay Scenic Lake Cruise shot. Cruises will not be offered in 2022 because lake water levels are too low. (Photo: Grand Teton Lodge Company)

Why go: Go on a scenic cruise on Jackson Lake where you’ll fuel up on great views.

2022 NOTE: Because of extremely low levels of water in Jackson Lake, cruises are NOT running in summer 2022. Check  with Grand Teton Lodge Company in 2023 to see if cruises have resumed.

Main attraction: Being out on Jackson Lake gives you a whole different perspective.

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


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