Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park are neighbors, so there is no excuse, as a Village guest, not to spend a day or two (or three or four) in the park.
Excursion possibilities abound, from biking along the new park pathway to hiking up into the Tetons. All routes should end at Dornan’s Pizza and Pasta in Moose, where the outdoor deck overlooks the panorama you just explored.
The Murie Ranch, a historic landmark within the park, is the birthplace of the modern conservation movement. In 1945, the Muries bought the dude ranch, removed fences so wildlife could roam free and welcomed a long line of wilderness advocates. The Muries’ crusade culminated in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. In 1998, Mardy Murie received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Murie Ranch lies just before the Moose-Wilson Road connects with the park road.
Bypass the boat and walk around Jenny Lake – a 6.8 mile stroll past a panoply of different features from scree fields to wildfire burnout. For a full-day hike, venture up Cascade Canyon. Serene Lake Solitude lies 8 miles back. Taggart Lake is another leisurely 3.9 mile loop with an 2.5 mile add-on to Bradley Lake. Or, from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, circumnavigate Phelps Lake, which lies at the mouth of Death Canyon and affords staggering views of the crags above (a 6.6 mile loop). Whatever lake you choose, lap it up.
Start at the Colter Bay Village Marina, where the shop stocks everything you need for a day spent on Jackson Lake – from buying a fishing license to renting a canoe or kayak. For a culinary adventure, the Lake Cruise ferries foodies to a secluded site on Elk Island to enjoy breakfast or dinner (think eggs and river trout or cowboy steaks and fruit cobbler). Set sail, Teton-style.
Shallow and relatively warm water and low wind make String Lake the perfect getaway on a hot summer day. Whether traveling by canoe, kayak, inner tube or your own swim strokes, explore the nooks and crannies of this long, skinny waterbody. String Lake is the starting point for several prime day hikes like Holly Lake, or loop the lake itself (a 3.7 mile jaunt). Sandy banks speckle the shore and invite picnicking and lounging. Pack the cooler and spend the day at String Lake.