Unwind in traditional cabins with rooftop hot tubs overlooking superb scenery or pick a lodging close to the centre of the action. Get your rejuvenating vacation booked with our guide to staying in Grand Teton National Park.
The Grand Teton National Park has sublime scenery, outdoor activities for a nature-based recharge and cool wildlife spotting opportunities. It’s the perfect destination for a vacation firmly embedded in nature.
Unlike many of the US National Parks, Grand Teton is not that large. Driving from one end to the other takes less than 1 hour, but with several towns on the outskirts, there are plenty of choices when it comes to finding somewhere great to stay.
We have divided this guide into the 5 best areas around the Grand Teton National Park, each with their own benefits. Some are centrally located and great for sunrise photo runs, others have more facilities and restaurants.
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DECIDING WHERE TO STAY IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Grand Teton National Park is in the northwest corner of Wyoming. It takes only 1 hour to drive from the northern gate (just south of Yellowstone) to the southern gate (at the town of Moose).
Most of the best things to do in the Grand Tetons are in the central and southern sections of the park which includes the area around Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake, and the Moose-Wilson Road. All these areas are only a 45-minute drive from each other.
When visiting US National Parks, it is often best to stay within the park itself. But the compactness of the Grand Tetons means that you can easily stay just outside the park and drive in and out each day. Entrance to the park is open 24 hours.
There are 5 main areas in the Grand Teton National Park.
1 | Inside the park – There are 7 different lodges and campsites within the national park which are the most convenient places to stay in the Grand Tetons.
2 | Jackson – Just 20-minute drive south of the Moose entrance gate to the national park, this charming buzzy town has plenty of facilities including restaurants and cafes, shops and museums.
3 | Teton Village – Sitting at the base of Grand Tetons ski slopes, visitors flock to Teton Village in winter. It also remains open in summer and the Granite Canyon entrance to Grand Teton National Park is only a couple of miles away.
4 | Wilson – A quiet, relaxed town, Wilson is a great place to stay in Teton but it is further from the park. It takes 15 minutes to drive to the Granite Canyon entrance and 30 minutes to the Moose park entrance.
5 | Moran – A small settlement east of the national park, Moran has good access to Jackson Lodge and the more remote northern section of the park.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN GRAND TETONS – MAP
On the map below we have marked the three main areas of interest in the park (Jackson Lodge, Jenny Lake, & the Moose-Wilson road) in red.
The four entrance gates (Yellowstone Gate, Moran Gate, Moose Gate and Granite Canyon Gate) are in brown.
The hotels and lodges for each of the five different areas to stay are marked in a different color.
- In the park – Purple
- Jackson – Yellow
- Teton Village – Orange
- Wilson – Green
- Moran – Blue
How to use this map / Click on the top left of the map to display the list of locations, then click on the locations to display further information. Click on the top right corner of the map to open a larger version in a new tab or the star to save to your Google Maps.
WHEN TO VISIT GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
The best time to visit Grand Teton National Park is from mid-May to late September when all the scenic roads, visitor centres and walking trails are open. The weather is excellent during the summer months, but the area is busy during the school holidays making June and September ideal.
We recommend staying two to three days in the Grand Teton National Park. This is enough time to visit all the viewpoints, drive the most scenic roads, do a bit of wildlife spotting, and complete a couple of short hikes.
More information is on our guide to visiting the Grand Tetons.
GRAND TETON LODGINGS
1 – GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Best place to stay in Grand Teton for a central location surrounded by stunning views.
Pros // There are 7 different lodges across the national park and many are in enviable positions with magnificent views. The main attractions of the park are quick and easy to reach minimising driving time.
Cons // Lodging can be expensive and book up months in advance. Additionally, the season is short with most lodges only open from late May to early October.
HEADWATERS LODGE – June to October
The best accommodation for visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons on day trips, this remote rustic lodge has no cell service or WiFi. But with horseback riding, great hiking and peaceful surroundings, you’ll appreciate the digital detox. The campground is open from mid-May.
COLTER BAY VILLAGE – May to October
A sort of summer camp for the whole family, Colter Bay Village has a mix of cabins, tented cabins, and a campsite and RV park. With a choice of restaurants, a general store, and plenty of activities right on your doorstep, it has everything you need for a great stay.
JACKSON LAKE LODGE – May to October
A luxury grand old lodge in the heart of the national park with superb views of the mountains from the rooms, the Jackson Lake Lodge has great facilities including 3 restaurants, a cocktail bar and an outdoor pool.
JENNY LAKE LODGE – June to October
Jenny Lake Lodge has freestanding rustic wooden cabins nestled in a forest on the edge of a very scenic section of lake. It would be hard to find a location more central or more atmospheric than this one.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN LODGE – May to October
The only lakefront accommodation in the park, Signal Mountain Lodge is extremely well-located with single-room cabins through to units with kitchenettes. There’s a general store for grocery items, a restaurant, bar, and gift shop all on-site.
TRIANGLE X RANCH – May to October & December to March
In the same family for 5 generations, this dude ranch offers horseback tours, ranch activities, and river adventures in the heart of the Grand Tetons. Lodging is in rustic cabins with their own porch. 1- to 4-bedroom cabins are available.
GRAND TETON CLIMBERS’ RANCH – June to September
The Grand Teton Climbers Ranch is a good budget option with dormitories, a communal library, cook shelter, a bathhouse, and bicycles. Bring your own sleeping pad and bag.
2 – JACKSON
Best place to stay in Grand Teton for a charming town packed with facilities
Pros // Jackson is a charming town that mixes western traditions with modern comforts and it’s a great option for combining the wilderness of the park with the facilities of a town. There are plenty of lodging options and it’s a good base in winter with some hotels offering shuttles to the slopes.
Cons // Staying in Jackson is cheaper than in the park but not as cheap as some of the smaller towns in the Tetons. You need to allow 20 minutes driving each morning and evening to get to Moose Entrance Gate.
HUFF HOUSE INN & CABINS
A stylish B&B in the heart of Jackson, Huff House Inn offers a choice between traditional cabins or chic contemporary rooms. Outside there’s a hot tub, barbecue, fire pit, and lovely garden patio.
THE LEXINGTON AT JACKSON HOLE
This 3-star hotel with rooms, studios, and apartments offers a generous buffet breakfast and facilities include a great indoor pool, hot tub, and a shuttle to the ski lifts.
ELK COUNTRY INN
Four blocks from the centre of Jackson, this 3.5-star hotel is built in wood and stone and makes a friendly retreat after a day exploring the area. There’s a pool and hot tub, and in winter, shuttles run to the ski slopes.
THE WORT HOTEL
The Wort Hotel is a 4-star boutique property in Jackson that combines old-world charm with modern amenities. There is a free shuttle to Jackson Hole Mountain Ski throughout winter and the cafes of Jackson are on your doorstep.
3 – TETON VILLAGE
Best place to stay in Grand Teton for luxury resorts right by the ski slopes
Pros // Located under the ski slopes, Teton Village resembles and alpine resort with après ski bars, a general store, and on-theme restaurants. The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram will whisk you straight up to the slopes and the Granite Canyon entrance to the park is only a couple of miles away.
Cons // Teton Village is more a collection of resorts rather than a real town, so it can feel a bit like you’re in one big resort. The prices at the luxury hotels can be sky high.
With ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes this 3-star boutique hotel has all the charm of an alpine chalet. Grab a massage after a day on the slopes or relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
TETON MOUNTAIN LODGE & SPA
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa is a 4.5-star property with a health spa, two swimming pools, a fitness centre and a rooftop spa with commanding views. In winter you can ski-in, ski-out straight to the lifts.
FOUR SEASONS JACKSON HOLE
The Four Seasons is a luxurious 5-star stay in the Grand Tetons. Ski right onto the slopes and then relax in the indoor and outdoor pools or the spa. There are a couple of restaurants and a nightclub.
4 – WILSON
Best places to stay in Grand Teton for seclusion in good value accommodation
Pros // The most remote of the five choices, Wilson is a relaxing place to stay in the Tetons. There are cabins tucked into the forest and charming B&Bs with helpful hosts. Further away from the park, Wilson often represents better value for money.
Cons // There’s not much at Wilson so you’ll need to drive into Jackson or Teton Village (10 minutes) for shops and restaurants. The Granite Gate entrance is 15 minutes’ drive away and the Moose Gate is 30 minutes.
Wood-clad cabins, each individually styled, offer a touch of indulgence in this scenic part of the Tetons. The inviting lounge has a fireplace with board games and a grand piano.
These sleek cabins come with decks, a fire pit and BBQ/grill – all the essentials for a secluded stay in the Tetons. The cabins are modern with ensuite bathrooms, kitchens and fireplaces.
JACKSON HOLE HIDEOUT
Set on a secluded hillside, this lovingly designed B&B with cosy and comfortable rooms offers a relaxing stay and a hearty breakfast. The deck is a lovely place to hang out on a sunny day.
5 – MORAN
Best place to stay in Grand Teton for a quiet stay near the northern end of the park
Pros // If you are not staying in the national park itself, the lodges in Moran offer the best access to the northern part of the park at a lower cost. With most visitors staying further south, it’s also removed from the crowds and perfect for exploring Jackson Lake and Colter Bay.
Cons // Moran is a remote part of the Grand Tetons so unless the lodging has facilities, you’ll need to drive to some of the more central regions for essentials.
BUFFALO VALLEY RANCH
At this cool, budget-friendly lodging, choose from either a tipi or wagon for a fun stay in the Tetons. There’s an onsite café and it’s only a 5-minute drive to the Moran Gate entrance to the park.
THE HATCHET RESORT
This atmospheric lodging has wooden huts, a traditional dining room, and a bar/lounge area that’s perfect for relaxing. The onsite grill will keep you satiated and it’s just 10 minutes to the Moran Gate.
OTHER TIPS FOR STAYING IN THE GRAND TETONS
Park Fees – Entrance to the Grand Teton National Park is valid for 7 days and prices are on the NPS website. The excellent value America the Beautiful pass is valid for one year and covers entrance fees at all US National Parks and many other wildlife and rural areas.
National Park Roads – The Grant Teton and Moose-Wilson roads are open to cars from the beginning of May to the end of October. In winter these roads are closed making some parts of the park inaccessible.
Yellowstone – Yellowstone National Park, just north of the Grand Teton National Park, can take 3 to 4 days to explore with plenty of driving involved. While you could explore both parks from one hotel, it’s better to stay centrally in each of them.
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