Outdoor Activities

There are many outdoor recreation activities to choose from at Grand Teton National Park. During the summer you can hike, walk, view wildlife, take photographs, backpack, camp, climb, fish, swim, boat, float, canoe and bike. In winter skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities.

Some activities (such as overnight backpacking, boating, floating, canoeing, fishing and snowmobiling) require fees, permits, licenses or registration. Special regulations may also apply, so take the time to become informed at any visitor center or ranger station.


Visit the webpages listed below to learn about different outdoor activities in the park.

Backcountry Camping: A trip into the backcountry requires advanced planning and a permit.

Biking: A multi-use pathway extends from Jackson to South Jenny Lake. In addition to the pathway, bikes may travel where vehicles are allowed. Bikes are prohibited on hiking trails.

Bird Watching: The park is a great place to view a wide variety of bird species.

Boating and Floating: The Snake River and the park's lakes provide incredible opportunities to enjoy a day on the water.

Climbing and Mountaineering: The Teton Range lures climbers and mountaineers from around the world to scale its peaks.

Concessioner Activities: Private concessioners operating within the park offer a variety of services and activities.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing: Winter in the park is very different from summer. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing allow visitors to experience this winter wonderland.

Fishing: The Snake River is home to the fine-spotted cutthroat trout. The nearby lakes also offer a variety of fishing opportunities.

Ranger Programs: Ranger-led programs provide additional insight into the natural and cultural history of the park.

Hiking: The park is renowned for its hiking. With over 230 miles of trails, there is something for almost anyone.

Horseback Riding: Whether you go on a trail ride or bring your own horse to the park, many of the park's trails allow horseback riding.

Scenic Drives: The views of the Teton Range, lakes, and Snake River are spectacular from your car, or on foot.

Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Some animals are active during the day, but many venture out early in the morning and late in the evening.

Last updated: October 7, 2018

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