One of the surviving Mission 66 visitor centers, the Colter Bay Visitor Center sits above the shores of Jackson Lake. Enjoy a view of the lake and Teton Range from the back deck. Wander down to the lakeshore for a swim or picnic lunch, or hike to Swan Lake or Heron Pond from the Hermitage Point Trailhead.
The visitor center exhibits 35 artifacts from the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection never before displayed . A short video highlights the conservation effort underway on this world-famous collection. The auditorium hosts ranger-led programs and shows a variety of park-related videos. Enjoy this indoor alternative on a rainy day!
Visit this facility for trip planning information, backcountry or boating permits. Shop at the Grand Teton Association bookstore, attend a ranger-led program, or visit the nearby shops and restaurants.
Operating Hours & Seasons
(varies slightly year to year)
Mid May to Early October
8 am - 5 pm
John Colter was a fur trapper who may have passed through the valley during the winter of 1807-08. He was originally part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later worked for Manuel Lisa's Missouri Fur Company.