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Directions to Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is a pretty big place so you can’t miss it once you get close enough, but where do you need to be to be close? Well, the Grand Teton National Park can be found in northwestern Wyoming, north of Jackson, Wyoming (didn’t Johnny Cash sing a song about that) and south of Yellowstone National Park.

There’s more than one to “skin a cat” apparently, (although I must confess that I’ve never tried, and certainly don’t ever intend to) and there’s more than one way to drive to Grand Teton National Park. Let’s look at a few sets of directions, and then you’ll just have to make up your own mind which way you prefer, depending on where you’re starting out from and what kind of roads you like to drive on. Oh . . . don’t forget to take a map too, these directions are for information only and I will not be held responsible if you find yourself heading in the wrong direction ‘cos you missed a turning. Right, now that’s sorted out;

Driving to Grand Teton National Park

Driving to Grand Teton National Park from Salt Lake City, Utah – this 290 mile journey will take you a good 5 or 6 hours, so set off in plenty of time.

  • Take Interstate 15 to Idaho Falls, then US Highway 26 as far as Swan Valley, next follow ID 31 over Pine Creek Pass towards Victor, then ID 33 to WY 22 over the Teton Pass, on through Wilson to Jackson. There’s a sign in Swan Valley to direct you to Jackson via the US 26 to Alpine Junction, but it’s best to ignore that and instead follow the signs to Victor/Driggs, Idaho.
  • If the idea of the 10% grade of Teton Pass makes you uncomfortable and you’d rather avoid it, head on US 26 to Swan Valley but stay on that road right to Alpine Junction, then take US 26/89 to Hoback Junction and US 26/89/191 along to Jackson . . . either that way or . . .
  • take the I-80 to Evanston, WY 89/UT as far as Woodruff, Randolph and Sage Creek Junction, then US 30/WY to Cokeville and Border, stay on WY 89 as far as Afton, then carry on to the Alpine Junction. From there it’s the US 26/89 to Hoback Junction and US 26/89/191 as far as Jackson.

Wowee, told you there were a few options – well, when you’re driving for 5 or 6 hours there are bound to be options!

Mmm, here’s a quick taster of why you’re heading to Grand Teto National Park . . .

Well, Naomi is very excited about Grand Teton National Park, and so will you be when you get there!

Driving to Grand Teton National Park from Denver, Colorado – this 550 mile, 9 or 10 hour journey, not surprisingly has options too. You can either;

  • take I-25N to Cheyenne, then the I-80W through Laramie and on to Rock Springs, then take the US 191 North through Pinedale and the US 191 to Hoback Junction, followed by the US 189/191 to Jackson . . . or . . .
  • again head out on the I-25N as far as Fort Collins, then US 287 northwards to Laramie, I-80W to Muddy Gap Junction (don’t you just love that . . . Muddy Gap Junction . . .), then continue along to Jeffrey City, Lander, Fort Washakie, Crowheart and eventually Dubois, before taking the US 26/87 over Togwotee Pass to Moran, and finally US 26/89/191 to Jackson.

So there you have it, driving to Grand Teton National Park, whichever way you choose.

If you don’t fancy the drive to Jackson then don’t worry, you can still visit Grand Teton National Park via the shuttle service which runs from Salt Lake City, Utah; Idaho Falls, Idaho and Pocatello, Idaho.

Flying to Grand Teton National Park

The closest airport to Grand Teton National Park is Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming (JAC in airport language), or Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Idaho Falls (IDA) or Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah (shown as SLC).

So there you have it, it doesn’t matter which road you take, whether you take the shuttle or fly to Grand Teton National Park . . . when you get there you’ll be sure glad you did!

In case you’re wondering how they got there, they’ve been there for generations!


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