5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Grand Teton

The National Park Service is hosting a campaign this year to Find Your Park.  Twenty years ago, as a little girl on a family vacation, I found my park.  It most definitely is Grand Teton, and I have been back to visit almost every year since.  Seeing those mountains on the horizon lifts my spirits and cleanses my soul.  It may sound a little cheesy, but I don’t know what I would do without the Tetons in my life. You can imagine my complete elation when I was offered a job as a Park Ranger at Grand Teton National Park.  I lived in the shadow of the Grand for six glorious months and had the experience of a lifetime.  Driving through a herd of elk almost every day on my way home from work, watching bears play in the meadow behind my house, and trekking to the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen became a normal way of life for me. I love Grand Teton National Park so much that if I find out a friend hasn’t been, I personally take them on a weekend trip to show them the sights.  Obviously I cannot do this with all of you, but consider this my attempt to offer myself as your personal tour guide!  It was difficult to cut my list down to 5 so if you would like more ideas, please click here! 1.  Hike to Phelps Lake on the Lake Creek Trail Phelps Lake is a sparkling blue natural alpine lake that has gorgeous views of Death Canyon and the Teton Range.  The Lake Creek Trail is one of the newest trails in the Park.  It is a beautiful trail that follows water for most of the way and twists among the trees. What You Need to Know The Lake Creek Trail and the Woodland Trail form a loop so I usually end up taking the Lake Creek up and the Woodland back.  The trail starts from the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, which is an experience in and of itself.  It has an incredible sound room and a beautiful picture display. The thing about the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve is that it has extremely limited parking.  I mean EXTREMELY.  I have waited for 45 minutes just to get a parking spot.  I know I say this a lot, but get an early start and get there as soon as you can.  This is one that you will not want to leave to chance.  RV’s are not permitted in this area. The alternate is to drive to the Death Canyon Trailhead (high clearance needed) and hike to the Phelps Lake Overlook.  You won’t be right on the water, but you will get a stunning view! One last thing, Phelps Lake has an epic jumping rock.  It’s about 30 feet high and so much fun!  I once did a midnight hike there with a bunch of friends, and when we got there we encountered three drunk, naked men playing banjos.  So there … Continue reading 5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Grand Teton