Elopements In Grand Teton National Park
Elopements are a fantastic way to keep things private, simple, and focused. These two eloped at a court house as they wanted to keep it private and easy. We planned their elopement photos for Grand Teton National Park because you can not beat the Tetons as a background. I love that Cecily went for a non traditional dress. I think the green lace dress she chose went amazing with the blue of the mountains and the snow. I really enjoyed these two, their laughs, and humor while dealing with the cold. It think it was worth it. Thank you Cecily and David and congratulations!
Visiting Grand Teton National Park
How many days should you spend in Grand Teton National Park? I would recommend no less than 2 days. The best time to get into the park and see the sites is late May to early October otherwise you are dealing with deep snow and limited access to the park. The snow is amazing on the peaks though as you can tell from these photos. To avoid crowds, September is less busy than July and August. The Park is beautiful and the park amenities are all in function and the weather is not to hot or too cold.
To see more about How to Elopement in Grand Teton National Park take a look at my blog post with lots of details.
How to Get to the Park
Given the park’s out of the way location, if you are coming from out of town, the Jackson Hole Airport is the best way to get there. However, as an Idaho Falls Photographer, I travel to Jackson Hole all the time and the Idaho Falls Regional Airport is only 2 hours from the south entrance and has a gorgeous drive through the mountains. You may find a budget flight through there or Salt Lake International Airport.
There are four entrances to the Park. And you can travel the park usually in 2 hours. The best way to get around the park is by car. But there are many tours around, and they have a beautiful biking path that is on my bucket list.
I recommend starting your day early before the crowds and heat get to you.
Best Places to Stay Close to Grand Teton National Park
Some of lodges and places to stay close to Grand Teton National Park:
- Jackson Lake Lodge, located inside Grand Teton, is one of the most spectacular national park lodges with jaw-dropping views of the Tetons, an excellent cocktail bar, and several restaurants.
- Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch, located inside Grand Teton, is a rustic mountain lodge with a restaurant located in the far northern part of Grand Teton along John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway. Headwaters Lodge is the perfect place to stay between Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
- Colter Bay Village, located inside Grand Teton, is a community with budget-friendly log cabins and several restaurants, perfect for families exploring Grand Teton.
- Fireside Resort has modern mountain cabins with kitchens in Wilson, WY, near Grand Teton.
- The Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole is a mountain hotel with a restaurant near Jackson Town Square.
Top Things to Do During Your Visit
- See Wildlife- there are bears, elk, pronghorn, moose, beavers, eagles, deer, and more all over the park
- Hidden Falls- Take the Jenny Lake Boat Shuttle across the lake (it runs every 15 minutes and costs $18 roundtrip), hike 2 miles roundtrip to see the most beautiful waterfall tucked into the mountains
- Visit T.A. Moulton Barn and Mormon Row Historic District
- Do the 42-mile Scenic Drive and pull out in all the scenic turnouts along the way
- Visit a sunset at Schwabacher’s Landing
- Do Cascade Canyon Trail hike, 9 mile round trip
- Taggart Lake Trailhead hike is also a popular and easy hike in Grand Tetons
- Drive up to Signal Mountain Summit to get a view of all of the park and well as Jackson Lake and the Teton Range
- Horseback Riding in the Grand Tetons
- Grand Teton Lodge Company – offers 1-hour and 2-hour guided horseback tours from Colter Bay, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch
- Triangle X Ranch – provides a unique stay at a dude ranch with horseback rides
- Teton Village Gondola
- Hike Jenny Lake Loop- 8 mile trail through open brush and dense woodland surrounding the lake at the base of the Teton Range
- Rent a Kayak or Canoe and paddling out onto one of the many lakes. The two most popular places to rent boats are Jenny Lake or Colter Bay on Jackson Lake.
- Jenny Lake Visitor Center
- Craig Thomas Discovery Center
- Get Gorgeous Photos done to commemorate your visit to Grand Teton National Park with Kendra Sue Photography whether couple photography or FAMILY photography, we will work hard to get those gorgeous photos
Hope to see you on the mountains to celebrate you whether through your elopement, wedding, or couple session!