Visitors are drawn to Grand Teton National Park’s rugged mountains, beautiful valleys and wilderness. A lot of these gems really stand out but there are some hidden gems in the park that aren’t quite as obvious. Here are some of the lesser visited parts of the park.
Here's a lesser-known spot for wildlife viewing. Willow Flats is located near Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. During the months of June and July, Willow Flats is a great area to see grizzly bears. During these two months, the elk are calving in this location so the grizzlies congregate in this area hoping to catch a calf.
Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake are some of the more popular lakes in the park but if you head a little ways off the beaten path, you will run across this gem. Leigh Lake is one of the prettiest lakes in the park. The lake water is crystal clear with beautiful mountain scenery and it has a beach! Leigh Lake is situated just southeast of Mount Moran.
You won't have to fight the crowds here. Located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, Oxbow Bend of the Snake River offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks. This section of the river is located along Highway 26-287.
Triangle X Ranch
Triangle X Ranch is the only remaining dude ranch left inside the park. You can stay at the ranch in one of their rustic cabins. Meals are included and they offer excursions such as horseback riding, river floats and fly fishing.
Schwabacher Landing is located along the eastern shore of the Snake River. The water here reflects the colors of the sunset and mountains. Wildlife is commonly seen in this area too. This is a very scenic gem in the park.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is a refuge located along the southern edge of Phelps Lake. The main purpose of the preserve is to provide a place where visitors can feel an emotional and spiritual connection with nature. Some of the natural communities here include sagebrush meadows, wildflowers, wildlife, fir, spruce, lodgepole pine, cottonwoods, aspens and sedges.
While the falls are pretty hidden in the park, they can get kind of busy during the summer months. Hidden Falls is located along Cascade Creek and does require some hiking to reach this beautiful spot. The total height of the falls is about 100'.
Signal Mountain Lodge
Signal Mountain Lodge is also located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. This lodge provides the only lakefront accommodations in the park. Here you can enjoy fishing, float trips, kayaking and canoeing in Jackson Lake and Snake River.
Craig Thomas Discovery And Visitor Center
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is located at 1 Teton Park Road in Moose. It's the only visitor center in the park to be open year round. The center's exhibits include the park's natural history, mountaineering and Western artifacts.
Mormon Row Historic District
The Mormon Row Historic District is a row of homesteads located along the Jackson-Moran Road in the southeastern corner of the park. This is where the Mormons settled when they moved into the area. The T.A. Moulton barn is one of the most photographed barns in the nation.
Chapel of the Transfiguration
The Chapel of the Transfiguration is a small log chapel located in Grand Teton National Park. The chapel is located in Moose and was built to frame the Cathedral Group of peaks through its window behind the altar.