If you love jagged edge mountains as much as I do this should be one of your favorite parks. I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of this place, but the views are amazing almost anywhere you find yourself. The top picture here was taken on a beach off the side of the road that travels along Jackson Lake, and you have this view for most of that drive. The park is situated just south of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and may be overshadowed by the more famous park. I’m not here to say one is better than the other, I love them both, but it usually seems easier to find yourself alone with the mountains down in the Tetons. It’s easy to visit both parks on the same trip anyway, so there’s no need to decide between them. On the trip where these photos were taken my friends and I only spent a day here, I wouldn’t say that’s enough time but you can definitely still see a lot.
All of the pictures in this post are from my most recent trip to the Tetons in October 2018. It was my second time visiting but the first time I really took the time to enjoy it. We drove into the park from the south through Jackson Hole. From there you’re greeted with amazing close up views of the mountains right from the road and pull offs. I used a telephoto lens for the image above to bring out the waterfalls coming down the sides, taken at one of those pull offs.
Most of this trip was spend around Jenny Lake, a beautiful area south of the larger Jackson Lake. Above was one of my first views in the area, not far from the visitor center. There are plenty of trails around but I think some of my favorite views are a few hundred feet from the parking lot.
That trail we took went to Hidden Falls, a waterfall somewhat into the woods along the lake. Now I thought it was about a 1 mile hike, but somehow I had read the map from the other side of the lake and it was actually closer to 6, my friends didn’t trust me to read the maps after that. Still it wasn’t a bad hike and you have some great views of the lake and eventually the waterfall at the end. Just make sure you’re prepared for a little more than a quick walk in the park unless you actually know where you are.
And here’s another shot from Jenny Lake, appropriately called Jenny Lake because I thought it kind of captured the essence of the area. We left from here and drove north alongside Jackson Lake while the sun began to set. With a few stops along the way including the one where I took the picture at the top of this post we had driven through the park by nightfall. I think that’s one of the great appeals of this park, most of what you want to see is readily accessible, and if you want to see a bit more there are plenty of hikes to gorgeous spots as well. We only spent one full day here, I could definitely spend more but any amount of time seems to be worth it.