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Grand Teton

Mountains to Make Cowgirl Hearts Sing

Both my cowgirls and I are in love with Grand Teton National Park. We are water and mountain people, so breathtaking peaks and cool lakes and streams were the perfect combination for us. This may be our favorite National Park yet, and it’s a bit of an off-the-beaten-track find compared to its busy neighbor to the north.

Date(s) We Visited: 6/30/15 to 7/6/15

Family Highlights: Hiking along the northeast side of Jenny Lake from String Lake to the Jenny Lake boat dock and back. This was just about right for our crew on a sunny day, and we enjoyed soaking our hot feet and dumping hatfuls of frigid water on our heads from the streams that pour down the mountain. So cool to be right up close to Mount St. John, Hanging Canyon, and Teewinot Mountain and still be on a trail easy enough for a nine-year-old.

Where We Stayed: Signal Mountain Campground. 5 stars, 2 thumbs up. Excellent staff and great facilities with campsites just a stone’s throw away from Jackson Lake. Great tent sites all along the top of the bluff above the lake. Try sites 5-12 for RV sites with electricity and views of the water. Even some RV sites are a bit tight though (30 ft. max), so you may have to park your trailer, disconnect, and then park next to your rig. Flush toilets, pay showers, laundry, gas station and store, restaurant, gift shop, and lodge are all within easy walking distance. We didn’t get to it, but the 3-mile (one way) Signal Mountain Summit Trail is said to be well worth the effort, and you can get to it from the campground by foot.

Personal Bests:

Laney — Playing with new friends Michael, Chloe, and Louise.

Rich — Canoeing Jenny Lake

Carol — Float trip down the Snake River

Good Eatin’: The Peaks Restaurant at Signal Mountain. We were really impressed by the great service

New Park Friends: Eliska, Hunter, and Jason of Forever Resorts; Chloe and Louise and their parents from Brest, France; and the nice Indiana family who played four-square with us.

Family to Do List:

  1. Hike around Jenny Lake or take the boat to Inspiration Point
  2. Visit Meaner’s Ferry and General Store
  3. Catch the ranger program on scat (that’s critter poop for you greenhorns) at the Visitors Center
  4. Watch for moose from the Jackson Lake Lodge decks
  5. Take the Signal Mountain float trip along the Snake River

Blog Posts:

1. REVIEW — SIGNAL MOUNTAIN LODGE AND CAMPGROUND: http://www.ayearintheparks.org/?p=296
2. ONCE UPON A SUITCASE: http://www.ayearintheparks.org/?p=1
3. WE WERE ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL! http://www.ayearintheparks.org/?p=392

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3 Comments to Grand Teton

  1. Rich the Dad says:

    I loved the Grand Tetons. They were so gorgeous, and I made some friends. One friend’s name was Michael. He had a slack line which we played on a lot. There was this really nice guy named Hunter who helped us a lot, too. We also went canoeing on Jackson Lake after dinner one night and saw a beaver, muskrat, or otter. We didn’t know. I liked other parks, but I think this one is one of my favorites.


  2. Chris cheadle says:

    Never been there. What is it like?

  3. Carol Johnston says:

    Once again, the Grand Tetons do not disappoint! Ever since I was a little girl traveling Out West with my family, the Tetons have been our favorite spot. The Johnston family usually camped out at Coulter Bay,and we even had the luxury of staying at the cabins once or twice.

    When Rich and I were newly married, we camped at the north end of Jackson Lake at Lizard Creek Campground. This was a perfect place for us to put in our kayaks. The campground is really beautiful and is less hectic than other areas of the park.

    And this year, we were treated so generously by the Forever Resort people at Signal Mountain. The view from the lodge is spectacular, the food in their restaurants is excellent, and the staff is A-1. We were able to put in our canoe at the boat dock, swim in Jackson Lake, and enjoy great new friends in the campground.

    What made our stay at Signal Mountain so nice was the friendly staff of Forever Resorts led by Jason Ryan. We also want to thank Hunter who helped us find a good campsite for our trailer and for checking in with us every day.

    I think we could make The Grand Tetons our park! #findyourpark

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