Getting Around Grand Teton National Park
The best way to get around Grand Teton National Park is by car. Not only will you be able to explore the park on your own terms, but your $30 entrance fee will get your vehicle (and all its passengers) admittance to the park for seven days. The park is far too big to explore on foot alone.
To reach Grand Teton National Park, many visitors fly into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) since it's less than 5 miles away from the park's Jackson entrance. The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is located about 90-some miles to the west, but to find potentially lower rates, some travelers choose to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and rent a car and drive the five hours to the park. Alternatively, you can hire a shuttle service, such as the Jackson Hole Alltrans or the Salt Lake Express, to deliver you from the airport to the national park.
Driving is the best way to enjoy the park on your own time. Cars can be rented at the Jackson Hole, Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City airports. Keep in mind that much of the park is lined with narrow two-lane roads. It's important to heed the speed limit signs, especially on the popular thoroughfare U.S. Highway 26/81/191, which connects the park's Jackson Lake to Jackson Hole. Many animals have been injured or killed on this roadway because of speeding motorists. The entrance fee for motorists costs $30 per vehicle; you'll receive a seven-day entrance permit upon admittance to the park. If you're visiting in the winter, make sure you rent an all-wheel drive vehicle to make navigating the snowy roads safer.
Although you should get out and walk a trail or two at Grand Teton National Park, it's far too large – at 485 square miles – to explore on foot alone. Use a car to reach your chosen trailheads, and then save the walking for the many miles of trails in the park.
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