Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center

#4 in Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center picture
Justin Kern/Flickr

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Sightseeing, Tours, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The $22 million, 22,000-square-foot Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, which is colloquially called the Moose Visitor Center, was built in 2007 to spread awe among visitors about the majesty of the Teton Mountains, which are on display through the center's enormous floor-to-ceiling windows. Not only does it contain the usual maps and information about hiking trails and ranger programs, it also offers an in-house theater that airs a documentary on the park. 

Recent visitors said the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is a must-do, whether you enter the park from the north or the south since it's filled with such great information and exhibits. Plus, one traveler notes that you can stop in without paying the park's entrance fee. 

The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is open seasonally from March to late October; hours vary by month, but generally, the center is open from 8, 9 or 10 a.m. to 4, 5 or 7 p.m. It's closed during the winter season, which stretches from Nov. 1 until the beginning of March. You'll find it in Moose, Wyoming, 12 miles north of Jackson off of Teton Park Road. Visit the National Park Service's website for more information.

More Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake1 of 7
Teton Park Road2 of 7
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Jenny Lake

The 2-mile-long, 250-foot-deep Jenny Lake is the muse of many an artist and photographer –and a great place to base your Grand Teton National Park trip. Depending on the weather, visitors can fish, paddle, swim, or boat its waters, or they can take the moderate 7 ½-mile round-trip hike from the Jenny Lake Trailhead for views of Cascade Canyon, Storm Point, Symmetry Spire and Mount Moran, among others. There is also a much shorter 1 ½ -mile round-trip hike to Hidden Falls, which is a traveler favorite. It's a central spot for visitors wanting to spend a night at the campsite or upscale Jenny Lake Lodge. If travelers would rather boat than hike their way to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, they can hop aboard the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle service, which offers shuttles every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. Taking the shuttle will knock off 2 miles (each way) to the Cascade Canyon trailhead. 

Hit this popular trail early to avoid the crowds (the parking at the southern end of Jenny Lake is often full from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but don't miss it since recent travelers describe it as a "must-see" with "great views." Others called Jenny Lake the "prettiest" in the country. 

Read more
Walter Stein/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park »

Explore More of Grand Teton National Park

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019

The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

Marisa MéndezOctober 3, 2019

The Best Washington, D.C., Bus Tours

Here's everything you need to know about D.C. bus tours.

John RodwanOctober 1, 2019

How to Visit Vatican City: Tours and Things to See

This country within Rome has a lot to offer travelers.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 30, 2019

13 Beautiful Castles in Germany

Fall in love with Germany's noble past by touring its magnificent collection of historic castles.

Kyle McCarthySeptember 26, 2019

The Best Antelope Canyon Tours

Here's the essential information you need for a satisfying visit.

John RodwanSeptember 26, 2019

How to Get to Machu Picchu: Tours and Tips for Visiting

Here is everything you need to know to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 24, 2019

15 Things a Hotel Concierge Can Help You With

From tying bow ties to teaching local languages, there's almost no request a concierge can't handle.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 23, 2019

The Best Gettysburg Tours

Use these helpful tips to plan a successful visit to the national military park.

John RodwanSeptember 18, 2019