- Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Teton Park Road winds around the base of the Teton Range, offering visitors an overview of the park, including views of the Tetons, Menors Ferry Historic District, the Snake River Overlook and Jenny Lake. You'll also likely spot some wildlife, such as elk, moose, bison and maybe even a bear or two.
If you can't hike through the park, one traveler says Teton Park Road is the next-best way to explore the park, adding that the turnouts are "amazing." As with other popular attractions within the park, reviewers advise you get an early start to avoid a slowdown. Several visitors also suggest purchasing the GyPSy Guide app for your smartphone if you're interested in a more in-depth commentary than the visitor center pamphlets can provide.
Visitors can access Teton Park Road – also known as the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive – from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center. Before hopping in the car for the scenic drive, visitors should stop inside the center to pick up a map of the route. They should also check with rangers about some of the best places to stop the car and sightsee. Keep in mind that the road is open from around May to October; heavy snow makes it impassable in the winter. The drive is free to access with park admission. To learn more about Teton Park Road, visit the National Park Service's website.