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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton has spectacular scenery, from snow covered peaks to green meadows covered with wildflowers, pronghorn grazing in the sage flats, moose munching on willow thickets, and the Snake River winding through the valley. Traveling in the park, kids can hike to high mountain canyons and lakes, bike for miles, float down the river on a big rubber raft, learn to spot amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, or just enjoy dabbling toes in a sparkling lake. Watch Travel for Kids video - Grand Teton highlights.
Grand Teton Photo Album
    Moose Junction
    Jenny Lake
    Colter Bay
    Grand Teton wildlife
    Tips for Grand Teton with kids
pronghorn
  Wildlife – Grand Teton has such an abundance of wildlife, and it’s a real treat to see them in their natural habitat. The best time to spot wildlife is often early in the morning or late evening (it’s still light at 9:00pm in summer). Along Gros Vente Rd. which winds along the river, look for moose, find bison, elk and pronghorn at Antelope Flats Rd., white pelicans at Oxbow Bend, bald eagles in the trees along the Snake River.
    On our first trip, it was well-worthwhile to take a guided wildlife tour, about four hours. Our guide took us around the valley, we learned all sorts of cool stuff about wildlife, geology and history of the Jackson Hole valley, and really got to see the animals. (It isn’t always easy to see a moose in the willows, until you know to look for waving branches).
Snake River float trip
  Float trips – Float trips down the Snake River are fun for everyone in the family. Ours was a combination cookout and float trip at sunset. Our guide did all the rowing, all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the marvelous scenery and wildlife along the river (great blue herons, bald eagles, osprey, bison, elk, beaver lodges). Older kids will also enjoy two hour white water rafting trips down the river.
    Go camping – There are five campgrounds in the park, available on a first come, first serve basis (no reservations). Jenny Lake campground is tents only, Colter Bay has tent cabin sites and an RV park. In summer there are campfire and junior ranger programs and ranger-led hikes. Click here for more information on campgrounds in Grand Teton.
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Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Grand Teton National Park but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels when you visit Grand Teton National Park, all styles and price ranges, near to places you'll want to explore:

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Born Wild in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks kids  

Fabulous photos of young animals in Grand Teton National Park – bison calves rubbing noses, fuzzy brown moose calf, foxes playing, grizzly cubs following their mom, mule deer fawns in the meadows, and more. (Picture book)

 

     
Path of the Pronghorn
Cat Urbigkit, Mark Gocke

When you see the pronghorn running through the sagebrush, it's something you'll never forget. Follow the year long migration of a pronghorn herd through Wyoming to spend the summer in Grand Teton. Beautifully photographed. (Picture book)

And a board book, fun for little kids: Pronghorn Babies

 

 
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Bison
Cherie Winner

Bison are big and you’re sure to see them in Grand Teton. Find out how bison are the largest land animal in North America, have good hearing and sense of smell, but don’t see well, live in herds, and are fierce fighters. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     
Moose
Anthony D. Fredericks

Before you start searching for moose in Grand Teton, learn about these odd-looking animals. Moose have a short tail, large ears, skinny legs, can weigh up to 1,800 pounds, eat only plants, run very fast, are good swimmers, and more. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
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A Pika's Tail
Sally Plumb, Lawrence Ormsby

When we visited Cascade Canyon, we saw pika running around the rocks. This is a delightful story about a pika, named Beeejer, and he wants a tail like the marmots and weasels. Beautifully illustrated with all the scenery in Cascade Canyon.(Picture book)

 

     

This is our favorite field guide for Grand Teton - it includes mammals (bison, elk, pronghorn), birds, fish, reptiles, insects, plants, tracks & scat. Illustrations for each entry, and clearly organized. (Guidebook)

 

 
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Jenny of the Tetons kids books  
Jenny of the Tetons
Kristiana Gregory

An orphan girl, Carrie Hill, comes to live with the Leigh family, a trapper “Beaver Dick,” his Shoshone wife Jenny, and children. Based on real people and events (Jenny Lake is named after Jenny Leigh), the novel captures life in an earlier century, living by the lakes at the foot of the snowy Teton mountains. (Chapter book)

 

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