Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Hole

Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
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Trip End Oct 01, 2010


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Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Today began early. We made a quick stop in the Old Faithful gift shop for last minute souvenirs. We ate breakfast at the dining room in the Old Faithful Inn. We opted for their breakfast buffet. The dining room is done in the quaint cabin style architecture, its rather large and has some interesting stained glass windows. The food was great with plenty of options on the buffet and not overpriced.
 
After breakfast I went to the Vistor's center at Old Faithful to have my passport stamped before leaving for Grand Teton National Park.

Along the way we made a stop at the Kepler Cascades just south of the Old Faithful area. The Kepler Cascades are several drops that form a waterfall, the largest drop is about 50 feet high. The area shows evidence of the 1988 wildfires that raged in the forests, there are many dead trees along the side of the waterfall. After taking some pictures we continued our journey southward through Yellowstone.

As we drove we saw a search party of rangers with dogs heading into a back country trail, it didn't look too good and we assumed someone was missing. We never heard what happened. We bypassed several smaller turnouts on our way out of Yellowstone. We left through the south entrance and drove along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.

On our way south we stopped at the Jackson Lake Overlook to take some pictures. I went into the visitor's center at Colter Bay to get my passport stamped. We stopped at the Jackson Lake Lodge just to see what it looked like.

When we approached Jackson Lake Junction we took the inner park road instead of the outside loop which we took on our first day. We crossed over the Jackson Lake Dam and bypassed the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and came across a beautiful turnout alongside Jackson Lake. We pulled in and the scenery was breathtaking. There reflected in Jackson Lake was the Teton Mountain Range. The sky was incredibly blue that day and there were only steaks of bright white clouds over the mountains. It was such a beautiful scene. An older woman taking pictures told me its the area where some of the most famous and award winning pictures of the Tetons are taken. We took a bunch of pictures here before continuing on our way.

The next stop was the drive up Signal Mountain Road. The drive is a five mile long journey up a narrow winding dirt road that leads to several nice views of the valley from 800 feet up. You have to be very careful and drive slowly on this road, a woman almost hit us because she was speeding around a blind turn. You can see the Tetons, Jackson Lake, Jackson Hole, the glacial flats and the Snake River from the summit of Signal Mountain.

When we made it safely to the bottom of Signal Mountain we made a quick stop at the Mountain View turnout to take some pictures. Afterward we stopped at the Jenny Lake Overlook to take some pictures of the Teton reflecting in Jenny Lake and Inspiration point.

On the way south we bypassed the Teton Glacier Turnout and headed for Moose Junction. As we pulled in there was a large crowd gathered. I found a parking spot and we walked down to the Snake River to find out what was going on. As we crossed the bridge we could see a female Moose and a calf in the river. As we got closer we saw another group of people gathered further up river. When we walked up we found out that a Bull Moose was in the river as well. We had to crawl through a bush to get to him at the edge of the river but the view and the pictures were worth it. He was going to sleep so he didn't care that we were there but we heard the day before that he charged a bunch of tourists and destroyed lots of cameras on tripods.

After the moose sightings I went into the Moose Junction Visitors Center to have my passport stamped. I also asked about how to find the Moulton Barn and the rangers pointed out the road I needed to take. We headed north through the park on the outer loop road to the turnoff for Antelope Flats Road which leads to Mormon Row where you can see several old barns and ranches including the historic Moulton Barn with a great view of the Tetons in the background.

Going further north we bypassed the Glacier View turnout and the Teton Point turnout to get to the Snake River Overlook. I wanted to get a good look at the river and see where some of the commercial rafting trips are launched from. We took some pictures here and decided to head into Jackson Hole since we were losing daylight. 
 
Our hotel for tonight was the Wyoming Inn. It was very fancy and had fantastic rooms, a breakfast buffet and cookies. It is situated about a mile outside of Jackson Hole proper. We took our luggage inside the room and got cleaned up to go out to dinner.

I made a stop at the Snake River Brewing Co. to buy a t-shirt. We also bought some items at the Jackson Hole Trading Co. We walked around looking for somewhere to eat. We had a few drinks in the Million Dollar Cowboy and ultimately ended up eating at the Cadillac Grill. It was a fancy dining room situated next to a noisy lounge. The food was good but the service was slow! I had a great margarita pizza. After dinner we returned to our room for the night to pack for our flight home the next day.
 
Things Learned on Day 6:
 
1. Old Faithful Inn Dining Room: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/Old-Faithful-Inn-Dining-Room-&-Bear-Paw-Deli-7195.html

2. Kepler Cascades: http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/kepler.shtml

3. Grand Teton National Park: http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

4. Colter Bay Visitor's Center: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/hours.htm#CP_JUMP_73408

5. Jackson Lake Dam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Lake_Dam

6. Signal Mountain Road: http://www.jacksonholenet.com/scenic_drives/signal_mountain_road.php

7. Mountain View Turnout:http://www.nationalparked.com/US/Grand_Teton/Teton_Park_Road_02.php
 
8. Jenny Lake Overlook: http://www.nationalparked.com/US/Grand_Teton/Jenny_Lake_Scenic_Drive.php

9. Moose Junction Visitors Center: http://usparks.about.com/blplanner-teton10.htm

10. Moulton Barn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Teton_National_Park

11. Snake River Overlook: http://www.vacationidea.com/grand_teton/snake_river_overlook_grand_teton.html

12. Wyoming Inn: http://www.wyominginn.com/

 13. Cadillac Grill: http://www.cadillac-grille.com/dinningrm.html

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