Make a day to visit Grand Teton National Park in a geological “gold mine” of adventure. Take the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway trip to Ashton and on Idaho 32, along the western side of the Teton Range. The mountains sharply contrast with rolling fields of wheat and canola in these agricultural communities as this trip through the backcountry of Idaho takes you to the Teton Scenic By-way. If you have time, travel on Idaho 31 through the beautiful Pine Creek pass to Swan Valley or just continue on Idaho 33. You will then be driving the incredible Teton Pass and drop down into the Jackson Valley with Jackson Hole, Wyoming and on to Grand Teton National Park. At nearly 10 million years young, the Tetons are the newest mountains in the Rockies. In fact, they continue to grow today at a pace of about an inch every hundred years. The distance from the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park to the south boundary of Grand Teton National Park is 56 miles; approximate driving time with stops is 1-1/2 hours. There are three visitor centers for you to stop and get information. Be sure to visit the Jenny Lake area taking the one way drive and enjoy a scenic boat cruise over Jenny Lake and then a half mile hike to Hidden Falls. Take a horseback ride at Colter Bay and stop by the Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum. Among these items there are many self-guided trails around the park as well as hiking and mountaineering. Always watch for wildlife as Grand Teton National Park is home to moose, bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, black and grizzly bears and a host of other animals and birds.
Return to West Yellowstone through Yellowstone National Park to make a circle trip.