Colter Bay cabins, Grand Teton National Park

This is information for people going on the De Anza College Outdoor Club Grand Teton trip who prefer to not camp all of the time or not camp at all.

Where you stay in the Tetons is up to you but it can be difficult to coordinate timing of activities if we don’t all stay in the same area, so we’ve all stayed at Colter Bay Village, either in the cabins or campground for at least part of the time, often all of the time, on previous trips.

Below: an aerial photo with Colter Bay environs in the foreground and part of Jackson Lake. The cabins are towards the left of the visible buildings, the long stripe of buildings from the bay is the stores, laundromat/shower house and restaurants, and the campground area is towards the right. All are in walking distance of each other. There are short and long hiking trails.

Colter Bay: aerial photo of Colter Bay with Teton range in background

There is a black and white aerial photo/map to go with this picture with details of where to find the museum, picnic area, showers, grocery/gift stores, laundromat, hiking trails, marina, Ranger talk/campfire amphitheater, etc. at Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park.

two wood cabins

Colter Bay cabins have no lakeshore or lake/mountain view units.

All the cabins are non-smoking.

At the cabins we have seen bunnies, bears, deer, Chipmunks, tree squirrels, Cranes, Gray Jays, Chickarees, and other birds . . . and once, a moose wandering through the back of the cabins area that we did not get a picture of.

bunny outside cabin: bearoutsidecabinatColterbay120 pixels: black bear standing outside of a cabin deer outside cabin: deer grazing outside a wood cabin

deer in front of cabin
two bears cubs starting to try to climb trees

two deer lying down after eating grasses

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Colter Bay cabins all have a private bath with a “walk-in shower, toilet, and sink. The cabin has electricity, heat, linens, and towels. There are no TVs, radios, telephones, coffee makers, cooking facilities, or air conditioning.”

One room cabins offer one double bed and one twin bed
or two double beds and one twin bed.

Two room cabins offer one double bed in the first bedroom, and two twin beds in the second bedroom
or two double beds in each bedroom.

None of the Colter Bay Cabins have queen or king beds or bath tubs.

Some of the two bedroom, one bath cabins:

three cb cabins: three wood cabins and a road with big rain puddles

Some of the one bedroom, one bath cabins:

colter bay one bedroom cabin: end of a wood cabin 3 colter bay cabins rainy morning 2010: log cabins with paths to roadside

colter bay 1 bdrm cabin 2 dbl 1 single: cabin at intersection of two roads two colter bay cabins: two wood cabins and a large gravel parking area

wide gravel driveway area at cabins

In the photo below, Colter Bay cabins #16 on the left and #14 on the right, each with one double bed, have a shared wall and front doors right next to each other and would be appropriate for two couples that each want their own bathroom instead of sharing a 2 bedroom, one bath cabin.

two cbains next to each other

Below the view out a window, usually of parking spaces in front of cabins and/or of other cabins,

view from window Colter bay cabin:

and photos of a few of the interiors:

2 double beds, nightstands with lamps, window in a cabin bedroom

desk, bed in cabin

beds, ceiling fan, open doorway

And a cabin exterior, being used to dry fishing waders instead of trying to bring them inside:

If you hang a hammock from a tree without putting paddling under the rope where it goes around the tree trunk, you risk stripping bark off the tree and allowing insects in to do damage:

3 hammocks hanging from trees

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The large brown box at the upper left hand corner of the map below is the grocery, to the left of it is the shower house / laundromat. The large brown not-quite-a-box farther down on the left hand side is the restaurants.

map with buildings, roads

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There is no WiFi in the cabins, but bring your laptop/mobile device, there is free WiFi available at the

Colter Bay laundromat,

man working at a laptop in a laundromat

the main Colter Bay restaurant,

the Moose Visitor Center

and in the Jackson Lake Lodge parlor

that anyone can use without a secret code, no matter if visiting for the day, camping or registered in a hotel,

In the Colter Bay cabin rental office, for Colter Bay guests, there is a couch to sit on and a couple of desks to work at with 24 hour (sometimes slooooow-speed) WiFi (and if you have no device, internet service at a computer).

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There are no TVs in the cabins but bring your laptop, as there are some DVD rentals in the nearest large town, Jackson Hole, Wyoming .

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There is a medical clinic on the grounds of Jackson Lake Lodge, near the gas station, ten miles from Colter Bay, open 7 days a week in the summer, usually 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (307-543-2514, 307-733-8002 after hours). No appointment needed. See the map at: Jackson Lake Lodge vicinity

(St John’s Medical Center hospital (24 hour emergency room) is at 625 E. Broadway at Redmond, in Jackson over 40 miles from Colter Bay.)

Fire extinguishers can be found on utility poles among the Cabins:
fire extinguisher on utility pole

Ice machines are scattered around the property, including these two just outside the cabin office:
large trash bin and two ice machines

Most years there is a fee or free (for guests at Colter Bay cabins) shuttle bus back and forth a few times a day from Colter Bay to Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Visitor Center, Moose Visitor Center and into town. Please note that if you go all the way into town on this shuttle you must come back through a ranger staffed entrance station, and most years you will need to either have a park pass in your name or pay the daily rate to get into the park. Check with the shuttle driver before you use the shuttle. https://www.gtlc.com/media/2574/2019-grand-teton-guest-shuttle-schedule.pdf

In the town of Jackson most years there is FREE for anyone shuttle, (along with routes you pay for) usually 6 ish a.m. to 10 ish p.m. The route maps are worth printing just for the list of things that are at various stops:

routes:

https://www.jacksonwy.gov/404/Schedules

fares:

https://www.jacksonwy.gov/396/Fares

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There is a cell phone tower on Signal Mountain so the area at Jackson Lake Lodge has had more consistent cell phone reception than at Colter Bay. Walking around outside the cabins people usually did find some bars of service with some providers. You can use the phone at the cabin rental office front desk to make dinner reservations at the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge if your cell phone is not getting service. BUT in late summer 2021, a cell phone tower was put in the campground and we can expect better service.

Here are views of Colter Bay campground loop F with the cell phone tower:

and the view of the towers from the road leading from the Colter Bay cabins to the campground:

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You can get a package delivered to the Colter Bay cabin office by USPS or UPS, but don’t expect same day or even next day delivery. The cabin office, open 24 hours a day, will hold it for you.
Check with the office for the proper address.

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There are no microwaves in the cabins and no cooking is allowed in or around the cabins, but there is a picnic area/ swim beach

colter bay swim beach: a long beach as seen from the lake

Man standing with binoculars, picnic table full of dinner and gear at Colter Bay lakeside picnic area

with great sunset views right down the road at lakeside with restrooms and plenty of picnic tables / firepits.

(Remember that water boils at a lower temperature at a higher altitude, so cooking times at sea level, where water boils at 212 degrees F, are shorter than at 7,000 feet, where water boils at just under 200 degrees F. You can make the water for the hard-boiled eggs or pasta start boiling sooner if you bring hot water from your cabin down to the beach.)

There are no coffee makers in the cabins and no coffee is offered at the cabin rental office, but there is a coffee bar in the Colter Bay grocery. Some of us make coffee at the swim beach where we often cook out dinner, fill a thermos and have some ready when we wake up in the morning.

There are restaurants (only one open late season) in walking distance. Grand Tetons restaurants

Once we saw a mink running up a restaurant exterior wall (but did not get a picture).

We were surprised to see a fox (with a beautiful long tail) in the middle of the day, running from the marina area towards the Colter Bay cabins/restaurants:

fox and parked cars

sign that says DO NOT FEED THE FOXES If you feed foxes: They will be unhealthy and may die. You risk exposure to rabies. We will have to kill the fox for rabies testing if you get bitten. You could be fined.

The sign above details what can happen if you decide to feed the foxes that are all over the Colter Bay area:

DO NOT FEED THE FOXES

If you feed foxes:

They will be unhealthy and may die.

You risk exposure to rabies.

We will have to kill the fox for rabies testing if you get bitten.

You could be fined.

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In the cabin area, part of the reason why cooking is not allowed (this bear did not get a food reward this time because people were careful about their trash):

bear investigates trash area Colter Bay cabins: bear outside cabin at Colter bay: bear at Colter bay cabins looks into box at trash area:

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recycling bins Grand teton park: five various recycling binsRecycling bins are conveniently located among the cabins, and there is one outside of the store (the brown one in the center of the picture above) for used propane tanks. Ask at a Visitor Center about recycling your bear spray canister. (We bring ours on multiple trips until they actually expire, then recycle them.)

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There is a pay-for airport shuttle (reservations in advance required) to the cabins/hotels in the park if your arrival can’t be coordinated for when a trip member can pick you up Grand Tetons trip transportation.

NO CAR ON OUR TRIP?

During our trip, if your driver has plans for the day that you don’t want to participate in, or if you arrive by plane before the main group, or if your driver stayed up late and slept in all morning, there is plenty to do at or from Colter Bay without access to your own vehicle. See the trails below and Grand Tetons trip transportation

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male and female deer on slope above cabin, one almost peeking from behind a small tree

 

FAQ: Why should I pay for a cabin when I can camp for much less?

Because even when people are behaving courteously towards others, campgrounds are noisy until late at night and again fairly early in the morning. If you share a cabin with others who agree to the same schedule you can get to sleep early, be up before sunrise, (or take mid-day naps if you stayed up late and got up early). That’s the reason people on this trip have shared two bedroom, one bath cabins to some extent every year we have gone. (If you get a one bedroom, one bath cabin, with most cabins you have a shared wall with others that is not thick enough to keep you from missing seemingly inevitable arguments among the neighbors in the adjoining cabin.)

Plus, interesting, occasionally wet, fall weather is easier to deal with in a cabin.

We often share some of the two-bedroom, one-bath cabins at Colter Bay. The two-bedroom units have doors to each bedroom that I did not draw in on the floor plan below. The two bedroom cabins are not all the same size, but here is a typical floorplan:

Tetons cabin floorplan 300 pixels:

Tour a Colter Bay 2 bedroom, one bath cabin (cabin # 613): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.904423,-110.6399488,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAF1QipPmdcnoKYBe8pHKsji4papjexq0nHPQbqoOMRsT!2e10!3e11!7i11092!8i5546

Tour a one bedroom, one bath https://www.google.com/maps/@43.903955,-110.6400081,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAF1QipN_6gtFwgLqRleNAtFuz55ZULYwude2kWN8sW1C!2e10!3e11!7i12384!8i6192

Potential cabin accommodations at Colter Bay can be previewed at http://www.gtlc.com
The reservations number is: 1 (800) 628-9988.

A 360 degree view that includes cabin 231, a short walk to the Ranch House and Cafe Court restaurants.

and here, closer to the back of the Ranch House and Cafe Court restaurants, cabin #223, in a building with cabins 219-227:

cabin next to large parking lot

Cabin 613
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Cabin building 1005-1007

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Cabin 1012
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Cabin 212 does not share walls with any other cabin and is the only one with a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows:

cabin with a full wall of windows

 

We have had various roommate combinations:

    a married couple in one bedroom and a single guy and two single girls in the other
    a married couple in one bedroom and three women in the other
    a married couple in one bedroom and four women in the other
    two single girls in one bedroom and four single guys in the other
    four guys and one couple
    one year a single guy and a single girl who were a bit richer each had their own bedroom of a two bedroom cabin.

On the 2000 trip friends slid the two double beds together and slept three or four across, but one girl found herself slipping down the crack during morning pillow fights.

below: sign we put outside our cabins, a cilantro plant on a sunny windowsill as an ingredient for fresh salsa, 2006 cabin games, her first mousse (she called home and got permission first), 22nd birthday, decor:

moose patrol parking: sign with an image of a bull moose and the words moose patrol parking growing cilantro in a sunny window: a cilantro plant on a windowsill

games in cabin 2006 Teton trip: Tiffany with purple mousse photo by Shannon Mathey:

22nd birthday cake for Shannon in the Tetons: bear rug on bed in cabin: bear rug with big teeth showing

Inexpensive lodgings frequently have inadequate electrical systems, and since it takes quite awhile to get housekeeping to get the electricity turned back on when a breaker trips, we advise using fused power strips (with circuit breakers built in) at each and every outlet instead of trying to remember to turn off heaters when hair dryers are used, etc. If you stuff a number of people in a cabin the power strips are also wise because people can charge more than one cellphone/camera/laptop, etc. at once. (Maybe you can let the people on our trip who are camping or staying in a tent-cabin with no electric outlets, charge their gear overnight in your cabin.)

Electric ice chests should not run all night if it’s a cold year or they will overchill and freeze the lettuce.

Some of the wall heaters in the bedrooms are noisy so some of us have done without the heater and sleep in long johns (if you sleep cold bring a sleeping bag to supplement the blankets provided). Plus, if the bedroom isn’t overheated, then each person can dress according to the warmth they require and nobody will need to complain they are too hot.

There were no heaters in the Colter Bay cabins bathrooms (just in the bedrooms) the last times we were there. Even if you really heat the bedroom(s) the heat doesn’t make it into the bathroom to warm it up enough for showers. Someone in each cabin group should bring a portable electric heater (and extension cord and a fused power strip) and keep it running in the bathroom all night.

portable heater on floor

On cold days we run the bathroom heater not just at night, but whenever we are in the cabins and the bathroom stays warm. With the bathroom door open, the heat from the bathroom makes it out to the bedrooms as well and we noted a inside the cabin bedroom morning temperature of 66 on an alarm clock thermometer when the car thermometer said it was 54 degrees outside.

If you have space in your vehicle and bring a folding laundry rack you can hand wash a few things, set the laundry rack in the shower and let them dry overnight with your bathroom heater pointed at the rack.

There is a laundromat in the row of the store and gift shops. If you have a roll of quarters you will not have to depend on the change machine being operable. They sell laundry products but if you want unscented or hypo-allergic, or a specific brand of detergent or stain remover, it would be wise to bring small containers from home.

your face here photo below by Wendy Sato

your face here photo by Wendy Sato:

We advise negotiations in advance as to when / who uses the shower if you have a large group sharing a two room, one bath cabin.
treble clef and stanza: (The walls are relatively thin so singing in the shower can be heard clearly.)

And remember there is only one hot water heater so relatively short showers or long times between showers, or frequent end-of-the-day swims/water polo practice at the Jackson Lake Lodge pool and shower after at the pool, are advised. The Jackson Lake Lodge pool is 6 miles from Colter Bay and is free to guests staying at Colter Bay. (And please pack flips flops for any shower you will share with others, whether in a cabin/hotel room, a shower house or at a pool, or better yet pack rubber sandals, the kind that Velcro around your ankle to stay on your feet, if you don’t want cut feet when out wading/swimming).

swimming pool with one person swimming

If too many people in a cabin sharing a bath means too long of a wait, there are also public (pay $4.25 in 2016, $4.50 in 2021) showers at the Colter Bay laundromat, down the road from the cabins, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (+/-) next to the small grocery/gift shop. If you bring in a group of 5 or more the cost is $13.25 (2021)

During a thunderstorm, don’t swim, don’t take a shower or use a sink, including washing dishes. Don’t talk on a land line phone. Don’t use your I pod. Please read Thunderstorm and lightning safety

They never have enough towels at inexpensive lodgings so you want to bring extras for potential swimming, especially since things don’t dry fast if it’s cold overnight.

We had better radio reception while driving, but in the cabins (bring your own radio) we were able to get Wyoming public radio with the usual Morning Edition, All Things Considered, BBC Newshour, Fresh Air and late evening classical music or jazz at 90.3 (Jackson) and 91.3 (Dubois). (Dubois is pronounced DUE-boyss.)

The trip equipment page has valuable suggestions from previous trip members, including

No alarm clocks are provided, and we often bring a bunch of small battery powered clocks so we can have one in the bathroom as well as each bedroom. You will need to change the time when you drive from the Pacific Time Zone to the Mountain Time Zone after you drive into Idaho from Nevada.

You need to not only have enough ice chests for all the fruit, milk, yogurt etc., but also large lidded plastic containers or larger lidded bins for cookies/crackers/chips/popcorn/granola bars/bread that you don’t want the deer mice to nibble on.

table with large containers on it

Besides your rain jackets/pants, a big golf-sized umbrella can be great to get back and forth from the car to cabin to another cabin.
An old towel on the floor by the front door is often needed to wipe wet shoes on.

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A few of the cabins have wildflowers, different ones at different times of the spring and summer.

cabin in background, wildflowers in foreground

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Colter Bay cabins prices, (these prices reflect taxes, and the subject to change, utility fee) according to reservations some of us got / or according to the website:

(2016 – no longer available?) $95.04 One Room (semi-private bath)

(from the website in Dec. 2020 for 2021)

$224 One Room (one double bed, private bath, 1-2 persons)

$ 241.76 One Room (private bath, 1 dbl bed, 1 twin, 1-2 persons) 3 adults $253.41

$301.70 One Room (private bath, 2 dbl beds, 1 twin, 1-2 persons) 3 adults $313.35

$ 308.36 Two Rooms (connecting bath, 1-4 persons, one dbl and two twins, (sleeps up to eight … ten? with rollaway beds, 6 adults – – 2021 $354.98)

$ 302.81 Two Rooms (connecting bath, 1-4 persons, four double beds, (sleeps up to eight … could you be comfortable with ten? with rollaway beds, 2021 – 6 adults $326.12, 8 adults $349.43, 10 adults $380.51)

2021: a $15 fee for cancellations up to 3 days in advance, lose the whole deposit if cancelled within three days. “All changes and cancellations due to inclement weather or changes in flight schedules are subject to the penalties. . .”

and please also see: Grand Tetons trip cost.

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cabin in background, wildflowers in foreground

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The “Outdoor Club” does not get campsites (or any overnight accommodations),
students on the trip get them and share them as they want to.

If you want to get a better room, or even a suite with fabulous view, fireplace, fridge, microwave etc, that is actually in Grand Teton National Park, read more at: Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging

colter bay tent cabin: canvas walled cabin with wood sides showing the patioOr for a lower cost Colter Bay over night comparison, tour a tent cabin. And see: Colter Bay Tent Village.

If you want a campsite, look at: map of Colter Bay campground Grand Teton National park

How to get a campsite can require some advance planning, since reservations open up six months in advance and we like getting the best campsites.

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Grand Teton National park restaurants has links to menus and links to info about restaurants in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Everyone who gets a permit for an overnight backpack, needs to plan to keep their regular overnight accommodation (campsite, cabin) for that night, even though they will not be there. If you have to cancel (weather is moving in and we will be having lightning and it would be dangerous to be at a higher elevation), then everyone will need to go back to their overnight accommodation. Yes, it would save money to not pay for your cabin or campsite for that night, but it could possibly wreck your trip, so everyone going on a wilderness overnight must agree to not move out of their regular overnight accommodations.

pine tree branch ends

(Yes, we had too much fun with the following.)

You can call that piece of furniture an executive work desk if you want. There are on/off switches on the walls, not panels of LED readouts to program to turn on one or more of an array of light functions (bring a flashlight (electric torch) or headlamp for your bedside reading lamp so you won’t have to turn on room wall lamps and keep others awake).

No incense will be burnt, nor will a conch shell be blown to cleanse your surroundings.

No wandering minstrel will play the recorder or violin, sing, recite poetry or perform bird calls outside your window.

No tuxedos, exotic beaded midriff gowns or black stiletto pumps will be required or even appropriate.

No one will unpack your bags for you and place your extensive wardrobe in the bedroom closet or free-standing armoire that won’t fit all of your stylish apparel, much less just the outerwear of all those people you are stuffing into the room(s).

No one will turn down the covers and put a chocolate / orchid / caviar tidbit on your pillow every night (and if they did a deer mouse would eat it before you found it).

No one will peel grapes for you, nor will they arrange the pillows on the bed into a fort.

 

The wakeup service will be your own alarm clock

or perhaps another trip member knocking,

or if necessary, vigorously pounding on your door if you are late.

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Colter bay cabins with a bathroom have stall showers but no bath tubs.

They have NO flattering lighting from multiple angles, improved and brightened for ideal make-up application; private Jacuzzi or hydrotherapy pools, with or without bubble loungers; plunge or cold water plunge pool; alfresco, rain, rain-forest, computerized steam, aromatherapy, Swiss Pressure Point, multisensory or power showers; mineral baths; heated towel racks; five fixture bathrooms; stylish polished quartz dual-sink vanities with white marble cladding; locally crafted wood vanity; candlelight soaks in an oversized deep copper soaking tub or clawfoot soaking tub; bidets; private steam room or private sauna; finely appointed his and her vanities with antique chrome fixtures; his-and-hers medicine cabinets; granite countertops; 700 GSM (grams per square meter) 100% ring-spun cotton terry artisanal bath towels in cool colors to promote a tranquil space or rich colors create a lavish lavatory; 36-by-70 inch bath sheets with a combination of softness and high absorbency for a luxurious feel; or monogrammed cozy signature microfiber robes and slippers lined with cotton terrycloth,

fog over colors blue and green in a narrow photo strip
Colter Bay cabins have ceiling fans,

wide bladed fan on ceiling

and either small closets
closet with door open

or free-standing armoires:
open doors to closet

but no air conditioning; phone; radio or surround sound system; microwave; coffee maker; Nespresso machine; morning newspaper(s) delivery; complimentary national newspapers available in the Lobby; TV (flat screen, plasma, LCD, HDTV, DVR, DTV, 4K, direct view, DirecTV programming with Showtime, cable, satellite, interactive, in the bathroom, in the bathroom mirror or otherwise); dress code beyond the minimum in restaurants; high speed WiFi or mandatory fees for Upgraded Premium WiFi (up to 8mbps); data port; voicemail; iPod docking station; Bose SoundDocks; CD/DVD players; advanced telecom cabling; international direct dialing; digital alarm clock with stereo; biometric digital safes; video games; first-run Hollywood movies; CNN; many exciting and unique options of continuously piped-in, hip music; minimum non-negotiable resort fees for programs/options you don’t want; hard copy or digital Compendium Books; DVD lending library available in hotel lobby; sommelier; butler service; room service; bellmen; backpack valet; tailors; dry-cleaning service coordinator; shoeshine service; florist; personal DJ; lifestyle concierge to arrange for dinner on the table when you arrive, groceries for the week in ice chests in your room, coveted restaurant reservations, who will travel as far as needed to purchase what you forgot to bring and will retrieve items you leave behind; croquet coach with genuine passion and dedication who strives for perfection even in the smallest details; valet parking; chauffeurs; courtesy car service within a five mile radius based on availability; complimentary 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet convertibles, 2022 Tesla Model S or Bentley Speed Six loaner vehicles subject to limited availability; guaranteed late checkout of 1:00pm – blackout dates apply, based upon availability; private catered marshmallow roast executed with precision and grace; guided fly fishing that does not include transportation or fishing licenses; game room with billiards, Skee Ball, Air Hockey or Foosball;

leaded glass windows, through which to see, as John Muir wrote, “the sunbursts of morning among the icy peaks, the noon-day radiance on the trees and rocks and snow, the flush of the alpenglow”; french doors; hardwood floors; floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with a collection of antique books in multiple languages you likely do not speak even if you are tri-lingual; floor to ceiling windows illuminating a calming, peaceful setting that makes the definitively clear statement that life can once again be beautiful, fun, exhilarating and adventurous yet laid back and cherished, leaving the cares of the modern world behind; private elevators with a private elevator landing on to a double-height entrance foyer featuring a sweeping staircase with mahogany millwork throughout; vaulted or soaring curved ceilings bejeweled with forest colors, deep green, berry red, sunset gold representing the cutting edge of the elevated lifestyle; over-height mahogany doors; limestone thresholds; a theater furnished with plush, leather recliners and a floor-to-ceiling projection screen; rich chestnut panels and thick beams on a cathedral ceiling; oak paneled entryways; architectural details carefully considered to create a warm yet understated modernistic feel of rustic elegance with a balance between the modern and the eclectic yet featuring contemporary styling and relaxed sophistication and sophisticated interior décor throughout; meticulously restored Venetian plaster; Tuscan influenced molding; sumptuous custom wallpapers, hand-waxed reclaimed wood millwork; indigenous fabric / leather-covered walls; wallcoverings meticulously created to enhance the beauty of the natural surroundings, while adding luxury and style yet maintaining the warm ambiance of the open living space; art work, frescos, murals by, or portraits of, previous famous guests; archival fine art prints of wild nature embodying the country’s deepest democratic and spiritual values by major American artists, some by artists who deserve to be better known and were paid a pittance in their lifetimes and others by artists who are known only by the survival of their works; floor-to-ceiling crystal chandeliers; antler chandeliers, opulent stained glass windows; intricately tiled mosiacs in a traditional color palette; wall textures in glistening yet muted, organic hues; eco-resin twig or recycled driftwood/recycled barnwood doors,

bed aligned to the parallel physiological mechanisms of your body; king bed with silver birch tree trunk posts that seem to grow from the floor; storybook four poster beds with billowy draping; hand made quilts; down pillows; deep duvets; extra plush bedding, fine Italian linens, cashmere throws, luxurious signature pillowtop mattress, 300-thread-count or organic Eqyptian combed cotton sheets; record-setting thread-count bedsheets; organic mattresses; king-sized yet quaint daybeds; private hammocks; nooks with heated mosaic or stone tile lounge chairs where you can cozy up with a cup of herbal tea, and watch the sun set over the mountains or storms rage through the forest;

thoughtfully-proportioned walk-in closets, larger than your kitchen at home, with Poliform closet systems; state-of-the-art yet not technical one-touch dimmer switches; ornate gilt furniture or reverentially restored antique period furnishings; eco-friendly custom designed recycled peroba wood or natural kirei wood or color dyed eco-natruel-plywood furniture; handcrafted burl slab coffee table; hand-made twig coffee table; ergonomic chairs; cowhide ottomans, custom-loomed carpets of color and texture that capture the senses; coved lighting to bring you to a new level of luxury and soothing elegance; rooms connected by plank bridges hanging from ropes; hydronically heated recycled stone floors; electrically operated or otherwise motorized draperies or shades; gigantic custom dry stacked stone firepit; chiseled stone wood-burning fireplace with a Pinon fire laid out for you daily (any hour of the day or night) by an attentive staff;

dramatic, iconic porte-cochere designed to create a real sense of arrival and accentuate the picturesque rusticity of your lodging; moving glass walls that add to the abundance of natural light, fresh air and mosquitos; private entrances, patios, decks, verandas; generous sized outdoor patio with outdoor kitchen; wrap around open-concept terraces or balconies that flow seamlessly; grand and fanciful terrace carved out of blue granite bedrock, extensive wrap-around deck with hammock style twin beds suspended from the ceiling that are ideal for an any-time-of-the-day-cozy-peaceful-nap since their gentle sway mimics the motion of a canoe in calm waters; inner court water feature; eco-luxe open air hot tub with co-ed roof top sun deck; 12 person infinity edge hot tub; intimate yet spacious gathering rooms, each a triumph of wit, style and comfort, exquisitely designed with historic elegance and graceful flow; bronze Lotus Bowl infinity fountain; private roof-top garden terrace with plunge pool and fireplace where you can comfortably have lavishly enhanced private dining or host a reception at a set rate regardless of number of participants (with a uniformed Chef who will prepare Linguine & Penne Pasta-to-order with a choice of 21 ingredients, with or without passed or displayed, specialty or seasonal hors d’oeuvres that you can choose from with alternate haste and deliberation, optionally including Fennel Dusted House Made Assorted Truffles and caviar tacos with smoked jalapeño aioli and organic, gluten-free, grass-fed free-range escargot in a mineral soil demi-glace) for up to fifty guests; there are no words to describe the practical yet relaxing, unrivaled, distinctive resort-style gathering places with a quietly elegant, timeless and inviting atmosphere that imparts both grace and prestige to your executive conferees, complemented with natural light and a full array of conference technology, access to flexible outdoor pre-function areas and open-air lounge, with outdoor lighting that has been recently enhanced throughout to high, uncompromising standards, illuminating the gorgeous property as one walks to the after-dinner bonfire, as if by moonlight, creating an unbelievably memorable setting of astounding beauty and charm, subject to cancellation and attrition clauses;

staff to raise the wipers off your windshield when it starts snowing so they won’t freeze stuck on the windshield, staff who discreetly ask your preferred time for delivery of a mouthwatering breakfast basket with seasonal organic fruit smoothies, homemade jams in petite china pots, cold-pressed organic juice and a selection of fine, freshly brewed coffee and tea the evening before so then this thoughtful service can magically appear at just the right moment along with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Agence France-Presse and London Daily Telegraph; private chef who can create a 7 course meal of vibrant, globally inspired, yet simple dishes using the finest, seasonal ingredients sourced from the area’s farms, gardens and waters, or rarities flown in from afar with outstanding reimagined presentations and paired premium wines (menus subject to change, all menu prices subject to applicable sales tax and taxable service charge at 23% plus a $7 delivery fee per guest); event professional(s) who will contact you as soon as possible after you impart required paperwork in triplicate; discreet IP-based concierge service that accommodates real-time updates and daily specials, services and amenities that seamlessly unfold and are customized specifically with subtle attention to detail for each guest delivering the highest levels of luxury and satisfaction with extreme competency; personalized calendar of events from an attentive, innovative staff; host and staff available each morning to offer suggestions, secure reservations for activities off-property, coordinate recreational gear and thermoses of hot coffee; honor bar including select complimentary items; toxin eliminating holistic afternoon tea to purify your system and prepare you for a metaphorical rebirth into health; full day or half day Cultural Pilgrimages with spiritual sunset champagne toasts; eager, intuitive staff to assist you to fully customize any special occasion by suggesting recommendations to take advantage of the environment, aesthetic and recreational activities that may best harmonize with your expectations and personalize your culinary, wine and spirits selections; a relaxed, urban oasis atmosphere with a haven of complete privacy and tranquility giving an aura of splendor and spaciousness; peacocks roaming the grounds; Adirondack chairs facing the mountains at the end of the trail for each reservable-for-a-small-fee-not-included-in-the-outrageous-for-what-you-get-nightly-amenity-fee guided hike; team building scavenger hunts as an essential catalyst for change; private underground parking; gated, dedicated grass dog run; personal two-lane bowling alley; private putting green; heliport; state of the art skeet or trap shooting range; new refined billiard coaching; steep discounts for services with the resort’s award-winning customer-focused fashion consultations; curated shopping experience with a private-guided exploration of the highlights of the scene in a nearby city, with complementary champagne so you will spend more money; healthy cooking demonstrations; examinations of energy expenditures and motivational personal development seminars meticulously orchestrated by our dedicated staff.

 

thin line of various colors of rocks
There is usually little counter space in the bathroom, often just a small shelf above a sink:

but most of the bathroom cabinets have the usual amount of space with adjustable shelves:
wall cabinet

Colter Bay cabin bath ‘amenities’ are towels, bathmats, washcloths and dispensers of shampoo and soap.

two wall mounted dispensers of soaps

Bring some sunscreen, chapstick and dry skin lotion and whatever other goodies you want,
(remembering that scented can attract mosquitoes)

and put the heavier containers on the shower floor instead of on the shelves in the showers, so they won’t slip off a shelf and fall on your feet,
lower half of a shower showing bottles on floorr

as unless you bring your own you will have to do without amenities and simple beauty rituals sure to make any stay a delight, reawaken inner peace and elevate well-being; brow and lash tinting; microdermabrasion; shellac/gel polish nail enhancements; non-sticky airbrush tanning solution; makeup kit created with your own personal palette of colors; high performance deep hydrating and anti-aging oxygen facials to achieve a dewy look; harmonious, delightful signature amenities featuring maximum hydration; refined yet rustic deep cleansing botanicals to meet or exceed your personal healthy living needs; fine clays, enzymes and pure oils to hydrate, nourish and refine the skin texture deeply replenished at the cellular level; chic glycolic acid mud wraps; fruit and spice body peel and wrap; rose, huckleberry, lavender & peppermint, sea mineral, or volcanic clay mud wraps; highly customized fango wraps or nourishing seaweed wraps; unprecedented elemental stress release or brightening anti-aging facials to help your mind, body and spirit achieve a state of blissful harmony; salt, glycolic or exfoliating green tea enzyme peels; Collagen skin polishes; French pariffin treatment with vitamin C; pure, aromatic ginger peppermint manicure addressing cuticles and calluses to restore, refresh, heal and purify; mineral-rich serum exfoliating pedicure; eye brightening treatments; natural galvanic current spa treatments to promote relaxation and well-being; sea salt body scrub with ferulic acid and vitamins C and E; cellulite treatments; ultimate European glycerin body masque; Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap treatment; therapeutic anti-aging facials incorporating traditional European techniques with results-driven skincare formulations to reduce fine lines for a more youthful, hydrated appearance and leave your skin hydrated, refreshed and toned; Nouveau bath accessories fusing heirloom elegance with modern styling; botox; bikini wax; laser vein removal; non-invasive laserdermatology designed to dramatically increase toning results; the latest in non-surgical clinical treatments supported by phytohormones to align areas of emotion and spiritual holding, mind, body and spirit; detox footbath with enzyme based nutrients and vitamins; next step esthetic approach for a more active facial; handmade organic ayurvedic herbal products, scrubs or baths; oil anti-oxidant scalp treatments; invigorating scalp massage & hydration serum treatment; a rich but nongreasy elixir made from kale, rose geranium and with a blend of eight soy-based hyaluronic acids — of varying molecular weights, healing salts and honey; medicinal salves of comfrey, antibacterial olive leaf, anti-inflammatory yarrow, and propolis inspired by an ancient recipe; potent hypoallergenic formulas derived from homegrown ingredients (optionally including a a silky serum of skin-revitalizing herbs such as dandelion, marjoram, calendula, rose hips and nettles) produced in small batches with minimal preservatives; various “therapies” people claim are beneficial for respiratory and skin conditions, but with little scientific evidence to support these claims and a long list of risks of complications and side effects; a warm, skin smoothing, renewing, nourishing and hydrating brown sugar and bourbon-infused body scrub treatment with optional tension-melting shea butter application; adobe and organic beeswax body masks; chocolate or wine mask (masque); miraculous non-invasive facelifts; purifying grapeseed, ginseng and lecithin antioxidant body treatment with ingredients that are distinctly Californian to help refine your skin’s appearance, plus a boost in collagen production for deep hydration; metabolic detox body treatment with yam and pumpkin enzymes, brown algae and extra folmadehyde; results-focused cellulite boot camp; dermal wrinkle fillers; fractional laser resurfacing; sweet grass body treatment to to dispel negative energy, elicit emotional strength and assist you to clear your mind and set an intention for the coming day / year; or Lodgepole Pine & Aspen based skincare customized to your specific element.

thin line of gray colors made from a clouds photo

Bring (or make) a friend to trade backrubs with and encourage you to stretch your calves regularly, hike farther and get a little more exercise in general on the trip because you can’t expect a personal trainer; state of the art fitness center; personalized validation, clarification and wellness or expanded consciousness life coaching based on your DNA; Body Temple Spa; Swedish, sports, reflexology, neuromuscular, energy, deep tissue, deep heat or pressure point therapies; private in-room yoga or yogalates or Pilates instruction, with or without ujjayi breathing to calm your mind; tranquil yet enticing footbaths; custom personal fitness plans with optional exertion; Reiki treatments (hands on or from a distance); meditation solarium; Finnish, nordic, infrared or hot rock sauna; masseurs; certified massage therapists; patented lymph drainage therapy; juniper-sage hot rock massages; sacred stone massages; sunburn treatment massage; escape foot massage with reflexology; altitude adjustment massage; aromatherapy massage; warm oil face and scalp massage; transportative scalp massage; five-step guided water ritual; stimulating, centering acupressure treatments of unequaled indulgence to create a sense of inner calm and relaxation and work with your dormant spiritual energy; mini-Shirodhara with your choice of buttermilk or coconut water; new millennia hyperbaric oxygen treatments; modern techniques and regional, ancient styles of bodywork to address the needs of bodies exposed to the high elevation; or candlelit life force spiritual exploration fasting sanctuary.

fog over colors blue and green in a narrow photo strip

fawn nibbling Tetons trip 2006:

 


Trails from the Colter Bay cabins
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At the north end of Colter Bay there is a 1.5 mile trail with a small causeway out to and around an island visible in almost the center of the photo at the top of this page. One of the views from this Lakeshore Trail:
mountians seen from across lake

A self-guiding nature trail goes around the island. The Lakeshore Trail starts behind the visitor center or at the day use area or even from the marina.
boats in marine and sign

On the map below of the lakeshore trail, the red letter C is the cabins area, V is the Visitor Center and A is the amphitheater.

simple map of lake and shoreline trail

simple map

The Hermitage Point Trail goes out to Heron Pond and Swan lake mountains rise above pond with lilies

lake with mountains farther away

For a full day hike, you can follow the Hermitage Point trail along Third Creek, out to a peninsula on the lake and follow the shoreline of Jackson Lake back to the marina
(easy – moderate, 9.7 mile / 15.6 kilometer round-trip loop trail).

map with trails, islands

A hiking map of the Hermitage Point area that the map above was copied from is at::
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Hermitage_Point_topo.pdf

 

Since it is not safe to hike by yourself, if you have no companions to hike with, you can join a Ranger for this hike, for example, from 2019:

“Swan Lake Hike

Join a ranger to hike through the forest and learn about the park’s natural history. A classic national park experience. Bring food, water, binoculars, rain gear, and insect repellent.

3 hours * Meet at flagpole in front of Colter Bay Visitor Center

3 miles * Moderate hike

Daily 4 pm, June 5-Sept 3, 2019”

 

You can find a larger size copy of the NPS photo trail map below, with the Colter Bay Campground, Colter Bay Cabins and Colter Bay village streets in the lower right corner, as well as Donoho Point, Hermitage Point, Half Moon Bay, Colter Bay, Little Mackinaw Bay, Willow Flats, Pilgrim Creek, Elk Island, Heron Pond, Swan Lake and Cygnet Pond

at:
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2326181
NPS photo map with lake, trails, roads

(The trail map above is oriented the usual way with north at the top, the photo map above is not.)

You can download a Grand Teton National Park map at: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/maps.htm

and a map of most lakeside trails in the park at:

http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Lakeshore12.pdf

 

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Grand Teton National Park birds has photos and details about the most common ones we can hope to see
including Bald Eagle, Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Geese, Clark’s Nutcracker, Golden Eagle, Great Blue Heron. Great Gray Owl, Harlequin duck, Loon, Magpie, Merganser, Northern Flicker (woodpecker), Osprey, Ouzel, Pelican, Peregrine Falcon, Ptarmigan, Raven, Sandhill Cranes, Steller’s Jays, Trumpeter Swan , Western Meadowlark, and Western Tanager, with links to calls / songs from most of them to listen to.

and you can Download photos of over a hundred birds of Grand Teton National Park
https://www.audubon.org/climate/national-parks/grand-teton-national-park

hawk flying

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For details about our next club trip to Grand Teton National Park, go to: Grand Tetons.

 

Grand Tetons trip pages index has brief descriptions of most of the pages about this trip.

Grand Tetons kayaking

Grand Tetons sightseeing