Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park

You can download a Grand Teton National Park map at:

and a map of lakeside trails at:

At the north end of Colter Bay there is a 1.5 mile trail with a small causeway to an island visible in the photo. A self-guiding nature trail goes around the island. The trail starts behind the visitor center or at the day use area. Swan Lake is about a half mile from the cabins. From there you can take 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.

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

Colter Bay aerial photo blckwht:

Colter Bay with locators:

A= amphitheater for early evening Ranger talks, later evening campfire programs

CRO = cabin rental office

G = gas station with tiny gift shop / a few food items

GG = grocery (postage stamps) and gift shop (sometimes less food selection in the off season), coffee bar

recycling bins Grand teton park: five various recycling binsRecycling bins are located outside of the store, including one specifically for used propane tanks.

H = highway 191/89, Jackson 41 miles, Yellowstone 13 miles

L = coin-op launderette (22 dryers and 21 washers) & public showers (11 each men’s and women’s showers), sometimes there is a wait for these.

Free WiFi available at the laundromat:

man working at a laptop in a laundromat

M = marina, free boat launch ramp, canoe and boat rentals, fishing equipment and licenses, cruises with meals, boat fuel and dump services.

Tour the Colter Bay marina (can take awhile to load)

Colter Bay marina: Don’t be surprised on our fall trips if you go to take a look and find that the marina is all mud and there are no longer boat rentals.

Colter Bay mudflat:

On many of our fall trips the ‘bay’ at Colter Bay is a mud flat due to irrigation water being drained from Jackson Lake.

P = lakeside picnic area & swim beach with restrooms, fire rings, picnic tables

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

dinner at Colter Bay lakeside picnic area: sunset along the Teton range at a picnic area by a lake. Man standing with binoculars, picnic table full of dinner and gear at Colter Bay lakeside picnic area

R = restaurant(s) free WiFi available. Ranch House open all season, Cafe closed early and late season (Coffee bar in the Colter Bay grocery.) Grand Tetons restaurants

Tour the Ranch House and Cafe Court, scroll down as needed (can be slow to load)

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

V = Visitor Center with films, talks, info, postcards, books and Indian Arts museum (info about the museum is at: Grand Tetons sightseeing)

details about the logistics of sharing a Colter Bay Village cabin are at:
Colter Bay cabins, Grand Teton National Park

Tour a two bedroom cabin, one bedroom cabin #1012, (and a tent cabin) scroll down as needed (can take awhile to load)

Read details about the cabins at: Colter Bay cabins, Grand Teton National Park

map of Colter Bay campground Grand Teton National park

More info about choices for overnight accommodations in Grand Teton National Park is at:
Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging

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 in Jackson (24 hour emergency room) is at 625 E. Broadway at Redmond.)

The main trip information page is at Grand Tetons.

See also: Grand Tetons and Jackson Lake aerial photo

NASA aerial photo of Teton Range


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. Grand Tetons trip transportation


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


NPS photo map with lake, trails, roads

and a hiking map of the Hermitage Point area at:


You can read about John Colter, Jackson Hole and more stories at:


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