Grand Tetons trip pages index

Grand Tetons is the main page about the De Anza Outdoor Club trips to Grand Teton National Park.

photos below by Quang-Tuan Luong/
, all rights reserved.

bull moose QTL: terragalleria teton range above jackson lake: terragalleria tetons and fence: Teton range and Jackson Lake seen from Signal Mountain by Quang-Tuan Luong:

terragalleria three bighorn sheep: terragalleria used with permission fall colors and peaks: terragalleria Mount Moran reflected in Leigh Lake:

terragalleria cascade creek and tetons: Moon and Grand Teton by Quang-Tuan Luong: Grizzly bear and thermal steam by Quang-Tuan Luong:

Where people stay is up to each person. 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 for at least part of the time on previous trips.

If you will be staying in a Colter Bay cabin, Colter Bay cabins, Grand Teton National Park has details about the cabins and the logistics of sharing one.

Colter Bay tent cabins

If you want to get a better room, or even a suite with fabulous view, fireplace, fridge, etc, read more at: Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging

Campers can take a look at a map of Colter Bay campground Grand Teton National park

Grand Tetons trip cost has examples of

The cheap trip,

The not-so cheap trip,

The slightly more costly trip, but less driving time,

also known as the I-can’t-get-much-time-off-work trip,

and The expensive trip.

nps photo bear on horizon: NPS 75 pixels 2 newborn bison: grassy plain with adult and two baby bisonNPS photo bull elk grazing:

Grand Teton trip 2014 video by Jennifer Chiou

Grand Tetons kayaking, Grand Tetons sightseeing and Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park have descriptions of kayaking we hope to do, the places we hope to see and a (long or short, your choice) hike we want to take.

If you want to go kayaking or canoeing with us on this trip you MUST read Grand Tetons kayaking .

Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a map and description of the main streets and how to find the largest groceries, Ace Hardware, REI, Target, UPS, Radio Shack, St John’s Health Medical Center (hospital) (24 hour emergency room), city parks with a skate park or sand volleyball court, electric vehicle charging stations and more.

Restaurants in Grand Teton National Park are non-smoking, many others in Wyoming and Montana allow smoking. There are dozens of restaurants in the town of Jackson. They vary from burgers, Chinese, Mexican, sushi, pasta, Italian, steakhouse to four-stars with “an award-winning wine list”. Most lean towards family or casual atmosphere. Grand Teton National park restaurants

has menus and links to some in town.

Grand Teton National Park
al fresco dining:


Grand Tetons trip equipment has advice from previous trip members.

sign moose emblem:

Grand Tetons trip transportation has flight info, driving distances and guesses at gas cost, previous trip examples, AND trip notes with where to find some mega-cheaper gas stations and ways to keep from driving the slow route through towns we need to go through by not taking the obvious freeway exit.

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 at NO CAR ON OUR TRIP?
at Grand Tetons trip transportation

Road trip advice and etiquette has decisions to make before the trip, packing advice and more from previous road trip members that could make the long drive more tolerable.

Grand Tetons Weather

nps drawing bears: drawing of a black bear and a grizzly for comparisonWas that a black bear or a grizzly, a coyote or a wolf or a fox we just saw?

NPS photo Yellowstone wildlife montage Robert Hynes 560 pxls: Rocky Mountain mammal size comparisons has photos and comparisons of beavers, squirrels, pika, marmot, elk, moose, bison, fox, coyote, wolf, golden-mantled ground squirrel, chipmunk, Red Squirrel (also known as) Chickaree, Unita Ground squirrels, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion (cougar), pine marten, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, grizzly and black bears, tundra swan, trumpeter swan, adult and juvenile Bald Eagles.



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

hawk flying



Grand Tetons biking is not an official part of the trip. This page has rules, advice and suggested routes, links to maps, in and out of the park for mountain and road bikes.

Grand Tetons whitewater rafting is not an official part of the trip.

Grand Tetons backpacking is not an official part of the trip, but often trip members do their own backpack adventure.


Grand Tetons recommended reading has links to on-line bird and mammal field guides, as well as books to buy or check out from the library before the trip

Teton range peak names

NPS photo peach sunset with black outline of teton range:

sunset 120 pxl 1 of 3 lt hill: sunset two of three lt hiil 120 pxls: sunset 120 pxl three of three lt hill:

Packing for the trip:

Grand Tetons trip equipment

You will r e a l l y want your own binoculars.

The club advisor brings a few pairs of waterproof binoculars, but not enough for a large group. With binoculars you can see the river otters up closer when we are out paddling:

otters at Oxbow Bend and Mount Moran:

Improve your inexpensive rain gear

Snow or rain camp must-haves

GORP and hiking snacks

photo below by E J Peiker

photot by e j peiker Teton Sunset Jackson lake.:

Safety issues are discussed through all the pages, but some pages are especially about your health and safety:

Grand Tetons kayaking

Please, no trail running Grand Teton National park: “Trail running is strongly discouraged; you may startle a bear.” Glacier National Park: “Trail running is discouraged as there have been an increasing number of injuries and fatalities due to runners surprising bears at close range.”

Don’t bike or jog/run by yourself, it is safer to bike in groups since there are very large, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animals potentially everywhere.
Data suggest that rates of sudden encounters with bears are much higher among cyclists than hikers.
Grand Tetons biking includes statistics about cyclist encounters with grizzly bears.

your safety in grizzly bear territory tells you what to do if
you see a bear in the distance or a bear charges you and has info about Bear Pepper Sprays and what might happen before a bison charges.

During a thunderstorm, 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. Don’t get zapped! Please read Thunderstorm and lightning safety

The use of cell phones for photography (with or without a selfie stick) has made preventable injury or even death by selfie common. They were only taking a selfie.

Road trip advice and etiquette

sign wildlife crossing: sign means go slow: sign that bill moose: sign is some cows beau: sign slow down: 55 pxl moose silhouette facing left: moose silhouette facing left

canoe over canoe rescue

At altitude

How to not collide with a deer

Grand Tetons Weather

Hiking Advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

loading a kayak on a car

Read about safety at wildlife jams
safe distances from wildlife.

Camping solutions for women has tips for and answers typical questions from first-time women campers,
including the question: Can menstruating women camp or backpack around bears?

Bears has links to general info about bears, then practicalities of camping and backpacking around bears, (food storage, what to do if you see a bear).

For details about injuries from animals go to: fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering

NPS drawing that says your cell phone is not a light source, NOT a map, not a survival kit, NOT always going to have reception Cell phones in the wilderness has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.

GPS is not infallible

You can’t always expect a helicopter rescue

photo below copyright Daniel J. Cox/Natural

lone bull elk copyright Daniel J. Cox Natural lone bull elk near a stream on a misty morning, copyright Daniel J. Cox, Natural


Black and white or color aerial photo/maps are at:

NASA aerial photo of Teton Range

Grand Tetons and Jackson Lake aerial photo

Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake Lodge vicinity

Moose, Wyoming

Signal Mountain, Wyoming

astronaut’s view of Grand Teton National Park

tetons names of peaks 140 pixels NPS photo:
A larger version of this drawing of the Teton range, with the names of each peak,
as printed in the park newspaper, is at: Teton range peak names

Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a description of the main streets and how to find the Albertson’s, Ace hardware, Teton County library, St John’s Medical Center, city parks with sand volleyball and/or tennis courts and more.

map of Colter Bay campground Grand Teton National park

map of Jenny Lake campground, Grand Teton National park

Signal Mountain campground map

NPS photo swan family:

Pages of mostly photos:

Grand Teton trip 2018

Grand Teton National Park between-summer-and-fall-quarters 2017 trip:
Total Solar Eclipse in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park trip 2011

De Anza College Outdoor Club Grand Teton trip 2010

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park photos

2009 Grand Teton trip

Grand Teton National Park trip 2008

Grand Teton trip 2007 photos

Moose cow and calf, Grand Teton National Park September, 2006


De Anza College Outdoor Club Grand Teton park trip 2006

Grand Tetons Sept. 2005

Grand Tetons September 2004

cow moose and calf

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons Bald Eagles

Grand Tetons beaver lodge pictures

Cascade Canyon wildflowers

String Lake, Grand Tetons

sunset Lunch Tree Hill 2005 560 pixels: