There’s so much to see and do in Teton Valley, Idaho. This can present problems, but good problems. It simply forces out-of-towners to make some tough decisions as they try to recon with what should be on their itinerary given the limited amount of time most vacationers have committed to this particular destination. Guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, nestled on the western side of the Grand Teton Mountains and hugging the border of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, often find themselves in this quandary. After all, visitors have chosen the optimum place to maximize the opportunities for world-class recreation, fun and discovery. However, to make decisions a tad easier, the gracious concierge staff at Teton Springs will help with itineraries so not a minute of one’s time is squandered.
The lodge one- and two-bedroom suites are elegant and the custom mountain log homes are undoubtedly spacious and grand in every way. Nevertheless, you’ll find an overall casual and genuine western hospitality vibe permeates this resort. Blue jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, bathing suit, wide-brimmed hats and plenty of sunscreen should be all you’ll need on a summer adventure. And don’t forget the camera and binoculars; there’s so much to see and capture in this glorious region, not to mention the resident bald eagle and golden eagle family that are often in full glory at Teton Springs.
It’s unfathomable that anyone would visit, regardless of time constraints, and not plan a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Teton Springs is only a tad over an hour’s drive to Wyoming’s South Entrance to the park with travel thru the iconic town of Jackson Hole and then directly through what many believe to be our country’s most spectacular park, Grand Teton. Famous for its saw-toothed peaks, this park offers some of the most jaw-dropping vistas in the country. Given it’s only 40 miles from Teton Springs, visitors may want to seriously consider a stand-alone trip to Grand Teton and enjoy a leisure hike to Taggart Lake or ride the ferry across sparkling Jenny Lake. All activities in this park are graced with staggering views of the Grand Teton Mountains.
Travel through Yellowstone, America’s oldest and foremost national park, shouldn’t be rushed. Your time spent here should be savored, like a fine wine. Yellowstone encompasses over 2.2 million acres and while most have undoubtedly heard of the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful, there are so many others that deserve a peek. After all, Yellowstone boasts more geysers than anywhere else on the globe. Fortunately, the park service makes it easy, convenient and informative with its myriad of boardwalks and walking paths complete with nature and interpretive signage. Yellowstone has always shown a commitment to the visiting public, therefore; everyone entering the park is awarded the opportunity to enjoy a close and intimate view of these natural wonders. The park’s bubbling hot pools are another unique Yellowstone Park thermal feature with extreme temps as high as 400 degrees pools measured in one particular hot pool. Little can compare to the experience of watching the steam rising from these hot pools in the morning hours, with brilliant sun peeking through the Lodgepole Pines and the sound of elk bugling in the distance. This is only one of the unique memories our nation’s first national park can bestow on the visiting public.
While most vacationers choose summer to visit Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, winter is a glorious season to visit the Tetons. Most are drawn to the stellar snow conditions, terrain and lack of crowds neighboring Grand Targhee Resort is known for among skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Snowmobiling is another sport that drives an enthusiast flock to this mountain-river country. There’s a staggering number of groomed snowmobile trails in the region and the fluffy soft conditions and myriad of backcountry trails make this a major destination for the zoom-zoom crowd.
The local experts from Teton Valley Adventures will pick you up at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and off you go for a snowmobile experience of a lifetime. You won’t have to travel far; you can enjoy miles of snowmobile trails in the Big Hole Mountains, just minutes from the lodge. This terrain is well suited for the family new to the sport or for the seasoned rider looking to conquer new and challenging terrain. After this excursion is over you best rest up. Tomorrow you’re in for a ride of a lifetime!
The State of Idaho Tourism Board, in their infinite wisdom, decided years ago to recognize the most scenic route to see more of eastern Idaho while headed to the snowmobile capital of the country, Island Park, Idaho. Close to 1,000 of snowmobile trails are on the menu, after all; this is an area known for its supreme recreation year-round. It’s not far, the Grand Teton Loop takes you north through the sleepy towns of Teton Valley and then you seemingly leave any semblance of civilization behind. Your eyes feast on massive swaths of rolling hills and farmland buried in white, as the Grand Teton Mountains stand watch. It’s a memorizing and blinding beauty unrivaled anywhere in the west.
The Teton Valley Adventure Mesa Falls Snowmobile Tour could very well be the highlight of this winter vacation. Riding the trails on the Mesa Falls Byway in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is a glimpse into the pure beauty and ruggedness of eastern Idaho. You can’t imagine anything more beautiful until you reach the actual upper and lower waterfalls, shrouded in a cold mist with water violently cascading into Idaho’s crown jewel, the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.