Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is a bicyclers dream.  One thing we have really desired in our travels is a biker friendly National Park.  This park delivered.  Starting at the visitor center in Moose, Wyoming is a totally paved trail system, completely separate from the roads, that takes riders on a journey through the park or into the resort town of Jackson Hole. During our four day stay we really logged some miles visiting J-Hole, and checking out the sights through the park.  We rode from Moose to Jenny Lake and enjoyed seeing the Pronghorns run through the fields next to us along the way.  We parked our bikes at the trailhead and hiked a short distance to Jenny Lake, a beautiful body of water nestled at the bottom of the Teton Mountain Range.

On another day we parked the truck at Dornan’s Trading Post in Moose and grabbed some sandwiches to fuel up before a long bike ride to Jackson Hole.  The sandwiches were fresh made and huge, piled high with meat and thick slices of cheese with all the fixings.  We had to save half for after the bike ride so we wouldn’t have sandwich hangovers mid-ride.  The route to Jackson Hole from Moose was scenic and passed through the Elk conservation area where thousands of Elk migrate in the fall.  Unfortunately there were no Elk there during our visit but it was really interesting seeing the creative solutions people have come up with to help keep the Elk from staying on the highway during migration.  There is a large fence along the highway with dirt mounds next to it on the highway side so the Elk can easily jump over into safety.  While we were in Jackson Hole we walked along the square and checked out the shops.  If you are into boutique shopping, fine art, or Western Wear, this is the town for you!  Loads of quaint shops and galleries to keep the avid shopper busy for hours and plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs to rest and quench the thirst when shopping wears you out.  We hit up happy hour at Thai Me Up and enjoyed eggrolls and pot-stickers with some great local brews from Melvin Brewing.

We were able to enjoy getting waited on for a change due to our fantastic boondocking location we found on Campendium.com.  We camped for free with a million dollar view in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, less then fifteen minutes from Moose and the park visitor center.  There were miles of forest roads offering opportunities to bike, hike, or go for a scenic wildlife viewing drive.

We wanted to stay longer and check out some hikes we heard about from locals but the weather drove us out.  We saw our first snow flakes and below freezing temperatures signaled it was time to move south before the ski season started at Jackson Hole.  I would love to check out the skiing there but hey, we live in a camper not a sleigh, so maybe another time.

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