The Full Day GTNP Experience
The Teton Range is a geological wonder. These mountains are some of the youngest in the world, yet comprised of 2.7 billion year old rocks which are among the oldest in North America. The peaks rise approximately 7,000 vertical feet from the valley floor, with no foothills obstructing the view. The parks 310,000 acres offer many diverse locations to marvel at the splendor of the Tetons.
Glaciers and erosion carved and shaped the park, creating lakes, rivers and forests which provide habitat for wildlife. We frequently see moose, pronghorn, and bison; as well as a number of bird species including waterfowl and raptors like the Bald eagle.
AlpenGlow Tours offers two different trips for a day in Grand Teton National Park. The first option is a full day that is divided into two five hour outings. We will photograph during both the sunrise and sunset hours, taking a break mid-day. The second option is the full day trip that begins before dawn and is approximately 8 hours long. While this trip is a bit shorter in duration, it still allows plenty of time to explore the Tetons.
The full day tours of Grand Teton National Park depart early in order to get on location and prepared to capture the sunrise as it first brushes the Tetons.
Our first stop might include Mormon Row to photograph the Moulton barns. We may then travel north to the Snake River Overlook, a location that Ansel Adams made famous. Further north is Signal Mountain and the Jackson lake area. You’ll notice I use the terms “might” and “may” to describe my tours. I never have a strict schedule as every new day brings unique opportunities. If we are lucky enough to locate some bears, we will spend additional time viewing and photographing them.
Turning south we will take the inner Teton Park road to visit the Jenny and String lake areas. The day may conclude by driving the Moose-Wilson road which has proven to be an excellent area for, you guessed it, moose and black bears.
After lunch, the spilt day tour continues to the park to photograph its features in a different light. It also offers another great opportunity for wildlife, as the animals are most active during the morning and evening hours. We will stay out late, concluding with a shoot of the sunset over the Tetons.