Grand Teton is a breathtaking national park located in one of the most scenic areas of Wyoming. In this article, we’ll discuss how to get to Grand Teton National Park, including the best airports to fly into and the best roads to drive!
If you are flying to Grand Teton National Park, the closest airport is the Jackson Hole Airport, which is actually located within the national park! If you’d rather fly into a larger international airport, then book your tickets to Bozeman or Salt Lake City.
Driving to Grand Teton National Park? Highway 191/89 from Salt Lake City or Yellowstone is highly scenic and the most likely route you’ll take to the park. You may also find yourself on curvy Highway 22 coming up and over the Teton Pass.
My name is Ash, and I’m a former park ranger. I’ve been to Grand Teton many times, and I can’t wait to help you plan your upcoming trip to this majestic national park.
Let’s talk more about how to get to Grand Teton National Park, including my advice for the best airports and roads in the area!
Where is Grand Teton National Park Located?
Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwestern Wyoming. It is approximately 5 hours from Salt Lake City, UT, 2.5 hours from Idaho Falls, ID, 2 hours from West Yellowstone, MT, and 3.5 hours from Bozeman, MT.
The nearest national park to Grand Teton is Yellowstone National Park — the two parks are only separated by the 8-mile John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Parkway.
The closest town to Grand Teton National Park with a decent number of amenities is Jackson, WY.
What is the Closest Airport to Grand Teton National Park?
Jackson Hole Airport
The Jackson Hole Airport is located within Grand Teton National Park — it may be the most scenic descent you ever experience in an airplane! Flying into this airport is perfect for visiting Grand Teton because you’ll literally be within the park boundaries when you disembark your plane. If you fly into this airport, you’ll be minutes away from some of the most popular activities in the park.
American, Delta, and United fly into the Jackson Hole Airport year-round with direct flight options available from several major cities in the country.
Other Regional Airports Near Grand Teton
Idaho Falls Regional Airport
The Idaho Falls Airport is about 2 hours from Grand Teton National Park. This airport is sometimes cheaper to fly into than Jackson Hole, and it still gets you close to the park. It’s serviced by Delta, United, and Allegiant with connections to several larger cities in the area such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, and Mesa.
West Yellowstone Airport
The West Yellowstone Airport is the closest airport to Yellowstone. If you plan on visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone on the same trip, you might consider flying in here. It’s about a 2-hour drive from this airport through Yellowstone to the northern part of Grand Teton. This airport is operational from May to mid-October with flights coming in from the Salt Lake International Airport.
What Are the Largest Airports Near Grand Teton National Park?
If you don’t want to pay a premium price to fly into one of the smaller regional airports listed above, it will make the most sense to fly into a larger, international airport near Grand Teton, such as the airports in Salt Lake City or Bozeman. Ticket prices to these airports can be hundreds of dollars cheaper without adding too much extra drive time.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
Flying into Bozeman has a lot of advantages, especially if you plan on visiting Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier on the same trip. This airport is Montana’s busiest airport, so you’ll find more flight options and cheaper prices than a lot of the smaller airports in the area.
From Bozeman, you’ll need to drive about 4 hours to reach the northern part of Grand Teton National Park.
A route I recommend is Bozeman to West Yellowstone (1.5 hrs), explore Yellowstone with this itinerary, West Yellowstone to Jackson (3 hrs), explore Grand Teton with this itinerary, Jackson to Gardiner (4 hrs), and then Gardiner back to Bozeman (1.5 hrs). If you want to add in Glacier National Park, it’s only 5 hours from Bozeman.
Now that’s an amazing trip!
Salt Lake International Airport
Consider flying into the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, UT if you’re hoping to visit both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Many Grand Teton visitors fly here and then drive the 5 hours up to the Jackson Hole area.
The drive to Grand Teton from Salt Lake City takes you through rural towns and picturesque farmland. You’ll likely drive through the Snake River Canyon and through the town of Jackson to get to the park from this direction. After exploring Grand Teton, you can head north through the park to get to Yellowstone. From there, it’s only another 5 hours back to the Salt Lake City Airport.
You can easily see both of Wyoming’s national parks by flying in and out of Salt Lake City, but many people also add on Utah’s national parks if flying into this airport. Popular parks like Zion and Arches are only about 4 hours from Salt Lake.
Traffic and crowding in Grand Teton can be terrible.
Did you know that it’s common to wait in extremely long entrance lines to get into the park?
Are you hoping to see the best sights without getting stuck in traffic, circling parking lots, or being surrounded by people?
Stay ahead of the crowds with this Grand Teton Itinerary. You will see all of the can’t-miss spots, plus get lodging and dining guides, driving directions, and insider tips!
The Best Roads to Grand Teton National Park
If you’re driving to Grand Teton, you’ll encounter some gorgeous views of Wyoming’s rugged landscape! Here are some things you can expect on the roads that lead to Grand Teton National Park.
Highway 191 (Yellowstone South Entrance to Grand Teton)
Highway 191 from Yellowstone’s South Entrance to Grand Teton is absolutely stunning! As you exit the South Entrance, you’ll soon be driving right along the shoreline of Jackson Lake before reaching some of Grand Teton’s most scenic viewpoints — Oxbow Bend, the Snake River Overlook, and the historic Moulton Barn. I love the sweeping mountain views and fields full of horses, buffalo, or pronghorn along this drive.
This road is RV-friendly.
Highway 191 (Bondurant to Jackson)
This southern portion of Highway 191 travels from the small town of Bondurant to the town of Jackson. You’ll go this route if you’re going to or coming from Pinedale (the Wind Rivers) or Rock Springs, WY. The highway travels through the scenic Hoback Canyon before arriving in Jackson from the south.
This road is RV-friendly.
Highway 89 (Alpine to Jackson)
If you fly into Salt Lake City, you’ll take Highway 89/191 to get to Jackson before heading into Grand Teton. This road travels from Alpine, WY through the Snake River Canyon before heading up into town. From downtown Jackson, you’ll continue north along Highway 191 to reach the Moose area of Grand Teton National Park.
Entering the park from this direction is exciting — you’ll follow the most popular scenic and whitewater rafting sections of the Snake River as you drive. This road is a basic 2-lane highway with some curves, but driving a large vehicle or RV is just fine along this route.
Highway 26 (Dubois to Grand Teton)
Highway 26 travels from the charming western town of Dubois to Grand Teton, and it is the most direct way to the park if you’re coming in from the east. As you drive, you’ll climb up to the Togwotee Pass (snow is possible here anytime!) before dropping down to the Moran area of Grand Teton. You’ll catch a few glimpses of the Tetons as you come off the mountain, at which point you’ll meet up with Highway 191 to head north to Yellowstone or south to Jackson.
This road is RV-friendly, but take your time and pull off as needed while you make your way up the mountain.
Highway 22 (Victor to Jackson)
You’ll likely drive Highway 22 to Grand Teton if you are coming to the park from Idaho. This short drive up and over the mountain from the small town of Victor, ID is the quickest way to get to Jackson from the Idaho Falls airport. Some people choose to stay in Victor to avoid the Jackson lodging prices — if you do this, just realize that you will be driving up and down a steep mountain pass each day to get to the park.
If you’re hoping to see the fun “Howdy Stranger” sign welcoming you into Jackson Hole, this is the road you’ll find it on!
This road is not RV-friendly. Can it be done? Yes. Should it be done? Probably not. The route is steep up and steep down, with very few places to pull off. Everyone on the road will thank you for using Highway 26 to Alpine and then Highway 89 to Jackson instead.
Moose-Wilson Road (Wilson/Teton Village to Grand Teton)
If you’re staying in Teton Village, the quickest way into Grand Teton is on the Moose-Wilson Road. This road is slow-going, narrow, and has an unpaved section, but it’s short so it gets you to the Moose Entrance in good time. Wildlife is abundant on this road — I’ve seen moose many times here!
The Moose-Wilson Road is not RV-friendly. It is closed to RVs and trailers specifically, but all vehicles over 23 feet are not permitted.
Grassy Lake Road (Ashton to Flagg Ranch)
Occasionally, Google Maps will point you to an itty-bitty dirt road if you’re coming into the park from the Ashton, ID area. This road is known as the Grassy Lake Road or the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road. I don’t recommend taking this road — it will not save you time. It can be in poor condition and will take about 3 hours to get to the park (despite what Google tells you). Save yourself the trouble and just drive to Grand Teton on the paved roads!
This information should help you get to Grand Teton quickly and easily — there are so many fun adventures waiting for you in this spectacular national park. Happy trails!
More Grand Teton Trip Planning Information
Grand Teton Itinerary — a detailed hour-by-hour sightseeing schedule.
How Many Days Should I Spend in Grand Teton? — itinerary ideas.
The Best Time to Visit — what to expect during each month of the year.
Weather, Hours, and Closures — important weather info and common closures.
Where Should I Stay? — the best options in and around the park.
All About Camping — learn about the park’s campgrounds and how to get a site.
The Best Things to Do In Grand Teton — activities for your whole group.
12 Things You Can’t Miss on Your First Visit to Grand Teton — the top 12 spots.
The Best Easy Hikes — the perfect trails for kids, wheelchairs, and beginners.
The Ultimate Grand Teton Trip Planning Guide — everything you need to know.
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