Let’s explore grand teton national park

~ Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it.  In these mountains you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Come see the majestic Grand Tetons with us!

Dates: May 4-7, 2023
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hosts: Cheri & Tom
Ages: YSA & MSA Singles

space is limited to 30 guests.  don’t wait.

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Welcome to Grand Teton, Wyoming 

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Park Highlights

so many places to go.  www.nps.gov

Things To Do in Grand Teton

Visit Mormon Row

Today, two picturesque barns highlight Mormon Row. Settlers John and Thomas Alma (T.A.) Moulton build these barns on adjacent homesteads. After nearly 30 years of working the land, John replaced his log home and barn with a new carpenter-constructed, pink stucco frame house and impressive, two-story gambrel barn north of Antelope Flats Road. South of John’s homestead, T.A. took over 30 years to build his gable-with-shed style barn. Photographers from around the world stop by the Moulton barns to capture this iconic historic structure with the Teton Range in the background.

Hikes at Taggart Lake

Several easy-moderate trails leave from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. To access trails, drive down the Teton Park Road and turn at the Taggart Lake Trailhead. The Taggart Lake Trailhead is a popular spot and often fills in summer. Arrive early to guarantee a parking spot. If parking along the road, follow all parking signs and pull fully off the main road.

Explore Colter Bay

Located in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park, Colter Bay sits on the shore of Jackson Lake and offers recreation opportunities on or near the water. From the lakeshore, visitors will have views across Jackson Lake to Mount Moran and the northern end of the Teton Range.

Several easy to moderate trails leave from Colter Bay. Stroll along the lakeshore for views of the Teton Range, hike to Swan Lake and Heron Pond to look for birds and wildlife, or head out to Hermitage Point for a longer hike.

Hike Hermitage Point

Those looking for a longer, but relatively flat hike, will enjoy traveling to Hermitage Point. From Colter Bay, take the trail to Heron Pond, but instead of circling back to Swan Lake, continue on towards Hermitage Point. The trail traverses rolling terrain through forests, meadows, and wetlands. Once at the point, hikers will be greeted by views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range. Follow signs to continue the loop back to Colter Bay.

Explore Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake is one of the most visited areas in Grand Teton National Park. Tucked away at the base of the Teton Range, the lake is a centerpiece of the park. From the east shore, visitors have views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount St. John, and into Cascade Canyon. From the west shore, visitors can look back across the lake towards the valley of Jackson Hole.

Several popular trails leave from Jenny Lake. Hikers can loop the lake, visit Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, or travel into the backcountry via Cascade Canyon. Longer trails such as Lake Solitude or Hurricane Pass can be accessed from Jenny Lake.

Hike to Hidden Falls

One of the most popular trails in the park, hiking to Hidden Falls allows for spectacular views of Jenny Lake and Jackson Hole, as well as a 100 ft cascading waterfall. Visitors may choose to walk around the southern lakeshore or utilize the privately-run shuttle boat to cross the lake and shorten the hike. (If you are planning on using the shuttle, check their hours and prices. Tickets are purchased directly at the boat dock.) Once on the west side, the trail gently slopes up 200 ft in elevation towards Hidden Falls, a 100 ft cascade fed by snowmelt. Visitors wishing to hike further can continue up the trail another 0.5 mile to Inspiration Point.

Hike to Inspiration Point

One of the most popular trails within the park, hiking to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point allows for spectacular views of Jenny Lake, a 100 ft cascading waterfall, and the Jackson Hole Valley. Visitors may choose to walk around the southern lakeshore or utilize the privately-run shuttle boat to cross the lake and shorten the hike. (If you are planning on using the shuttle, be sure to check their hours and prices. Tickets are purchased directly at the boat dock.) Once on the west side, the trail gently slopes up 200 ft in elevation towards Hidden Falls, a 100 ft tall cascade fed by snowmelt. Visitors wishing to hike further can continue up the trail another 0.5 mile to Inspiration Point, which provides a view above Jenny Lake and out into the Jackson Hole Valley, as well as a view of Cascade Canyon and the Cathedral Group: Mount Owen, Teewinot, and the Grand Teton.

Hike to Cascade Canyon

Cascade Canyon, a glacially carved u-shaped canyon, passes between Teewinot and Mount St. John to provide easy access into the Teton backcountry. This out and back trail is a popular option with visitors who want to get into the mountains without gaining a significant amount of elevation. While following Cascade Creek, the trail provides spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, including the Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot. This trail also provides an opportunity to spot wildlife like moose and bears, as well as some of our alpine species like pika. While the trail continues several miles back into the canyon before splitting, you may stop and find a turning point at any time, making the trail as long or as short as you would like.

Jenny Lake Shuttle Boat

Jenny Lake Boating provides shuttle services across Jenny Lake at the base of Mount Teewinot.  On the West side of the lake you will find the Cascade Canyon trailhead.  There are trails from the boat dock to Hidden Falls (1/2 mile each way), Inspiration Point (1 mile each way) and into Cascade Canyon that leads North to Solitude Lake or South to the South Fork of Cascade Canyon, and beyond to Hurricane Pass and Schoolroom Glacier.

The shuttle boat eliminates a 2-mile hike (each way) to the Cascade Canyon trailhead, thereby saving time and energy for your hiking day.

Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes throughout the day.  The last boat will leave the dock at the posted closing time.

Explore the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve provides a special opportunity to connect with nature in an environment designed to reduce congestion and provide an opportunity for solitude and reflection.

Several trails can be accessed from the Preserve and Moose-Wilson Road. Take an easy hike to Phelps Lake or enjoy a strenuous trek into Granite or Death Canyon.

Hike Death Canyon

Several easy-very strenuous trails leave from the Death Canyon Trailhead. To access trails, drive down the Moose-Wilson Road and follow signs to the Death Canyon Trailhead. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed to RVs and trailers and occasionally has closures. The Death Canyon Trailhead is located one mile down a rutted, dirt road. The road is not recommended for vehicles with low clearance. Exercise caution when driving down the Death Canyon Road and pull fully off of the road if parking on the shoulder.

Cunningham Cabin Historic Site

The Cunningham Cabin stands as one of the valley’s few remaining structures from the homesteading era when settlers filed nearly 400 claims in Jackson Hole. In the 1880s, John and Margaret Cunningham staked a claim for the Bar Flying U Ranch. Today you visit the cabin and area that was the Bar Flying U Ranch and take a self guided tour.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend is a calm section of the Snake River, created over time through natural forces.

Many birds and other wildlife make their home at Oxbow Bend. On calm days, Mount Moran can be seen reflected on the surface of the water. Oxbow Bend is a popular spot with photographers, with sunrise and sunset being favorite times to visit.

Two Ocean Lake & Matilda Lake

Hikers hoping to view both Two Ocean and Emma Matilda Lakes can make a 13.2 mile loop around them both. Starting from the Two Ocean Lake Trailhead, the trail leads hikers around the north shore of Two Ocean Lake. The trail then crests at Grand View Point, which offers panoramic views of both lakes and Jackson Hole. The trail then goes downhill to Emma Matilda Lake to complete the loop. In early to mid-summer, wildflowers populate the area, brightening up the landscape and making for stunning views. Don’t forget the bug spray! Due to the wet, marshy nature of the landscape, this s a popular area for mosquitos.

Wildlife in Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park is home to a wide variety of animals. Grizzly and black bears, bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, and more live throughout the park.

All animals require food, water and shelter. Each species also has particular living space, or habitat, requirements. Knowing these requirements helps understand where wildlife can be found. To learn more about wildlife habitats and animal behavior, attend ranger-led programs, and review the tips for viewing wildlife below, and download the mammals brochure for Grand Teton National Park.

Singles, Mingles, & Fun

We’ve planned several ways to play and mingle with new friends including a welcome dinner, activities at the house, games, meals, music, dancing, and exploring downtown Jackson Hole.  Plus, we’ll be helping groups join together to explore this incredible natural wonder of Grand Teton National Park.

What to expect on this Getaway

When you join Cheri’s Travel Spot on this weekend trip to Grand Teton, you’ll have the opportunity to play, explore, mingle, have fun, and meet other cool singles just like you!

Trip Description:  If you’ve ever been with us to Zion National Park, this structure will feel familiar.

  • Check-in will be at the main condo on Thursday evening.  You’ll meet us at the registration table and we’ll direct you to your assigned condo, room, and bed.  That evening, we’ll have a home cooked meal for everyone followed by a welcome meeting where we’ll go over all the itinerary details, house rules, meet & greet the other house guests, and explain the optional group activities for the weekend.  On Friday and Saturday morning, we’ll meet early for breakfast, make our own packed lunches and snacks for the day, and then promptly depart for the National Park.  You’ll be carpooling with several of the other guests to whichever selected activities and attractions you’ve signed up for.  At the end of each day, we’ll meet back at the house for dinner, games, socializing, explore Jackson Hole downtown, dancing, or gratefully passing out for a good long sleep.  Early Sunday morning, we’ll host a devotional/sacrament service at the house with help from volunteering guests.  After which, we will do a top to bottom clean-up of the house and departing by 10am.
  • There will be an option to come a night early if your travel plans allow.  We’ll have an early arrival check-in on Wednesday, May 3rd.  There will be an additional cost of $150 for the extra night and meals (Thursday breakfast and lunch).  You can choose this option on the registration form.

What’s Included:

  • 3 nights Lodging
  • Welcome Meeting
  • All Dinners at main condo
  • All Breakfasts at main condo
  • Lunches and snacks provided for pack’n go
  • Group activities, games, music, dancing
  • Linens and towels
  • WiFi
  • Fireplace
  • Washers and Driers

Payment Terms and Pricing

 

Female Shared Rooms

  • Shared Queen: $495
  • Twin Bed: $495
  • Shared Sofa Bed: $425
male Shared Rooms

  • Twin Bed: $495
  • Twin Bunk: $455
  • Full Bunk: $495
Private Room Options

  • Queen  w/ensuite: $1,195
Wednesday Night Add-on

  • Own Bed: $150
  • Incl. Thurs. Breakfast & Lunch 
  • Space is limited to 30 persons.  
  • Pricing is per person and includes all taxes and fees.  
  • Rates are subject to change at Any Time.
  • Deposit of $300 is due at time of booking.
  • Balance is due by Feb 17, 2023.
  • Full payment is due at time of booking for any reservation made after Feb 17, 2023
  • Reservations are non-refundable.
  • Reservations may be transferred to a person of the same gender with a $100 name Change Fee.

Our Homes Away From Home

 

Clark’s knoll (CONDO #1)

Stay in the center of the action at one of three Jackson Hole vacation rentals in downtown Jackson. Just twenty minutes from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, twenty-five minutes from Grand Teton National Park, and forty minutes from Yellowstone, it’s the perfect location to fit it all in.

Amenities include:  WiFi, Heating, AC, Linens, Washer & Dryer, Fireplace, and Patio.

Clark’s knoll (Condo #2)

Amenities include:  WiFi, Heating, AC, Linens, Washer & Dryer, Fireplace, and Patio.

Clark’s knoll (Condo #3)

Amenities include:  WiFi, Heating, AC, Linens, Washer & Dryer, Fireplace, and Patio.

Located Near Downtown Jackson Hole

Know before you go

  • The house is in Jackson Hole, Wyoming located about 2 hours east of Idaho Falls, ID or 5 hours from Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • Nearby Airports:  We will be using the park’s South Entrance. The Jackson Hole Airport is inside Grand Teton National Park near the Moose Entrance in the southern section of the park. It’s about 15 minutes to the house.  Another option is Idaho Falls Regional Airport, about 2 hours to the condo.
  • This retreat is not a church sponsored event but LDS Standards are expected to be maintained.

Not Included:

  • Transportation to the park.  We will be relying on each other to carpool to and from the park.
  • Park Entrance Fee – $35 for the non-commercial vehicle pass. Good for entry into Grand Teton National Park for seven days from the date of purchase.  You only need one pass per vehicle, NOT per person.  Click here for more options and information, including the $80 annual pass, which is good in every US National Park for one year.
  • 3rd Party Optional Excursions.  There are many companies in the area if you choose to hire a guide or rent equipment.
  • Travel Insurance, highly recommended since life happens.  (Contact Cheri’s Travel Spot for pricing)

Itinerary & Activities

*subject to change

Day 1:  Thursday, May 4, 2023 – Welcome!

5pm – Check-In

7pm – Dinner at House 

8pm – Welcome Meeting

9pm – Free Time (games, socializing)

11pm – Quiet hours

Day 2:  Friday, May 5, 2023 – Activities

7am – Breakfast

8am – Depart for Grand Teton

7pm – Dinner at House

8pm – Free Time (games, socializing) 

11pm – Quiet hours

Day 3:  Saturday, May 6, 2023 – Activities

7am – Breakfast

8am – Depart for Grand Teton 

7pm – Dinner at House

8pm – Free Time (games, socializing) 

11pm – Quiet hours

Day 4:  Sunday, May 7, 2023 – Depart for Home 

7am – Breakfast

8:30am – Group Photo

9am – Devotional/Sacrament

10am – Checkout

Download the Official NPS App  

One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and much more to plan your national park adventures before and during your trip.

The NPS App is currently available on iOS and Android mobile devices. It can be downloaded for free through the App Store and Google Play. Since cell reception isn’t reliable at Yellowstone National Park, be sure to download the app and save for offline use before coming to the park. This can be done through the toggle switch located at the top of the Yellowstone section of the app.

Features

  • Interactive Maps: see where you are located within the park and find what is nearby, including points of interest, roads, trails, and other information to plan your trip.
  • Park Tours: self-guided tours take you to interesting places in the park. Find suggestions for places to go, directions to get there, and things to do once you arrive.
  • Amenities: learn where you can find and access transportation, food, restrooms, shopping, and more.
  • Offline Use: you can download content from entire parks for offline use. It’s especially handy if you’re exploring remote areas in parks or concerned about data limits.
  • Things to Do: what do you want to do in a park—hike? Take a scenic drive? Have a picnic? Discover all the fun, entertaining, and educational activities parks have to offer.

"There is no certainty; there is only adventure"

~ Roberto Assagioli