While there are certainly more than ten fantastic things to do in Teton Valley during the summer, or any time of year for that matter, here are ten of them to help you plan an incredible getaway this summer!
- Largest Bluegrass Music Festival
Since 1988, the Grand Targhee Resort’s Bluegrass Festival, in Alta, Wyoming, has attracted bluegrass enthusiasts from all over. This year’s festival will feature talented and renowned artists, such as: Railroad Earth, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor Band, David Bromberg Quintet, The Lil Smokies, and many more. In addition to foot-stomping entertainment, the festival offers delicious food made with locally-sourced meats and vegetables. The family-friendly atmosphere provides kids with fun activities and crafts too.
- Horseback Riding
How would you like to sit horseback as you ride through some of the most picturesque areas of Wyoming and Idaho? Picture yourself riding through fields of swaying meadow grasses and wildflowers with a view of the tall, majestic, Teton mountains. Imagine listening to the soothing sound of water bubbling and rippling in the crystal-clear lakes as you spot wildlife grazing in the distance. You don’t have to imagine it. Make it a reality. There are several outfitters that offer trail rides with experienced guides and sure-footed, mountain-bred horses. Here are just a few:
- Mountain Biking
If mountain biking through miles of diverse and challenging trails in the Teton Valley is more your style, you won’t be disappointed. The biggest decision will be choosing the trail. From easy-going to not-for-the-faint-of-heart, the trail options are endless. Visit Mountain Bike the Tetons to choose your preferred trail conditions to find the perfect ride.
Do you prefer adventurous whitewater river rafting, scenic float trips, or all-day kayaking? There are plenty of outfitters that offer guided rides with experienced guides for all levels of adventure, from floating under the shadow of the Grand Tetons to an exhilarating whitewater experience. If you’re an experienced rafter or kayaker, rent your own equipment and head out on the water of your choice: Teton, Snake, or Yellowstone Rivers or the Palisades Reservoir. The options, the views, the experience… priceless.
- Scenic Flights
Perhaps you would rather enjoy the breathtaking views of the Teton Valley and Mountains from the sky. No problem. Teton Aviation Center offers scenic rides in a Cessna Hawk XP or Quest Kodiak airplane. The guided tours reveal a birds-eye view of the mountains, canyons and lakes for a truly unforgettable experience.
The Teton Valley and surrounding area is a treasure trove of hiking trails. What’s great about hiking, is that it often times offers views and scenery that are only accessible by foot. While Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer some amazing hiking trails, consider hiking outside the parks where you will find incredible trails, stunning views, and less people. The trail options are too numerous to mention but there are plenty of online sources to find the right trail for your skill level, such as: Teton Valley Trails & Pathways, AllTrails, and Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced fisherman, you will find superb fishing in the Teton Valley. The 81.5-mile-long Teton River is teeming with Rainbow, Cutthroat, Cutt-bows, and Brook Trout, along with Whitefish. Several springs feed the river which results in ideal conditions for great hatches. Great hatches mean great catches. Since trout begin rising about 10am each day, you have an opportunity to fish all day, until dark. People are few and the views are amazing, so whether the fish are biting or not, you will still be rewarded hours of nature’s bounty.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides
Another way to take in the Valley views from above is in a hot air balloon. Like airplanes, balloon rides are adventurous and offer fantastic overviews, but they also offer something different, something magical. Maybe it’s the way these large, colorful balloons gently float through the sky. Maybe it’s the history. Did you know hot air balloons are the world’s oldest form of aviation? The first successful balloon flight took place in France in 1783! What’s more, balloon rides can be quite romantic when you book a ride for two. If you plan your mountain getaway during the first week of July, come enjoy the Teton Valley Balloon Rally where they will launch 10-15 balloons each morning, July 4–7, 2019.
- Go to a Rodeo
Rodeos are synonymous with the old west, so where better to take in a show than the Teton Valley! Every Friday night in the summer, the Teton Valley Rodeo offers family-friendly entertainment, food, and plain old-fashioned fun.
- Stay at Dreamcatcher B&B
Our stunning B&B, perfectly situated on 20 acres of solitude in Teton Valley, ID, offers Rocky Mountain views, gourmet breakfasts, luxurious guest rooms, and close proximity to the top things to do in the Valley. We are only 29 miles from Jackson, WY, 68 miles from Idaho Falls, 36 miles from Grand Teton National Park, and 95 miles from Yellowstone National Park. After a day of adventure, you will relish coming back to the B&B for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the spacious deck for star gazing or wildlife sighting, curl up in front of the fireplace in our grand Great Room, or curl up in your comfortable guest room with a good book. Book your stay today and enjoy the top 10 things to do in the Teton Valley!
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