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The Grand Teton NP & Dreamy Jenny Lake

The Grand Teton National Park sits between the desert wonderland of Utah and the America’s most famous National Park – Yellowstone. Its great mountain range is nothing short of spectacular, with deep pine forests, icy glaciers and wildflower-sprinkled meadows.

We spent just four days in the KOA near Jackson, and wish we could’ve stayed a week or more. The park and the famous Snake River aren’t just pretty spots, they are also fantastic for outdoors fun and family adventure. The National Park has over 200 miles of trails, leading you through its forests and dramatic mountain range, and of course, the crystal clear lakes. There are grizzly bears roaming around the park, so you may even get to spot one or two during your hike – we spotted none, boo!

We were staying right on the the banks of Snake River, which has plenty going for it too. The white waters are renowned for rafting, and you can see people doing it everywhere, often a dozen boats on the river at a time. Unfortunately, C is still too young so we couldn’t go, which is just another great reason to come back.

I’d love to tell you we hiked our way around the park, saw some bears and got some cuts and bruises, but in reality we were so tired and overheated from Moab, that we spent a couple of days lazing about on the banks of Jenny Lake, its waters so overwhelmingly clear and sparkly blue with the monumental mountain range sitting as the background – we were just drawn back over and over.

We ended up at the lake on the first day after doing the Jenny Lake Drive, a small road that takes you around the water. We stopped at the visitor centre, and wanting to see a bit more went on the little trail that leads you to the lake’s shores. We were so impressed by it all, and annoyed by not bringing swimsuits, that we decided to return next day.

The water was surprisingly warm enough that we could splash about and swim all day long, and the shore was secluded enough for us to relax in peace. It was absolute bliss.

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If you’re passing through on your way to Yellowstone, please make sure you stop at Jenny Lake – even for a few minutes’ as this is a view difficult to match.

We’re linking up with Coombe Mill for #CountryKids, Life Unexpected for #whatevertheweather and My Travel Monkey & Packing My Suitcase for #MondayEscapes.

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  • Life Unexpected

    This is absolutely stunning. Your pictures are incredible. What a beautiful part of the world and a lovely day out. I really need to see more of the world. xx


  • Baby Routes

    What a beautiful park and those mountains with the lake below are just breathtaking. I had no idea about this place – seriously need to explore the US national parks. Think with such beauty around I’d have been tempted to take it easy and laze by the lake too. Sounds idyllic. #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      We have seen so much and learned a great deal going through some National Parks on this roadtrip. They’ve all been incredibly impressive and have left us with the best memories. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Merlinda Little

    I wish I can pass Yellowstone! This is such a stunning place. Every photo you posted is just so pretty! #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you so much Merlinda! x

  • coombemill

    Oh my yet another wonderful post. I look forward to your photos each week to see where the next leg of your journey will take you. I thought our lakes were pretty but the mountain ranges round these are simply stunning. It looks wonderful and fresh in that water. So sorry you didn’t spot a grizzly bear, though I think I may have been a little afraid for you if you did! Thank you for sharing the latest chapter on Country Kids.

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you so much for your really sweet words Fiona. We were so lucky with this spot, there was barely anyone there despite the swarms of tourists half a mile up at the visitor centre! We didn’t see bears here, but wait for my Yellowstone post 😉 X

  • Ruth Rieckehoff

    Looks amazing. This past weekend, I stayed in a KOA campground close to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Hope I can make it one day to Wyoming.

    • one tiny leap

      You did?! We’re going there next week! Which one did you stay in? Was it good? (Sorry about all the questions ;)) x

      • Ruth Rieckehoff

        I stayed at the one in Midpines. I liked it because it was surrounded by trees, had a pool and on site store. The restrooms were very clean. I saw another one (Yosemite South) near the Wawona area.

        • one tiny leap

          That sounds good! Midpines is the one we’re going to 🙂 This one by Jackson had a killer location by Snake River. Some people’s tent was on the banks of the river, with the most amazing view.

  • Life Unexpected

    Jenny I adore your blog. You make travelling seem possible for anyone and are really making me want to pack up and get on a plane. I’ve always wanted to visit Yellowstone. This place looks so stunning and so peaceful. Thank you so much for linking up such a beautiful post to #whatevertheweather I love reading about your journey across the world. xx

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks lovely! Jenny Lake was the perfect way for us to relax before taking on Yellowstone 🙂

  • This just looks stunning and I want to go. One day 🙂 #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      It really was one of those places that you want to go back again and again 😀

  • Paris

    Beautiful! We are planning a trip to Yellowstone next summer and I want to add Grand Tetons on to the trip. Thank you for sharing about Jenny Lake!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks for stopping by! Absolutely a must if you’re visiting Yellowstone. It’s so close too, that it fits very nicely with the rest of the YP visits 🙂

  • Jenny Eaves

    What an amazing place! Your photos are beautiful, that is definitely a view that is hard to match and the water is so gorgeously clear! I really want to visit Yellowstone, it’s now on my travel bucket list.

    Thank you for linking up to our linky #whatevertheweather, beautiful posts like this one is why I wanted to start it. 🙂 x

    • one tiny leap

      It was all pretty incredible! I’m trying to get my Yellowstone post together but I have too many photos!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting x

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Wow, stunning! One of our favourite local spots is a lake situated in woodland, where you can swim in the summer, with a wonderful backdrop of trees. But, your view of the mountains is incredible.

    • one tiny leap

      Ah, I dream of a summer lake for the holidays! We felt very lucky to spend a few days in such a special place, the view and the (warm-ish) crystal clear waters were perfect! xx

  • I am so going to stop by Jenny Lake – Yelllowstone is on my list! As always Maria, stunning photography that just makes me sigh… a good sigh btw! Thanks so much for sharing on #MondayEscapes

    • one tiny leap

      The whole Moab-Tetons-Yellowstone was the most incredible itinerary for us. The landscape is so strikingly different, all beautiful and all so unique. Thank you for hosting 🙂

  • Those mountains in the second photo down look amazing, would love to go walking there. It’s a fantastic backdrop for a swimming pool! #Mondayescapes

    • one tiny leap

      So beautiful isn’t it? We knew it looked beautiful, but it was a great surprise when we found out that the water was perfect for swimming too 🙂

  • Domesticated MOMSTER

    I was born and raised in Wyoming. Jackson was a regular visiting place for me and still is. We took our family vacation there a couple summers ago and I just love the beauty! I love all your pictures…they bring back such great memories for me. I am visiting you from #whatevertheweather.

    • one tiny leap

      I really appreciate your kind words – what an amazing place to grow up in! We spent a good month in total in Wyoming and loved every part of it. Thanks for popping by the blog 🙂

  • mummydaddyme

    Maria you just take the most stunning photographs, the kind that make you actually feel in part like you are there with you. And you go to the most amazing places- so inspiring. x

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you so much Katie! The US national parks have been blowing us away, so gorgeous! xx

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