Summer season in the Yellowstone-Teton region presents a unique set of problems for both the locals and visitors alike. It’s not easy trying to decide what fun thing to do on any given day when presented with the choices we have. And, if you’re spending your vacation at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa with a finite of vacation days at your disposal, well, then your life definitely just got more complicated. It’s a good problem to have. This very nice woman from Virginia was staying at the lodge attending a wedding and had four days to explore the region and squeeze in as many activities as possible. She asked what absolutely had to be on her itinerary to truly experience the magic of this place. My advice to her – you better get going!
One of our local summer travel guides is called “GET OUT,” and that frankly says it all. If you’re visiting Teton Springs, chances are you’re geared up and anxious to embrace the great outdoors. The sun is so brilliant, and the sky so blue, that it’s tough to justify relaxing in your suite, as pleasant as it is.
With the anticipation of another terrific day filled with adventure and discovery, it’s easy to rise early and embrace the day. First you’ll need to fuel the tank, and the place to do that is with a breakfast at the resort’s Range Restaurant. This is a buffet brimming with seasonal fresh fruit, house made granola, eggs scrambled to perfection or a hefty serving of pancakes or cheese blintzes.
Now you’re ready to scatter, and any direction you choose holds promise. Many will head east for Jackson Hole and the most extraordinary scenic float trip on the wild and scenic Snake River. On this excursion you’re floating thru Grand Teton National Park, considered by many to be the most spectacular setting in North America. Your guide on this float should really issue a warning prior to boarding; the view of the Teton Mountains, in bold view throughout this trip, can seriously take one’s breath away. For a more exciting ride, many opt for the whitewater raft trip thru the Snake River Canyon. This ride is a blast, especially in early summer when you’ll hear nothing but squeals of delight from everyone as you conquer the rapids, especially Jackson’s most famous, Big Kahuna. Expect to be soaked; it’s half the fun! On both the mellow scenic and the whitewater, wildlife viewing will be at a premium.
As long as you’re this close to Yellowstone, take a peek into the country’s first national park, on us! When you stay two nights on the resort’s “Park Pass Package,” Teton Springs gives you a 7 day Free Park Pass. Check out all our Summer vacation and get-away packages!
Teton Valley and the surrounding area is a Mecca for hiking. Guest at Teton Springs can lace up the sneaks for a short jaunt to check out the neighborhood, which just happens to be the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. And, if more rugged and challenging hikes are in order, there are plenty of trails to conquer. Beautiful wildflowers are just beginning to blanket the landscape and the delicious smell of sage fills the air. A more strenuous hike, but well worth the effort, is up Fred’s Mountain at Grand Targhee (or you can always take the scenic chairlift) where the view of the Tetons is breathtaking. A shorter excursion is a quick hike up to the Darby Wind Caves, just minutes from Teton Springs. This trail, complete with waterfalls, meanders through meadows and thick forest and is in the heart of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area. I’ve never hiked this area without seeing moose, deer, elk and other critters that inhabit this glorious land. View the
many outdoor activities and adventures in the Teton Valley,
Now it’s time to fish! Two words that will incite passion in any fly fisherman – salmon flies! They’ve been spotted on local rivers and any day now we can expect to see the rainbows and brown gulping these on the South Fork. Our guides at South Fork Outfitters are standing at attention and ready for you to experience the best tailwater and dry fly fishing in the country. If your casting is a tad rusty, practice throwing the line on one of the many private lakes and ponds that envelop the Teton Springs Resort Community.
There’s another reason to head to Teton Springs this month and that’s the “Celebrate America Festival” at Huntsman Springs in downtown Driggs, Idaho. This year it’s slated for June 28, and this event offers gobs of fun and entertainment for the entire family, especially the kids. The day is topped off with live music and the valley’s largest and most magnificent fireworks display.
Another date that should make the calendar is July 19, when the Community Foundation of Teton Valley hosts the annual Tin Cup. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa will be more involved in the event this year, as our parent company, Natural Retreats, is a proud sponsor of the Tin Cup.
It’s a great day in Teton Valley supporting the valley’s nonprofits, and kids and adults can participate in a variety of fun walks, runs, and even the more competitive race for the diehard. Tackle the course individually or as a family team, followed by a festive day in the park with entertainment, games and local food. Check out the Tin Cup Challenge.
Get up and go – it’s Summer in Teton Valley! – 877.787.8757