Amazing Views From Grand Targhee Resort Chairlift In Summer

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The quieter side of the Tetons does not disappoint! While Grand Teton National Park draws in record crowds this year, we continued exploring Teton Valley on the west side. We eventually made our way up to Grand Targhee Resort for their scenic chairlift ride. At almost 10,000 feet, the top of this ski resort offers some pretty amazing views without much effort!

Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee is a ski resort on the west side of the Tetons. While the resort itself is just inside the Wyoming border, the West Tetons are usually thought of as “the Idaho side.” In summer it’s a popular mountain biking location. It also makes for a great family friendly day trip. We paid $18 per adult for the scenic chair ride. Kids under 6 ride for free! Otherwise, kids tickets are $14.

Grand Targhee Scenic Chairlift

The chair lift takes you up 2,000 feet in about 10 minutes. Which leaves a lot of time to soak in the beautiful views on the way up. At the top there is a viewing platform and a short summit trail with amazing views in all directions. When you’re done you can head down to the bottom and enjoy a meal at the resort.

Summer Chairlift Ride

Tickets for the scenic chair lift ride are only good for one use. So if you had hopes of riding it multiple times to entertain your kids *raises hand* – that’s a no go. However, if you want to make a longer day of it there are more hiking options. You can skip the lift altogether and hike the 4 mile trail to the top instead!

View of Grand Teton

Teton Scenic Byway

Beginning in the town of Swan Valley and ending in Ashton, this 68.9 mile drive lives up to it’s name! If, by the end of it, you still haven’t had enough amazing scenery, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway picks right up in Ashton. That is actually right where we saw the Best Waterfalls in the West Tetons.

The start of the byway in Swan Valley is already scenic!

Driving in from Swan Valley, heading north, you will pass through the towns of Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia. Victor and Driggs are slightly larger, but the best views of the Teton mountains are from Tetonia. All 3 towns offer lodging, but the dining options are better in Driggs and Victor.

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The Tetons from the west
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