Grand Teton Motels

by Jean Mann

Grand Teton National Park's majestic, ragged peaks and legendary snowfalls provide some of nature's most beautiful dramas in the American West. The park, in northwestern Wyoming, is a spectacular mountain and glacial-lake landscape that serves as the perfect backdrop to the variety of wildlife here. Bison, elk, moose, mule deer, grizzlies, black bears, wolves and mountain lions thrive in this unyielding wilderness. Lodging tends toward the rustic here, but good choices can be found among motels and lodges.

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Jackson Hole

The downtown Jackson Hole Lodge is a short drive from the national park. The motel has a rustic, knotty pine lobby and 33 suites and 26 lodge rooms. Some suites have kitchenettes and fireplaces. Facilities include a 40-foot heated pool and sauna, a children's pool and an on-site laundry. The Jackson Hole Lodge is 20 minutes to Grand Teton and an hour to Yellowstone. The Lexington at Jackson Hole, formerly known as the Trapper Inn and Suites, remains family owned. The inn has 500-square-foot, two-room suites, as well as standard and king suites. An indoor pool and spa await you after a day of climbing or skiing. The Lexington has laundry facilities, and is within walking distance of Jackson Hole's downtown dining and drinking spots.

Colter Bay Village

Colter Bay Village is like going off to summer camp. This village is located on the northern shore of Jackson Lake inside Grand Teton Park. It has a collection of motel-style, affordable log cabins with breathtaking views of the lake and mountains. The village has a marina, and guests can kayak, rent boats, swim and do some fishing. Horseback riding, lake cruises and guided fishing trips can also be arranged.

Moran

All the rooms at the Hatchet Resort in snowy Moran are housed in western-style buildings. The mainstay of the property is the log building that houses the resort’s motel rooms. Built with lodgepole pine from nearby forests, the rooms have a rustic charm. Some of the rooms are connected, which is helpful to families, and the three hostel rooms with shared baths are a good choice for value-conscious travelers. A "hunter cabin'' by a creek is a self-contained rustic cabin with kitchenette, bathroom and living room that sleeps five.

Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain Lodge, toward the south end of Grand Teton Park, is directly on the shore of lovely Jackson Lake. The lodge has a range of accommodations from the motel-style Country Rooms equipped with small refrigerators and microwaves to one- and two-bedroom log cabins. Whitewater rafting and Snake River float trips can be arranged at the lodge.

About the Author

Jean Mann has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. She enjoys writing travel, medical, health and how-to articles for various publishers. Mann is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English.

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