Teton Glacier Turnout

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Grand Teton National Park featuring tranquil scenes, mountains and landscape views

If you want to see a glacier in the United States, this is one of the easiest viewpoints to reach via a leisurely drive through Grand Teton National Park.

Teton Glacier Turnout is an excellent spot for viewing the Teton Glacier from the roadside. Although climate change has caused the park’s glaciers to begin to shrink and retreat, Teton Glacier remains clearly identifiable as a frozen slab of ice in a high valley on the northern side of Grand Teton. As you travel along the park’s inner road on a warm summer day, stop to marvel that the ice remains year-round.

Learn about glacial impact on the region. Glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age did much of the carving out of the U-shaped canyons next to the tall craggy peaks of the Tetons. Those glaciers disappeared more than 10,000 years ago. Today’s visible glaciers were probably formed between the years 1400 and 1850, a period known as the Little Ice Age.

At the beginning of the spring season, see the glaciers in the Grand Tetons covered in pristine white snow. Later in the summer and fall, snowmelt reveals the gray hard-packed ice of the glacier itself, less easy to differentiate from the gray sedimentary rock of the peaks. Scientists monitor the conditions of the Teton Glacier and the park’s other nine or 10 glaciers with time-lapse photography and visits to assess volume, position and ice loss.

From Teton Glacier Turnout, continue north on Teton Park Road to see the Falling Ice Glacier from the Mount Moran Turnout. From Colter Bay, Skillet Glacier is visible. On the park’s eastern road, open year-round, Glacier View Turnout provides viewing for Middle Glacier, Teepee Glacier and Teton Glacier across the outwash plains covered in sagebrush.

Drive to Teton Glacier Turnout in about 30 minutes from Jackson. Note that the access road generally closes from the beginning of November through April because of snow and potential avalanche conditions. It may be possible to snowshoe or cross-country ski to the area.

Pay the Grand Teton National Park entrance fee to get access to all the park’s turnouts and other attractions for a week, or purchase an annual or lifetime senior pass to visit this and many other federal recreation locations.

Top Hotels Close to Teton Glacier Turnout

Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose, WY
Situated in a national park, this romantic lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of String Lake and Jenny Lake. Leigh Lake and Chapel of the Transfiguration are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (55 reviews)
"Great stay at Jenny Lake Lodge. Compared to our time at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, where the seasonal staff seemed to still be learning the ropes, the team at Jenny Lake was extremely well trained and solicitous. The setting is gorgeous; the property is lovely; and the food in the dining room is ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Jenny Lake Lodge
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Jackson, WY
Situated in Jackson, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Teton Range and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grand Teton National Park and National Museum of Wildlife ...
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Abode | Infinite Views & Wildlife at this Outdoor Haven | Abode at Solitude Hideout
Abode | Infinite Views & Wildlife at this Outdoor Haven | Abode at Solitude Hideout
Jackson, WY
Situated in the mountains, this romantic vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Teton Range and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grand Teton National Park and National ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Epic
"Grand Tetons in the back yard, 10 minutes for the airport, moose and bald eagles sightings from the living room. WOW. Plenty of room in the home for you and your friends. We had an incredible stay!"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Abode | Infinite Views & Wildlife at this Outdoor Haven | Abode at Solitude Hideout
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Teton Glacier Turnout

Snake River Lodge & Spa
Snake River Lodge & Spa
4 out of 5
7710 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY
The price is $480 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Snake River Lodge & Spa
Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose, WY
Jenny Lake Lodge
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Jackson, WY
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Abode | Infinite Views & Wildlife at this Outdoor Haven | Abode at Solitude Hideout
Abode | Infinite Views & Wildlife at this Outdoor Haven | Abode at Solitude Hideout
Jackson, WY
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Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Moran, WY
Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Classic, comfortable log home with stunning views
Classic, comfortable log home with stunning views
Jackson, WY
Classic, comfortable log home with stunning views
Continuum
Continuum
3 out of 5
3345 West Village Drive, Teton Village, WY
The price is $490 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Continuum
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - A Noble House Resort
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - A Noble House Resort
4.5 out of 5
3385 Cody Lane Drive, P.O. Box 564, Teton Village, WY
The price is $779 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - A Noble House Resort
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
5 out of 5
7680 Granite Loop, Teton Village, WY
The price is $3,535 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.