Experience the winter wonderland of the Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge from Jackson Hole on this professionally guided tour!
Sunrise Winter Tour of Grand Teton National Park
- Private Tour Vehicles can seat up to 14 people. Pricing is for 4 people, each additional is $125
Sunrises in the Tetons are Magical
If you need a day off from the slopes or only have a half day to explore the area, we invite you to join us on one of our family-friendly private sunrise tours of the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park.
We design our tours to help you experience the most iconic wildlife, scenic places, and cultural attractions from the comfort and safety of one of our four-wheel-drive Chevy Suburbans or high-roofed Ford Transit Vans.
Our fun, knowledgeable, and safe guides will reconstruct the valley’s human history dating from prehistoric life 12,000 years ago to the arrival of legendary fur trappers, mountain men, explorers, pioneers, and artists.
Our guides will also interpret the wide range of conservation and stewardship initiatives designed to protect the valley’s unique flora, fauna, and cultural resources for future generations.
A sunrise tour starts with a search for thriving herds of bighorn sheep, elk, and bison on the National Elk Refuge and the generally solitary moose, the largest and heaviest member of the deer family, in the Gros Ventre River and Antelope Flats areas. And if lucky, you may even have a chance to spot a wily coyote, a fox, or a wolf (Vortex binoculars and spotting scopes provided).
Next, we will focus on the rugged and picturesque peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, the so-called mountains of the imagination. Your guide will take you to the most picture-perfect spots to view the range’s major peaks, including The Grand, Mt. St. John, and Mt. Moran, as well as explain how earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and oceans help build the mountains.
Seasonal wildlife may include bald eagles, bighorn sheep, bison, coyotes, elk, moose, red tail foxes, trumpeter swans, and wolves. Tour routes may vary based on wildlife migrations, road closures, inclement weather, and guest requests.
Our guides are certified and well-trained in preventing cold-related injuries, navigating in winter, and avoiding avalanche terrain. Tours include light snacks, bottled water, and hot beverages. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.
- Tour Length: 4 hours
- Start Time: 7:30 AM or 8:00 AM (start times adjusted seasonally)
- Price: $595 (for up to two (2) people). $100 for each additional person.
- Add-On Option: Sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge
- Size: Maximum of 14 people per vehicle. Call to discuss options for larger groups.
- Private sunrise winter tour of Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge
- Professional guide (standard 15% guide gratuity is NOT included)
- Light snacks, bottled water, and non-alcoholic beverages
- Training and use of our professional quality Vortex spotting scopes & binoculars
- Transportation in a spacious Chevy Suburban or Ford Transit Van
Winter temperatures in the Tetons can range from zero to 20°F (-18°C to -7°C) throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night and at higher elevations. The record low temperature is -66°F (-54°C). The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through April. Annual snowfall averages nearly 150 inches in most of the park, and at higher elevations, 200–400 inches of snowfall have been recorded.
What to Bring
Winter weather in the Tetons can be severe, but it’s fun to brave the cold when you’re dressed appropriately. One of the most important tips for attire in this environment is: Wear layers.
Your layering lineup should include a windproof, hooded outer layer and base layers, like wool or synthetic long underwear, for your upper and lower body. Avoid cotton jeans and sweatshirts; these items lack wicking ability leaving you wet and cold. Choose thick socks and sturdy boots. Warm hats are a must since you lose most of your heat from your head, and don’t forget the gloves/mittens to keep those fingers warm.
Pro tip: Disposable hand-warmers stuffed into gloves or mittens can be a comfort saver for those who get cold easily or have poor hand circulation.
Optional guide gratuity (15% recommended)