We’re in that glorious shoulder season between skiing and whitewater here in Jackson Hole. While the ski hills just closed up and the rivers aren’t quite ready for running, one of the most spectacular ways to experience the Tetons in early spring is by bike.
When just enough snow is cleared in late March, a 14-mile section of Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake, Jenny Lake and Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park is closed to vehicular traffic through the end of April. It is arguably one of the most magical stretches of road in the park, filled with expansive views of the Tetons….and for a limited time it’s free of cars. 🙂
We took the Grand Teton National Park Pathway, a 20-mile paved trail from the Jackson Visitors Center through Moose and to that section of Teton Park Road for a beautiful, yet mostly flat, metric century ride on Easter Sunday. Having been to Jenny Lake in the height of tourist season, this was BY FAR a much more enjoyable way to experience the park.
Instead of being stopped by herds of mini-vans, the only thing stopping us was the occasional wildlife sighting. Hundreds of other families with children also made this their Easter activity, and the normally bumper-to-bumper route along Jenny Lake was instead filled with smiling cyclists enjoying the beauty that surrounded.
There were just two spots where snow hadn’t quite melted off the path and we had to walk our bikes. Past Moose, however, the rest was completely dry road riding.
Bonus? We had the truck parked here right outside of Snake River Brewery in Jackson for some post-ride refreshment.
Next week, we plan to do the same in Yellowstone National Park before its interior roads are open to vehicles for the season. Learn more here.