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The Best Maps of Grand Teton National Park (Updated 2021)

Grand Teton has countless trails and backcountry destinations waiting to be explored by those with a good map and a sense of adventure. So find the right map of Grand Teton National Park here and start planning your adventure!

If you’re looking for maps of Grand Teton National Park to help you plan your next great adventure then you’ve come to the right place. Grand Teton is one of those parks that evokes a true sense of wonder in every visitor and beckons to be explored. T

he park is full of amazing backcountry destinations and plenty of great day hikes. Thanks to it’s relatively low crowds, incredible scenery and wildlife, and huge array of activities, Grand Teton recently ranked 2rd on our 2021 list of the best national parks!

To really explore all that Grand Teton has to offer you’ll need the right map (or maps) and about a lifetime, but let’s just stick to the maps here. Depending on the type of activities you’re looking to do, length of time you’ll be staying, and your physical abilities, you may want a few different maps to properly prepare for your visit.

We’ll cover them all below. And be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to Grand Teton National Park here!


What’s All This Talk About Park Maps Anyway?

Maps are your guide to the national parks once on the ground, but quite often you’ll find visitors pulled off the road studying they’re newly acquired park map trying to figure out where they are and where they want to go next. As some of you reading this may well know this can lead to frustration and a “testing of familial bonds”.

That’s why we recommend getting your map before you visit the park so that you can plot out the places that interest you ahead of time. This way you won’t find yourself on the side of the road with bickering passengers and your map upside down!


What Do We Know About A Good Park Map?

At More Than Just Parks we’ve been visiting and exploring America’s National Parks for a long time. To make our award-winning films on these parks we spend weeks on location in addition to weeks beforehand planning our trip. Our experiences in countless parks, forests, and public lands have taught us a lot about how to plan these trips properly and one of the things we’re never without is a great map of the area.

While the National Park Service hands out wonderful maps with lots of interesting facts and history on the park to every visitor, these maps are not what one would call “comprehensive” by a long shot. They do a great job of highlighting the main points of interest as well as bathrooms, dining, and lodging options.

But for those looking to escape the crowds or find spots where they might have a better chance of seeing wildlife, or find that all-important campsite outside the already-full park you’re going to want a better map. Read on to review your options and pick the right map for you.


Things to Know Before You Visit

Entrance Fees: The entrance fee is $35 per vehicle but we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be found at the entrance gates to most national parks). This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.

Sunscreen: For many of us visiting national parks in the summer means lots of sun. Seriously, some of these parks can zap you if you don’t wear sunscreen. We happen to like this one because it works AND it’s not full of a bunch of unfriendly chemicals.

Leave No Trace: We’re big fans of Leave No Trace here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.

Insect Repellent: You hope not to need it, but you want to have it. We typically bring an Eco-Friendly Insect Repellent with us just in case the need arises.

Dogs are not allowed on trails in most national parks due to their potentially disruptive presence with the natural ecosystem. The basic rule is they are allowed where cars can go so be sure to check the rules before bringing along your furry friend.


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Our Award-Winning Grand Teton Short Film – a great introduction to Grand Teton National Park

Maps of Grand Teton National Park

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The Official Grand Teton Park Map (courtesy NPS)

The National Park Service Grand Teton Map

Where to Buy It: Available at any park entrance station or visitor center for free

Use: Casual Visitor

These venerable tourist maps are handed out at every entrance station to the park and are filled with fascinating information about the park for visitors of all ages. The map itself contains everything you need to take a traditional tour of the park. These are things like overlooks, trailheads, visitors centers, restrooms, lodges, and general points of interest.

Download a High-Res Copy of the Official Grand Teton National Park Map from USGS

For many visitors this is the only map you’ll need, but if you’re looking to experience more of the park and get away from the crowds and bustle of the roads a more detailed map is likely in order. For that we go to our next map of Grand Teton National Park.


Detailed Map of Grand Teton National Park

NatGeo Grand Teton Map
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Grand Teton National Park Map

The National Geographic Trails Illustrated Grand Teton National Park Map

Where to Buy It: On Amazon here

Use: For Day Hikes, Overnight Hikes, Backcountry Trips, and more

This map contains nearly 250 miles of mapped trails in addition to all roads in the area and a comprehensive list of points of interest like campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and interpretive sites. The map also displays the park’s backcountry camping zones, a crucial tool in planning any overnight backpacking trip in Grand Teton.

National Geographic makes the best maps of the national parks that are available to the public. They revise them every year and include everything you need to know to experience the park in its entirety. They’re waterproof and tear-resistant, you can write on them, bend them, fold them, and crumple them, but you can’t kill them.

Simply put, we highly recommend these maps regardless of the kind of activities you’ll be doing. If you have a favorite park that you like to visit often, one of these maps is a great idea to highlight your favorite spots and make notes of things you’ve seen in the park for future visits. If you’re still looking for maps of Grand Teton National Park this is the one we recommend.


Map of Grand Teton National Park & Surrounding Area

Grand Teton National Park is located on the Western side of Wyoming in an area known as Jackson Hole. The park shares a border with the more popular Yellowstone National Park to the north, the less-visited Bridger-Teton National Forest to the east, and the even less-visited Caribou-Targhee National Forest to the west. Jackson, Wyoming provides the nearest major airport and wide array of services and amenities.


Getting To The Park – Directions & Location

There are many ways to get to Grand Teton. The deciding factors in getting to Grand Teton are cost and time.

Closest Airport: JAC – Jackson Hole, WY (distance 0 miles from the park)

The fastest way to get to Grand Teton National Park is by plane, flying into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) located towards the bottom of your map of Grand Teton National Park. The airport is basically in the park and offers sweeping views of the Tetons from the terminal. If money is no issue and time is paramount this is the way to go. Major airlines such as Delta service this airport so finding a flight shouldn’t be a problem – the price, however is typically steep.

The cheapest way to get to Grand Teton is by simply driving to the park. This is a great, budget friendly option. Depending on your access to a car and the distance you’re willing to drive (see our national park road trips post), you may want to fly somewhere more affordable and rent a car from there.

Our recommendation is to check both rental car prices and flight prices at other nearby airports like Salt Lake City (SLC) – 5 hours away and Twin Falls (TWF) – 4.5 hours away. The savings for finding an alternative airport to fly into and rent a car from can sometimes be in the thousands.


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Grand Teton National Park is late spring and early summer (the end of June & beginning of July). Visitation during this time of year has not yet hit it’s peak. Temperatures are warm enough but still mild, and wildlife is on the move.

The downside of visiting during this time of year is precipitation and mosquitoes. It’s difficult to time when exactly the mosquitoes hatch each year but basically the same reasons that make it a great time to visit for you apply to them.


Why Listen to Us?

You should probably know that we didn’t just make this list up out of thin air. We’ve spent our entire adult lives exploring and filming America’s national parks and public lands. We’ve worked with the National Park Service, the Department of Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service for years creating films on important places and issues. Our work has been featured in leading publications all over the world and even some people outside of our immediate family call us experts on the national parks.

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Jim (left) and Will (right) of More Than Just Parks

We’re Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz, collectively known as the Pattiz Brothers. Our goal here at More Than Just Parks is to share the beauty of America’s national parks and public lands through stunning short films in an effort to get Americans and the world to see the true value in land conservation.


The Best Maps of Grand Teton National Park

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