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Moose-Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park, WY
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All reviews jumping rock rockefeller preserve limited parking death canyon easy hike great hike nature preserve parking lot nice point jump off visitor center big rock wooded area early september clear water saw deer carry bear spray
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

So let's face it, we were from Michigan and not hikers. We had no clue what we were getting into, and just looked for distance as my husband has a disability. Our family loved the hike, it was beautiful and not crowded and ended at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Andrea T
Reviewed October 4, 2018

This hike circles Phelps Lake. We were pretty much alone around the whole lake, perhaps we passed a dozen people at the most. The majority of the trail is right next to the water. There is even a sandy beach that you can stop at....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Phelps lake is gorgeous. We went early in the morning and the water was absolutely still and reflective - honestly one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever done. We only went halfway around to jump off of the big rock - and it was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank klvoigt
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Great first experience by hiking to this lake. Only had time to go half way around and turn back but worth it. Amazing views and easy hike. Bring bear spray to feel more comfortable because you do not see many people on the trail. You...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank LauraA339
Reviewed July 31, 2018

We drove in from a ranch in the Grand Tetons to do this hike with the famous jumping rock. When we arrived at Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, there was an attendant directing parking. As one car leaves, one car can park. We had a picnic...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jen T
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We got to the Rockefeller Nature Preserve around 5:00pm and found plenty of parking. It is an easy, forested hike to Phelps Lake. Saw deer on the trail around the east side. Made it to the Jumping Rock by 6pm. It looks like a long...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank docjones36
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Take this hike down to the jumping rock along the lake. The hike was fairly easy (my 13 year old dis it fine). The lake was glass when we were there, and we took some amazing reflection photos of the Mountains. For the adventuresome, about...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

We did the 4.5 - 5 mile (round trip) hike from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve out to the cliff jumping site on Phelps Lake. The water is cold and the jump is perhaps 20-25 feet. I've seen others stating that it's a 40 foot...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank lpeters82
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Phelps lake trail is an easy hike from the Nature preserve. Parking is limited. We got there mid afternoon and had to wait 15 minutes in line for a spot but the Park rangers there were nice and great to have conversation with. It was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous views, wild flowers, and great hike! We did a total of 6.5 miles from the parking lot all the way around Phelps Lake. Go early for parking availability.

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 29, 2018|
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Response from cmhprh | Reviewed this property |
Marilyn: I'm not sure whether the preserve opens when the road opens. Or, to put it another way, I'm not sure whether the opening of the preserve is dependent on the opening of the road. Let me put it a third way: I know... More
February 7, 2018|
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Response from cmhprh | Reviewed this property |
It's absolutely safe to take a dip. When we watched people doing it this past summer, they gave us two pointers: 1) don't hesitate -- just do it! and 2) don't dive, and don't put your arms out to the side; just jump with... More
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Kim G
Which areas to visit early/late to best avoid crowds? (9 Replies)
Which areas in Yellowstone and GTNP are most affected by crowds and would best be visited at "off" times? (Visiting in July) For example, I have read that Old Faithful geyser is very crowded and would be best early am or dusk. Also Phelps Lake Trail and Jenny Lake parking is difficult unless visited before 10am. Are there other areas which would best be visited early or later in the day and what would be the suggestions for those areas?
May 15, 2017|
Response fromthbergs|
Where is your lodging? Most recommended for YNP is a split that allows you access to the main sights early and late, as you don't want to dive in the dark at either time. Canyon overlooks get crowded, they are fairly small areas and the buses stop there and everyone crowds in. Having time to tour yourself, and being able to step back and wait for a busload to move on really helps. Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces drop busloads and make that area crowded at times, again, they have a...More
Livonia, Michigan
Itinerary Help - 3 days partially planned (2 Replies)
I'm looking for help with filling the rest of our 3 days in GTNP. I have seen the "must do" lists and read lots of posts, but if you could help I would appreciate it! Trying to figure out how to do as much as possible without driving the family mad is the goal. We are staying at Coulter Bay Village (RV section). We are a family of 4.. kids will be 6 and 9 at the time of the trip. We enjoy being outdoors and the activities that go along with that. We enjoy scenic hikes that have a...More
February 10, 2013|
Response fromheypaula717|
Have you considered either a float or whitewater raft trip? At that time of year the whitewater trips on the Snake will be pretty mellow, with a few rapids to get the kids excited. Outside the park, Dave Hansen and Mad River are 2 good companies I've had experience with. The float trips operate in the park with different companies. All the trips are fun experiences.
Farmington, CT
Short Visit Next Week... Thoughts on Itinerary? (10 Replies)
We will be arriving from the East Coast on Saturday for a 4-night stay in JH. I'm sketching out our plan and would love feedback from the resident experts here! We were here 4 years ago with our kids for a longer stay. This is just my wife and I. Saturday: Flight lands around 1pm. Thinking about renting bikes at Dornan's for an afternoon ride... Will take it easy and start the altitude acclimation. Staying at Homewood Suites in town. Will grab dinner somewhere casual in town. Sunday:...More
June 17, 2015|
Response fromBlueBirdDay|
I like the itinerary - Saturday - a nice bike ride seems like a good way to stretch your legs after a long flight. Why not have an early dinner at Dornans since you are on east coast time, unless you want to clean up, which is understandable. Don't come hungry on a Saturday night in Jackson without reservations though... you could be waiting for a very long time. Sunday - Two Ocean. Sounds good - great hike. Bring bear spray. Very high bear frequenting area. This won't be all day but its...More