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FAQ About Visiting Yellowstone Teton Territory: The Basics

Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park? Be sure not to overlook the Yellowstone Teton Territory, just next door in Eastern Idaho.


Where is the Yellowstone Teton Territory?


The Yellowstone Teton Territory is conveniently located in Eastern Idaho by Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


What is there to do in the Yellowstone Teton Territory?


Year-round fun awaits in the Yellowstone Teton Territory. In summer, check out the region’s farmers markets, including the Idaho Falls Farmers Market. Hit the hiking trails in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Harriman State Park, and nearby Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Make time to swing over Teton Pass for a peek at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Enjoy the region’s rivers and lakes, go camping, take a mountain bike ride, and explore everything the area has to offer.


In winter, ski or snowboard at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort or Grand Targhee Resort. Great cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, sledding, and other fun awaits. Afterwards, be sure to make time for a relaxing soak in Heise Hot Springs or Green Canyon Hot Springs.


Enjoy museums and historical enrichment all year round. Explore the Idaho Potato Museum in nearby Blackfoot, or soak up the plethora of local museums catering to a range of interests, including art, history, and the humanities.


When is the best time to visit Yellowstone?

Summer, winter, spring, and fall are all great times to visit Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Teton Territory. Every season offers a unique experience. Summer is a very popular season, and a great time for hiking, biking, camping, fishing, rafting, kayaking, and more. Yellowstone National Park is busiest in July and August.

Winter offers many outdoor activities, but keep in mind most roads in Yellowstone National Park are closed in winter. However, you can still snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe, view wildlife, or even take a snowcoach tour to see some of the park’s highlights.

The spring and fall “shoulder seasons” are also quickly gaining popularity. Be prepared for variable conditions, but visiting during the shoulder seasons is a way to see fewer crowds and still enjoy the beauty of the region.


Where is lodging near Yellowstone?


One of the best options for Yellowstone lodging is just outside the national park in Island Park, Idaho. Island Park is part of Eastern Idaho’s Yellowstone Teton Territory and is located just 29 miles (a 35 minute drive) from the park’s West Yellowstone entrance. You’ll find a variety of options to choose from in Island Park, including lodges, cabins, hotels, and more.


Where is camping near Yellowstone?


Yellowstone camping options include camping in the park’s developed campgrounds, obtaining a permit and venturing into the backcountry, or camping in the Yellowstone Teton Territory. Enjoy a number of established Forest Service sites for camping near Yellowstone or private campgrounds and RV parks, especially by Island Park.


Do I need a car to visit the Yellowstone Teton Territory?


Driving a car is one of the most popular ways to get around, and it offers the most flexibility. Public transportation options are limited, though shuttles connect some hubs. Other options include taxis and rideshares. You can join a guided tour of Yellowstone National Park, and some outfitters can provide transportation.


Where can I dig for opals?

Believe it or not, the Yellowstone Teton Territory is home to Spencer Opal Mine, where people can hunt for their own opal treasures during the summer. Be sure to check hours of operation and come equipped with all that you’ll need, including closed-toe shoes, eye protection, and tools like a hammer, garden claw, and spray bottle.