The Tetons have always been one of my favorite places in the world. I first visited them in 1947 when my parents took me there as a very small kid. I was there when I was 21 and just out of the army. I was there when I graduated from college. I was married there and I was there with all of my kids as they were born. And I was there last year when I turned 78. As I’ve often said, the Tetons have played a large part in my life.
I find the Tetons are pretty the same as when I first visited them, except for a few pine beetle die offs and a few forest fires, and God help us, the rapidly growing swarms of tourists. In the season, June, July and August such massive hordes descend on the Tetons that it is hard to even get close to Jenny Lake or String lake or any of the other best spots. But, get a mile off the road on some small trail, and most of the people magically disappear and the Tetons are much the same as they ever were.
Nevertheless, I recommend visiting the Tetons in the off season: May, September, or October. In my opinion, these are the best times anyway.
I’ve got to say though, that in spite of all kinds of roadblocks the Park Service has done a great job protecting the Tetons. It really still is almost as I remember it as a child 70 years ago. Thank God for the Park Service.
Below are just a few of my favorite pictures of the Tetons