Colter Bay400There are 3 lodges at Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake Lodge (upscale), Colter Bay Lodge (real homesteads) and Jackson Lake Lodge (rustic but comfortable).

Jenny lake lodge200Jackson Lake Lodge has the best view.  You won’t want to leave the “big room” at Jackson Lake lodge.  It’s upstairs from the reception area and as soon as you hit the top stair your jaw drops and stays that way until you can get all the way to the window.  The majesty of the mountains is the artwork and the only decor that wall needs.  The lodge cabins are rustic but comfortable.

Jenny Lake Lodge is an all-inclusive. The property is historic looking, but it offers new luxurious cabins and gourmet meals at the 4 Star restaurant on property.  The cabins are the epitome of cozy – handmade comforter, log walls and suites with a wood burning stove.

Colter Bay Lodge puts pioneering into perspective with 166 authentic homestead cabins from the 1800s that are available to rent.  Don’t worry – they have the necessary modern amenities such as heat and comfy bedding but otherwise they are basic. Still, each homestead cabin is lovely and it comes with a story about its previous owners and where it was located. This is not really roughing it but it is a great way to show your kids how their ancestors would have lived. 

tent cabin400If you really want to rough it, you can live like a cowboy–a very spoiled cowboy–by opting to stay in a tent/cabin. These are part log cabin, part canvas tent and they are pretty rustic. Each sleeps six and comes with bunk beds, cots, a wood stove and fire pit. You can bring your own bedding or rent it from the office.   You can also stay like a “real” cowboy at one of the 112 campsites.  If you forgot your sleeping bag, you can rent one when you get there.  Everything is priced well for the budget minded.