Colter Bay – Grand Tetons
Colter Bay is a located on the enormous and picturesque Jackson Lake in Grand Tetons National Park. The village here has a lot to see and do including: a full marina, NPS Ranger Station with Indian Arts Museum restaurants, shops, gas station, and comfortable lodging in their log cabins.
When we stayed in the Colter Bay cabins, we had a 2-room with a full bath. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and liked having all of the amenities so close to our lodge. We were able to do our grocery shopping and fill up our cooler, not to mention that Grand Tetons had a free spring water tap in the Village area where we topped off our water bottles and jugs.
For dinner, our family enjoyed a nice sit down meal at the John Colter Cafe Court. They have a nice variety of food that was a notch above ‘fast food’. They had prepared sandwiches, salads, chicken, pizza, and snacks. Across the street from the food court is the Welcome Center and Indian Arts Museum. We had a good time here – the rangers spent a lot of time with the kids and taught them about some of the wildlife they were about to see during their stay. This was also our indoctrination to the Junior Ranger Program…great idea for school-age kids!
Also within walking distance from the food court was the bay shore and marina. This was a good outlet and way to walk off a meal. The kids skipped rocks and we just took in the amazing views. It did get a little buggy down by the water…so if you plan to hike along the bay for any time, I’d bring some bug spray.
From our cabin, we had about a 30-40 minute ride south to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center for the Snake River Float Cruise ride pick-up. This ride was entertainment in and of itself with the scenic pull-overs and the wildlife visible in the morning. We saw buffalo, elk, and a grizzly with cubs…all before 9:00am! People at the gas station were showing us pictures of a moose that we just missed…that would become our elusive inhabitant…guess we’ll have to go back!
I would stay again at Colter Bay. It was reasonably priced, had close-by amenities, and it was easy to get to the areas of the park that we wanted to see.