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Driggs as a base

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Hello ,

We are visiting GTNP Sep 27,Sep 28 after our Yellowstone Sep 20-26. Sep 29 is departure. We have chosen Driggs as the base due to lodging availability issues. We cannot change the booking now.

I've some questions, hoping someone can help me :

- Google maps shows drive time to GTNP as 1 hour 7 mins Is that how long it takes?

- What should we be careful about the pass?

- Is Grand Targhee worth visiting ?

- We want to do a chair lift ride , most are closed by that time. Could you suggest what is open?

Thanks in advance!

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From Driggs to Signal Mt lodge in park is at least 1 hour 40 minutes and that is with no traffic in downtown Jackson.

Sometimes Jackson traffic is heavy in late afternoon and has taken us 30 minutes to get thru town.

Teton Pass has steep drop off on one side of road. Big trucks use it and watch for wildlife early am and late pm.

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Hi,

Chairlifts won't be running at any of the resorts at that time. However, since you'll be driving the pass everyday so stop at the top and take some photos. There is plenty of parking up top. There are a lot of Moose that time of year on and around the roads, especially on the Idaho portion of the pass. Many get hit each year. Please be very aware of this, and avoid driving at dusk or dawn.

Another spectacular view would be driving the road to Grand Targhee. You'll have beautiful vistas of the backside of the Tetons. No need to drive all the way to Targhee as everything will be closed, and road turns away from the best views.

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>>>- We want to do a chair lift ride , most are closed by that time. Could you suggest what is open?<<<

It looks like the Bridge Gondola at Jackson Hole Ski Resort runs until October 3rd. After September 16th, the hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm.

https://www.jacksonhole.com/summer.html

Deb

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From personal experience driving between Victor Idaho, the first town after Teton Pass, and Jackson is that there is heavy traffic in the morning and late afternoon with commuters going to work and back. The drive time from online mapping services is based on being able to maintain highway speeds with no allowances for traffic delays. Can you make the drive in the time stated? Maybe. But I wouldn’t count on it. Traffic thru Jackson can also be slow going, depending on how you hit the lights.

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A lot of extra driving.

One of the best things about the Tetons is that it's less than an hour from the town of Jackson to the northernmost village, Colter Bay. You can see and do a lot without needing to drive much at all.

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If it's 1 hour from Driggs to Moose, it's a 2 hour round trip each day.

If you get stuck in traffic in Jackson for 30 minutes each way - and it's hard to drive through Jackson without getting stuck in traffic, you're already at 3 hours for the day (round trip) from Driggs to Moose.

The southern gate into GTNP is at Moose.

Anything else past Moose is into the 4th hour.

It's "worth driving" but you're doing a mountain pass twice a day and may be driving 3 hours in the car just getting to Moose and back.

As mentioned before, there are places to eat in Victor and Driggs so eat there so you get over the pass before dark.

There's an old fashioned movie drive in, the Spud. That may be one night's activity.

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We did that in late May. Takes some time? Yes. Doable? Yes. Traffic was an issue only once but was annoying. But then, I live in NY, nothing is worse than NY traffic :)

Pass has beautiful views. Slow down for wildlife and on sharp terms. Other than that, it’s perfectly fine.

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In Victor, we like to get fresh sandwiches from the deli at Victor Valley Market. Hopefully, you’ll have a cooler with you so you can pick up some sandwiches for a picnic lunch in the park. We also like Brakeman Grill in Victor…..great burgers and fries.

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A nice short day trip from Driggs would be to drive the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway to the falls and back.

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My suggestion on the other thread is do alternate days doing a lot of driving in the park(s) with days spent closer to "home".

With 7 people from 2 families, this could get complicated quickly. Two vehicles would offer more flexibility.

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