Nestled in the state of #Wydaho, Grand Targhee Resort is a base camp for adventurers of all abilities near the Grand Tetons. While the state of Wydaho does not actually exist, locals created the term to describe the epic playground in Wyoming that is only accessible from the state of Idaho.
The best part is that Grand Targhee Resort has a ton of activities for young kids and amazing adventures on sight for parents and older children. They have everything from stunning hiking trails to small balance bike courses for young children to scavenger mountain bike hunts for older kids! Grand Targhee Resort is the ideal summer vacation spot for families that love to adventure.
Dislaimer: This post was made in partnership with Ski Idaho and Grand Targhee Resort. Please note that all views are my own and I take pride in sharing only the places I truly have enjoyed.
Take a Dreamy Ride up the Scenic Chair Lift
Soak up the views as you ride the Dreamcatcher chairlift up to the top of Fred’s Mountain. Enjoy a short hike on the Summit Trail for incredible views of Grand Teton, Middle Teton and South Teton on the other side of the mountain. Head on Stop by the mountain top Summit Nature centre to learn more about the Flora and Fauna in the area before heading back down the chairlift.
Search for Clues on the Kids Mountain Bike Scavenger Hunt
Take the kids on an exciting self guided mountain bike scavenger hunt on the Roundabout Trail. Search for the bike riding animals from the “World of Buddy Pegs” where kids will learn about mountain bike etiquette and then stamp their scavenger hunt ticket upon completion. Pick up the scavenger hunt at the Activity Centre and then return it to pick up your reward!
Enjoy an Epic Cross Country or Downhill Mountain Bike Ride
Grand Targhee boasts over 25 different cross country and 15 downhill bike trails for varying abilities. The jumps and turns on the Chutes-N-Ladders trail off the Shoshone lift was my favourite downhill run. Explore the cross-country trails for free or take the lift up the mountain. Tall Cool One, a 6.7 mile (10.4 km) trail. starts from the top of Fred’s Mountain and is a scenic cross-county ride with vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Pack the Carrier and Explore the Hiking Trails
Pack a snack, some water and hike one of the 5 trails accessible from Grand Targhee Resort or drive to one of the surrounding hikes in the area. For a longer hike, journey up the Bannock Trail or head to the Teton Canyon Look out. For something a little less challenging, ride the scenic chair to the top and explore the Summit and Marmot Trail. For an educational hike, book a guided hike with one of the naturalists.
Take in a Scenic Country Ride on Horseback or a Short Corral Ride
Ride through wildflowers and up through aspen groves on horseback with Haviland’s Western Adventures located just a 5 minutes walk from Grand Targhee. The ride pulls you away from the resort into the wild for an authentic Western experience. Choose from a one hour ride for $45 USD or a two hour ride for $60 USD. For children under 5 and under, they offer a short Corral ride for $20 USD.
Entertain the Kids with the Activity Pass
Spoil the kids one afternoon and buy the activity pass. With the activity pass, kids have the opportunity to head up the climbing wall one time, try doing a flip on the trampoline and a prospector’s 2lb bag of gemstone mining rough to search for gold with the Grand Targhee Mining Co area. While they do offer single passes to each activity, the activity pass is the best deal at $34 USD.
Sign Up the Kids for Grand Targhee Summer Camp
Put the kids in the Grand Targhee Kid’s camp for a single day at a time or register them for the full week. They will engage in activities like swimming, games and crafts while you enjoy a date hiking or shredding on the mountain bike trails.
Practice your strokes in the onsite swimming pool
On a hot day, head to the pool and make a big splash. Sore after a long day of biking? Enjoy a post bike session to relax the muscles in the hot tub.
Play a round of Disc Golf on the Beautiful Mountain Disc Course
Challenge the kids to a game of Disc Golf on the 18 hole course that runs through the mountain meadow. Borrow a Disc from the Activity centre or bring your own to play for free. If your lucky you can spot the Monument flower that only blooms every 25-80 years as you travel to the various holes. Find the Disc Golf course rules here.
Sharpen your Skills at the Pinnball Skills Park
The Pinnball Skills Park is entertaining for both adults and kids. Even children riding their balance bikes will enjoy cruising on the boardwalks, riding over the bumps and turning on the berms.
Find Your Zen with Yoga on the Summit
Breathe in the fresh mountain air and soak up the views of the Tetons while holding the warrior post at a Yoga on the Summit class. The class happens every Thursday and Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Yoga on the Summer costs $29 and includes a chairlift ride.
Explore the town of Driggs in Idaho
Explore the charming town of Driggs in Idaho. In the morning, satisfy your sweet tooth and head to Yeti’s Post to try the donuts. Teton Thai is a trendy rustic themed Thai restaurant that is worth a stop for dinner.
If you and the kids love to Mountain Bike then check out Northern Idaho!
If you have little kids then consider biking the Route of the Hiawatha Trail.