Fly Around the Grand Teton

Added by Josh Packer

Once-in-a-lifetime views. Flying in a small plane. No technical knowledge required. Short time requirement. Beautiful scenery.

Flying around the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially at sunrise or sunset. Viewing the Tetons from ground level at Grand Teton National Park is a spectacular view, but seeing the Tetons from the air is unreal.

Finding a Plane and Pilot: There are many private pilots in the area that jump at any opportunity to fly as long as you cover the cost of flying the plane. Find a local hangar or small airport and go into the fixed-based operator (FBO), and there should be all kinds of pilots there. The hourly rate will fluctuate up or down depending on the pilot. It took about an hour and a half to fly around the Tetons from Idaho Falls.

Weather Conditions: Do not fly on a stormy or heavily clouded day. If there is a storm the day of your flight, reschedule it for another day. Most pilots will only fly when the weather conditions are optimal. It's not worth the even slightest chance of a problem because of the weather.

Time to Fly: If flying from Idaho Falls or Driggs, make sure to get going before the sunrise since the sun comes up above the Tetons and can be very colorful depending on the clouds. If flying from Jackson Hole, you will want to get up in the air before sunset.

How to Take Pictures through the Glass Windows: If your pilot doesn't want you to open the windows during the flight, you'll need to do the following to reduce the window glare and increase sharpness when taking photos:

  • Turn off the flash
  • Get as close to the window as possible without touching it
  • Attach a lens hood if you have one or cup your hand around the lens to shield it from reflections
  • Increase the shutter speed to reduce any camera vibrations
  • Don't rest the camera on any part of the plane, since the plane is vibrating
  • Use a large aperture since you don't need depth of field
  • Make sure to look at every area in the viewfinder to ensure no reflections are present
  • Preview your photos after taking them to see if there are any reflections
  • Use the manual focus if automatic isn't working
Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Easy Parking
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Teton’s are Amazing

My pops is a back country pilot & we have flown by and around the Tetons a handful of times. It never ever gets old.

Stay Nearby

Bonneville County, Idaho

Stump Creek Guard Station

Overview Stump Creek Guard Station is located along what was once the Lander Cutoff for the Oregon Trail. Visitors can trace the path that covered wagons traveled on over 150 years ago on their way...

Ririe, Idaho

Table Rock

Overview Table Rock Campground is located in a small but scenic canyon near Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, approximately 30 miles from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding are popul...

Swan Valley, Idaho

Falls Campground

Overview Falls Campground is located next to the Snake River in beautiful Swan Valley at an elevation of 5,100 feet. Idaho Falls, Idaho is just 45 miles west. Visitors enjoy fishing and canoeing on...

Irwin, Idaho

Calamity

Overview Calamity Campground is located along the Snake River drainage at the north end of beautiful Palisades Reservoir at an elevation of 5,700 feet, just 55 miles east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Vis...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike "R" Mountain

    The North Menan Butte, or "R" Mountain is a well-known landmark in southeast Idaho for its size and uniqueness. The mountain is known as “R” Mountain by locals because of the large “R” painted on its side for Rexburg, Idaho. "R" Mountain, however,...

    3.3 miles 1263 ft gain

  • Camp at Fall Creek Falls

    Just an hour outside of Jackson Hole, this waterfall is very easy to access. This is also a great spot to camp overnight if you are heading to the Grand Tetons National Park from the West Coast. Look for a sign at the turn out that says “Fall Cree...

  • Hike to Packsaddle Lake

    Directions to the lake: To get here, head North on Highway 20 as if you’re heading to St. Anthony. Then, take exit 339 towards Driggs on ID-33 E. Turn right onto 9th N for .5 miles. Then follow ID-33 E for 24.4 miles until you reach the dirt road ...

    1 miles 7370 ft gain

  • Hike along Palisades Creek

    The Palisades Creek Nature Trail is a fun little hike with many photographic opportunities. You can make the hike as short or long as you want, so once you're done taking photos, turn back around and head to your vehicle. The trail does eventually...

    2 miles 1827 ft gain

  • Visit Idaho

    Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

    Learn More