Top Tips for Visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge

a blue raft with a bunch of paddlers face an oncoming surge of whitewater on the Snake River. Each person is seating and holding a paddle that is plunged into the water.

Our final adventure as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation has us headed to Wyoming! We’ll be sharing some of our favorites things to do near Togwotee Moutain Lodge. For starters, it’s a great base camp for all of your Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park adventures. Keep reading to see our top tips for visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge.

General Info for Togwotee Mountain Lodge

Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady sit at a picnic table in front of their cabin at Togwotee Mountain Lodge. Caroline is in a red jacket and Erin is in a blue jacket.
We’re enjoying a cup of coffee at our cabin at Togwotee Mountain Lodge before heading out for a full day of activities!

Togwotee Mountain Lodge is located at 27655 Hwy 26 & 287 Moran, WY 83013 in Bridger-Teton National Forest. One of our top tips for visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge is to put the address into your GPS while you have a good cell signal because if you try to enter it as you approach you won’t be able to.

The lodge is also conveniently located just east of Grand Teton National Park and south of Yellowstone National Park. It makes a great base camp for travelers wanting to explore both parks and who also want access to places like Jackson, WY but without the crowds.

Best Things to Do at Togwotee Mountain Lodge

Rent a Snowmobile!

We didn’t actually get to go snowmobiling because we visited Togwotee Mountain Lodge in June. However, just seeing all of the snowmobiles parked outside the window of our cabin had us itching to return. We learned that there are miles of trails to ride right behind the lodge and we are eager to try them out one day with the Teton Tour Company as our guides!

Go on a Horseback Ride

The lead wrangler on our guided horseback trip is in a red shirt and black cowboy hat. He has stopped to allow the group to take a few photos on Angle Mountain. The black head of the horse the photographer is on is in the foreground.
The lead wrangler on our guided horseback trip stops to allow the group to take a few photos on Angle Mountain.

Another super fun, and in our opinion, one of the best things to do at Togwotee Mountain Lodge is to go horseback riding! Caroline and I went on a two-hour guided tour that departed right in front of the lodge. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The wranglers helped us get on and off our horses, took us on roughly 6 miles of gorgeous trails, and let us stop for pictures on Angle Mountain so that we could get a picture-perfect view of the Tetons in the distance.

The horses walk at a slow pace for the entire ride. Prior horseback riding experience might make you more comfortable but it’s not required in order to participate in this activity.

Take a Hike or Ride a Bike!

Erin McGrady stares off into the distance as she stands on a trail behind Togwotee Mountain lodge. She is dressed in blue shorts and a blue jacket with a blue backpack and a green hat on. There are small yellow wildflowers in the foreground.
There are numerous options for hikes at Togwotee Mountain Lodge, just be sure to be prepared with water, bear spray, food, and navigational aids.

You can lace up your hiking boots and go for a hike right from the lodge. There’s some beautiful trails that link up with a small parking/observation area for Togwotee Pass (elevation 9,655 feet). And if that’s not enough you can hop in the car, go up the road a few miles and link up with a few more trails near the Continental Divide. And if that’s still not enough, you can go a little further and ride into Grand Teton National Park and/or Yellowstone National Park.

Your options, in other words, are unlimited. There are hikes here for all skill levels and abilities. There is even a multi-use path in Grand Teton National Park for those who want to ride bikes. (This is a great activity for those with kid as the path is wide and fairly flat.) This path runs from Jackson all the way to Jenny Lake. More info on that is located here.

Go Whitewater Rafting with Sands Whitewater

A raft of people sitting on a blue raft are holding paddles which are plunged into the water. They face a big oncoming spray of whitewater at the bow of the raft.
This whitewater rafting trip with Sands Whitewater was one of the highlights of our entire trip!

We’d already had the incredible experience of rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon so when we heard that we could go whitewater rafting on the Snake River with Sands Whitewater, we had to do it. And I’m so glad we did. The rafting trip was only 2.5 hours long but it was an action-packed 2.5 hours. Unlike on the Grand Canyon, this raft was not motorized. It was powered by our guide, myself, and 7 other people.

The trip met in downtown Jackson at the Sands Whitewater facility. We had to fill out a few forms and then we all loaded up onto a bus to go to the put-in. There we met our guide, got outfitted with a life jacket, learned a few quick paddling skills, and we were off! The first couple of rapids were small but they got bigger as we moved down the river. Lunch Counter was probably the biggest rapid we faced, a Class III rapid, and as we passed, I got a glimpse of a surfer in a wetsuit surfing the wave there. We were past him in a second but it was exhilarating to know that one, we’d made it through, and two, I saw a guy surfing the Snake River!

Take a Scenic Rafting Trip Down the Snake River

For those who want to experience the Snake River but who might be looking for a more relaxing trip, check out Sands Whitewater Scenic Trips. You’ll experience a different section of the river, one that is calmer and less adrenaline-inducing. It’s also a dry trip so you can bring any photography gear you want without the fear of it getting waterlogged.

Best Places to Eat at Togwotee Mountain Lodge

If you’re visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge or are looking for a bite to eat near Moran, check out these two spots. We think they’re some of the best places to eat in Moran, WY.

The Red Fox Saloon

an open-faced cheeseburger with bacon on top and a side of fries as well as lettuce, tomato, and pickle is in the foreground. A thin-sliced roast beef sandwich with mozzarella cheese and a salad and a tall glass of beer are in the background at the Red Fox Saloon.
You can’t go wrong with the cold beer, 1/2 pound burgers, and perfect fries at the Red Fox Saloon.

Cold, local beer, a delicious 1/2 pound Snake River Farm burger, and a heaping handful of fries await you at the Red Fox Saloon. It’s a great place to stop in at the end of your day and it’s laid back so you can come in your hiking clothes. The staff is friendly, there’s a jukebox on the wall as well as a couple of TV’s, and it’s open until 10 pm so you don’t have to cut your adventures short.

The Red Fox Saloon also has a soup of the day and a Grizzly Grill House Salad and a Chicken Caesar Salad that were all really fresh and tasty.

Oh and though we ordered the burger twice, we also had the Bauru Sandwich, a Brazilian style thin-sliced roast beef sandwich with mozzarella cheese and an Italian chicken sandwich that hit the spot.

The beers rotate in and out but if you find one by Roadhouse Brewing Co. called the Walrus, get it. It’s a hazy IPA and one of the best we’ve ever had.

Grillzly Grill

The Grizzly Grill wasn’t open when we visited Togwotee Mountain Lodge but we’re eager to check it at a future date because we’ve heard they make an outstanding salmon dish!

Your cabin

If you’re able to book a cabin at Togwotee Mountain Lodge, you’ll have access to a range with two eyes, a small fridge, a sink, a microwave, and a coffeemaker. It was nice to get into a fully equipped cabin. We made coffee and breakfast and prepared our lunches there each day. Though there’s a nice kitchen table indoors we ate most of our meals at the cabin outside at the picnic table where we could enjoy the view.

Top Tips for Visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge

One of our top tips for visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge is to pack bear spray and keep it handy. In other words, don’t keep it in the bottom of your pack. The lodge is located in bear country so you’ll want to be prepared in case you run into one.

When hiking, bring a map and compass as cell service is limited and an unreliable way to navigate trails.

Bring all of your food into your cabin or room as there are bears in the area. Do not leave it in your car or on the porch/picnic table.

If you’re going on a trip with a guide, pack cash so you can give them a tip. We recommend tipping 20-25%.

If you’re renting a cabin at Togwotee Mountain Lodge bring your groceries with you. The nearest full-scale grocery store is the Albertsons in Jackson but that’s a solid hour away.

Togwotee Mountain Lodge Recap

Erin McGrady walks outside the cabin with a camera in hand. The Grand Tetons are in the distance. The cabin and it's wooden slats are in the right hand side of the photo. The porch light on the cabin is on.
This was the view from our cabin. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park will always be special places to us. They are some of the most incredible spots to experience the outdoors and we’re already eager to return.

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Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady of Authentic Asheville are currently traveling as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation. To learn more about their expedition, head on over HERE.

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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