Grand Targhee offers a Summit Nature Center located at the top of Fred's Mountain, open this summer for learning about the local ‘Ghee-cology’* and meeting one of our Resort Naturalists. Visit to learn about the ecology of our unique alpine environment and the local wildlife, learn more about our Free Naturalist Tours, or take a self guided tour on our Teewinot Nature Trail.
Targhee Summit Nature Center
Located at the top of Dreamcatcher Chairlift
Summit Nature Center
Sign up with the Activity Center 307-353-2300 ext.1355
Grand Targhee Resort offers Naturalist guided and self-guided discovered naturalist interpretive hikes for the young at heart and curious of mind. Participants will learn about the history of Grand Targhee Resort, forest and wildlife ecology, and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Tours are led by a Resort Naturalists. Guests of all ages and abilities are welcome. This summer marks the 13th year we have offered Naturalist services to our guests in partnership with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Summit Nature at Noon Tours
Check with the Activity Center for early season Nature at Noon location and times. Summit Nature at Noon-Start Friday 6/27.
Join us at the Summit Nature Center for our Nature at Noon naturalist-led discussion and short hike on the summit. Learn how oceans, volcanoes, and glaciers sculpted the surrounding landscape, and how the creatures and flora adapt to living in the alpine environment. The tour lasts approximately one to one and a half hours in length and is an easy to moderate journey exploring the wildflowers, wildlife, and geology of the Tetons.
$5 per person. Kids 10 & Under FREE.
* Lodging guests receive free tour coupon
- When: Daily at 12:00pm
- Meeting Location: Summit Nature Center
- Cost: $5 per person (does not include a lift ticket)
- Additional: Purchase a Dreamcatcher lift ticket and a Nature at Noon ticket at the Activity Center.
- Daily Nature at Noon tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours and are led by our Resort Naturalists. Nature at Noon is great for all ages.
What to Bring
- Water Bottle
- Comfortable Hiking Shoes
- Trekking Poles
- Sunglasses and a Brimmed Hat
- Rain and Wind Jacket
Naturalist Guided Hiking Tours
Naturalist guided hikes that venture beyond the Summit Nature Center’s surroundings to explore the Targhee landscape in depth. Sign-up at the Grand Targhee Activity Center.
Guided Hiking Tours are available twice a day on weekends, departing from the Summit Nature Center. Sign up with the Activity Center 307-353-2300 ext.1355
* Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Binoculars) Birding Walk
Meet Resort Naturalist on the Main Plaza for this 60-90 minute morning walk looking and listening for birds. Tuesdays, 9:00am. Free.
Join Grand Targhee every Tuesday at 9:00am for the newest naturalist program to hit the resort: the Birding Walk. This weekly program is free and B.Y.O.B. (bring your own binoculars); perfect for anyone interested in the winged creatures of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Enjoy a one-hour to one-and-a-half-hour walk that will meander through the small wetland and mixed conifer forests near the base of the mountain searching for Mountain Bluebirds, Western Tanagers, Woodpeckers, and more.
Mary’s Saddle Guided Hike
Join our Resort Naturalist for an approximately two and half hour hike to the Mary’s Saddle south of the Fred’s Mountain summit. We will then hike back to the summit and ride the scenic chairlift back to the base. Fees are $45 for adults ages 13 & up, and $30 for Grand Targhee Resort Season Passholders. The hike departs at 10:00am from the top of the lift.
Bannock Trail Guided Hike
Join our Resort Naturalist for an approximately two and a half hour guided hike from the summit of Fred’s Mountain down to the base using our Bannock Trail. Fees are $45 for adults ages 13 & up, and $30 for Grand Targhee Resort Season Passholders. The hike departs at 2:30pm from the top of the lift.
Evening Nature Walks
Mondays & Fridays join our Naturalist for an evening walk at Grand Targhee Resort. Once the chairlift stops spinning, we’ll hike along the base area trails and look for birds and wildlife. Meet at Plaza Nature Center at 5:30pm. Approx 1-1.5 hours. All ages. FREE, but reservations requested by 5:00pm. Limit 12. Please contact Naturalist if more people interested.
Self Discovery Nature Trails
Grand View Nature Trail
This Fred's Mtn/Grand View Nature Trail begins on the observation deck just a short walk north from the summit of the Dreamcatcher scenic chairlift. After reading the educational panels on the observation deck, follow a rocky path south along Fred’s Mountain summit ridge as it meanders through alpine plants and world class views of the Grand Tetons. The trail ends at the Summit Nature Center.
Teewinot Nature Trail
The Teewinot Nature Trail is a short self-guided interpretive trail that meanders through Aspen groves, old growth Douglas Fir trees, and wildflower meadows. This self-guided interpretive trail begins near the Teewinot lodge and guides you to discover local ecology with 12 points of interest. You will discover where red squirrels eat their meals as you walk among rocks that were transported by glaciers to that very trail.
Groups, Schools and Special Tours Available
Are you a teacher that wants to bring your class on a snowshoe field trip? Perhaps you're a Scout leader, Youth Group coordinator or a leader of a group of active people who want to experience a guided naturalist tour during the week?
- Call Brigid Sinram 307.353.2300 x 1347 to schedule your group.
- Special days and times are available upon request.
Targhee’s Environmental Program seeks to educate the public about the ecology and conservation of our unique alpine environment and to advocate the stewardship of Grand Targhee for recreation, healthy forests, and wildlife habitat. Naturalist education programs provide alternative recreational activities at Grand Targhee and strive to inspire guests to become involved in the conservation of our environment.
*Ghee-cology – the relations and interactions between organisms, people, and Grand Targhee’s environment.