Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Soar to the Top of the Tetons on the Big Red Aerial Tram in Jackson Hole

August 6, 2009, 2:28 pm

Open for its first summer season, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, or “Big Red” as the locals call it, is the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of Jackson Hole, the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the infamous Grand Teton Mountain.

Hop on the aerial tram in Jackson Village to experience the Tetons in a whole new way. The tram, which was designed with sightseeing in mind, soars 4,139 vertical feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Its low and lightly tinted windows ensure that even little ones can get a stellar view of what’s below.

In the summer, the nine-minute tram ride is extended to 12 minutes to provide ample time for “oohs” and “aahs.” On the way up, riders can enjoy an interpretive talk explaining the sights.

Once you’re at the top, take a hike through the alpine tundra to see wildflowers and fossils from the ancient oceans that once covered Jackson Hole or stop at Corbet's Cabin Deck to grab a drink or a quick snack, or indulge in freshly made “Top of the World Waffles.”

The tram runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer and loads on a first-come, first served basis. To get your tickets, visit the ticket window in Teton Village. To get a coupon for $3 off your ticket, visit, or see the little green Oh, Ranger® guide to Grand Teton National Park.