Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

5.0
#10 of 10 in Nature in Grand Teton National Park
Death Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. The trailhead for the canyon is located on a side road off the Moose-Wilson Road, approximately from the park headquarters at Moose, Wyoming. At the base of the canyon is Phelps Lake which was created by glacial activity. The Death Canyon Trail extends the length of the canyon to Fox Creek Pass, at which point the Death Canyon Shelf, a relative narrow and level plateau, can be traversed. The canyon has many Whitebark Pine stands, particularly near the tree line. At the junction of the Death Canyon and the Alaska Basin trails, the historic Death Canyon Barn is preserved after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
Put Death Canyon on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Grand Teton National Park route maker website .
Source
Create an itinerary including Death Canyon
map
Places to stay near Death Canyon
Death Canyon Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
36 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We only hiked as far as the Phelps Lake Overlook. The climb was a bit steep but still very doable. I would describe it as easy to moderate. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and catch y...  more »
  • Perfect hike for a family. We went together to the Phelps Lake overlook, then some of use hiked around the lake, while some of us ventured into Death Canyon. Something for everyone, and both were so b...  more »
  • My knees were about to give out by the last day of our Teton/Yellowstone vacation, but we took our sons advice and decided to try and make it to the Phelps Lake Overlook. I'm so glad we did, "outstand...  more »

Plan your trip to Grand Teton National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Death Canyon by other users

38 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Jackson Hole & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Wyoming BY A USER FROM POLAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 52 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 53 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Wyoming, Utah & Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Pinedale BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Grand Teton National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Idaho Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Badlands National Park, Wall & Wyoming BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Dubois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans