Admire The Tetons From The Cunningham Cabin Historic Site

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The Cunningham Cabin trail is actually more of a stroll than a hike.  The only way I would call it a hike is if you had to park in the lot closer to the road than the one by the cabin.  Even then, it’s a paved road and very flat.  Either way, whatever you call it, it’s nice and worth it if you have a spare 45 minutes.

The cabin was built in 1888 and is one of the few remaining in that style today.  It’s in Grand Teton National Park and has a wonderful view of the Tetons.  This is an easy walk to squeeze in between longer hikes on the lakes.

From the parking area, it’s just a short walk over some grass and a little bridge before reaching the cabin, which is in sight the whole time. 

Even if you only have one day in the park, this is a nice, short walk and will give you a taste of the home-style if you can’t make it to the barns on Mormon Row.

I can imagine it gets busy here in the summer so early morning or later evening might be the best time to go to avoid crowds.  Sunset is really awesome here and I would highly recommend starting your day out here nice and early. 

I’m sure sunset is also super nice, but I preferred sunrise here all winter.  They seemed to be much prettier, not that it’s really ever not pretty in the Tetons.

grand teton national park in winter

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Where is the Cunningham Cabin trail and how long is it?

The Cunningham Cabin Historic Site is by the east boundary of the park on Highway 191.  There are signs for it along the road.  There is a bigger parking area close to the road and a smaller one closer to the cabin. 


How long is the hike to Cunningham Cabin Historic Site?

The trail is less than a half-mile round-trip and it’s flat so this is a nice and easy walk. I wouldn’t really even say it’s a hike.

I would highly recommend stopping by the Cunningham Cabin Historic Site around sunrise or first thing in the morning. The sunlight on the Tetons is unbeatable.


Is Cunningham Cabin on Mormon Row?

Nope! It’s not to far from it but it’s along Highway 191, the main highway through the park, but not the scenic park road.

I just checked and it’s about 13 miles from Cunningham Cabin to Mormon Row. So it’s not as close as I thought but it’s still not far.


Is this the famous cabin in Grand Teton?

This is the one! At first I thought it was the famous one on Mormon Row but that’s technically a barn. Then I looked to be sure and sure enough! Cunningham Cabin is in fact the famous cabin in Grand Teton.


Is seeing Cunningham Cabin Historic Site worth it?

Yes! It’s a cool old cabin too see and with such a short walk to get to it, it’s hard too say it’s not worth it. Plus, the view of the Tetons from here is 10/10.


Hotels near Grand Teton National Park

Rustic Inn – I LOVE the Rustic.  Like, so much.  I’ve stayed there a few times and would 100% stay again.  It’s beautiful in a wonderful location not too far from downtown.  It’s not particularly budget-friendly, but it is amazing.

The Wort – This is another really fancy, not budget-friendly hotel, but The Wort is even closer to the town square.  It has a modern log cabin vibe in a gorgeous building. 

Elk Refuge Inn – This little Inn is a couple miles from the town square, but it’s right across from the National Elk Refuge and all the rooms have a view.  It’s decently priced and probably totally worth it for the view.

Antler Inn – I haven’t stayed here but know it’s a great budget option right in town.  It has rustic-looking cabin themed rooms and it’s perfect for walking around town.


What else to do in the area

Have you been to Cunningham Cabin?  What did you think of it?  Do you want to go?

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