“Discover the mountains of Imagination”
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Park rangers provide a wide variety of activities for park visitors including hikes, slide shows, children's activities and wildlife viewing. Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward. Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha), the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. It is only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, to which it is connected by the National Park Service-managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Along with surrounding National Forests, these three protected areas constitute the almost 18,000,000-acre (7,300,000 ha) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems in the world. Human history of the Grand Teton region dates back at least 11,000 years, when the first nomadic hunter-gatherer Paleo-Indians began migrating into the region during warmer months pursuing food and supplies. In the early 19th century, the first White explorers encountered the eastern Shoshone natives. Between 1810 and 1840, the region attracted fur trading companies that vied for control of the lucrative beaver pelt trade. U.S. Government expeditions to the region commenced in the mid-19th century as an offshoot of exploration in Yellowstone, with the first permanent white settlers in Jackson Hole arriving in the 1880s. Efforts to preserve the region as a national park commenced in the late 19th century, and in 1929 Grand Teton National Park was established, protecting the major peaks of the Teton Range. The valley of Jackson Hole remained in private ownership until the 1930s, when conservationists led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. began purchasing land in Jackson Hole to be added to the existing national park. Against public opinion and with repeated Congressional efforts to repeal the measures, much of Jackson Hole was set aside for protection as Jackson Hole National Monument in 1943. The monument was abolished in 1950 and most of the monument land was added to Grand Teton National Park.
Absolutely beautiful! The hikes around Jenny Lake are amazing. I was there in the late summer and it was mildly hot during the days and cooled down quite a bit at night. We rented an RV and drove down through Yellowstone + the Grand Tetons, definitely recommend it although having the RV was a little limiting as we couldn't just hike up into the mountains and stay the night up there so couldn't get very far into the wilderness. The starry nights are stunning. Running into a bison in the middle of the path when you're on foot and it's pitch black out is terrifying.
Recommend: enter from the South Entrance because you really get the IMPACT of the Tetons right away. Jenny Lake - take the boat across and hike to Inspiration Point (longer hike, feels like longer than 1 mile, but worth the views from the top and overlooking the lake), hike then the opposite way to Heavens Falls (not just to the first section, but keep hiking to see the start of the falls!!) Look into staying at Jackson Lake Lodge or Colter Bay! So worth being right there, especially if you'll go North to Yellowstone the next day on your trip. I stayed at Colter Bay in a semi-private cabin. Affordable and easy to sleep and start the next day early.
Awesome as always. The clouds in front of the Tetons set them off wonderfully. Yellowstone suffers in comparison.
Teton Wilderness lies in the sweet spot between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Straddling the Continental Divide, Teton hosts the famous Two Ocean Creek, which sends water to the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as the boat-worthy headwaters of the Snake River. This is one of America’s best areas to view wildlife - including trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, grizzly bears, grey wolves, moose, golden and bald eagles, porcupines and otters - so many visitors enjoy hunting and fishing here. With its exquisite colors, fall may be the best time to visit.
This place may look absolutely gorgeous from photos, but it's even more stunning in person. These just may well be the prettiest mountains in North America. If you're visiting Yellowstone, ya gotta go here as well! Equally good wildlife viewing opportunities. One of the finest National Parks in the world!
Yellowstone is certainly the more popular of Wyoming's National Parks, but I think that Grand Teton National Park is way more stunning and beautiful. The mountains are phenomenal, as is the hiking in the area.
Although they were cloud covered, still absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for all of the reviews. I'm making this place the highpoint of my road trip!
THE most beautiful place on Earth. No questions asked.
Beautiful! Lots of wildlife - remember, respect and distance. A side trip to Jackson Hole, WY highly recommended. Do this park in conjunction with Yellowstone. They sit back to back. Make time - don't drive in and out. Stop and stay awhile.
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