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Attractions of Grand Teton National Park

The attractions of Grand Teton National Park seem to run into one another, they mesh together seamlessly in this scenic treasure so gust start on one side and work you way to the other and enjoy the ride, hike, ski,climb, float, etc.
The Grand Tetons at sunrise, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Grand Tetons
Grand Teton Mountain Range • One of the things that sets the eastern view of the Grand Tetons apart from other ranges is there are not any foothills to obstruct the view. The actions of natureĀs elements have sculpted a monolith of sharply notched peaks accented by deep U shaped glaciated canyons that are truly a sight to behold. If you think the Grand Tetons is awe inspiring from the valley floor a trip into the center of them will set new benchmarks for beauty for the hard drive in your skull. Along the eastern base of the Grand Tetons are several clear blue lakes, the result of glacial moraine damming. When the glaciers receded from the last ice age they left these gems of nature for our enjoyment. Phelps, Jenny, Leigh, Sting and Jackson Lakes all are icing on the cake in this beautiful spot on the globe. Each canyon has a trailhead to lead you into the web of trails that traverse the Teton Range.
The Snake River • The source of the mighty Snake River is in Yellowstone National Park, from there it flows past Flagg Ranch south through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and into postcard perfect Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Below Jackson Lake Dam, the river meanders through Grand Teton National Park. Above the river to the west, the Grand Teton mountains rise suddenly, with no foothills to soften their dramatic rise to the sky. These are mountains the way we always expect mountains to look, The snowcapped, Grand Tetons are America's quintessential mountain range, rearing up with sawtooth like exaggeration crowned by the 13,770-foot Grand Teton
Fly-fishing the Snake river below the Grand Tetons in Grand Teton National Park
Fly-fishing the Snake River
Bison crossing the Gros Ventre River in Grand Teton National Park
Bison crossing the Gros Ventre River
Gros Ventre River • The Gros Ventre River (pronounced 'grow-vont') flows from it's headwaters in the Gros Ventre Wilderness which forms much of the eastern boundary of Jackson Hole and lies mostly to the south of the river. The Gros Ventre is a swift medium-sized freestone river providing plentiful pocketwater, runs and pools. There are not many riffles on the Gros Venture. The river alternates between a broad cottonwood-lined bottom and narrow canyons. Views of the Grand Tetons Range are spectacular. It is a beautiful, undeveloped region with abundant wildlife.
Jackson Lake • Far below the sky scrapping granite peaks of the picturesque Grand Teton Mountain Range, not far from the source of the mighty Snake River lies what appears as a divinely inspired accent to an already perfect alpine landscape; Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake is 18 miles long, and averages 4 miles wide and encompasses 40 square miles. The elevation of the lake is 6,750 feet above sea level, and the Grand Tetons that tower above reach 13,770 feet, 7,020 feet above the water. Jackson Lake is 445 feet deep; filling a depression scooped out of the ground by an Ice Age glacier. Jackson Lake is the biggest of the Grand Tetons seven morainal lakes that grace the base of the Teton Range like a pearl necklace.

 

Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons, Lupine
Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons

 

 

f Cascade Canyon • Cascade Canyon the most popular hike in Grand Teton National Park is well worth doing.
Surprise Lake • A Grand Teton hike that takes you half way up the Grand Teton to 2 beautiful lakes, it is a 4000 foot elevation gain and is better left to July before attempting it because of snow.
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Moulton Barn, Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park
The T.A. Moulton Barn
Picturesque Barns, a favorite for the photographers.
Lake Solitude • An outstanding hike.
Lake Solitued high in the Teton Range of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Lake Solitude a 10 mile trip into the middle of the Grand Tetons from the trailhead

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Grand Teton Park Wildlife
Grand Teton Wildlife • Nowhere else in the United States, including Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals) that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower 48 states.
Cross Country Skiing • You would be hard pressed to find a prettier place to cross country ski than Grand Teton National Park.
Ski Mountaineering, Gros Ventre Mountains, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Cross country skiing is a popular in winter
Rock climer Max Morgan climbing in Grand Teton National Park
Max giving it his all
Mountaineering • The Grand Tetons offer some of the best climbing and backcountry skiing in the world.

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Escape from the routine and indulge your passion for photography in a  “The Hole Picture Photo Safari” Yellowstone or Grand Teton photo tour. Discover the spirit of place and the magic of light of the Greater Yellowstone. Refine your personal style. Hone your technical skills. Treat yourself to an experience where you are welcomed by others who are just as passionate at chasing light as yourself. You deserve it!................................more info

 

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Yellowstone National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world to experience its natural wonders and embarrassment of riches. Visitors come to experience timeless natural wonders in a season of breathtaking contrasts: Old Faithful’s boiling eruptions shooting into sub-zero air; waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone frozen as if by a spell; bison, perhaps even wolves, crossing steaming thermal basins.

Yellowstone visitors are increasingly demanding specific opportunities and qualities of their visits to Yellowstone and now many private tours can be customized. Guides love sharing park history, park ecology, natural history, and instructing nature photography. Private safaris and park tours allow the entire trip to be tailored to you and your group. These safaris provide maximum flexibility and personal attention.

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Cow elk chasing wolves in Yellowstone

There are three resources that should be seen by all Yellowstone visitors. The first being the hydrothermal features, principally the geysers, and hot springs. Yellowstone hosts the greatest number of geysers anywhere on earth. Thermal features can be found throughout the park, yet the highest concentration of geysers and hot springs is in the Old Faithful area. The average visitor to this area can easily find these resources but without a guide may leave without understanding them.

The second must-see resource is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River including its two waterfalls including 109-foot Upper Falls and the 308-foot Lower Falls. The third resource of Yellowstone is its prodigious wildlife population.

Explore "America's Serengeti" and discover the Animals of Yellowstone National Park on a guided learning adventure. Wildlife Safaris help visitors see all kinds of wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem and providing fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment. Animals that may be observed during our expeditions include elk, moose, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, wolves and bears.

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If you are coming to Jackson Hole, Wyoming a great way to see the best of it would be to take a park tour through Grand Teton National Park. Tour guides are highly knowledgeable and will offer all sorts of information and facts about the wildlife, flora, geology and human history.

Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

Grand Teton National Park owes its spectacular scenery to earthquakes. Boasting the youngest and steepest mountain range in the west, containing some of the oldest rocks on earth, featuring glaciers and glacier-carved lakes, abundant wildlife and a myriad of wildflowers. As you enter the incredible landscapes of Grand Teton National Park, you will stand in awe of some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.

Oxbow sunrise, thunderstorm
Oxbow sunrise, thunderstorm

The Snake River, a defining feature of the park, offering varied habitats for wildlife and recreation for visitors and a fix for fly-fishing addicts, cutthroat and rainbow trout populate the river, drawing bald eagles and fishermen alike. Industrious beavers have dammed parts of the river, creating calm waters where moose feed on willows and aquatic plants--Schwabacher Ponds and Oxbow Bend are particularly good places to look.

Away from the river, grazing animals like bison, elk, mule deer and pronghorns thrive on the park’s extensive sagebrush flats. The porous soil that underlies the flats holds little water, but supports more life than one might think, including 20 types of grass, colorful spring flowers and several rodent species.

Antelope Flats, along Highway 89 on the eastern edge of the park, is a particularly good place to find bison. If you’re lucky, you might see a coyote or wolf hunting the sagebrush flats

Vacations aren't complete without seeing the mountain ranges of this region. It's a destination loved by young and old and something not to be missed. Sit back and relax and enjoy a guided park tour through the Grand Tetons.

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