Yellowstone's South entrance is
only about a 2 hour drive from Teton Valley and the west
enterance is about 2 hour drive by the western route. Either
way you have a scenic drive past the Grand Teton mountain range.
in one way and coming out the other.
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park
is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000
hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal
wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes;
its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half
of the park.
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone
is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison
and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of
the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of
the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures
and sites associated with various periods of park administration and
visitor facilities development.
Grand Teton National Park is a scenic 50 minutes
Established in 1929, Grand Teton National
Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series
of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range
and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected
as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton
Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake
River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and
a wide range of wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras
of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern
tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists,
and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing,
wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are
all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between
Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.
Grand Targhee offers summer fun and terrific activities in the same proportions
as our superb winter recreation.
Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Grand Targhee is the main gateway
to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Surrounded by fields of wildflowers, the resort features panoramic vistas spanning
three states, with incredible views of the Grand Teton which rises to almost
14,000 feet. Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including horse back riding,
mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and more.
| © Daryl
Hunter - The Hole Picture
Fork of the Snake river runs through
Swan Valley a half hour drive from Teton Valley. The South Fork
has been rated as the best wild trout fishery in the lower 48
Targhee Village Golf Course - 9 or 18 holes $14/9 holes $22/18
The Links at Teton Peaks - Scottish style course 208-456-2372
||This spectacular scenic ride starts with a tow
up to the west side of the Grand Teton Mountain, approximately
11,700 feet MSL. Enjoy the leisurely soar back to the Driggs
Idaho Airport. Let the magic of motorless flight in one of the
world's most awe-inspiring areas provide you with the adventure
The Grand Teton Mountains provide many hiking
and horseback riding oportunities, many taking you into Grand
Teton National Park. The Tetons aren't the only hiking opportunities,
The Big Hole Mountains provide good hiking to the west, the
Snake River Range to the south and on the north side of the
valley you can access some of Yellowstone's southwestern corner
Darby Ice Cave Trail
Table Mountain Trail
Alaska Basin Trail
Hunter - The Hole Picture
|People come from all over the world to climb the
Grand Teton and other peaks of this mejestic mountain range.
||The Teton River begins its journey to the Columbia
in the upper reaches of postcard perfect Teton Valley. Much
of this mountain valley is pasture, grain and potato fields,
and open range bordered by the forested hills of the Big Hole
Mountains and the famous peaks of the Grand Teton Range. The
rugged peaks of the Tetons and the forested hillsides of the
Big Hole's stand in stark contrast to each other, this diversity
adds character to the Teton River Valley. The upper Teton
River is a meandering spring creek that is a fly-fishing
Huge rainbow and cutthroat trout live throughout the entire
river. This is a dry fly paradise! Mayfly hatches are prolific
and often there will be four or five different hatches at
the same time. The Narrows (the lower Teton) has all the adrenaline
rush attributes of any class IV and V whitewater river. The
Teton River is a diverse waterway providing the gamut from
tubing to world class whitewater and trout fishing.
||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.