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Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming is just south of Yellowstone National Park and north of world-renowned Jackson Hole. The Park is open all year but many facilities only operate seasonally. Grand Teton National Park's 310,000 acres lie at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which encompasses over eleven million acres—one of the few remaining temperate ecosystems on earth. National Park designation and expansion did not come easily. In the 1929 Act of Congress, Grand Teton National Park included only the Teton Range and six glacial lakes at the base of the mountains. It took until 1950 to incorporate adjacent wilderness lands including Jackson Hole National Monument, Teton National Forest, Jackson Lake and preservation land donated by John D. Rockefeller. Humans have populated the area for over 12,000 years; ancient peoples were hunter-gatherers and followed the migration of game animals, precipitated by seasonal weather conditions and growing cycles. The Wind River Shoshone Tribe remains culturally tied to Jackson Hole.

Known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife, the Park offers an exhaustive year round range of outdoor adventures and activities. Biking, boating and river float trips, climbing and mountaineering, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are most popular. Tourists also enjoy easy wildlife viewing excursions, bird watching and guided park-naturalist tours. Be warned: many activities (backcountry back packing, boating, floating, canoeing, fishing and snowmobiling) require fees, permits, licenses and/or registration. Scenic drives include The Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive and The Signal Mountain Summit Road with its unparalleled panoramic views of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole valley and Jackson Lake. To the delight of about 4 million visitors per year, many large animals roam freely across the park's 485 sq. acres.

Park lodging options include everything from modern resorts, historic cabins and western ranch accommodations to full service lakeside campsites and back country destinations. Expect to see elk, coyotes, moose, and buffalo. The Park has earned a worldwide reputation for its excellent trout fishing even though only one of the five species present, the Snake River Cutthroat Trout, is native to the region. Additionally, Snake River white water rafting and scenic float trips have captivated tourists to the area for years.

The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is open all year and features natural history exhibits, a relief map of the park, and an introductory video. There are several other visitor centers in the Park operating seasonally. Most visitors drive to the area from regional feeder cities including Denver, Salt Lake City, Rapid City, and Idaho Falls, all served by air transport.

Grand Teton National Park Visitor's Center
Teton Park Rd
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-3300

www.nps.gov/grte/

 

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