Grand Teton National Park   8 comments

Grand Teton NP 00Where Is It: Nearly 500 miles northwest of Denver, and just south of Yellowstone National Park.

The Birth: From

Say what you will about corporate altruism, whether it’s self-serving or truly benevolent, but in the case of Grand Teton, without it the park would be a shell of its present form.

When President Calvin Coolidge created the park in 1929, the legislation called for preservation of just 96,000 acres, acres that encompassed little more than the jagged roof of the Teton Range and the six glacial lakes that sprawl at the bottom of the mountains’ eastern flanks.

No doubt, this 96,000-acre preserve was stunning, and the initial legislation would see that it would indeed be protected for the enjoyment of future generations. But without the intervention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., working through his Snake River Land Company to buy up thousands of acres that extended beyond that initial allotment, it’s very possible, and highly likely, that the view we have today of the park would be filled with a foreground of development, not rolling sagebrush fields, timbered plateaus, and the uncluttered and beautifully meandering braids of the Snake River.

Size: 310,000 acres

# Visitors: 2,688,794 in 2013. July had peak attendance; November was the least attended.

Plants: From

Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding region host over 1000 species of vascular plants. With an altitude variance of over 7,000 ft (2,100 m), the park has a number of different ecological zones including alpine tundra, the Rock Mountains subalpine zone where spruce-fir forests are dominant, and the valley floor, where a mixed conifer and deciduous forest zone occupies regions with better soils intermixed with sagebrush plains atop alluvial deposits.

Animals: From

Sixty-one species of mammals have been recorded in Grand Teton National Park. This includes the gray wolf, which had been extirpated from the region by the early 1900s but migrated into the Grand Teton National Park from adjacent Yellowstone National Park after the species had been reintroduced there. The re-establishment of the wolves has ensured that every indigenous mammal species now exists in the park. In addition to gray wolves, another 17 species of carnivores reside within Grand Teton National Park including grizzlies and the more commonly seen American black bear. Relatively common sightings of coyote, river otter, marten and badger and occasional sightings of mountain lion, lynx and wolverine are reported annually. A number of rodent species exist including yellow-bellied marmot, least chipmunk, muskrat, beaver, Uinta ground squirrel, pika, snowshoe hare, porcupine, and six species of bats.

Choices: For a suggested 7-day itinerary, visiting both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, check out National Geographic expeditions, here.

Fees: $25 for a 7 day pass, good for both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. A winter day pass, offered mid-December – April 30, is $5.

Contact Info:

P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012-0170
(307) 739-3300

Current Issues: From

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The State Board of Land Commisioners has endorsed a proposal that would transfer ownership of 1,280 acres of state school trust land in Grand Teton National Park to the federal government.

The board voted 4-1 Thursday to accept federal land and mineral rights elsewhere in Wyoming in exchange for the land. The agreement still needs legislative approval.

The new agreement was necessary because the federal government couldn’t meet a Jan. 5 deadline to buy one of the sections for $45 million as specified in a previous agreement.

Don’t Miss This: Tri’s Totally Teton, a site dedicated to hiking in this Park, shares a video that’s a great intro to the Park. See it, here.


National Park Service: Grand Teton National Park

Tri’s Totally Teton Hiking and Backpacking Trips

Jason’s Travels: Visiting Yellowstone And The Grand Tetons Grand Teton National Park

The Monday Pod: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Pt 3 – The Photographic Experience Grand Teton National Park

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