Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National
Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife.
Adorned with glaciers and snowfields, the Teton Range is unquestionably
the park's central feature. As the mountains abruptly rise above
the sagebrush valley of Jackson Hole, they create a rugged, picturesque
backdrop. Photographed by millions of visitors each year, this world-renowned
western scenery also offers opportunities for a variety of recreational
A diverse array of wildlife complements the impressive
mountain landscape. Elk, moose, pronghorn, mule deer, and bison
are commonly seen in the park. Black bears are common in forested
areas, while grizzlies are occasionally observed in the northern
part of the park. More than 300 species of birds can be observed,
including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, trumpeter swans, sandhill
cranes, and ravens. There are more than 900 species of flowering
plants and 60 species of mammals such as marmots, snowshoe hares,
pikas, and chipmunks.
Unspoiled lakes and the winding Snake River add to
the natural beauty of the area. A 50-mile-long section of river
meanders through the park on its 1,056-mile-long journey to the
Pacific Ocean, providing habitat for one of the last wild, inland
populations of native cutthroat trout. River channels create wetlands
that support beavers, otters, white pelicans, ospreys, and bald
The park preserves a rich cultural history. The Teton
Range was sacred to Native Americans who made seasonal visits. Fur
trappers, homesteaders, and ranchers pioneered an independent life
in this rigorous environment. Conservationists aspired to preserve
the grandeur of the landscape for future generations; and modern-day
outdoor enthusiasts seek adventure and inspiration. About 4 million
people visit the park annually.
- The highest peak in the Teton Range is the Grand Teton at an
elevation of 13,770 feet. The range also includes 12 peaks over
12,000 feet and 12 mountain glaciers.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in the park was -63°
F. Snow blankets the Teton landscape from early November to late
April with approximately 400 inches of yearly snowfall in the
mountains and 175 inches on the valley floor.
- The park's semi-arid climate brings summertime highs of 93°
F and 20 inches of average annual rainfall.
- The park covers 310,000 acres and includes the former Jackson
Hole National Monument.
- Grand Teton National Park has no poisonous snakes or spiders.
- Since 1996, seven bears have been destroyed in this park because
they became too accustomed to eating human food and posed a danger
to visitors. Do not feed the bears
- Springtime in Jackson Hole is for the birds; each weekend in
April, you can join a naturalist on an early morning trek to observe
the unique mating rituals of sage grouse. Spring also means that
snowplows begin to uncover the Teton Park Road. Once plowed, this
road opens to non-motorized use only (walking, rollerblading,
and bicycling) for the month of April. The road opens to vehicle
traffic on May 1st.
- Summertime is the most popular time to visit and experience
the many recreational activities. Educational opportunities for
adults and children alike occur each day and evening as park naturalists
conduct interpretive hikes, talks and evening slide programs.
To answer all your questions, rangers staff four visitor centers
and an Indian Arts Museum. Summer activities include climbing,
hiking, backpacking, camping, wildlife observation, fishing, horseback
riding, bicycling, boating, rafting, and photography.
- Fall is a special time for visitors and wildlife. Aspens and
cottonwoods turn golden yellow and crowds thin, as elk begin to
bugle and gather in harems during their mating season. Each September
evening, naturalists lead caravans of visitors to view wildlife.
Hiking and photography are favored activities during this "short
but sweet" season.
- Winter is a time of silence and pristine splendor. Cross-country
skiing or snowshoeing on the Teton Park Road and nearby trails
offers a chance to experience both the beauty and rigors of the
season. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are offered each day, except
Wednesdays, from December 26 to mid-March. This free activity
provides snowshoes and basic instruction for beginners and experienced
alike. Call (307) 739-3399 for reservations.
- The Devils
Tower National Monument rises 1,267 feet above the meandering
Belle Fourche River. Rock climbing at Devils Tower is a popular
recreational sport. The tower is acclaimed as one of the premier
crack climbing areas in North America.
Butte National Monument is is located just 15 miles west of
the town of Kemmerer in southwestern Wyoming. This 50-million
year old lake bed is one of the richest fossil localities in the
- The Black
Hills National Forest is located in southwestern South Dakota
and northeastern Wyoming.
National Forest is located in north-central Wyoming. The Bighorns
are a sister range of the Rocky Mountains located half-way between
Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.