Grand Tetons National Park was named after the highest peak in the park’s Tetons mountain range. Grand Tetons Park in Wyoming is situated some 440 kilometers to the northeast of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Grand Tetons National Park was established in 1929 and contains a little over 125,000 hectares of prime ecological land. Its terrain includes mountains, canyons, lakes, and a river valley.
The park is very accessible as it has an airport in nearby Jackson Hole making it very easy and convenient to take advantage of the activities possible at Grand Teton.
Tourists and visitors can find a host of things to do in Grand Tetons National Park including outdoor activities like guided nature strolls, slides, bonfire meetings, teepee assemblies, wildlife sightseeing, rafting, mountain climbing, bicycling, boating, fishing, swimming and a whole lot more.
Grand Tetons Facts
The highest peak of the Grand Tetons Mountains rises to an elevation of 13,770 feet above sea level and over 7,000 feet above the Wyoming plains and foothills. In fact, Wyoming has the second highest mean elevation in the United States (behind Colorado) with a mean elevation of 6700 feet above sea level. Visitors to Wyoming, tourists and local alike all marvel at the panoramic scenery of Grand Tetons National Park.
Access to Grand Tetons Park
Like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park charges standard park entrance fees. Rates range around $10 per individual on foot or bicycle, $15 for individuals riding motorcycles, and $20 per vehicle, all good for up to seven days of stay.
Grand Tetons Visitor Centers
Several visitor centers are available for service to patrons of Grand Tetons Park. The Moose Visitor Center for instance is open every day except December 25. Flagg Ranch Information Station is accessible from June to September. Jenny Lake Visitor Center is also open the same time of the year as Flagg Ranch; while Colter Bay Visitor Center can be visited between May and December yearly.
Other visitor services include:
- Six camp sites
- Two tourist ranches
- Two sets of cabin houses
- And four lodging inns
Grand Tetons Name Origin
The most common and accepted version for the origin of the Grand Tetons name is that “Grand Tetons” is the French description for female breasts. As the story goes, the term was coined by an early 19th century French journeyman who somehow imagined the mountains to look like the breasts of a woman. Today, the Tetons are deemed as mountains of dreams, impenetrable and protective of the hidden lands that it stands over.
Grand Tetons Park Wildlife
A lot of tourists are mesmerized by the rugged mountains of this park. It has become the precious reminder of the American west, a symbol of toughness and pride. Wildlife is prevalent along the river valley. The abundance of wildlife in Grand Tetons National Park includes among others, otters, beavers, ospreys, bald eagles, various freshwater trout, deer, elk, moose, black bears and grizzly bears.
Different plant and tree species abound the park as well. The park is famous for its wildflower species during the summertime. Even during winter, snowshoeing and skiing activities are popular, making Grand Tetons National Park a tourist destination the whole year round.
Grand Tetons Included in Yellowstone Park Tour
Grand Tetons National Park is included as part of Caravan Tours’ all inclusive Yellowstone Grand Tetons National Park Tour, which also includes guided tours of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument and Little Big Horn.
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