Visit Beautiful Grand Teton National Park

Located in northwestern Wyoming just a short eight miles from Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park is 310,000 acres of protected recreational land with abundant wildlife, rivers, lakes and creeks and great hiking trails. Grand Teton National Park may just be the most beautiful area in America.

grand teton national parkThe beauty of Grand Teton National Park and of course the Teton Mountain Range is overwhelming.

The majestic Teton Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are the mountains that led to the establishment of the park. Elevations in the park run from around 6,320 feet on the valley floor all the way up to 13,770 at the summit of the largest peak in the Teton range.

Grand Teton National Park goes through the four seasons. Because of this there are plenty of fun things you can do and explore at Grand Teton, but certain times of the year are more ideal for traveling there than others. It’s a;ways wise to check with the park regarding any road closures and services that are open.

teton mountains photoA National Park Like No Other

The parks hundreds of thousands of acres include the Teton Range as well as a massive portion of Jackson Hole. Grand Teton National Park is smaller than Yellowstone National Park to the north as is quite different from many national parks. Privately owned ranches and businesses remain inside the park boundaries and It is the nations only national park with a commercial jet airport.

Abundant Wildlife

Grand Teton National Park is filled with beautiful wildlife. Bison, moose, elk, and black-tailed deer are often seen in the park. There have also been sightings, though much rarer, of mountain lions, wolves, black bears and grizzly bears. and bears. Hikers are encouraged to take along bear spray for protection in case of a grizzly bear encounter.

River Rafting on the Snake River

One of the more popular activities within Grand Teton National Park is rafting on the Snake River.

The Snake River offers visitors many adventures. Everything from scenic floats to class 3 whitewater. Many companies in Jackson offer whitewater rafting trips. The best rapids are located in the Snake River Canyon, just south of Hoback Junction.

Only human powered rubber rafts, canoes, dories, and kayaks are permitted on the Snake River within the park.  Kayaks and canoes are available for renting. Also kayak and canoe rentals are available from Jenny Lake Boating on Jenny Lake. If you bring your own boat you will need a boating permit. Permits can be issued at the Lewis Lake Ranger Station, Grant Village Visitor Center, Bridge Bay Marina and the Lake Ranger Station.

Motor boats are permitted on both Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake.

grand teton jenny lakeGrand Teton National Park Hiking

Hiking Grand Teton National Park is safe for solo hikers or groups of  hikers.  The park’s rough terrain, steep trails, wildlife, and weather related safety hazards are always risks to hikers.

The park offers 109 hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more.It’s said that there are a total of twenty-seven easy bike trails within the park. Trails in the park are rated from easy to difficult. Soemthing for every skill level.

For those looking for easy hikes within the park you may want to check out. These include the Lake Creek Trail, Taggart Lake Trail, Hidden Falls Trail, Lakeshore Trail, Leigh Lake Trail. There are more. A great resource and detailed description for each of these easy hike trails can be found at…

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Jackson Lodge at Grand Teton National Park

Beautiful Scenery

It’s been said that the views are everything at Grand Teton National Park. There’s much fun activities to partake in at the park however the mountain and lake scenery is breathtaking and is excellent for outdoor photography. The exposed peaks of the Tetons make for absolutely stunning landscape photos.

There are several sites that offer ideal views for photographers. Some of these include Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Mormon Row, Snake River Overlook, Elk Ranch Flats Turnout. Details of these ideal photo spots within Grand Teton National Park can be found at..

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Visit West Yellowstone, Montana / The Gateway to Adventure

West Yellowstone is a town in Gallatin County, Montana. The town has existed since the early 1900’s serving as a gateway to the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

west yellowstone montanaThe town of West Yellowstone offers a great variety of lodging, RV parks, camping areas, gift shops, fishing shops with guide services, Yellowstone National Park information for travelers as well as a good selection of restaurants.

Whether you’re visiting the Yellowstone area during the summer or winter, the town of West Yellowstone is an ideal place to begin your Yellowstone adventure.

Museum of the Yellowstone

The Union Pacific Railroad once offered passenger service directly to West Yellowstone. At the time of the first passenger arriving on June 11, 1908, today’s West Yellowstone was called Riverside. Rail passenger service ended after the 1960 tourist season. The historic Union Pacific Depot which served the town and welcomed thousands upon thousands of passengers still remains and today is home to The Museum of the Yellowstone.

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West Yellowstone Museum of the Yellowstone

The Museum showcases the town local history as well as the history of transportation and the history of Yellowstone National Park, our nation’s first national park.

You’ll see many displays that include stage coach and railroad companies which were necessary to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the Yellowstone.

Additionally there are numerous historic artifacts, weekly educational programs, guest speakers,  films, and guided walking tours of the historic district. The Museum of the Yellowstone is a must stop and is open daily from the middle of May through the middle of October.

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility opened in 1993 that is located in West Yellowstone, Montana at 201 S Canyon St. The center is open 365 days a year. Your admission is good for two consecutive days which allows you to leisurely explore the entire venue.

It’s a small but excellent facility. Two to three hours would allow you enough time to see the bears and wolves feeding/interactions.

West Yellowstone Fishing

West Yellowstone offers excellent fishing all year long. You’ll experience top notch trout streams that surround the town. It’s the heart of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains and you’ll enjoy blue-ribbon trout streams that have welcomed fishermen from around the world. Species include brook, brown, cutthroat, lake and rainbow trout, along with grayling and whitefish. Excellent fishing is found in and outside the national park. Fishing permits for fishermen 16 years of age and older are available at the Yellowstone General Stores located throughout the park.

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Getting to West Yellowstone

yellowstone grizzly bearOther than driving your personal or rental vehicle to West Yellowstone there is also a shuttle service offered. Shuttle service to West Yellowstone is available year round from the Bozeman, MT airport, and seasonally from Idaho Falls (connecting to Salt Lake City) and Jackson Hole.

Seasonal air service is also available.  Delta Connection offers flights to the airport from Salt Lake City.

Once in West Yellowstone be sure to check out private tour companies which offer some very scenic van and bus tours of the national park.

For all of these travel options be certain to check current dates and schedules with each carrier.

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Visit the Historic Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone

The historic Old Faithful Inn is a must stop for anyone visiting Yellowstone National Park located in the northwest part of the state of Wyoming.

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Old Faithful Inn

The Old Faithful Inn was constructed  during the winter of 1903-04, within Yellowstone National Park. The structure was built using materials from within the park and cost over $165,000 to complete. The Old Faithful Inn was designed by Robert C. Reamer. The inn was constructed in three  phases. Those being in the years of 1903, 1913, and 1927.

The Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the few remaining log hotels in the United States.

As a national historic landmark,Old Faithful Inn is the most popular lodging facility within Yellowstone. The interior lobby area is large and unique to say the least. The inn combines rugged materials and organic motifs that expresses both frontier sensibilities and elegance.The towering lobby features a very large stone fireplace and a hand crafted clock made of copper.

old faithful inn yellowstoneThe Old Faithful Historic District

The Old Faithful Historic District is historically important because of its rustic timber architecture and its role in the development of concessions to accommodate growing tourism in the early 1900s. The Old Faithful Lodge which is located near the Inn had several changes to it’s original design and what is seen now is where the last construction was completed in 1928. The design for the Old Faithful Historic District was done by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, a famous architect.

The historic district consists of the Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge, three stores, two service stations, five dormitories, ten support buildings as well as the guest cabins behind the Old Faithful Lodge and the Snow Lodge. The Snow Lodge with it’s large timber construction was completed in 1999 and is the newest of the park’s full service hotels. The Snow Lodge is open from about mid December to the first week of March and then from about the end of April to the end of October. Check with the lodge for exact dates.

The Old Faithful Geyser

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Old Faithful Geyser

The very popular Old faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is situated directly across from the Old Faithful Inn.

Approximate times that the geyser erupts is posted on a sign outside the Inn. The second floor of the Inn has a deck on the second floor where visitors can relax with refreshments and watch Old Faithful Geyser Erupt.

You’ll also find a raised walking trail outside the Old faithful Inn and adjacent to Old Faithful Geyser where you’ll see various hot springs and other smaller geyser eruptions on your trek. The geology of the area is amazing and is found in only a few other places on earth.

Yellowstone Hiking

Yellowstone National Park has some 1,100 miles of hiking trails, Yellowstone’s trails can be enjoyed by day hikers of all abilities. Some of these are short boardwalk trails to popular geothermal attractions. There are plenty of trails also in Yellowstone’s back country. Explore past the developed areas and you’ll see wondrous and beautiful mountainous, landscape that offers various trails for all hiking skill levels. Many types of wildlife including grizzly bears reside in Yellowstone and it is highly recommended that hikers bring along bear spray for protection. Bear spray is available for purchase in many stores within the park.

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Yellowstone Fishing

yellowstone lake fishingAnother very popular activity in Yellowstone National Park is fishing. Yellowstone  has a long tradition of fly fishing. This sport has been popular their for over one hundred years. Fishermen have the choice of Lake Yellowstone  which is a deep lake with abundant trout and other smaller lakes.

August is the best time for lake fishing in the Park. Also a large number of rivers. Included in these rivers is the Madison, Firehole, Yellowstone, Gardiner and Slough. When in the area of Yellowstone be sure to check out the fishing stores and guide services.

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