En route to the Grand Teton National Park, we stopped at Jackson Hole, a small ski resort town located in the valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Mountains of Wyoming. The town was named after David Edward "Davey" Jackson, an explorer, trapper, fur trader, who lived in the valley in the 1800s. The town of Jackson Hole serves as a gateway to both the Grand Teton and the Yellowstone National Parks.

Jackson Hole
  Jackson Hole: aerial tram entry point

 

Jackson Hole is a well-known ski area with steep terrain that is considered as the most challenging in North America. Several World Cup ski races were held in Jackson Hole over the years.

Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole: Up, up we go on the aerial tram to the top of the mountain

 

Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole: aerial tram

 

The tram rises 1262 meters to an elevation of 3185 meters to the top of the Rendezvous Mountain.

Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole: Rendezvous Mountain top

 

The temperature at the foot of the mountain was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, while the top (elevation 10450 feet) read 59F.

Rendezvous Bowl
A view from the top of Rendezvous Bowl

 

Jackson Hole has many recreational activities, mountain biking, hiking and paragliding during the summer.

Teton Mountain
A view from the top of Rendezvous Bowl: Snow-capped Teton Mountain peaks

 

Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains provide excellent ski areas. There are a variety of terrains available for intermediate to advanced skiers.

The Grand Teton National Park

From Jackson Hole, we took the Rockefeller Parkway, a scenic road that connects the Grand Teton and the Yellowstone National parks. The Grand Teton National Park is in the northwestern Wyoming covering about 310,000 acres. The Grand Teton National Park is named for the Grand Teton that rises more than 2,100 meters above the valley of Jackson Hole.

American bison
American bison grazing in the foothills of the Teton Mountain range

 

The Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that includes the hydrothermal areas, lakes, and, streams, and rivers. Also, there are many species of plants, mammals, fish, and reptiles. Oldest rocks found have been dated close to 2.7 billion years. The Snake River flows through the park in a southerly direction.

Teton Range
The Teton Range: from the Snake River overlook (from Ansel Adam's vantage point)

 

Ansel Adams was an American photographer whose black and white landscape photographs of the US national parks made them the famous world over.

Snake River
The Teton Range: from the Snake River overlook

 

Based on the geological information, the Snake River Plain was formed by a volcanic hotspot underneath the Yellowstone National Park. The Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River, is a major river that runs through the park to Washington Tri-Cities area to join the Columbia River via Idaho, and Oregon states.

Snake River
The Snake River and the Tetons: another view

 

The Snake River starts out small and flows into the Jackson Lake then through the valley of Jackson Hole, and in between the Teton Range. There were hundreds of rapids in Hells Canyon part of the Snake River.

11000 summers

 

Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have been to the Jackson Hole and the Teton ranges area for more than 11,000 years.

Moulton Barns
Grand Teton National Park: Moulton Barns (Mormon Row)

 

The Mouton Barn, an iconic historic structure with the Teton Range in the background, in Mormon Row is another highly photographed building in the Tetons. Settlers arrived in the Jackson Hole area in the 1890s from Idaho and established a homestead called ‘Mormon Row’. This is all that remains now that was built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons in the early part of 1900.

Snake River
Another view of Snake River

 

There are many large and small mammal species in the Grand Teton National Park including the American Bison.

Awe inspiring, and breathtaking sceneries, rugged mountains, rolling plains, rivers, plant and wildlife and recreational areas, they all in the Grand Teton National Park. Some of the flora, and fauna found in the park has been around since the prehistoric times.

Useful Links:

https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/grand-teton-national-park

(The author, a technology professional, resides in Toronto, Canada with his family)