On approximately 310,000 acres of land in northwestern Wyoming lies the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. It is located just north of the town of Jackson and south of Yellowstone National Park.
The park gets its name from Grand Teton, which is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range, which its range rises above scenery that is rich with beautiful wildlife, alpine terrain and pristine lakes, a place that beckons many to pay a visit. The park is especially popular for activities such as hiking, mountaineering, camping and fishing among others.
The Tetons came to rise into the sky many years ago when the earth’s crust cracked along a fault. In this regard, the Tetons are a prime example of fault block mountain formation, with a resulting beauty that beckons many a photographer to capture its special features. Exposed crystalline rocks render the mountains their dramatic appearance regardless of the season you choose to pay them a visit.
Everywhere you turn in the park, you will be presented with an abundance of wildlife, although of particular interest, due to its populations are the bison(buffalo), elk, bald eagles and moose. In this regard, you are advised to follow the set guidelines to the park for your own safety. A visit to bear country requires following the set regulations in order to protect both you and the bears in the vicinity.
The park is home to over sixty-one species of mammals, with occasional sightings of animals such as the lynx, the mountain lion as well as the wolverine. The more common occurrences include the river otter, the coyote, the badger as well as marten.
For fishing enthusiasts, especially those interested in trout, you will be glad to know that the park is one of the very few places that you can catch the Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout. If birdwatching is of special interest to you, then a visit to Oxbow bends a must, this is because the area is thrive with different types of birds, the park itself is home to over 300 species of birds. Pay a visit to Cathedral Group turnout for a great view of the Range’s three highest peaks (the Grand Teton, Mt. Owen, and Teewinot). In terms of reptiles, the park has only documented four species, of which three are species of snakes that include the wandering garter snake, as well as the valley garter snake and rubber boa which are seen to a smaller extent. The fourth species of reptiles are the lizard species which include the northern sagebrush lizard. Other species that call the park home include an estimated 10,000 species on insects, and six species of amphibians.
You will be glad to know that you can get a permit to hunt in the park, although the hunting is restricted to the elk. In addition, there are a number of camping sites that will give you a chance to be at one with nature. All in all, a visit to the park will mean an educational trip, a relaxation trip or a fun trip depending on which activities you intend to venture into.