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Grand Teton National Park

The first time you see the Grand Tetons, they look like they will rip through the sky into the heavens above. They are so jagged and sharp looking like a sabertooth saw-blade carved of stone. Conversely, they are surrounded by such gentle beauty: mirror-like lakes, grassy marches, and rolling hills of dense forest that break out into an arid scrubland more reminiscent of the southwestern prairies which only serves to make them all the more surreal. Throw in a few moose, a herd of elk and a bald eagle and you have the making of a park to outshine even its famous neighbor to the north, Yellowstone.

the truth is you can get great views from your car

Grand Teton National Park seems a most accessible place on first acquaintance and if driving along a park road and admiring their considerable beauty is what floats your boat, you are in luck. The truth is many visitors treat it as an appendage to Yellowstone and merely drive through it en route to Jackson,WY to the south. A stop by Jenny Lake will suffice for them as having been in the Grand Tetons. The truth is, you can barely leave your car and find some amazing vantage points from which to observe a sublime alpine splendor seen rarely. Short strolls around scenic lakes provide just enough exertion and nature as many need or desire. Much like Yellowstone, there is also formidable wildlife to be “hunted” down with camera in hand and hand on the wheel.

do you hear them calling?

But to really explore the magnificent alpine paradise that is Grand Teton National Park, one has to put in more effort. Any hike into the interior of the park is by the nature of its stunning topography all uphill. Distances are not particularly long and boat shuttles help shorten even them but make no mistake, you will not be walking over a gentle flat path to reach the park's more remote lakes and valleys. While long day hikes can be strung together, this is truly the realm of the backpacker. Perhaps here more than in any other US National Park does a park call out for you to carry a load and camp in its vast wildernesses. The effort may be great but the rewards even greater. Empty meadows and babbling brooks. Seeing a more gentle side of these jagged peaks beckons. Do you want to hear them? I say yes.

  • Last visit to Grand Teton National Park: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 14, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    YOu got fantastic pictures of the scenery-but the whole area looks like a fantastic picture. Great presentation.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Richie, a fantastic write-up of your National Park experiences, with both the photos and descriptions to prove why it is #1 on your list! You even made me look at a map - it is within driving distance of Regina!! Perhaps September when all is quiet...

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Fantastic photos to reward your early starts, especially Oxbow Bend, Moulton Barn (which we missed - boo!) and that sunset in the Paintbrush/Cascade tip - stunning! Loved the wildlife tips too :-)

  • Homanded's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 6:04 AM

    Fantastic tips. BIG fan of Tetons and Wyoming as a whole. Saw lots of snow and bears in October this year!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Wow, with all those beautiful national parks, how will I get six months holiday to visit all those places ha? ;-) Love the landscapes & nature shots, especially the Eagle :)

  • rebibi's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    I really hope to see this beautiful NP one day . Your pictures are simply FANTASTIC!

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    It sure was a summer full of magic & I can not wait to put back on those hiking boots...& to take them of after a days worth of hiking & to huddle up in my soft sleeping bag :)

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Brilliant photos and informative tips! I especially like the photos of the bald eagle.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Another great hiking page with fantastic photos and interesting personal texts! Great that your re-visit measured up to and even surpassed your memories from 14 years earlier.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Oh boy, your photos are fantastic! No need to be shy with your equipment!! Love the Paintbrush hike, that might be mine (if I would be fitter, lol). And Amphitheatre Lake and all the camp spots up there :-))

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