Your Introduction to Yellowstone National Park: Grand Tetons National Park

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 10th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Many go to Yellowstone National Park, but they miss the treasure just 10 miles south - Grand Tetons National Park.

Some opening information

Grand Teton National Park’s 310,000 acres is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is where you will first enter the park from the south. If you choose not to stay at Granite Creek Campground, you should still go to Granite Hot Springs. The swimming pool there is located at 6,987 feet elevation. It was constructed by the Civil Conservation Corps in 1933. The average yearly snowfall there is 400 inches, and while the summer time water temperature is 93° F, the temperature in winter is an amazing 112° F. If you stay at the campground, you may see a moose walking leisurely through your campsite, or near the bath house. Speaking of camping, there are 1,000 drive-in campsites. By the way, there are bear boxes there-places to safely store your food so that the local bears don’t get into it. During winter, there are local dog sled owners to transport you around if necessary because of the winter snow.

As you begin your journey into the Tetons

As you’re traveling into the ‘Tetons’, as the park is referred to, you’ll find that the two lane roads are surprisingly good. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful forests, with an occasional clearing. There, you are liable to see bear, antelope, flocks of Canadian geese, or bison. Caution is recommended to those photography bugs, but you may get lucky and happen on a critter intent on being photographed. For the less adventurous, plan on bringing a spotting scope if you have one.

For you hikers...

It is an easy hike around Jena Lake, where you might encounter marmots, a ruffed grouse, or hopefully, at a distance, a brown bear. During your hike around the lake, you will see spectacular waterfalls and rushing rivers. If you choose not to hike entirely around the lake, you can descend to the boat dock and take the boat back to your starting point. If you should begin your journey in mid-June, you may encounter snow, so bring appropriate clothing. The park has 200 miles of hiking trails, enough to keep you busy for a while.

The mountains - not distant, but right there

As you ascend into the mountains and come up on the lake, you may be stunned by the beauty of the mountains in the background, partially hidden by a layer of clouds halfway up the mountain, but not concealing the mountain peaks.
If you are planning to go to Yellowstone National Park, don’t miss this natural treasure!

See my other article: Sneak Preview: Wild Life In Yellowstone and the Tetons!


Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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