Grand Teton National Park

Overview

Jutting into the sky like a snow-capped crown, the 40-mile-long Teton Mountain Range is surrounded by 310,000 acres of flora-carpeted earth inviting both local wildlife and visiting explorers to roam it, and a variety of mirrored lakes dotted with watercraft. Northwestern Wyoming is the home of Grand Teton National Park, in a region with 11,000 years of recorded history reaching back from Paleo-Indian nomads forward to modern conservation efforts and the patronage of outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting a microcosm of neighboring ecosystems—wetlands, forests, and alpine tundra, among others—the park is a living, breathing world no lover of the great outdoors should miss.

Information

Five vehicular-access campgrounds are available to all, but backcountry campsites require a permit for overnight stays. Mountain and rock climbers are drawn to the park because many of the mountains are reachable by road, summits are well-known, and experienced climbers can reach them in a single day. Two hundred miles of hiking trails, varying in difficulty, invite both human hikers and their horses or pack animals.

Price range

Seven-Day Permit Fees: $25 per vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, $12 per person (on foot or bicycle). Seven-Day Pathway Per-Person Fees: $12. One-Day Winter Day Fee: $5. Interagency Annual Pass: $80. Military Annual Pass: Free. Senior Lifetime Pass Fee: $10.

Best time to visit

Seasonal activities are largely climate-based, especially in the case of mountaineering activities.

Near by POI

Hostel/dormitory rooming is available for mountain climbers at the Grand Teton Climber's Ranch, courtesy of The American Alpine Club. The Jackson Lake Lodge, name for its proximity to the Jackson Lake Dam, contains close to 400 rooms, meeting spaces, and an eatery.

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