Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, established in 1929 and enlarged in 1950 by the inclusion of Jackson Hole, lies in north-western Wyoming a few miles south of Yellowstone National Park, with which it is linked by the John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway. It consists of Jackson Hole, a mountain valley 50 mi. long and up to 14 mi. wide lying at a height of almost 6500 ft, and the jagged Teton Range, whose highest peaks rise to around 13,000 ft (Grand Teton, 13,770 ft; Middle Teton, 12,804 ft; South Teton, 12,514 ft; Mount Owen, 12,927 ft). The range was named Grand Teton by French fur trappers (grands tetons, big breasts). The landscape of the National Park is of extraordinary beauty.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum
Located in the Visitor Center in Colter Bay on the east side of Jackson Lake is the Indian Arts Museum.The Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum is one of the visitor centers in Grand Teton National Park. Here visitors will find an assortment of displays including Indian items from the David T Vernon Collection. Native Americans provide demonstrations of their craft making expertise. This is also the location to pick up any backcountry permits that may be required.
For a scenic ride across the Snake River, Menor's Ferry is just the spot. Originally the only crossing point on the Snake River, the ferry was a critical transportation link in the early 1900's. Today, visitors can take a ride from one side of the Snake River to the other just like in the old days. Also at the Menor's Ferry site are several old buildings with period pieces inside.
Moose Visitor Center
The Moose Visitor Center is the nerve center of the Grand Teton National Park as the park headquarters are located here. The center has staff on hand to answer questions and features displays on endangered species found in the area. Just north of the Moose Visitor Center, travelers can take a free ferry ride on a replica ferry across the Snake River.
The Paintbrush Trail in Grand Teton National Park has been rated as difficult due to its steepness. However, with effort comes reward, and the views and scenery along the way make the huffing and puffing worthwhile. The Paintbrush Trail is located on the Jenny Lake Road, west off Teton Park Road, north of South Jenny Lake Junction.
Amphitheater Lake Trail
The Amphitheater Lake Trail winds its way up to over 3000 feet. It is from here that visitors are treated to a fantastic view out over Jackson Hole. The trail is located West of Teton Park Road south of South Jenny Lake Junction and north of Moose. This is a strenuous hike.
Cascade Canyon Trail
The Cascade Canyon Trail is not overly strenuous, however, it is long. The trail takes visitors into the center of the Tetons and makes for a great day hike. The trailhead for Cascade Canyon is located off Lake Jenny, north of Moose on Teton Park Road.
Chapel of the Transfiguration
The Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park is an interesting attraction because of its construction. It is a log chapel and features a beautiful view from above the altar. From here visitors can look out over the Teton Range. The chapel performs regular services in the summer only.
Cunningham Cabin Historic Site
Not much remains of the 160 acre Pierce Cunningham's Bar Flying U Ranch except one standing log building. The building, known as Cunningham Cabin Historic Site, is a restoration of the original one that was built in 1888. The site is located 6 miles south of Moran Junction.
Scenic Float Trips
For those visitors looking for a different perspective on Grand Teton National Park, scenic float trips down the Snake River are offered. Information on the geology and wildlife of the park are included and there is a maximum of 8 boats a day permitted down the river.
The views from Signal Mountain are spectacular and the best part is that you don't have to extend any energy to reach the top. A five-mile road runs right to the top complete with lookout points. The elevation of the lookouts is 7593 feet above sea level and Jackson Hole, the Teton Range, and Jackson Lake can be seen.
Flagg Ranch Information Station
Jenny Lake Visitor Center
The Valley Trail in Grand Teton National Park is a walk along the valley floor. No significant views are had although the trail does visit three lakes. The trail can be rough at times due to the fact that horses are allowed.
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