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Happy 88th birthday, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. At about 310,000 acres (480 sq mi), the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. The park is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone, connected by the National Park Service managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

Efforts to preserve the region as a national park commenced in the late 19th century, and in 1929 Grand Teton National Park was established, protecting the major peaks of the Teton Range. The valley of Jackson Hole remained in private ownership until the 1930s, when conservationists led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. began purchasing land in Jackson Hole to be added to the existing national park. Against public opinion and with repeated Congressional efforts to repeal the measures, much of Jackson Hole was set aside for protection as Jackson Hole National Monument in 1943. The monument was abolished in 1950 and most of the monument land was added to Grand Teton National Park.

The park takes its name from the largest of the peaks, the Grand Teton. But where did that get its name? The naming is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers who called the range, les trois tétons (the three teats) and was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons. Grand Teton towers more than 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole, almost 850 feet higher than Mount Owen, the second-highest summit in the range.

Even though the Grand Teton National Park is smaller than Yellowstone, there is much to see and do. There are over 200 miles of trails, many lakes, including 15-mile-long Jackson Lake. There are numerous streams of varying length and the upper main stem of the Snake River. A dozen small glaciers persist at the higher elevations near the highest peaks in the range. Some of the rocks in the park are the oldest found in any U.S. National Park and have been dated at nearly 2.7 billion years. Wow!

Grand Teton National Park is an almost pristine ecosystem and the same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found here. Dozens of species of mammals, more than 1,000 species of vascular plants, 300 species of birds, more than a dozen fish species and a few species of reptiles and amphibians call this home. Due to various changes in the ecosystem, some of them human-induced, efforts have been made to provide enhanced protection to some species of native fish and the increasingly threatened whitebark pine.

If you enjoy mountaineering, hiking, fishing, camping, rafting, and just getting away from it all in a serene and beautiful setting, the the Tetons are calling you. Happy birthday Grand Teton National Park. And many, many more! =]:)

#wyoming #grandtetonnationalpark #grandteton #birthday
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Orion Dances on top of the Tetons

If you look closely, it appears that the constellation Orion is dancing on top of the Tetons. Very cool!

#wyoming #grandteton #nightsky #constellations

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Moose Crossing

This moose is crossing the road near the Moose Entrance Station in Grand Teton park. He doesn't need any directions, thank you very much!

Actually, in winter many of the animals in the park use the roads to get where they are going faster and easier. Animals always have the right-of-way in the park.

This photo was taken by the NPS near Moose Entrance and was posted on Facebook:

#wyoming #grandteton #moose

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Ice skating rink in Jackson

Do you like ice skating? You can watch the live feed of the skating rink in Jackson, WY if you like. =]:)

Make sure to change the video settings to HD for the best quality.

#wyoming #grandteton #iceskating

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Here's a live cam for Jackson, Wyoming. Pretty big flakes of snow tonight. Yup, it's snowing, +K. Leigh Thoma!

#snow   #wyoming   #tetons  

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From City Blocks to Teton Rocks

How do you go from the hustle and bustle of NYC to the serene green of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming? Park Ranger Millie Jimenez did it and now she's helping other city kids learn to appreciate nature too.

#wyoming #teton #grandtetonnationalpark #grandteton #NBC

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The Jenny Lake Rangers

The rangers handle about 75 rescues a year, from missing children to hikers with injuries.

The recent July training mission focused on the team's "short haul" insertion technique. A short haul mission places personnel and resources near an accident scene by dangling them from a fixed length rope below a helicopter. A common technique for this team, short haul is vital to expediting high mountain rescues.

If you are afraid of heights, this job isn't for you. =]:)

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The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir

It was a rough week, so the mountains are calling me. I'm heading out for a weekend of hiking and camping, to recharge and recenter. Want to come along? Okay!

This is one of the best videos showcasing the Tetons I've ever seen. It's stunning. And this is where I'm heading right now after I post this, so it will be almost like you're with me. You'll see it from sunrise, to sunset, just like I plan to. And hopefully, you'll feel a little calmer, a bit lighter, inspired and peaceful.

If you are on a desktop, you'll want to go full screen and crank up the volume. Then let the landscape and music take you away for the next 3 minutes.

And if you are coming to Yellowstone for a visit in the future, you must also take in the Grand Teton park. It's practically joined to Yellowstone, separated by only a couple miles. I've always thought of the two parks as chapters in the same book. Each chapter stands on it's own, but it makes more sense as a whole.

Have a great weekend and see you all soon. =]:)

#Yellowstone   #grandteton   #wyoming   #video   #mountains   #beautiful   #yellowstonenationalpark   #hiking   #camping  

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Hike to Phelps Lake Beach

This beautiful photo was taken by Amy Galbraith. It makes you wish you were there, doesn't it? Okay, okay! I can't keep a secret. I'll tell you how to get there. Ready? Here we go!

From Moose Junction, turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road (it's on the map you get from the ranger when entering the park) and drive about 3 miles south to reach the turn-off to Death Canyon Trailhead. Turn right and drive another 2 miles to the end of the road. Although the first mile is paved, the last part is a fairly rugged gravel road. Depending on the time of year, it's best to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

If you don't have access to one, no problem. When the pavement section ends after about a mile, you'll see a parking area. Park your 2-wheel drive vehicle there and you can hike the rest of the way to the trailhead, which is about a mile. The hike will begin with a moderate climb through a lodgepole pine forest and you'll pass a few aspen groves.

When you reach the Valley Trail junction, turn left on to the trail and continue on to Phelp's Lake. It's about a mile from here to the Phelps Lake Overlook at an elevation of 7200 feet. The overlook is 567 feet above Phelps Lake so expect a fantastic view. Some of the Douglas fir trees in this area are between 300 and 400 years old.

From here, the trail goes down to the lakeshore, and the views on the way down are incredible. You will see Death Canyon too. You'll reach Death Canyon Trail junction after about 1.7 miles and to keep going to the lake shore, turn left. Just keep heading straight if you want to go into Death Canyon.

The trail continues for another three-tenths of a mile or so to reach the Phelps Lake Trail. Turn left and continue for a third of a mile to a small sandy beach along the northern shore of Phelp's Lake. The lake is 750 acres, and it's a glacially carved lake, which is also the 6th largest lake in Grand Teton National Park.

This is a nice hike, with varied scenery, ending in a beautiful lake beach, and I know you'll like it. It's the perfect spot for a picnic or to get smoochy with your significant other. =]:)

#wyoming #tetonnationalpark #grandteton #lake #hiking

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10 family friendly things to do in Teton Park

There are so many things to do in Grand Teton National Park, but here are 10 things that are kid and family friendly.

My favorite on this list, is Take a Boat Across Jenny Lake. This is a fun ride, and when you get across the lake, you can do some hiking to Hidden Falls and/or Inspiration Point. These are fairly short hikes, and perfect for folks with younger kids.

#wyoming #tetonnationalpark #hiking #boating #scenic
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