Located just north of Jackson, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has a diverse and long-standing history. That history includes human use from more than 11,000 years ago. Nomadic Indians, American Indian tribes, early American explorers and permanent settlers once called this national park home.
Teton Mountains are massive structures that were eventually used as a reason to create the Grand Teton National Park. There is so much to do within this park and the mountains. You must make sure you are prepared to spend a few days in this part of the country, so you can really appreciate the true beauty that is before you.
One of the best ways to see the Tetons is to go on a scenic drive. This is an excellent way to get your bearings. Learn where everything is located. Plus, see a glimpse of what is waiting for you in the coming days. There are three different scenic drives. So, you can choose one or add them all into your itinerary. Teton Park Road goes along the base of the mountains from Moose to Jackson Lake Junction, while the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive offers spectacular views of the lake and the mountain peaks. The Signal Mountain Summit Road will take you high up towards the peak for some of the best views.
Now that you will have seen some of Grand Teton National Park is from your scenic drive, you will have a better idea of where you want to go hiking. There are many different trails and they range in difficulty from easy to quite strenuous. A couple of my favorite hiking trails include the Jenny Lake Trail, Hidden Falls Trail, and the Lakeshore Trail. I do recommend that you check out the bear safety guidelines before you venture out, so you know what you must do if you encounter a bear along the way.
Speaking of bears… There are many different types of wildlife to see when you are in Grand Teton National Park. A few of the animals you will see include moose, bison, elk, bighorn sheep, bobcats, mountain lions, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves. You must stay at least one hundred yards away from many of these animals, although personally, I might stay even further away. While these animals are used to people being around, they are still wild and will not think twice of attacking if they feel threatened.
There are many places where you can swim in the Tetons, but there are other ways to enjoy the water too. Water skiing and windsurfing are allowed on Jackson Lake, while canoes or kayaks are the only boats allowed on many of the other lakes. If you are looking for a different type of adventure, I recommend white water rafting. There are a few different rafting options, so we can easily find the one that will fit your needs perfectly.
These are just some of the ways you can explore the Tetons with incredible adventures. There are many others too, so let me know your interests and I will create an itinerary accordingly.
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