June 15, 2012
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is named for the Grand Teton range which includes the tallest mountain in the range at 13,775 feet, that’s more than 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole. Only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Teton National Park dates back at least 11,000 years, when the first nomadic hunter-gatherer Paleo-Indians migrated into the region during warmer months in pursuit of food and supplies. The first permanent settlers in Jackson Hole, in the valley beneath the mountain range, arrived in the 1880s. With more than a thousand campsites, the park is a highly popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, fly fishing and other outdoor activities.
Town of Jackson
After a day exploring the Tetons, we stay in the quaint town of Jackson located in the Jackson Hole valley beneath those mighty mountains. Jackson is a major gateway for millions of tourists visiting the Grand Teton National Park, nearby Yellowstone National Park, and the National Elk Refuge. Jackson is also in proximity to several ski resorts. The large arches of shed elk antlers at the four entrances to the town square are popular attractions.
We decide to take a leisurely carriage ride through Jackson to catch all the sights. Jackson is host to a number of world-class arts organizations, including the Congressionally designated National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Center for the Arts.
Two bars in Jackson are famous for that old cowboy flair. The first is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The second is the Silver Dollar Bar and grill, which is on the nation’s list of historic places.
We’ve absorbed all the wild west charm that Jackson has to offer, and so it’s time to move on to the next destination.