Places to Visit: Teton Valley Idaho

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Teton Valley Idaho

Over the 8400 foot Teton pass sits the quiet side. Formerly inhabited for hundreds of years by Native American tribes like the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, and Nez Perce, this side of the Tetons is much mellower geologically and socially. The economy of this area was centered around agriculture until the local ski resort brought so much business that locals started focusing on tourism.

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Teton Valley encompasses the small towns of Driggs, Victor, and Tetonia, and has close access to Teton and Palisade mountain ranges and to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Victor sits at the base of the pass 24 miles from Jackson and 5 miles south of Driggs.

Driggs was named after B.W. Driggs who bought the land for its farming potential. The farming community and irrigation projects began in 1889 and the town is now home to about 1000 residents. The very small town of Tetonia is about 8 miles north of Driggs.

Driggs is the gateway to Grand Targhee Ski Resort which opened in 1969 and is located in the Targhee National Forest at 8000 feet. On a clear day the view of the Grand Tetons is breathtaking. But on a powder day skiers dont seem to care too much what the view looks like. With two mountains to chose from while skiing, it is known for being under crowded and for the amount of fresh snow that dumps on it, which on average comes close to 500 inches a year. It is also a popular spot for guided cat skiing, which accesses almost all areas out of bounds from the resort. Grand Targhee is about 40 miles from Jackson and 87 miles from Idaho Falls. There are accommodations and restaurants at the resort and in surrounding towns.

Options for recreation and enjoying the outdoors flourish in Teton Valley. In the summer visitors can mountain bike, hike, backpack, horseback ride, climb, golf, fish, hunt, and camp. Fly-fishing is renowned in the valley along the Teton River and even more so to the south in Swan Valley along the S. Fork of the Snake River. Glider and airplane flight seeing rides are available and during the Hot Air Balloon Festival in July, balloons race for two days and offer balloon rides for those willing to pay a small fee. With a permit visitors can hunt elk, deer, bear, antelope, moose, mountain lion, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep. Camping opportunities are open in the valley seasonally.

There are many social and sport events scheduled throughout the year. Snowmobiles race in the RMXCRC tournament in January and February and in the Mickey Morrison race in March. Locals and tourists engorge themselves with crab during the February Crab Feast. During the Grand Teton Summer Festival, 4th of July festivities fill the valley and in late summer many travel to the valley to enjoy the not to be missed Bluegrass Festival.