Teton Mountains, Range

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Teton Mountain Range

The Teton Mountains are not only impressive due to their drastic rise directly from the valley floor, but also in their accessibility and the views their summits offer.

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Overview
The peaks of the Teton Mountain Range are regal and imposing as they make one of the boldest geologic statements in the Rockies. With no foothills to suggest their presence, they rise through steep conifer forests into alpine meadows strewn with wildflowers, past blue and white glaciers to naked granite pinnacles.

The Grand, Middle, and South Tetons form the heart of the range. However, their neighbors, especially Mount Owen, Teewinot Mountain, and Mount Moran, are no less spectacular.

Location/Directions
The Teton Mountain Range, or the Grand Tetons as they are often called, forms the western side of the geological region known as Jackson Hole. By traveling a mere four miles north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming, you will be awe struck by the immense size and height of this natural wonder.

Seasons
The Teton Mountain Range is open year-round but much of the park is inaccessible during the winter. Two ski resorts are nearby – one on the western slopes (Grand Targhee) and one on the eastern slopes (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort).

Activities

  • Winter Activities:
    The winter brings cross country skiers, snowshoers, photographers, and mountaineers to the Teton Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails:
    There are tons of hiking trails in the Tetons. The most popular is Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon. We recommend that you consult with a Visitor Center Park Ranger before hiking.
  • Scenic Drive:
    Drive through Grand Teton National Park and stop at the many strategically located pull outs for photo opportunities
  • Camping:
    There are several campgrounds within the park that provide the opportunity to nestle up next to the Tetons. The campground at Jenny Lake provides tent camping sites while the campgrounds at Signal Mountain and Lizard Creek have room for campers and RV’s as well as access to Jackson Lake. There are also plenty of backcountry sites requiring a permit which can be obtained at the visitor’s center in Moose or the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.
  • Scenic Float or Fishing Trip:
    There are two stretches of the Snake River within Grand Teton Park that offer some of the finest views of the Teton Range available.
  • Guided Climbing:
    If you feel the need to stand atop one of the peaks, a guided service will train and accompany you safely to the top where you can see the expansiveness of the 40 mile long, 15 mile wide range.

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