Grand Teton Area Information
Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming just south of Yellowstone National Park and just north of the town of Jackson. Visitors can reach the park by driving US Highway 191.
The closest city with a major airport is Salt Lake City, Utah. All major US airlines provide service to Salt Lake. From there you can rent a car or join a tour group to travel to Grand Teton.
The closest regional airport is in Jackson, WY, just outside the park.
The park's elevation ranges from 6,400 feet on the Jackson Hole valley floor to 13,770 feet on the summit of Grand Teton peak. Between the summit and plain, forests cover the mountain slopes. During summer, wildflowers paint meadows in vivid colors. Crystalline alpine lakes fill glacial cirques and noisy streams cascade down rocky canyons to larger lakes at the foot of the mountains. These lakes, impounded by glacial debris, mirror the mountains on calm days. Running north to south, the Snake River winds its way through Jackson Hole.
The winter here is long, snowy and bitterly cold. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Grand Teton National Park was –63°F, and snow often blankets the landscape from early November to late April. Brief, relatively warm summers provide a break from the rigors of winter and offer a time of renewal and rebirth. The area is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and supports an amazing variety of plant and animal life.
The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The parkway runs through federal land, much of which is forested. It is managed by Grand Teton National Park and offers great scenery, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.
The National Elk Refuge, one of 548 National Wildlife Refuges throughout the country administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is located just south of the national park. The refuge offers great opportunities to view wildlife in a natural environment. During winter, thousands of elk congregate on the refuge. Sleigh rides are offered to allow visitors a chance to see elk and other wildlife at relatively close distances.
The attractions here make the Grand Teton area one of America's best for scenery, outdoor adventure and wildlife-related activities.
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