Grand Teton Park Overview, Seasons, Fees
The scenic Teton Mountain Range rises abruptly above Jackson Hole Valley. A fault on the east side of the mountains allowed them to be pushed almost straight upward, without creating extensive foothills. Because the range is so young, the peaks have sharp profiles – they have not eroded into rounded mountains and hills. The peaks tower 5,000 to nearly 7,000 feet above the valley, creating a view that is most dramatic when seen from the east. On the west side, the mountains have a more typical look, beginning as rolling hills that slope upward to the peaks.Grand Teton National Park Map.
Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929. Through the vision and generous philanthropy of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., additional lands were added in 1950.
The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The highway runs through federal land that is managed by Grand Teton National Park.
Nearby, the National Elk Refuge provides important habitat for the nationally significant Jackson Elk Herd, along with many other plants and animals.
Grand Teton National Park offers hiking, camping, climbing, boating, kayaking, wildlife watching and numerous photography opportunities. A few paved roads wind through the area but the best way to experience the park is to hike along its many trails.
The park is open year-round. However, heavy snow makes access very difficult in many areas during the winter. Park visitor facilities are listed below.
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
- Open year-round (closed December 25)
- Located in Moose, 12 miles north of Jackson
Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum
- Open from early May through early October
- Located 25 miles north of Moose, adjacent to Jackson Lake
Flagg Ranch Information Station
- Open from early June through early September
- Located about 2.5 miles south of Yellowstone National Park's south boundary
- (About 40 miles north of Moose)
Jenny Lake Visitor Center
- Open mid-May through late September
- Located 8 miles north of Moose at South Jenny Lake
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center
- Open late May through late September
- Located 4 miles south of Moose on the Moose-Wilson Road
The visitor centers are located in areas offering a variety of trails, activities, scenic drives and ranger programs as well as unique historic districts and iconic views of the Teton Range.
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