Grand Teton National Park
A Destination for Natural Beauty and AdventureGrand Teton National Park was founded twice-- first in 1929, with an area of 96,000 acres, and then again in 1950. The 1950 grant, which consolidated lands that had been issued by presidential proclamation almost a decade earlier, expanded Grand Teton to a size of 310,000 acres. In a sense, the annexation made it a totally different park, incorporating ecosystems not totally protected by its previous incarnation.
Located just 10 miles south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park boasts a pleasing combination of majestic natural beauty and tourist-friendly convenience. The peaks of the 40-mile long Teton Range rise over pristine glacial lakes, presiding over wildflower-carpeted meadows, bubbling streams rich with trout, historic buildings dating from the heyday of the American West, and miles of hiking trails. It is also a prime location for viewing wildlife, including the trumpeter swan, moose and bighorn sheep. Open all year, Grand Teton National park offers excellent climbing in Garnet Canyon and an extensive network of hiking trails during the summer, many of which are open to snowshoers and cross-country skiers once winter rolls around. And of course, some of the best downhill skiing in the world can be found in the nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.