Grand Teton National Park, located a couple hours drive south of Yellowstone in northwestern Wyoming, features stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the park's skyline.
Environmentalist philosopher John Muir could have been describing this wondrous place over a century ago when he wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
To paraphrase Muir, a visit to Grand Teton National Park is not so much about “fountains of life” as it is about “mountains of life.” What a visitor notices, first and foremost, are the iconic snowcapped peaks, which form the quintessential mountain range in North America. The diversity offered in this magnificent valley, with its abundance of wildlife and wildflowers, puts Grand Teton in a class of its own. So, what are the best places to see?