Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons

The Tetons were known variously as "The Pilot Knobs" and "The Three Paps." The word Tetons is actually a French word meaning "breasts." Iroquois or French-Canadian trappers from the Pacific Northwest may have been responsible for the name Les Trois Tetons meaning "the three breasts." By the 1820s, the mountains ...

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Finders Keepers

You would need a very long pole to fly all the flags of nations that once claimed the Tetons. Although France "owned" most of the northern Rocky Mountains until the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the Jackson Hole area was outside its boundaries. Spain had a claim on the region, ...

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Flora & Fauna

Grand Teton National Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the continental United States. It is home to a variety of plants and animals, living in diverse yet connected habitats, including many rare and endangered species. Although the Tetons' arid climate ...

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Golf & Tennis

Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, just outside the southern border of the park, features an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Please call (307) 733-3111 for more information. Tennis facilities include six Plexicushionâ„¢ courts, racket rentals and instruction; please call (307) 733-7787 for additional information. The ...

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History

When humans started visiting the Jackson Hole area about 10,000 years ago, they followed trails across the land that were created eons before by migrating wildlife. For elk and bison—and later, nomadic tribes and fur trappers—the Jackson Hole area was simply a crossroads or seasonal hunting ground. Winters were ...

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In A Nutshell

PLANNING YOUR STAY General Park Information Grand Teton National Park is open year-round, with most facilities inside its boundaries offering complete visitor services between May and October. For current information about the park, or park conditions, visit the website at www.nps.gov/grte or call (307) 739-3300. For lodging reservations and activity information, ...

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Jackson Hole Museum

Downtown, the Jackson Hole Museum is open in summer and features area history exhibits. A few blocks away is the Jackson Hole Historical Society, a year-round facility for historical research. Please call (307) 733-2414 or (307) ...

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Just For Kids

Become a Junior Ranger Pick up an activity newspaper at any park visitor center and start earning your official NPS Junior Ranger badge. Learn about American Indian tribes, early settlers, animal habits, glaciers and other fascinating topics. When you answer all the questions in the newspaper, turn it in at ...

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Lodging & Dining

LODGING Grand Teton Lodge Company The Grand Teton Lodge Company began entertaining visitors before the region became a national park. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. created the company in the 1920s. Today, the Grand Teton Lodge Company manages the historic lodges, restaurants, campgrounds and outdoor activities at Jackson and Jenny lakes, along ...

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Grand Teton National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mary Gibson-Scott
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, where the majestic Teton Range rises impressively along the western edge of the scenic valley known as Jackson Hole. Here you will experience the captivating natural beauty that has drawn appreciative visitors to the area for generations. Whether you've come to relax and take in the view or to actively explore Grand Teton's many offerings, you will be rewarded with opportunities to get closer to the region's unique natural and human history.
Park Acreage: 
309995
Highest Point: 
Grand Teton
Highest Point Elevation: 
13770 feet
Visitor Count: 
2406476
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Jackson Hole; Snake River; Chapel of Transfiguration; Menors Ferry
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Whooping Crane
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12;Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Winter Day Use Pass: $5
Nearest Major City: 
Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Moran, WY; Moose, WY; Jackson, WY; Kelly, WY; Teton Village, WY
Nearby Airports: 
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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