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Grand Tetons Featured Destination:

Grand Teton National Park
Jackson, Wyoming

A confluence of natural events, literally, gave rise to Grand Teton National Park. Shifting faults millions of years ago pushed up crystalline peaks and glacial boulders left natural potholes in a place that also boast of forests, floodplains, lakes and wetlands.

It's in the forests of pine, fir and spruce trees where you'll find the black bears, maybe. They are shy creatures. It took the North America team days to track down the black bear mother and cub that they finally filmed. You'll have your best chance at Teton Park Road, where black bears cross from the forests into the plains, on the tree-covered trails of Colter Bay, or deep in Cascade and Death Canyons.

Other animals enjoy the shade of Grand Teton's forests, like elk, mule deer, martens, red squirrels and snowshoe hares. Step out of the forest and into the sagebrush for more unobstructed views of pronghorns and coyotes, or go to higher elevations to spy on yellow-bellied marmots and pikas.

Best Time to Visit:

To avoid the crowds of the high season in July and August, consider visit the park in May, June and September. Some roads and activities may not be available in spring, but you may have more successful wilderness watching with fewer people around.

What to Do:

There are some excellent bird-watching opportunities in Grand Teton given its diverse habitat. The mating rituals of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the sagebrush flats at dawn should offer entertaining viewing. And then, there's the calliope hummingbird, the smallest bird north of Mexico. Look for them hovering over the scarlet giglia in Willow Flats and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Get Directions

Grand Teton National Park Destinations:

  • The Cathedral Group comprises eight of the ten tallest peaks in the Teton range and is located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Get Directions
  • Teton Glacier is the largest of the twelve alpine glaciers in Grand Teton National Park, located below the north face of Grand Teton Mountain. Get Directions
  • Jenny Lake. At the heart of Grand Teton National Park, this lake was formed by glacial movement and sits at the base of the major Teton peaks. Get Directions
  • Cascade Canyon. One of the most popular hiking areas in the park, with trails to the impressive Hidden Falls waterfall and Inspiration Point — a notable outlook facing east towards Jenny Lake. Get Directions
  • Lupine Meadows Trailhead. Famous for offering hikers access to all major central peaks in the Teton range as well as excellent wildlife viewing. Get Directions

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