Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park dominates the landscape with its amazing rough, snow-capped peaks that suddenly rise out of the heavens. They spectacularly determine the view from a great distance, especially for those coming from the east, from Casper. It is one of the largest, virtually unaffected, ecosystems in the temperate part of the world. The Grand Teton is with 15091 feet (4600 meters) the highest peak in this mountain ridge and is younger than the Rocky Mountains and therefore much sharper.
When you visit the national park don't miss the east side of Grand Tetons called Jackson Hole. This is a flat valley where you can find breathtaking lakes surrounded by thick forests. All kinds of large and small mammals live in the park, like reptiles, amphibious animals, birds and fish.
Grand Teton is world famous because of the farms of Mormon Row. This area has become known for its photos of traditional barns in front of the mountains of Grand Teton. Mormons wanted to build a life in the harsh climate. This failed, but many buildings are still there. They make a perfect scenario for amazing pictures. The most famous one is called "T.A. Moulton’s barn "and it is the most famous farm in the world.
How to get there
Mormon Row is not on Highway 89 but on a parallel road. However, the detour is small, around ten minutes. The sandy road with the houses and stables are not easy to find. It is a remote and partially closed road. Also not all GPS indicate the road. We advise you to ask it in the visitor center in Jackson Hole. In winter the access road is closed off by snow, but you can walk if there is not too much snow.
Jackson is a nice town in Grand Teton National Park and it has a "historic center". It much nicer than the typical American towns. It is a bit of an upmarket winter sports and artists place. So it is not very cheap but well worth a visit.
Where to stayIf you are not on a budget we recommend to stay at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, a Noble House Resort. The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. Great location, right in center of the village and just a short drive to Teton National Park entrance.
We really enjoyed the fireplace and balcony. Also the restaurant could have scored a Michelin star, top-class food. Last but not least we loved the hotel because of its sustainable practices.
Best time to visit
The best time to travel to Grand Teton National Park is from June to September. In these months you will experience a mild or pleasant temperature and there is hardly any precipitation. The highest average temperature in Grand Teton National Park is 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 ° Fahrenheit) in July and the lowest is -6 ° C (21.2 ° F) in December. If you like skiing than December til February is the best time to visit. Click here for more detailed climate information in Jackson.