An Overview of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton
The majestic Teton Mountain range rises from the valley floor of Jackson Hole, Wyoming—reaching nearly 14,000 feet toward the sky. Geologists say Jackson Hole formed more then ten million years ago as the valley floor was uplifted west of a major fault line and dropped to its east. What formed was the absolutely awe-inspiring Teton Mountains, which are the focal point for residence and visitors alike to the Jackson, WY area.
According to the Jackson Hole Historical society, the allure of Jackson Hole dates back to “Prehistoric nomadic people thought to be precursors to the Shoshone, who began to use the valley 11,000 years ago during the last ice age. Bands of Shoshone, Blackfeet, and other American Indians visited the area for sustenance, rendezvous, and ceremony…perhaps living there from time-to-time.”
I recall reading once that it wasn’t until the mid-1800s before we knew what dinosaur bones/fossils were—that they were so plentiful in the Wyoming area that there were actually homes build from them. There is still a cabin standing used as a tourist stop to prove my point, click here to see pics and read the article.
Jackson Hole has been a lure for the rich-and-famous as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and New York for years now. It also attracts the adventurous, like mountain climbers, river rafters, skiers, hikers, bicyclists and others…it’s a place of passion for many and if you visit you’ll see why. Jackson Hole is one of the nicest mountain communities you’ll ever visit, with a great mix of amenities…from lodging, restaurants, night-life to amazing majestic beauty. You can raft down the treacherous Snake River; fish pristine waters; hunt or watch big game wildlife; dine at 5-star restaurants; ski the best runs, you name it, Jackson Hole can probably accommodate your every indoor or outdoor desire.
Just outside of Jackson Hole, the Teton Mountain range provides for the most spectacular backdrop. Grand Teton National Park’s mountains are impressive not only for their geological prominence above Jackson Hole, but also for their summit views and the accessibility to remote backcountry areas.
Weather permitting; the visitor centers in Grand Teton National Park are open throughout most of the year, with some staying open year-round. They provide a wealth of things for visitors to see, do, learn and experience. Here are a couple of good resources for additional information. Jackson Hole Wyoming.Net, Wyoming Tourism and the National Park Service.
One thing I experienced during my time in Teton National Park is how difficult (especially while driving driving) it is to take your eyes off the Tetons. They draw you in, they heighten your sense of wonder, they ignite your passion for nature—they make you more aware of your spirituality…they take your breath away. Click the link to see my pictures of Jackson Hole and the Teton National Park.