July 8th, 2022
We visited Yellowstone’s little sister park, Grand Teton while Emily was staying with us. This park is about 1/10th the total acerage of Yellowstone, but it packs in gorgeous mountains, valleys, meadows, lakes and incredible hikes.
We stopped at Jackson Lake Lodge to check out the beautiful architecture and incredible views.
Grand Teton National Park is just a few miles south of Yellowstone and was named a national park in 1929. It includes the gorgeous peaks of Teton range which tops out at nearly 14,000 feet and much of the valley known as Jackson Hole.
Like many people I always thought Jackson Hole was the name of a ski town. Turns out the town is simply called Jackson, Wyoming and the entire valley is Jackson Hole, cause it’s a hole in the mountain range.
Grand Teton has over 200 miles of hiking trails. Some of these are well traveled and can get crowded. Emily did some research and put parts of two lesser known hikes together and we saw so many beautiful things!
This incredible hike took us to Moose Ponds where we were thrilled to see several beautiful beasts!
We ended up in a meadow/marsh that was filled with wildflowers!
Grand Teton has historical buildings including Menor’s Ferry Homestead that is open to the public and occasionally has staff in period costumes. It sits alongside the Snake River.
Emily and I explored the area and caught the very end of the staff led tour of the building.