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Grand Teton National Park, WY
This 310,000 acre park boasts over 200 miles of trails. It encompasses forty miles of the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole Valley, the Snake River and six entire lakes. The Park’s name comes from the tallest mountain in the Range; Grand Teton towers at 13,776 feet, almost 1000 feet taller than Middle Teton. With these gigantic peak and the Snake River, the Park is popular for mountaineering, hiking and fishing, rafting and horseback riding.
Because this land was so fertile and sustainable, many tribes of American Indians lived here in the Valley of the Tetons harvesting both its wildlife and seasonal plants. The Valley was home to the Shosone, the Blackfoot, Crow and many other tribes. After the Homestead Act of 1862, thousands of settlers came west to try to develop the land, but the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming was one of the last to be even attempted because of the harsh unrelenting land, which was difficult to reach, and nearly impossible for the farmers to force to produce a crop. Still at the foot of the Grand Teton rest eleven of the original homestead buildings, reminding visitors or the resilient people who braved the elements to conquer the land.
Because of its majestic mountain top views and the serenity of the banks of the lakes and rivers and heavily wooded lands, the Grand Teton National Park is one of the most popular National Parks. And because of its vastness-despite it popularity-visitors are still able to enjoy the seclusion and peace that many original explorers found in this vast region.
Want to learn more about this national park? Visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm