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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 to protect the Teton Mountain Range — which runs down the west edge of the valley — and the glacial lakes at its base.

Additional acreage, donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1950, added part of the Jackson Hole valley floor bringing the total park size to 310,000 acres.
Grand Teton National park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Its north edge is just under 7 miles from the south edge of Yellowstone National Park with the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway connecting them. The park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the 40-mile Teton Range.
We spent a couple days in Grand Teton NP in early August after visiting Yellowstone NP.
Although the weather was not ideal I managed to get some shots of the Teton Mountain Range, a couple of shots of Mormon Row, some bison and an nearly hidden moose.

Grand Teton NP Pictures

Teton Mountain Range

Teton Mountain Range panorama

The above panorama was shot at the Willow Flats Overlook on US Highway 89. Elk Island in Jackson Lake is on the left.
Skillet Glacier is visible on Mount Moran, the taller peak near the center of the pano, in this misty August morning shot.
Click the image to view a larger version. You will need to scroll to see the complete panorama.


Glaciers on the Teton Range

This shot, taken at the appropriately named Glacier View Turnout a few miles south of where the panorama above was shot,
shows Grand Teton, Middle Teton, Mount Owen and some of the surviving Teton Glaciers.


National Park infographic - Shrinking Teton Glaciers

An infographic sign provided by the National Park Service at this turnout identifies three major mountains and several glaciers visible from this location. It also talks about how these Teton Glaciers have shrunk 25 percent in the last 40 years.


Mormon Row runs north/south beginning about 1.5 miles off US Highway 191 between Antelope Flats Road and Gros Ventre Road near Moose Junction. Mormon settlers built 27 homesteads in this area (named Grovont by the US Post Office) in the 1890s, farming with the use of irrigation ditches. Mormon Row District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1997.


T.A. Moulton Barn and Teton Range

Barn built by Thomas Alma (T.A.) Moulton with the Teton Range in the background.


Plow, house, outbuildings - homestead with Teton Range in background

A picturesque homestead on Mormon Row.


Bull and cow Bison grazing

Not far from the homestead above, bison were grazing.


Moose in tall grass

As we continued south on Mormon Row and Gros Ventre Road we spotted a couple moose laying in tall grass the other side of the Gros Ventre River. One lifted its nose just enough for me to capture a bit more than just antlers in a telephoto shot.


Bison; Bull, Cow and two calves on a ridge line.

A little way down stream a heard of bison forded the river, crossed the road — stopping traffic — and headed up a hill.
This shot and the one above were from the same spot.


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