Nature & Science

The Teton Range is the dominating highlight of the park’s skyline, rising 7000 feet above the Jackson Hole Valley with a stunning backdrop of serene forests and pristine lakes in the region. Between the high mountain ranges and the flatter plateaus, the mountainside is carpeted with alpine forests and the meadow floor blooms and comes alive with vivid colors during the summer months. Crystalline lakes, cascading streams and the sparkling Snake River wind through the rocky canyons and ridged potholes creating a stunning and mesmerizing scene that is unlike any other in the entire world.

However, the long and unforgiving bitter winters limits the species of vegetation and plants in the region and many of the flora and fauna adapt to the harsh climate as well as changes in elevation to survive the weather. The Park is home to a diverse variety of unique plants, natural features and animals, and several tropical birds flock through the region giving nature lovers the perfect haven for having a great time. Further research and exploration is being done to discover the versatile species of insects, reptiles and amphibians living in the many different areas and surroundings of the Grand Teton.

Animals – More than 61 different species of mammals, 300 species of birds, four species of reptiles, five species of trout and six species of amphibians have been recorded within the boundaries of the Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife viewing is one of the most striking highlights of the area and attracts thousands of tourists as well as nature lovers from far and wide every year. Animals in the Grand Teton are characterized by the different areas of the region they inhabit, the natural features of the valley, plains, forests and mountainside and the diverse ecosystem of the region. READ MORE

Plants – More than a thousand species of plants are found in and around the Grand Teton National Park and include versatile forms of vegetation, trees and shrubs in the riparian corridors, wild blooming flowers, cottonwood and willows along the moist wetlands, sagebrush flats on the valley floor, mosses, liverworts, ferns and lichens in the plains and alpine forests in the colder regions. READ MORE

Natural Features and Ecosystems – The diversity of the region is clearly evident in the transition of natural features and ecosystem as you move from the towering mountains to the flat plains below. A characteristic collage of towering mountains, glaciers, ridging faults, forests, wetlands and lakes plus the fascinating creatures, plants and animals that inhabit the region all together make the Grand Teton an artistic paradise on earth. READ MORE