Natural Features & Ecosystems

Grand Teton National Park is a mosaic of natural landscape and artistic allure and the region is known for its geological diversity and unique interplay of natural features and ecosystems. The mighty Teton Range is of course the main highlight of the area but it doesn’t stop at that. The towering mountains, peaking glaciers, lush green forests, mossy wetlands, ridging faults, mighty rivers and lakes and the fascinating creatures, plants and environmental factors that characterize each feature all make the Grand Teton an artistic paradise on earth.

The Fault Block Mountains of the Teton were formed thousands of years ago when the earth’s surface cracked and exposed the crystalline rocks underneath. These dramatic and unique mountain ranges attract thousands of mountaineers, hikers, climbers, adventure enthusiasts and photographers every year and are a glorious sight from a distance.

The glacial outwash in the flatter Jackson Hole floors tells another story altogether. Jackson Hole is a graben valley in the east of the Teton mountain range with saucer like potholes on the valley floor. These planes were formed by the sand and boulders carried out of the Teton Mountains and the Yellowstone plateau and the huge chunks of buried glacial ice buried inside that melted exposing the ground above. The majority of lakes in the park are formed naturally by melting glaciers and the Jackson Lake is the largest of these all. All of these features combine together to make Grand Teton a collage of natural beauty and perfection.