Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming) - United States

Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park
is located in northwest Wyoming, in the United States. It covers an area of ​​around 130,000 hectares and includes most of Teton Ridge and the northern part of Jackson Hole Valley. 

Grand Teton is located just 16 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. The two parks are connected by an area known as Memorial Alley. John Davison Rockefeller, which is also operated by the Grand Teton National Park Administration.

The territories of both national parks, as well as the adjacent national forests and other protected areas, form the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, with an area of ​​about 7,300,000 hectares, which is one of the largest preserved mid-latitude ecosystems in the world.

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Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

The first people appeared in the territory of the modern park about 11,000 years ago. They were nomads, hunters and gatherers who migrated to the region during the hottest months of the year in search of food and materials for making tools. In the early 19th century, the first Europeans arrived in the area of ​​the Teton mountain range, which the Eastern Shoshone tribes encountered here. In the period from 1810 to 1840, the region was visited by several hunters' expeditions. Organized expeditions, financed by the United States government, began only in the second half of the 19th century, as additional ramifications of expeditions sent to the Yellowstone River.

The first settlers did not appear in the Jackson Hole Valley until the 1880s. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was established in 1929, including most of Teton Ridge. Jackson Hole Valley was privately owned until the 1930s, when John Davison Rockefeller Jr. started buying the land in order to transfer it later to the national park. Despite opposition from public opinion and Congress, in 1943, the Jackson Hole National Monument was declared in the valley. The natural monument became part of the Grand Teton National Park in 1950.

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Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

The Grand Teton National Park is named after the highest mountain on Teton Ridge, which is 4,199 meters above sea level and 2,100 meters above the level of the Jackson Hole Valley. There are numerous lakes in the park, the largest of which, Jackson, is 24 km long. The largest river in the park is the Snake, which receives all the streams that flow from the mountains to the Jackson Hole valley.

There are more than 10 small glaciers in the Titon range area. The nature of the National Park is almost untouched. The Grand Teton National Park is home to more than 1000 species of vascular plants, 300 species of birds, 61 species of mammals, 4 species of reptiles, 6 species of amphibians and thousands of species of insects. The park is a popular place to visit and offers a variety of recreational activities. There is a developed tourist infrastructure, including more than 1000 campsites, 320 km of walking trails.

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