The dramatic, rugged peaks of the Teton Range virtually erupt from the flat plains and Snake River valley, creating a landscape that at times appears to be an illusion. Photographers and artists attempt to capture the majesty and breathtaking views, but their results never fully convey the experience of standing at the Snake River overlook with the entire range spread before you or being on the shore of Leigh Lake, looking straight up from the base of Mount Moran.
Just down the road from Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park is a world of its own—a string of peaks abruptly rising 7,000 ft/2,170 m from a base of shimmering mountain lakes, sagebrush flats along the spectacular Snake River and a wealth of easy to moderate trails leading to scenic spots. Sightings of moose, elk, deer and pronghorn are plentiful, with grizzly and black bears occasionally appearing on even the busiest trails. Bald eagles, falcons and white pelicans dot the sky, and wildflowers add vibrant color all summer long. Although there is a fair amount of development, this remains a wild area where natural habitats are diligently preserved. Even with nearly 4 million visitors a year, there is enough space to get away from the crowds.
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