America’s National Parks part 2: Grand Tetons

Hello friends!

After a long break it’s me again! This time very ambitious and encouraged.

Grand Tetons are known, I think, to every climber for its incredible rock formation, and what it brings, climbing. But the truth is, other than that, it’s not a very popular park. But pretty popular destination. Okay, that’s weird, how?

Well, let me tell you! Grand Tetons National Park lies about 30 miles south from Yellowstone National Park and buying a pass to Yellowstone you also get a pass to the Grand Tetons (and vice versa) so people end up going to both of them. Usually.

But, not popular doesn’t mean not interesting.

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Now, close your eyes and imagine a mountain. Now cut out everything on the bottom of the mountain, all green parts, cut out the base and leave just a rocky peak. 

That’s Grand Teton.

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Tetons are a pretty young mountain range. (If 9 million years can be called young). They are probably one of the youngest mountain ranges in North America. To compare, the Alps started to form about 34 million years ago, and it took them about 11 million years to grow completely. The Tetons range is still active, which means they are still growing. Who knows, maybe in 10-15 millions of years, they’ll look like “normal mountains”.

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Name of the National Park comes from the highest peak of the range- 13,775- feet Grand Teton ( for interested, it comes from French and means “big nipple” or “big tit”).

The main town of the park is Jackson Hole, that lies in Jackson Hole Valley. Other than breast-looking (according to French) mountains, there are couple beautiful alpine lakes there, and they are huge! Imagine, blue, clear (freezing cold) water, surrounded by trees, at the bottom of the mountain. Something amazing. The biggest one is Jackson Lake “it’s really huge, you can drive next to it for 15 minutes and don’t lose a sight of it), but my personal favorite is Jenny Lake.

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Hike around the lake is about 6 miles and gives you many different pictures of the Tetons. Or visit Hidden Falls, they’re not so hidden because there’s a boat that takes you to the port that’s just half a mile from there, but the waterfall is really big and wild. Even though there’s a boat, I recommend a 2-mile long hike.

Or you can rent a kayak.

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P.S.: When you decide for a trip around America’s National Parks (with breaks or not), in the first park you visit, go to a gift shop and get a “National Parks Passport”, then you can collect stamps in every national park you visit! Cost of the passport is just 10 bucks.

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