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The Teton Range

May 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Teton Mountains are frequently referred to as America’s Alps due to their immense profile, glacial snow fields, and towering jagged peaks.

Framed by the massive Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a valley seven miles wide

Mt. Moran Reflection at Oxbow Bend (Source: wyomingtourism.org)

The crown jewel of the Teton Range is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot peak that challenges mountain climbers, engages hikers, and thrills photographers. Twelve other peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation and adds to the impressive sky-high horizon.

Framed by the massive Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a valley seven miles wide that stretches for almost 50 miles.

There may be higher mountains than these in North America, but none more dramatic for sheer ruggedness. This is as a result of the Teton Fault at the base of the range on its eastern side. When the earth’s crust cracked along this fault eons ago, the Tetons rose into the sky. The exposed rocks give these mountains their dramatic appearance. The east slope of the Teton range rises sharply, from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above the valley floor.

The mountain range and the desire to protect it, resulted in the establishment of Grand Teton National Park in 1929. The Tetons may dominate the skyline but the park also offers non-alpine landscapes including grasslands, lakes, and valleys.

This is the great outdoors, meant to be enjoyed by various means—foot, boat, or wheels. The wildlife alone makes the visit worthwhile, but the mountains are unforgettable.

Two Good Sam Parks within 25 miles provide an excellent home base while exploring the Tetons.

The Tetons most convenient RV campground, The Virginian RV Resort offers 103 RV full hook-up sites including 64 pull-through spaces 40 feet in length. The town offers a free shuttle which picks up just across the street.

Located in Victor, Idaho, Teton Valley RV Park is located 25 miles west of Jackson via Teton Pass Highway. Amenities include big-rig friendly pull-through full-hook-up sites, recreation room, and free Tengo Wi-Fi internet.

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