Wyoming Grand Teton National Park map and highlights

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Wyoming Grand Teton National Park map and highlights

Map of National Park Grand Teton, Wyoming
Grand Teton, Wyoming on the map. National Park Grand Teton (Wyoming state) on the map of USA.   
Facing page: The majestic peaks of the Tetons create a dramatic skyline.   
Below: The clear blue waters of the mountain lakes mirror the Tetons, doubling their prominence.   
National Park Grand Teton, Wyoming   
Established: 1929   Acreage: 310,516
    
Towering more than a mile above the floor of  the valley known as Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet  above sea level. Seven Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet. In contrast  to the abrupt eastern face, the west side of the range slopes gently,  showing the angle of tilt of this block resulting from the faulting  process that created these mountains. Because of the way the mountains  formed, no foothills hide jagged peaks and broad canyons.
    
More than any other erosional force,  mountain glaciers of the last major glacial period shaped the Teton  skyline. Upon leaving narrow canyons, the larger glaciers spread onto  the valley floor, while melting at a speed equal to their flow. A huge  volume of unsorted rock formed natural dams. These now encompass Leigh,  Jenny, Taggart, Bradley and Phelps lakes.
    
The geologic forces and natural systems that  interact to produce the inspiring scenery also nurture a remarkable  diversity of animals. During the summer months, nearly
    
3000 elk migrate to the park, where they  gain enough weight to sustain them through the harsh winter months. A  few inches of snow triggers their return to the National Elk Refuge  south of the park. A small herd of buffalo also summer in the park.  Moose, pronghorn, coyote, black bear, and even an occasional grizzly are  found in the river bottomlands, sagebrush flats and canyons.
    
Historically, Jackson Hole was a buffer zone  between territories claimed by various Indian tribes, such as the  Shoshone, Gros Ventre, Flathead, Blackfeet and Sheepeaters. The harsh  winters prevented any one tribe from living there year round. Fur  trappers were the first white men to explore the Teton Country —John  Colter was probably the first. With the decline of the fur trade in the  late 1830s, Jackson Hole was forgotten until the military and civilian  surveys of the 1860s and 1870s rediscovered the region. By the late  1800s, Jackson Hole had acquired a reputation for its splendid hunting  and fishing, and soon tourism flourished. In 1925, Pierce Cunningham, a  local rancher, circulated a petition calling for the preservation of the  area and the wildlife that inhabited it. Four years later much of the  Teton range was protected with the establishment of a national park.  Following years of debate, Congress added the Jackson Hole portion in  1950.
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