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Friday, April 11, 2014

"J" is for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

"Grand Tetons" ©Mary Montague Sikes
A few years ago, we headed to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Jackson Lake Lodge where we enjoyed the majesty of the Grand Tetons while looking through the patio doors from our room. The view was almost surreal, especially through the mist of evening and early morning light. Built in the 1950s, the Lodge features huge floor to ceiling windows in the public areas, including the dining room. Sadly, we had a short stay there, but the Grand Tetons left us with beautiful memories.

Jackson Hole was named after a fur trapper, David Jackson, who dearly loved the scenic valley. In 1810, it became a central hub for the trappers and fur trading companies. It wasn't until the 1890s that the first permanent settlers came to Jackson Hole.

Named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton range, Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929. Grand Teton is 13,775 feet in height and rises over 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole.
"Jackson Lake Lodge"  National Park Photo



Karen Jones Gowen said...

My daughter worked a summer at Jackson Hole, and we went up to visit her. Funny how I've driven through the boring freeway parts of Wyoming but had never been to the beautiful, resort areas.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been to Grand Teton National Park, but I was young and don't remember where we stayed.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Karen, it's funny that when things are close at hand we don't appreciate them as much. I live close to Colonial Williamsburg but don't take advantage of it!

Alex, I wouldn't remember either. You were fortunate to have the opportunity to go there, however.

Michael Di Gesu said...


One day I'd like to drive to all the national parks. I am such a nature lover and our country has such INSANE natural beauty!

Jayanta Tewari said...

A very nicely done informative post.Thanks for sharing..

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, I bet it would take forever to drive to all of them. We are fortunate to have so many!

Thank you Jayanta!

Bob Sanchez said...

We RVd to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons a couple of years ago. It is truly gorgeous country.

Beth Camp said...

We've happily camped throughout Wyoming and remember those gorgeous Grand Tetons. Your lovely post (pictures and summary) bring back those days when we tracked bears and deer along the trail.