• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • Bears are active in Grand Teton

    Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »

  • Moose-Wilson Road Closure

    The Moose-Wilson Road between Death Canyon Junction north to the intersection with the Murie Center Road is temporarily closed to motor vehicles, bicycles, skating, skateboards and similar devices. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »

  • Pathway Closure

    The Multi-use Pathway will be closed from the Gros Ventre Bridge to the Snake River Bridge starting on September 15, 2014 due to construction. Construction on this section of pathway is expected to be completed by October 13, 2014.

Wetlands, Marshes and Swamps

Oxbow Bend Fall Sunrise
Oxbow Bend Fall Sunrise
 
Nature and Science

Bull Moose in lily pond.




Wetlands, marshes, and swamps are abundant in Grand Teton National Park. These areas are fed by numerous mountain streams, springs, or seeps and provide vital habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. Vegetation such as pond lilies, willows, and cattails supply wildlife with food and shelter.

It is very common to see wildlife browsing in these areas where the water meets the land. Oxbow Bend and Willow Flats provide excellent habitat for moose that graze on willow and other aquatic vegetation.

Beyond providing habitat for plants and animals, wetlands help filter water and temper flood waters. Whether they are created by a beaver's dam at Schwabacher's Landing or are naturally occuring along the Snake, wetlands are an integral component of the ecosystem.

Did You Know?

Aspen tree bark close-up

Did you know that the bark on Aspen trees looks green because it contains chlorophyll? Aspen bark is photosynthetic, a process that allows a plant to make energy from the sun, and helps the tree flourish during the short growing season.