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    Grand Teton

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Grand Teton National Park &
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway

P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, Wyoming 83012

(307) 739-3300
(307) 739-3438 fax (not currently working)

Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929; Jackson Hole National Monument was created in 1943. The two units were combined to become the present Grand Teton National Park in 1950. The park is 45 miles in length from north to south, 26 miles maximum width. Grand Teton is famous for spectacular mountain scenery and wildlife. Park boundaries include approximately 310,000 acres, 485 square miles.

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway was established in 1972 to commemorate the philanthropic activities of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his generous donations of lands to the National Park System. The parkway connecting Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks contains 23,700 acres. The Parkway is managed as a recreation area under the administration of Grand Teton National Park.

FACILITIES
There are three entrance stations located at Granite Canyon, Moose, and Moran Junction.

There are four visitor centers - the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, open spring, summer and fall; and three visitor centers open during the summer only - the Colter Bay Visitor Center, Jenny Lake Visitor Center and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center.

Concession lodging: 803 room units
Concession camping: 1,206 sites
Miles of paved roads: 152
Miles of unpaved roads: 65
Miles of trails: 242

FEATURES
Teton Range

An active fault-block mountain range, 40 miles long (65 km), 7-9 miles wide (11-14.5 km). Highest peak: Grand Teton, elevation 13,770 feet (4,198 m). Eight peaks over 12,000 ft (3,658 m) in elevation.

Jackson Hole
Mountain valley, 55 miles long (89 km), 13 miles wide (21 km), average elevation 6,800 feet (2,073 m). Lowest elevation: Fish Creek at south boundary, 6,320 feet (1,926 m). The lowest elevation in Jackson Hole outside the park boundaries is 5,975 feet (1,821 m) near Hoback Junction.

Climate
Semi-arid mountain climate. Extreme high: 97°F (36 C). Extreme low: -63°F (-53 C). Average snowfall (valley): 173 inches (440 cm). Average precipitation: 21.6 inches (55 cm).

Snake River
Headwaters of the Columbia River system. Major tributaries: Pacific Creek, Buffalo Fork and Gros Ventre River.

Lakes
Six morainal lakes at the base of the Teton Range: Jackson, Leigh, Jenny, Bradley, Taggart and Phelps. Jackson Lake: 25,540 acres (10,340 hectares), maximum depth: 438 feet (134 m). Over 100 alpine and backcountry lakes.

Wildlife

22 species of rodents
17 species of carnivores (black and grizzly bears)
6 species of hoofed mammals
3 species of rabbits/hares
6 species of bats
4 species of reptiles (none venomous)
6 species of amphibians
16 species of fish
300+ species of birds
Numerous invertebrates (no venomous spiders)

Flora
7 species of coniferous trees
900+ species of flowering plants

Human History
Human history in the park includes the activities of Paleo-Indian, American Indians, fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers and farmers, conservationists and recreationists.

Recreation
Mountain climbing, hiking and backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, photography and more.

Visitation Statistics
http://www2.nature.nps.gov/stats/

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.