Grand Teton Tours
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Outdoor Adventures in Grand Teton National Park
The Teton Range—with peaks rising as much as 7,000 feet off the valley floor—is the centerpiece of Grand Teton National Park. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton Natinal Park is Yellowstone National Park’s southern neighbor and is famous for its snow-capped, craggy peaks that protrude above the Snake River and Jackson Hole. The Teton Range is in the heart of the last nearly intact temperate ecosystem in North America. Roaming the countryside surrounding the Grand Teton mountains are buffalo, moose, pronghorn antelope and elk, and beavers, muskrats, waterfowl, as well as an occasional river otter, inhabit the park’s ponds. Sagebrush meadows host a flurry of activity with chirping birds and squirrels and other rodents.
There are more than 300 species of birds in Grand Teton National Park, including, but not limited to, the Bald Eagle, Calliope Hummingbird, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Sage grouse, White-crowned sparrows, juncos, sapsuckers, woodpeckers, Trumpeter Swan and the Western Tanager. Many of the birds found in the park are migratory, and spend only the warmer months there each year.
A little known fact: the Tetons were named by French explorers who called the three highest peaks of the range Les Trois Tetons (the three breasts). Fur trappers and traders called the area’s deep valleys ‘holes’ and Jackson Hole, Wyoming was named after one such trapper (it was his favorite place to ‘hole up’).
Flowing west from its source in the Teton Wilderness, the Snake River enters Yellowstone National Park, then flows south into Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Floating the multiple channels under the quintessential mountain peaks of the Tetons is an experience few ever forget. With 40 years experience in the adventure travel industry, O.A.R.S. is well equipped to help you with your Wyoming family vacation and river rafting trip on the Snake River.
O.A.R.S. guests on our Jackson Lake kayaking trip are the only outfitted paddlers authorized to spend nights on Jackson Lake. We provide everything you need to sea kayak, raft, hike and sightsee your way to some of the most extraordinary sites in the Grand Teton National Park. Our special permits allow you to see breathtaking landscapes from unique perspectives, and our friendly, courteous and professional guides are helpful and eager to share their in-depth knowledgeable of the area with you, no matter your outdoor experience.
With O.A.R.S., your Grand Teton vacation is like stepping into a landscape much like the Ansel Adams “Tetons and Snake River” photograph.