Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. The park is also home to the National Elk Refuge.
Over 61 species of mammals live in the park, beneath the towering peaks of the Teton Range. There are four major habitats: alpine, forest, sagebrush flats, and wetlands. Golden eagles soar high up in the mountains, black bear forage the forests, bison graze the valley floor and coyote rot through the sagebrush. Along the river you may spot an osprey hunting, whilst moose browse the meadows.
Hundreds of birds inhabit or visit the park and surrounding areas, from the tiny calliope hummingbird, weighing less than a tenth of an ounce, to the trumpeter swan, North America’s largest waterfowl and the Western tanage, one of the most colourful birds in the Tetons. If you visit the park during spring you may witness the courtship display of the sage grouse, during which the male spreads his tail feathers over a 280-degree angle and expands air sacs on the chest that produce a popping sound to attract a mate.
You can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake river or simply enjoy the peace of this remarkable region. Alpine lakes feed larger lakes at the foot of the range, reflecting the mountains above with stunning clarity on clear days.
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