The Quiet Side Of The Tetons
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Teton Valley - Images by Daryl Hunter

There may be no place prettier to farm than in Teton Valley Idaho

Idaho's Teton Valley lies, snug against the 13,000' peaks of the Grand Teton Range, Along the eastern border of Idaho, a border it shares with Wyoming. Teton Valley shares the Grand Tetons with our neighboring valley to the east, the more famous, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Folks describe Teton Valley as and its towns Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia "The quiet side of the Tetons."

Teton Valley has good access to three National Forests and two National Parks - Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The indigenous wildflowers, wildlife and the Grand Tetons provide the ideal backdrop for day hikes, horseback riding, mountain biking, or a quiet river float. Other activities include golfing, whitewater rafting, and melodrama and the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort.

While Jackson Hole to the east has mushroomed into a tourist megalopolis, the rustic communities of the Valley, on the western flank of the Tetons, has managed to develop its own character as it has morphed into an outdoors-adventure capital. The charming towns of Victor, Driggs and Tetonia are the Idaho communities of Teton and Alta Wyoming is also in the Valley.

The Grand Teton Range rises majestically over the Valley to the east, and the Big Hole Mountains, home to some of the region's best single-track mountain biking, flank the valley on the west. Many trekkers use trails in the Jedadiah Smith Wilderness to access Grand Teton National Park, particularly the park's northern peaks.

Hay farm, Alta Wyoming. The argiculture of Teton Valley compliments the majesty of the Grand Tetons.

Teton Valley is the gateway to the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort, and many canyons lead into prime backcountry for hiking or skiing. In the summer, anglers wet a fly on the valley's Teton River, cowboys and cowgirls ride to their hearts' content, and Tetonia hosts a rodeo, Driggs launches its annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, and Victor lights up Independence Day with a parade and fireworks. One of the biggest events of the summer, though, occurs in August when the Targhee Bluegrass Festival takes over the slopes of the Grand Targhee Resort.

Friendly and unpretentious, Teton Valley is for people who love the mountains enough to live, work, and play in them-including many service-industry stiffs who keep Jackson running but can't afford to live there.

6,500+ people call Teton Valley home at an elevation of 6200 ft. World class powder skiing and snowmobiling, horseback riding, fly fishing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, rafting, hunting, and much, more are available in the area.

The jagged, snow-capped Tetons to the east and the rolling Big Hole Mountains to the west cradle the gentle, flat course of the Teton River. Teton Valley fly-fishing has become a tradition of providing quality dry fly fishing for tens of thousands of fishermen in Idaho and is destination-fishing resort for people the world over.

Yellowstone News

New Ebook

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

Black Pool in West Thumb Geyser Basin, stupid name for it huh?

The Search for Inner Peace: Yellowstone Retreat
By Melissa Whittingham

Soaring, rugged peaks, lush forests and glistening lakes are just a few of the spectacular features which entice travelers from far and wide to this legendary national park, along with a host of exciting recreational activities that challenge the body and let the landscape reveal its beauty in bewildering ways. A source of inspiration to painters, poets, and adventurers, its wealth of natural wonders make it the perfect place for a retreat to escape the city and suburban life and discover what the great outdoors has to offer. Whether it’s an athletic adventure, a spiritual journey, an artistic exploration, a chance to recuperate and recover or all of the above, there are endless opportunities to make the most of Yellowstone...................rest of story

Otters on the Yellowstone River

 

Yellowstone National Park In Need of Advocates
Says Former and Current Superintendents

The Greater Yellowstone National Park will always require advocates and need collaborative individuals and community to protect and support it. This shared statement comes from an extremely credible source. Two former superintendents and one current, share the view that despite the vast and epic landscape of such a vast natural ecosystem – the National Park will need help and support to maintain its wonderful condition and status as the oldest, largest and most popular National Park in the United States.....................rest of story

Super Moon over Yellowstone Lake

 

Yellowstone's Wild Gray Wolves

A stranger was roaming around. Black-haired, big, and handsome, he'd wandered into town a few days earlier and was looking for some action. Right now he was hanging out near some young females – twins, by the looks of them – and hoping to get to know them a little better. But unfortunately for him, it wasn't to be. Just as he was getting comfortable, their mom and dad showed up.
Two gray wolves, a few hundred yards south, their thick winter fur silhouetted against the snow. They took off toward the interloper at a dead sprint, two blurs racing along the frozen creekbed. The new wolf, sizing up the scene, tucked his tail between his legs and ran away. rest of story

Haden Valley's alpha male of the Canyon wolf pack wolf 712m

Animosity is poisoning Yellowstone

When I envisioned life in Yellowstone, I saw wild animals struggling to survive in the cold, snowy winter landscape. I knew that watching nature under harsh conditions would not always be pretty but I prepared myself to meet the realities of nature head on. Wolves, of course, played the top role in my mind but I had only seen them in the wild a couple of times and so the learning slate was clean and I couldn’t wait to learn. Never did it occur to me that there would be a small group of humans who spent their winter in Lamar Valley watching wolves and claiming ownership of them. Negative encounters with people was the last thing on my mind................ rest of story

 

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