Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton
Location Teton County, Wyoming
City Jackson, Wyoming
Area 309,995 acres
Established February 26 1929

Grand Teton National Park is a National Park in the state of Wyoming, just below Yellowstone National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Established on February 26, 1929, the 309,995 acre park attracts over two and a half million visitors every year.

Grand Teton is known for it's beautiful mountains. Guests enjoy hiking on the more than 200 miles of trails that are made available to hikers. French fur trappers named the region after their opinion that the mountains greatly resembled woman's breasts.

History of the areaEdit

The earliest visitors to the site are estimated to have arrived in the region nearly 11,000 years ago. Researchers don't know very much about the early settlers to Grand Teton, though it is thought that they stayed away from the area during the extremely harsh winters and instead opted for the spring, summer, and fall. Native Americans who crossed into the Grand Teton area include the Blackfeet, Flathead, Gros Ventre, and Shoshoni tribes.

More recently, fur traders who gave the area its name came to the Wyoming area as early as 1808. Trappers came in droves, successfully trapping the beavers that lived in the area. The name [[Jackson Hole] comes from the plateau that is surrounded by a "ring" of mountains. Eventually, people abandoned the area after the fur industry took a sharp decline, but the government took an interest in it several years later.