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Winter Survival in Grand Teton and Yellowstone High Mountains

One adaptation for animals to live the Grand Teton and Yellowstone high mountain area in the wintertime is migration, or moving from one area to another for survival. In the greater Yellowstone/ Grand Teton ecosystem, winter is a great challenge to wildlife. Daylight hours are short, temperatures are mostly below freezing, and food is scarce.  Typically, from November through May…

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Elk Winter Migration in the Tetons

With temperatures already below freezing in Grand Teton National Park, wildlife is on the move to locations where they can survive the cold winter. For example, elk herds are migrating to areas where they have the best opportunity to find food so as to not need to rely on the stored-up fats put on from grazing throughout the summer and…

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A pair of trumpeter swans glide across a golden pond

Fall in the Tetons: Don’t Blink!

Fall is a fleeting season in Jackson Hole. One morning you wake up and the aspen and cottonwood trees have suddenly turned to gold, the air has become clear and crisp, the river fills the valley with mist and fog, and evenings make the mountains blush with pink. The drama of the landscape simply amplifies the drama of the animals. Bull elk…

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Future Guide

Bring your kids to the national parks in 2017!

Many of us who love the outdoors as adults have at least one defining memory of nature from when we were children. Whether it was a school trip to the local park, or going on a boat ride for the first time, or using our first camera to capture the colors of nature – we each remember the moment when…

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Winter Is Coming

As an avid “Game of Thrones” watcher, I relish any opportunity to use that line. But it’s true! In the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, like in Westeros, winter is indeed coming. But unlike Westeros and the dreaded White Walkers, we have a lot to look forward to in winter!   Winter brings cooler temps, and often great wildlife viewing opportunities. There are…

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Grand Teton National Park's first naturalist

Naturalists of the Tetons

When visitors come to the national parks, like Grand Teton and Yellowstone, they often want to learn more about their surroundings. How did the mountains form? What are the names of the wildflowers? How do the animals survive in the winter? The answers can, of course, be found in guide books and increasingly online, but the magic of having a…

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Let our guides show you their favorite hidden gems of Yellowstone, many of which just require taking a closer look!

The Wonders of Wonderland

When people think of the hydrothermal features of Yellowstone, they often think of one or two iconic features like Old Faithful or Grand Prismatic Spring. So visitors on our tours are often overwhelmed and surprised at the massive scale and nearly endless number of thermal features throughout Yellowstone.           When on a Yellowstone tour, you are…

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The pointy peak of Mount Wister rising above Taminah Lake in Avalanche Canyon

Mountains & Men Part 3: Mount Wister

Some of the most classic and beautiful peaks of the Teton Range aren’t the most famous. Mount Wister, hidden in the southwestern corner of Avalanche Canyon, is a classic pyramidal peak often overlooked by the casual observer of this iconic mountain range. Mount Wister is named for author Owen Wister who wrote the classic western novel, The Virginian. Wister is…

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Scrub those beaks!

Remajestification of the Parks – Belly Laughs compliments of The Onion

This hilarious article from The Onion makes me glad that Mother Nature provides all the majesty of the parks for free, as long as we take care of her! “The grizzlies reek of hibernation, there’s no fog left in the gorges, and the buffalo only roam when they absolutely need to be somewhere,” said Ken Brunswick of Jackson, WY, a…

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Albright Peak (high point on right) overlooks beautiful Phelps Lake

Mountains & Men Part 2: Albright Peak

Often the lesser peaks of the Teton Range are overlooked, but many are named for the people who shaped this area as we know it today. One of those peaks is named Albright Peak. Horace Albright was the second National Park Service superintendent of Yellowstone. Albright loved Yellowstone deeply, but he also thought that the best part of the area was not protected within the…

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