The jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons rise dramatically above the broad flat valley of Jackson Hole providing a stunning and uninterrupted view of these magnificent mountains. The Tetons were formed between two and thirteen million years ago when earthquakes along the Teton fault caused the mountains to rise while the valley floor dropped.
Various Indian tribes have inhabited the valley during the summer months and the first trappers and explorers arrived in the early eighteen hundreds. In the 1920’s Congress enacted protection for the mountains and foothills but not the valley. John D. Rockefeller Jr. acting anonymously and at the behest of conservation lists began buying up huge parcels of valley land. In the 1940’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Jackson Hole National Monument. Rockefeller donated his land shortly thereafter and the greatly expanded area was designated Grand Teton National Park in 1950.
Grand Teton National Park is a photographer’s paradise and my favorite of the national parks that I have visited.