Yellowstone National Park
Since its designation as a national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park has been a cherished part of the Wyoming's rich tapestry. It’s easy to see why. The very definition of "unspoiled," Yellowstone has served for generations as a sort of living museum, its natural splendors giving visitors an up-close-and-personal glimpse of what the continent was like in the days before recorded history.
The park's vast network of trails will take hikers to hundreds of secluded places where vehicles are prohibited. You're bound to see wildlife wherever you go. Yellowstone's legendary wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, buffalo, elk, pronghorn antelope, trumpeter swans, eagles and much more.
The iconic spots — Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake — will be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience. They're not just as good as you've heard — they're better.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring places in America. Occupying a majority of the Jackson Hole valley, the park is home to overwhelming, massive mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, and abundant, teeming wildlife.
The Teton Range - with peaks rising as much as 7,000 feet off the valley floor - is the centerpiece of the park. Views from either of the two main roads, which run north-south through the park, are nothing short of spectacular. The highest, most prominent peak is the Grand Teton, standing at 13,770 feet.
While the scenery is nice from the road, the park is best experienced on foot! Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind around the lakes and through the mountains; the choices are almost limitless. From easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips, each trail has a distinct, uniquely dynamic character all its own.
In the northwest region of Grand Teton National Park lies Jackson Lake. This 15-mile long glacial lake, located at the base of the Tetons, is a natural lake who's size increased significantly with the construction of a damn in the early 1900's. It has since become a recreational destination, with visitors flocking to its shores for fishing, boating and camping.
This is easily one of the most popular spots for professional photographers to capture the dramatic Tetons with a classic water reflection in the foreground.
Schwabachers Landing is accessed roughly four miles north of Moose off of the main highway. The gravel access road can become rough and rutted at times but easily accessible by car. Travel to the parking lot at the end of the gravel.
Granite Hot Springs
A local favorite for relaxing and easing muscles sore from mountain adventures, Granite Hot Springs is a natural hot spring – complete with campground, swimming pool and soaking pool – nestled in the Gros Ventre Mountains.
Escape the problems of the workday world and sink into the natural rejuvenating warm-water springs. With both a man-made swimming pool and a natural hot springs bath, this spot offers some fabulous opportunities to luxuriate in healing water.
Wind River Range
The 90-mile long Wind River Mountain range form the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains in western Wyoming. These rugged and scenic mountains contain four wilderness areas and over 2,900 lakes and ponds. Wyoming’s highest mountain, Gannett Peak, is in this mountain range.
These mountains are home to grizzly and black bear, elk, moose, deer, wolves and many other wildlife species. This is the headwaters for the Snake, Missouri and Colorado River drainages.
Devils Tower National Monument, which looms more than 1,200 feet above Wyoming's eastern plains and the Belle Fourche River, is a one-of-a-kind natural wonder. The flat-topped volcanic formation is found amid some of the state's most beautiful country, leaving you plenty to do after you behold its otherworldly presence.
This is the most popular waterfall in Yellowstone other than the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon. The waterfall is located behind the General Store. A short walk will take you to an overlook, but we also recommend you take the short-but-steep hike down to the base of the waterfall.
Tower Fall is a must see waterfall. 132 feet in height, the waterfall is located in a canyon near the Tower Falls general store.
A half-mile steep, switchback hike downward takes you to the bottom of the waterfall. Take the same trail back up.
Named for the Shoshone wife of the trapper that gave his name to nearby Leigh Lake, Jenny Lake sits at the base of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.
Jenny Lake's verdant shores and nearly two square miles of pristine mountain water make it a popular destination for hikers and boaters of all ability levels.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Grand Teton National Park is Leigh Lake, one of the string of lakes that lie along the base of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. Located north of String and Jenny Lakes beneath the Grand Tetons it couldn't be in a prettier setting.
Looking across the lake provides a spectacular view of Mt. Moran (12,605 feet). Leigh Lake is one of the larger glacial lakes in the Teton Range. The lake was named for Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh, who trapped this area in the mid 1800's. Beaver Dick and and his wife Jenny who Jenny Lake was named for assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.
Big Horn Canyon
The vast, wild landscape of Bighorn Canyon offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world, and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place.
With over 120,000 acres, one can find an astounding diversity in ecosystems, wildlife, and more than 10,000 years of human history to explore.
Lower Falls is by far the most popular waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. What makes this waterfall so memorable is the setting. It sits at the head of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, which itself is an attraction just from its precipitous canyon and the yellow rocks which line it. The waterfall is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Those yellow rocks, by the way, are how the park got the name "Yellowstone."
One of the most famous scenic spots in Grand Teton National Park for wildlife-watching is Oxbow Bend, with the reflection of Mt Moran as a stunning backdrop. Early morning and dusk are the best times to spot moose, elk, sandhill cranes, ospreys, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, Canada geese, blue herons and white pelicans. The oxbow was created as the river's faster water eroded the outer bank while the slower inner flow deposited sediment.
The abundant wildlife and lush landscape of the Snake River Valley leaves a lasting impression in the mind of any visitor to Grand Teton National Park.
The Snake River is a complex river to float. The beauty and lack of whitewater often lulls boaters into complacency. A tangle of channels and logjams present difficulties and dangers and accidents occur often so use caution whenever you float.
Jackson Hole is a valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming. The term "hole" was used by early trappers or mountain men, who primarily entered the valley from the north and east and had to descend along relatively steep slopes, giving the sensation of entering a hole.
These low-lying valleys surrounded by mountains and containing rivers and streams are good habitat for beaver and other fur-bearing animals.