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Grand Teton NP & JH Info / Area Links

Fall FoliageTeton County, home to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, is located in the Northwest corner of Wyoming. The area is also a southern gateway into Yellowstone National Park, and is considered part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The Rockefeller Parkway connects GTNP and Yellowstone. The town of Jackson sets at the south end of the valley with the Snake River winding along the west side of the valley floor as it continues south to Alpine Junction.

The Teton Range juts up from the valley floor, creating a spectacular backdrop for viewing the landscapes, historic features, and wildlife. The Grand is the centerpiece for most, but Mt. Moran is equally prominent in many photos. Stops at the historic Mormon Row barns, Snake River Overlook and Oxbow Bend are almost essential when visiting the park, but views of Jackson Lake, Jenny Lake and the smaller lakes are well worth the effort to find and enjoy.

The Tetons are home to most of the large mammals found in the Rockies including moose, mule deer, elk, bison and pronghorns along with predators like black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, and mountain lions. Smaller critters also populate the region. Birds and wildflowers capture the attention of many park visitors. The National Elk Refuge is home to 8,000 to 12,000 elk during the winter months, with horse drawn sleigh rides available that take tourists right into the herds.

Most people west of the Mississippi are familiar with Grand Teton National Park—and especially so for residents of the Rocky Mountain west. Not so much for people east of the Mississippi! I find the quite evident when giving out my web address or business name: Teton Images. Many people think Jackson Hole is primarily a ski destination area with most visitors here during that time. That view happens to be opposite of the truth. Summer visitors usually range in the two to three million range, while winter visitors might be limited to 800,000 or so. Specifics can be found at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s web site.

Besides the skier visitors, many come for winter snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter. The summer brings visitors interested in the many outdoor options like whitewater rafting, scenic float trips, dude ranch visits and horseback rides, mountain climbing and biking. That list can go on and on.

Lastly, the region attracts photographers from all over the world—along with workshops and tours that want to capture some of the most beautiful scenery in the lower states. While it is difficult to visit the region when it is not spectacular, Fall attracts photographers like no other season. Aspens and cottonwoods usually turn yellow and sometimes orange as the season hits peak around the end of September and the first week in October.

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Quick links for enjoying Jackson Hole and GTNP:

Area Agencies & Programs:

Grand Teton National Park

  • GTNP Lost & Found 307.733.3350
  • GTNP Emergency Dispatch 307.739.3301, or 911
  • Jenny Lake Ranger Station 307.739.3343 8-5 pm
  • …in the winter call 307.739.3309
  • Moose Visitor Center 307.739.3399
  • Winter Hotline 307.739.3399
  • Visitor Information 307.739.3300
  • Public Affairs Office  307.739.3393
  • Moosely Mountaineering (in GTNP) 307.739.1801

Weather Reports:

Web Cams: (Assembled by AllTrips)

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Summer Outdoor Activities

Whitewater/Scenic Float Trips

Fly Fishing / Guided Trips

Mountain Climbing:

Bike Rentals / Repairs / Tours

Summer Events: (More added soon)

Winter Activities and Events:

Winter: Jackson Hole Outdoor Activities and Events. Consolidated list in a Feature Post

Chair Lift / Tram Rides

Snowmobiling

Winter Closure Maps in PDF format:

Photography Related:

Camera Shops:

Photography and Wildlife Tours:

Night Photography:

Western Related

Dude Ranches:

Shows – Cookouts – Events:

Cultural

Museums and Festivals:

 

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Comments (8)

  1. Sue Hyler

    Coming to the area 10/30 through 11/9. Staying in Jackson Hole 1st night then West Yellowstone for couple days then finally Island Park condo for a week. Still a little green with my camera and really appreciate your tips. I have a D7000 with Nikon 55-300mm lens and standard 18-105mm. I did rent the Nikon wide-angle 14-24mm lens. I like to see your ISO over 500 cause when shooting in manual I seem to have better images increasing the ISO. In my class they really stressed keeping the ISO around 200. I am still hit or miss it seems and struggle with shutter speed settings. But I am getting there and am not afraid of my camera anymore!

  2. Sue, thanks for posting. As a general rule, I set my ISO to the base setting for all landscapes if I am using a tripod. Unless it is windy and the trees are bowing over, shutter speed is usually not an issue. On my D4 and D800, the base ISO is 100. When shooting animals, it is always a balance of ISO and shutter speed to match up with the aperture settings. For a close animal moving fast, you’ll need a fast shutter speed. To meet that requirement, you will probably need to open up the aperture some and increase the ISO. As the ISO increases, it becomes more sensitive and you have to be careful with the other two settings. For the owls, I have been bumping the ISO up to 1250 or even 1600 and trying to get shutter speeds up to 1/1250 or faster. I had a squirrel jumping from one tree to another a while back. I had to get to 1/4000th of a second to freeze him at my close distance.

  3. Sue Hyler

    That is the relationship I still struggle with. I do understand when increasing the shutter speed to capture fast moving subjects I need to crank the f stop down to capture the light. Isn’t there some sort of basic formula for lens length and shutter speed instead of willy nilly dialing? Those owl shots are really something!

  4. There are probably a zillion formulas to go with the zillion photographers! Here are just a couple: F/8 to F/11 for landscapes on most bodies and lenses work well. 1/640 to 1/800th of a second to stop most action at something like a soccer game. F/2.8 to F/4 to soften objects behind the subject. But really, the answer you need comes after you have taken a few thousand images with various settings. When you get home on your computer and see your subjects are blurry because of motion blur, you need to shoot with a faster shutter speed next time you are shooting a similar scene or event. If everything is blurry, you probably shook the camera. There is a saying: F/8 and be there! Essentially, F/8 is a safe starting point and will usually give you good depth of field. That works fairly well in bright light, but F/8 might be too much in early morning light when you need to stop some action. It’s really a tug of war between three variables and it all depends on the light and subject.

  5. Sue Hyler

    I really appreciate you responding to such a basic question, but that information is invaluable to me. Also thanks so much for the road closure info for GTNP. I knew about the ones for YS but not GT, definitely changes my plans for the 30th and 31st! Your site contains so much useful information for those of us east of the Mississippi not coming to ski! CAN’T WAIT!

  6. Sue, do me a favor and tell EVERYONE east of the Mississippi about my site! 🙂

  7. Dan Muscatell

    This is a great piece of work Mike. First look at this site. A lot of time and effort as always, and it was well worth it.

  8. Paul Titus

    Mike,
    Thanks for the info on panos. I had been planning to get my feet wet for sometime, I tried it this afternoon with some shots that I took when I was there in March. It really works well. Thanks again,
    Paul

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