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Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
Description - Wyoming, geographically, consists of mountains in the west and high plains and basins in the east. The Green, Laramie, Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre Mountains lie in the eastern half of the state, but do not occupy as much mass as the ranges in the west. The Continental Divide leads from the north western corner of the state, along the Wind River Mountains to the southern border with Colorado.

This is a relatively arid state with only a few rivers feeding the landscape. the Green River and Snake River are the major drainages that eventually lead to the Pacific Ocean. On the eastern side of the Continental Divide are the Yellowstone, Wind, Sweetwater, Powder and North Platte Rivers.

Wyoming is a big state and it provides habitat for several large mammals. In Jackson is the National Elk Preserve, which is a winter refuge for nearly 10,000 elk. In the terrain comprising Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks visitors may encounter wolves, moose, grizzly bears and brown bears, among other animals.

The areas mentioned above are the most populated in the state. Other areas to enjoy the wilds of Wyoming include Bighorn, Black Hills and Medicine Bow National Forests in the eastern half of Wyoming. BLM lands and state parks in this region complete the landscape.

In the southwestern quadrant of the state is Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The reservoir was formed through the damming of the Green River fifteen miles south of the Wyoming border in Utah. This site includes a boating, hiking and camping facilities and a visitor center.

Recreation - This state provides excellent opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. The amazing scenery will impress individuals backpacking or driving across the state. The Wyoming mountains, basins and plains facilitate exciting adventures throughout the year.

Climate - The climate in Wyoming changes with the topography. Generally the western mountains and basins receive large amounts of precipitation and create a rain shadow for eastern Wyoming. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months and falls in the form of snow. Temperatures are cooler in this region than the eastern part of the state, because of the generally higher elevation.

The eastern and lower elevations of Wyoming have been known for the constant wind that blows from west to east. During the winter this may be a Chinook, which warms the region. Temperatures in eastern Wyoming can be extreme. Summer days may reach 100 degrees F cooling quickly after sunset. Winter temperature lows can reach below zero with the wind adding to the intensity.

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Filed By: Elizabeth Gordon (Morton, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My last trip to Yellowstone was in the summer of 2007. Two friends and I flew from Mississippi to Denver, rented a car and drove up to Wyoming and Yellowstone. We spent the first night in Lander, Wyoming which has to be my favorite place on earth. The people are so friendly and kind. We drove from Lander, to Grand Teton then Yellowstone. When we first arrived in Yellowstone we were in a massive Buffalo Jam. They were walking in and out between the traffic, sometimes snorting and bumping the cars. My biggest fear was that they were going to ram the rental car. The funniest thing was my friend in the backseat had her window down and a buffalo stuck his head in and snorted right in her face!!! When we finally made it out of the jam we arrived at the Lazy G Motel in West Yellowstone, Montana. Very nice, reasonable place to stay. Our room although not luxurious was spacious and clean. While in Yellowstone we saw so many animals it was amazing. Black bear, elk, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes, eagles, marmont, mule deer, but sadly no grizzly bears. I have visited Yellowstone four times in my life and my greatest disappointment is not seeing a grizzly. Overall a wonderful visit.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful majestic geysers brought me to fact how wonderful nature is. Surely, underneath the ground is active pressure causing the jet of hot spings to reach a certain height from the ground all throughout the outrageous Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful was the best part. Seemingly trying the reach the sky with a intermittent jet stream of hot water. It was in November 26 to 30, 2005 when I completed this trip. From the the California Central coast via Monterey, I flew to Billings, Montana and drove about 2 hours southwest to Gardiner, Montana - the gateway to the Yellowstone National Park. It is very close to the Wyoming north entrance,which is open all year. Other entrances close during winter. People in Gardiner were so warm. I spent couple of days in a motel where all amenities were just I expected except for a fast wireless internet connection. Breakfast was great! It was an amazement of all things I saw and experience - especially the wildlife including bisons and deers in the park itself. One moment on my way out of the park heading to Idaho a couple of bison walking in the middle of the paved road inside the park created a slight traffic. It was very exciting driving next to these animals in their natural habitat. Fall is the best time to go. There was no snow yet but was already cold - around 30's. It was cool and sunny the days I was explored the place. If you plan to visit Yellowstone, take another day to drive to the scenic Idaho. It was pleasurable to drive byways along the state of Idaho and enjoy the beauty of restored tress and year they where planted posted along the highways. In addition to Idaho, take another extra day to go down south of Yellowstone to explore Grand Teton National Park. The park ticket is good for both park with seven days for your information. If love nature and national parks, you are better of in buying a whole-year pass good for all parks in the US. Grand Teton was the one I missed. I will surely return to Yellowstone and take time to explore the Grand Teton!

Filed By: Justin
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Cirque of the Towers is an awesome area in the Wind River Mountain Range of Wyoming. I have been there twice in the summer of 2005 and would recommend it to any backpacker.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was a beautiful day at Yellowstone today. We only saw about a hundred snowmobiles. Exceptional.

Filed By: Billy Blewett (Spearfish, SD)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Ross Lake - Great hike, we went over whisky Mtn to get there, headed out via Lake Louise trail. www.bhtrails.com

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Contact Information:
Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

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