Grand Teton National Park, September 19, 2007

tetons2Separated from Yellowstone National Park by only 10 miles, Grand Teton National Park is another of our favorites that we have visited many times.  Though we have camped in the park on some previous visits, this time we stayed at a campground on the Snake River south of Jackson, Wyoming.

The park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest peak, 13,775 feet (4,199 m),  in the Teton Range, which rises abruptly above the valley of Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole is believed to be named after a mountain man, David (Davey) Edward Jackson, a mountain man who trapped the area for beaver in the early 1800s.  The name “hole” is a term used by early trappers who entered from the north and east, descending along relatively steep slopes, giving the feeling of descending into a hole.

The town of Jackson, Wyoming, the only incorporated town in the valley, is often mistakenly referred to as Jackson Hole.

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