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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Grand Teton National Park

Location: Teton County, WY  Map

Area: 310,044 acres (125,470 ha)
 
Grand Teton National Park is situated in the Teton County, Wyoming in United States. Grand Teton National Park covers an area of 310,044 acres (125,470 ha). The name of the park comes from French fur trappers that named three peaks of the park "les trois tetons" or "the three breasts".
 
Grand Teton National Park is a piece of unspoiled nature, just South of Yellowstone National Park, in Northwestern Wyoming. Grand Teton is known for its spectacular views of the mountains, alpine lakes and numerous old dilapidated farms that harmoniously add some human presence to this pristine landscape. Main peak of Grand Teton rises to 4 km above sea level. Protected reserve covers an area of 130,000 hectares, currently inhabited by 60 species of mammals, over 300 species of birds and a variety of fishes. Grand Teton National Park is covered by a network of hiking trails. Keep in mind that if you decide to spend several days here camping in the mountains, you can't start any fires on all of its territory.

 

 

 

Fees and permits

All vehicles and individuals entering the Grand Teton National Park must pay an entrance fee that is valid for seven days. The fee is $30 for non-commercial vehicles, $15 for hikers and cyclists, and $25 for motorcycles. As an alternative to the seven-day fee, you can buy a Park Annual Pass, which costs $60 and is valid until the end of the month 1 year after the purchase date.

If you plan to visit both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, you can pay a single entrance fee for both at a discount compared to paying two separate fees for the two parks. The combined fee is $50 for non-commercial vehicles, $20 for hikers and cyclists, and $40 for motorcycles and snowmobiles.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Grand Teton National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) to Grand Teton National Park can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

Grand Teton National Park is a bit curious in that the ranger stations where you pay the entry fees lie fairly deep within the park. This essentially means that sections of the park can be accessed for free, including Jackson Hole Airport.

 

 

 

 

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