If you want to witness pure magic in nature, you must visit the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. It is one of the most striking mountain ranges on this planet. Beautiful, mesmerizing, dangerous and intoxicating. The skyline of mountains and glaciers act as the overlord of this part of the world, reminding us just how small we are when in the midst of grandeur. Once you experience the beauty and majesty of this part of the world, you will be forever changed.
The 40-mile-long Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rocky Mountains, in fact, they are some of the youngest mountains in the world. Still, the rocks in the park are some of the oldest in North America. The mountains of the Teton Range continue to grow even today.
Sleeping out under the stars and under the shadow of the Grand Tetons is an amazing experience. Watching the sun slowly set behind the behemoths, and experiencing the change of colors that play out from dusk to darkness is a remarkable sight. The sky vignettes from opaque blues and oranges to translucent yellows, pinks, and purples, followed by almost every other hue of the color spectrum until total darkness is realized. Even under darkness, the guardianship of the Tetons can be felt as one drifts off to sleep under their watch.
There are so many breath-taking vistas in the park. The Signal Mountain Summit road will leave you awe struck. You truly get a sense of the vastness of the area from this amazingly beautiful overlook. The views from Jenny Lake, Leigh Lake and Jackson Lake are stunning in their beauty. If you catch these on a day with no wind, you get a perfect reflection of the mountains reflected back onto the water. To get up close and personal with the mountains, I suggest hiring a fishing guide to take you out on of the lakes. Many of the guides have been fishing the area for decades and know of many hidden gems and off-the-radar locations that most people don’t ever get a chance to see. The magic of the park changes almost hourly with shifts in sunlight, cloud cover, dawn and dusk.
The highest peak in the Teton Mountain Range is Grand Teton at 13,770 feet above sea level, and many other peaks in this range are over 12,000 feet in height. Mt. Moran, Teewinot Mountain, Mt. Owen, Nez Perce and South Teton are some of the tallest.
I was inspired by the Mormon Row area of the park, and the T. A. Moulton Barn, specifically. The T. A. Moulton Barn is all that remains of the homestead built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons between about 1912 and 1945. It sits west of the road known as Mormon Row, in an area called Antelope Flats.
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