The Grand Teton National park holds approximately 310,000 of Wyoming's most precious wildlife. It is located in the Northwestern part of the state and includes the Teton Range. This mountain range itself is 40 miles long. Its only 10 miles south of the United State's most famous park, Yellowstone, but still holds its own when it comes to beauty. The park gets it's named after the Grand Teton mountain, which is the tallest mountain from the Teton range. It rises about seven thousand feet above the nearby Jackson Hole. Other than the mountains the park is filled with a variety of lakes and rivers. This includes the large Jackson Lake and the popular Snake River that flows throughout the western states. Perhaps the park's best treasure is the diverse wildlife it holds. More than a thousand species of vascular plants (ferns, club mosses, ect) call this park home as well the endangered Whitebark Pine that is unique to North America's western region. When it comes to animals the park is a sanctuary to a plethora of species. About 61 mammals call the park home including moose, elk, mule deer, bison, pronghorn, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, mountain lions, unita ground squirrels, least chipmunks, red squirrels, pine martens, long tailed weasels, wolverinines, pikas, yellow-bellied marmots, beavers, river otters, and so much more. Most large hoofed mammals like moose and bison can be seen from roadsides, but predators like bears are a little more elusive. Other than witnessing the majestic mammals the second most popular animals to view at the park are the birds. Birdwatchers have a variety of about 300 species of bird that they can witness within the park. Some of these species include Osprey, Bald Eagles, Western Tanager, Calliope Hummingbirds, and Trumpeter Swans. Although many visitors come to visit Grand Teton National Park to enjoy the wildlife the policy of the park is not to disturb any of the animals. This helps especially to preserve the beauty of the park, but helps to protect the animals and visitors from harm.
Other than observing the geography and wildlife, there are many other activities to do at the park. Popular activities include hiking, mountaineering, boating, biking, and fishing. Fishing is perhaps the only exception to the "do not disturb" nature policy. The Snake River is one of the most popular fly fishing rivers in America and many find enjoyment from traditional fishing the Jackson lake. Some of the native species of fish include the Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Utah Sucker, Longnose Dace, Redside Shiner, Paiute Sculpin, Mountain Whitefish, Speckled Dace, Mountain Sucker, Mottled Sculpin, Utah Chub, Bluehead Sucker, and Leatherside Chub. There are also a variety of non-native fishes in the park including the popular Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. Although fishing is allowed within the Grand Teton National Park, many regulations are enforced to protect the balance of the ecosystem. There are specific fishing seasons, legal tackle regulations, size limits for catches and creel limits for the number of fish that can be kept. Many people hire local licensed fishing guides to help keep their fishing legal and fun, but the park's website is also a great source to brush up on the regulations. Park rangers are also at the park to educate and protect the wildlife so they are an exceptional source of information. Much of Wyoming's popularity is found in it's amazing wildlife and it makes the Grand Teton National Park a must visit for anyone in the state or anyone visiting nearby Yellowstone.