Grand Teton tours tend to be guided tours for wildlife and scenes that you see during day tours. We easily identify Teton guided tours with wildlife such as moose, elk, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears. Some time we are also interested in mule deer, foxes, coyotes, bald eagles. Other people are interested in lodgepole pines, spruces, firs, aspens, willow trees and bushes, birch, lupine, duncecap larkspur, shrubby cinquefoil, berries, lily pads. Yet other people love the mountain bluebird, pelicans, swans, sage grouse, marmot, osprey, magpie, squirrels, beavers, otters.
Geology tours of Grand Teton and Jackson Hole.
Grand Teton tours cannot be limited to wildlife and plants. The Tetons with length of about 44.4 miles has fossilized sea creatures embedded in the rocks. Other nearby mountains may have similar ancient creatures permanently infused in them as well. Over a period of millions of years, the Tetons began to experience tectonic movements which have continued to this day. The mountains would have been part of a sea or perhaps ocean floor. The Grand Teton at 13,800 feet, with the rest of the mountain range is continuing to grow in height. While the Tetons rose , the Jackson valley from the town of Jackson to Moran experienced gradual sinking. When you drive from Jackson to Snake River Overlook, you wonder why the land is flat. Nearly two hundred thousand years ago, glacier from Yellowstone melted over a period of thousands of years. As it did, it brought rocks and soil to the Jackson valley which was now a one mile hole deep. Moraine from the glacier filled the hole and made it flat the way it looks today. Driving through the Tetons, you wouldn’t know a third historic event occurred perhaps half a million years ago. The earth mantle could have cracked and released basalt volcanic magma. The magma cut vertically the Tetons, at least in one place and remains as a visible dyke. There is a second intrusion that is possibly a basalt dyke as well, perhaps there are more. Grand Teton tours can be more fun with some biology, scenic adventure as well as some geology.
Other Things to see and do in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton.
You may prefer whitewater rafting or scenic floating on the Snake River. Companies such as Barker-Ewing Whitewater provide such services. Canoeing is popular as well as surface biking, mountain biking, horseback riding. These are all guided tours that you can explore. In venture hike the mountains and valleys in and around Jackson Hole and Yellowstone with hiking guides. Our company however specializes in road tour guiding in the Tetons. Typical Grand Teton tours are 7 to 8 hours long. There are times we stretch it to 9 hours, depending on the amount of wildlife we find. We may come across perfect scenes with the weather cooperating. In such cases and when we find wildlife, we love to give you more time to take pictures. When we go to Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, we take you to the awesome building they have in the Grand Teton. Most people like to spend some time inside it to appreciate the magnificent presence of nature that is portrayed here. The Wildlife Museum of Art is another place where some people like to spend time. It has a collection of paintings and sculptures that could take you two hours to look through. There is a restaurant in the building as well. You may decide to have lunch there after you look around. Outside the Museum, you can look across highway 89 into the Elk Refuge valley. The view is stunning and worthy of your attention. In the winter, you can buy tickets to go into the Elk Refuge on horse drawn buggy to get up close to elk. It is one of the most popular events in Jackson Hole. Or you may want to go to rodeo show which takes place every Wednesday.