The Great Yellowstone Arch!

Image: @yellowstonenps on IG

The Roosevelt Arch is located on Route 89 in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Its cornerstone was laid in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, hence its name. There is a quote along its upper portion, “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”, the inscription being from the 1872 Organic Act, the legislation from which came Yellowstone Park.

Construction began February 19, 1903, and was completed August 15 of the same year. It cost roughly $10,000 to construct. The archway’s north entrance was the first major entrance into the national park. Folks would take the train to Gardiner and then ride horse-drawn carriages into the park. Several thousand attended its dedication.

There’s a time capsule in it, containing a Bible, a picture of the president, newspapers, and other miscellany.

Have you seen it?!

#RooseveltArch #Yellowstone 

The Grand Teton Music Festival at 58!

Images from the Grand Teton Music Festival website

Founded in 1962, it has since become a major draw for music enthusiasts not only across the country but from around the world, becoming one of the nation’s finest orchestral organizations! It has even set up a scholarship competition for high school seniors looking to pursue degrees in music.

GTMF is based in Walk Festival Hall, located in the heart of Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The all-wooden performance facility is acclaimed for its intimate atmosphere, clear sight-lines, superb acoustics. Concerts and film festivals are just some of the events that have been held in WFH. You can even have a wedding reception there!

Festival musicians represent 90 orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning, from Vancouver to Jacksonville, Florida! They put on a spell-binding performance July 5th & 6th for their fundraising gala with a full orchestra, chorus, children’s chorus, and soloists, having performed Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

The season includes jazz, classical, and musical theatre performances. Chamber music is performed Tuesday and Thursday nights, and open rehearsals take place Friday mornings. Movie showings of classic and fresh family favorite films occur Monday evenings.

Some notable upcoming events: July 26th & 27th, Hilary Hahn performs Mozart; Miyagi & Faure performs July 30th; Shostakovich’s Piano concert is August 2nd & 3rd; piano duo Anderson & Roe will perform August 7th; violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss are slated for August 14th; and, Kristin Chenoweth is scheduled to perform on August 15th.

It’s another great full season to immerse yourself in! For more information, head to GTMF’s official website: https://gtmf.org  !

 

The 2019 Teton County Fair is Underway!

 

All images from the Teton County Fair website

One of Jackson Hole’s most anticipated annual events has a few days left to be enjoyed! The Teton County Fair has brought Cowboy State has provided fair-goers with another way to immerse themselves in the area’s culture. From fun rides and savory food and exciting games, to great musical performances, races, and rodeo events, you can indulge all you want in Cowboy State revelry!

Some of what’s still to come are tonight’s Pig Wrestling competition, tomorrow’s Jackson Hole Ninja Warrior challenge, Saturday’s Fair Rodeo program, and Sunday’s Figure 8 Races!

Then there is the petting zoo, pet shows, gymnastics demonstrations, more various 4-H related activities, lawn games, the beer garden, magic shows, and paintless paintball.

Hopefully you already got to see the rifle and archery shoots, barrel races, livestock showings, the Whiskey Myers concert, and more!

Held at the fairgrounds from July 19-28, tickets and passes vary in pricing. To see all the info, head here: https://www.tetoncountyfair.com/31/Fair  !Enjoy!

 

Better than the Golden Arches!!!

 

Jackson Hole is known for a great many terrific things. One of them resides in downtown Jackson proper, our beloved antler arches! There are four of them standing at the Town Square’s corners. Our Town Square’s official name is George Washington Memorial Park, by the way, so designated in 1932 to commemorate our great first president’s birth.

With the first one built in 1953 in the southwest corner, and the other three erected between ‘66 and ‘69, the original arches had plenty of pictures snapped with and without admirers for 60 years. Then between 2007 and 2013, there was an undertaking to replace them with successors.

Each antler weighs somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds, with each arch eventually reaching upwards of 10,000 pounds. Gathered from the National Elk Refuge with help from the Boy Scouts, antlers for the arches are never in short supply.

Oh, and don’t forget about John Colter! His memorial has been standing magnificently since 1939, before the arches. Part of the revered Lewis & Clark Expedition, he’s the first known person of European descent to lay eyes on Yellowstone and the Tetons! Colter’s considered the first “mountain man”, having spent months alone in the wilderness.

Have you seen our arches and been to the Square?!

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Lizards and Trout and Bear, Oh My!

(Image: Jackson Hole Grand Expeditions)

We’ve shared many, many wildlife pictures from a great many individuals and groups—especially our area’s safari guides, like Jackson Hole EcoTour AdventuresJackson Hole Grand ExpeditionsThe Hole Hiking Experience, Inc.Teton Wild Custom Wildlife ToursGaperGuide Inc., and others. There’s an unending supply for you to indulge your nature loving.

How many different kinds of wildlife reside in Grand Teton National Park? Grand Teton National Park Services provides answers for us. GTNP is part of the Greater #Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network, which provides planning and consistent oversight for maintaining our parks’ health. Besides #GTNP and Yellowstone, this network also includes the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Highway and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Mammals. There are 61 different species that climb, swim, run, glide, and fly in the park’s four eco-communities: alpine, forest, sagebrush flats, and wetlands. Moose, elk, deer, pronghorn, bison, grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, squirrels, chipmunks, badgers, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, martens, marmots, weasels, wolverines, rabbits, muskrat, beaver, river otters, and bats, are some of those residents.

Reptiles. While there is wide variety of mammals here, there are only 4 species of reptiles: the wandering garter snake, the valley garter snake, the rubber boa snake, and the northern sagebrush lizard. None of them are venomous. There may be others, and ecologists are on the constant look-out for new sightings.

Birds. With their comings-&-goings, there are many species that reside in and visit the Hole, so it’s tough to lock down a specific figure. But it’s LOTS! From North America’s smallest bird, the calliope hummingbird, to North America’s largest waterfowl, the trumpeter swan, to our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, there are enough kinds to please any enthusiastic ornithologist. Cranes, owls, grouse, osprey, what’s your pleasure?! Keep in mind the Teton Raptor Center, where you can get an in-depth education of a variety of birds!

Fish. GTNP is world-renowend for its fishing, and tens of thousands of sportsmen journey to the Hole at some point during the year to get some great fishing in. There are plenty of guide and lodging services available here, such as: Fish the Fly Guide ServiceGrand Teton Fly FishingGrand Fishing Adventures, Teton Troutfitters, and Snake River Angler & Scenic Float Trips. There are over a dozen native species in the park’s waters, and as many non-native ones; for example, of the area’s five trout species, only the Yellowstone cutthroat is native. Suckers, whitefish, chubs, sculpin, and dace, round out the other natives.

Amphibians. GTNP has 6 species: spotted frogs, boreal chorus frogs, boreal toads, tiger salamanders, northern leopard frogs (possibly extinct in the area) and bullfrogs. Amphibians may be the best indicators to diagnose an ecosystem’s health, as they’re the most sensitive to environmental changes thanks to their dual water-land life cycles.

Insects. Numbering over 10,000 species, they are the most dominant form of animal life at the Park. Yes, you’ll find the mosquitoes and ants, but you’ll also find plenty of butterflies and bees among the lot.

#GrandTetonNationalPark is a hot-spot for wildlife enthusiasts! Come see for yourself!!!

Rare Opportunity Awaits With Goosewing Ranch!

 

Goosewing Ranch has a terrific announcement to share! A few spots have recently become available!!! Head this way to start your booking: https://www.seejh.com/businesses/hospitality/goosewing-ranch ! Don’t miss out on this aMAZing vacation package opportunity on a premiere dude ranch in the heart of the Yellowstone ecosystem and near Jackson Hole!

Dates now available again:

July 21 – 24
July 31 – August 4
August 4 – 7
August 15 – 18
August 29 – September 1
September 1 – 4