You’ve seen tons and tons of pictures of our beloved Teton Mountains; and if you’ve seen them in person, you’ve been awed and numbed by their beauty and power. What do you say we make formal introductions between them and you so you can know them better?
Their neighborhood stretches approximately 40 miles (64 km), from Idaho’s border to Yellowstone National Park. The Shoshone tribe called them the Teewinots, or “many pinnacles”, and French frontiersmen named them les trois tetons, or “the three nipples”. It’s the new neighborhood on the block, so to speak, because the Teton Range is the Rocky Mountains’ youngest range. The Teton Fault’s eastern block shifted upward to build up the mountains, and its western block fell to create the valley that you know as Jackson Hole. The Teton neighborhood is particularly stunning among the world’s ranges because the drop is so sharp as to lack any foothills or low-lying peaks, thus creating an unobscured, deeply contrasting view between the valley’s floor and mountains’ sides and summits. It is remarkably stunning and needs to be seen in person to truly absorb the incredible scene!
The biggest ones in the family are the five that make up the Cathedral Group: Grand Teton at 13,775 ft.; Mt. Owen at 12,928 ft.; Teewinot at 12,325 ft.; Middle Teton at 12,804 ft.; and South Teton at 12,514 ft. Other well-known peaks include Mt. Moran (12,605 ft.), Mt. Wister (11,490 ft.), and Statis Peak (11,303 ft.)
The Tetons are so visually mesmerizing that Hollywood has been regularly using them as a backdrop and players in a variety of film and show, including John Wayne’s introduction to cinema audiences with his film debut in 1930’s “The Big Trail”.
The Tetons may not live in a crowded area, but they are as well-known throughout the world as are Times Square and the Eiffel Tower!
Have you visited them in person?!