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Must-See Destination #10: The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Folks, this place is awesome! You’re going to love it!

A two-and-a-half hour drive north of Jackson Hole will bring you to West Yellowstone, Montana, and the impressive Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

It’s a not-for-profit wildlife park and education facility which opened in 1993. The Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Center has a number of exhibitions that look at grizzlies, wolves, ground squirrels, and birds of prey. It is currently working on a Riparian Habitat exhibition to include river otters, cutthroat trout, boreal toads, and American dippers. A new habitat in the works will feature river rapids.

The animals the Center keeps were orphans, born in captivity, or urban nuisance animals threatened with death.

 

What the Center does to care for the animals and what it teaches the public are cutting-edge and absolutely worth a visit!

It’s open 365 days a year with admission good for two consecutive days!

 

Check it out at Grizzly Discovery 

 

 


Images from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

The SeeJH Weekly Bucket-List Recap! Week #18…

***Our most gigantic recap yet!!! ***

***50+ merchants/organizations and over two dozen webcams showcased for you!!!***

What better place to find out where to go, who to see, and what to do, when you’re visiting the Jackson Hole area than by checking in with us at See Jackson Hole?

There is no better place!

There’s so much to share with you, we can’t help but overwhelm your to-do list. But then again, would you want it any other way?

We’re serious about showing you the fun you can have.

Here’s a recap–with site and webcam links–of all the places we’ve featured this week right here on our page, just in case you missed a post or two. Don’t want you missing out on a good thing… Read more

The SeeJH Weekly Bucket-List Recap! Week #17…

What better place to find out where to go, who to see, and what to do, when you’re visiting the Jackson Hole area than by checking in with us at See Jackson Hole?

There is no better place!

There’s so much to share with you, we can’t help but overwhelm your to-do list. But then again, would you want it any other way?

We’re serious about showing you the fun you can have.

Here’s a recap–with site and webcam links–of all the places we’ve featured this week right here on our page, just in case you missed a post or two. Don’t want you missing out on a good thing…

Read more

The SeeJH Weekly Bucket-List Recap! Week #16…

The SeeJH Weekly Bucket-List Recap!!!
Week #16

What better place to find out where to go, who to see, and what to do, when you’re visiting the Jackson Hole area than by checking in with us at See Jackson Hole?

There is no better place!

There’s so much to share with you, we can’t help but overwhelm your to-do list. But then again, would you want it any other way?

We’re serious about showing you the fun you can have.

Here’s a recap–with site and webcam links–of all the places we’ve featured this week right here on our page, just in case you missed a post or two. Don’t want you missing out on a good thing…

Read more

The SeeJH Weekly Bucket-List Recap!  Week #15…

What better place to find out where to go, who to see, and what to do, when you’re visiting the Jackson Hole area than by checking in with us at See Jackson Hole?

There is no better place!

There’s so much to share with you, we can’t help but overwhelm your to-do list. But then again, would you want it any other way?

We’re serious about showing you the fun you can have.

Here’s a recap–with site and webcam links–of all the places we’ve featured this week right here on our page, just in case you missed a post or two. Don’t want you missing out on a good thing… Read more

Must-See Destination #5: Mount Moran

We’re going to stay in the Jackson Lake area for a while yet. One feature that dominates the lake’s landscape and gets discussed regularly by visitors is Mount Moran. Rising to a height of 12,600 feet(!!!), it stands 6,000 feet above Jackson Lake.

While a centerpiece, we’ll tell you upfront that it’s a difficult climb—rated 5.4 to 5.7 on the climbing-difficulty scale—and trails haven’t been maintained. Many climbers choose to start their ascent over at Leigh Lake, and they wind up taking several days to make their climb.

The mountain is named after frontier landscape painter Thomas Moran. It was first scaled by a three-man team in 1922, and they did so via what may be the easiest route up the mountain, over Skiller Glacier. Mt. Moran has several glaciers, and it has a distinctive basalt feature known as the Blake Dike. If you’re going to climb across the glaciers, make sure you bring ice-climbing equipment, such as axes and crampons, with you.

This mountain is not for the faint of heart and may be best viewed from afar on the lakes.

Interesting tidbit: a C-47 cargo plane crashed on the mountain in 1950 during a storm, tragically killing all 21 aboard. Due to the site’s extreme location, the plane and bodies have not been recovered, and the Park Service strongly advises against trekking to the location.

Must-See Destination #4: The Jackson Lake Dam

The Jackson Lake Dam is a concrete gravity structure with earthen embankment wings. The structure is 65 feet high. It was originally a log-crib dam when built in 1907.

At that time, the dam rose Jackson Lake’s waters by 22 feet. When it was rebuilt in 1916, that number rose to 30 feet.

In blocking the lake’s outlet into Snake River, the consequent 847,000 acre-feet of storage area provides irrigation water for Idaho farmland diverted into distribution canals when further collected by the Minidoka and American Falls dams 100 miles downriver.

According to the US Bureau of Reclamation, the latest update to the dam, in 1989, can withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake along the Teton fault.

You can see Jackson Lake Dam along Teton Park Road, off of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Parkway. It sits below the immensely popular Signal Mountain and the picturesque Jackson Lake Overlook.

The Jackson Lake Dam Picnic Area, next to the dam, is a sought-after spot for outdoor eating with breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Must-See Destination #1: Jenny Lake

Image credit: the Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Jenny Lake’s 20 miles north of Jackson, past Moose, and just south of Jackson Lake.

Carved by the same glaciers that created Cascade Canyon, it’s roughly 420 feet deep and spreads across 1,200 acres.

It was named after a Shoshone Indian woman who married Englishman Richard “Beaver Dick” Leigh. She and their 6 children met a tragic end when succumbing to smallpox in 1876.

The Jenny Lake Visitor Center is a very popular spot. If you want to contact the Center, its phone number is (307) 739-3392.

Jenny Lake is one of only two lakes in Grand Teton National Park that you can enjoy your motorboat on. There’s an easy 7-mile trail, the Jenny Lake Trail, looping around the lake. If you don’t want to do the walk, there’s a passenger ferry that will take you across. For more info on, go here: https://zurl.co/q0rZl

By the way, the lake’s northeastern shore is usually the quietest one.

As of a few years ago, her waters are still classified by environmental testing as pristine and not impacted by pollution.