Located in Teton Valley, Idaho (Tetonia) at Thistle Dew Guest House, this web camera looks east into Grand Teton National Park featuring a great view of the Grand Teton from the Idaho side.
Founded in the early 1800's, the Teton Valley serves as a beautiful backdrop to farms, ranches, and recreational opportunities. Teton Valley is known for its location on the Western slope of the Teton Mountain Range and is known by many as 'The quiet side of the Tetons.' Four towns make up the Teton Valley: Driggs, Idaho, Tetonia, Idaho, Victor, Idaho, and Alta, Wyoming. Rich in its agricultural and ranching heritage the primary economy of the Teton Valley is comprised of these industries as well as recreational tourism. Authentic Western hospitality, recreational opportunities, and majestic views are all what make up the uniqueness of the Teton Valley.
Serving as a base to western Wyoming and Idaho, the Teton Valley offers convenience with its close access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and additionally three National Forests. While the Tetons are the newest mountains in the Rockies at nearly 10 million years young, The Teton Mountain Range serves as the most photographed mountains in the world. The largest peak on the range, the Grand Teton stands at a towering 13,772 feet. Additionally, the Teton Valley also collects the headwaters of the Teton River.
The Teton River drains through the Teton Valley at the eastern end of the Snake River Plain. Due to its location along the western flank of the Tetons it provides the river with more water flow than other nearby rivers through the rainwater that it collects. Serving as a source for the valley's farm and ranches, the river also provides tremendous fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities. The formation of the Teton River begins near Victor, Idaho right near the Wyoming State line. Several small creeks such as the Darby Creek and Teton Creek flow down from the western side of the Tetons.
Recreational Opportunities Await
Serving as an ideal backdrop for many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Located at a 6,200 foot elevation the Teton Valley does offer numerous winter recreation activities through snowmobiling and world class powder skiing. The Teton Valley also serves as a gateway to the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort. Known as a world-class fishing destination, Idaho's Teton Valley serves as a fly fishing mecca for tens of thousands of fisherman each and every year.
A variety of activities are hosted annually throughout the Teton Valley including the Teton Valley Summer Festival, the Tetonia Rodeo, Victor Independence Day Celebration and the Driggs Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Rich in History
Unique geology makes up the valley that was marked by three cycles of volcanic activity which occurred over the past 2.1 million years. The history of the valley goes back to being initially populated by the Northern Paiute and Shoshone-Bannock Indian Tribes. Native Americans made the Teton Valley their fur trade center. Lewis and Clark also passed through the area in 1805 on their expedition. The Homestead Act of 1862 and the transcontinental railroad lead to many settlers calling Teton Valley home. Some of the current residents of the Teton Valley are fifth-generation descendants of the early settlers.
The Teton Basin is known for its lushness and authentic small town hospitality that exists throughout all of the towns that make up the Teton Valley. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the neighboring valley to the east.