Though they are made of ancient rock, the Tetons are one of the youngest mountain ranges in North America. They have been uplifting for less than 10 million years, making them “adolescent” mountains, as compared to the “middle-aged” Rockies (60-80 million years old) or the “elderly” Appalachians (more than 300 million years old). Erosion has had much less time to work in the Teton range, comparatively, so their peaks remain rough and rugged – a major factor in the iconic appeal of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Photo @GrandTetonNPS by John Tobiason, National Park Service.
The American bison is our national mammal and a symbol of the Department of the Interior. Rugged and resilient, bison are surprisingly agile, able to jump fences and run up to 35 miles an hour. Recovering from near extinction, 17 bison herds can be found on public lands across the West. They are a wonder to see in the wild and we’re proud to feature them on National Bison Day. Photo of bison at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming courtesy of Travis O’Brien.
Classy and classic, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming provides views that are nothing short of epic. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was created when the Yellowstone River carved down more than 1,000 feet to create the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River add to the grandeur of the unique natural treasure. Witnessing Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, you’ll instantly know why it’s one of the most photographed and popular areas in the park. Have you seen this wonder for yourself? Photo by Peter Mangolds.
Devils Tower was established as America’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24th in 1906. Rising high out of the Black Hills, in northeast Wyoming, this geological wonder is an astounding sight. Devils Tower National Monument is a sacred place to over 20 Native American tribes and is also called “Bear’s Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi.” Reaching 867 feet from its base to the summit, the Tower stands tall in the minds of all its admirers. Photo by Don Davis (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The sunset splashes the sky with miraculous color combinations at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Seeing the view of the mountains that make up this amazing national park under a bright Wyoming sky fills the heart and overwhelms the senses. There are many epic ways to enjoy the park, such as rafting the Snake River, backcountry camping or riding a boat across Jenny Lake. But if you’re only stopping by, you’ll find breathtaking scenic turnouts, picnic areas and hiking trails throughout the park. Photo by Mark Rutt (www.sharetheexperience.org).
If you’re a photographer, you can’t find a much better model than Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. They might not be able to smile and twirl, but the mountains are beautiful, reliable and look good in just about any light. Photographer Josh Packer has taken countless shots in this epic park, but this is one of his favorites. “This had to be one of the most stunning sunsets I have ever experienced in the Tetons and is one I will not soon forget.” Photo from Schwabacher Landing courtesy of Josh Packer.
What a view! Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming preserves more than 10,000 hydrothermal features – an extraordinary collection of hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles, travertine terraces and geysers. Microorganisms called thermophiles – meaning “heat loving” – live in these features and give the springs their brilliant colors. Grand Prismatic Spring at Midway Geyser Basin is larger than a football field and a highlight for every visitor to the park. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.
A place of unique and mesmerizing beauty, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming has a mystical quality that automatically connects people to this amazing place. A stone monolith looming almost 900 feet over the surrounding landscape, it is sacred to the Northern Plains Indians and other tribes, who call it “Bear’s Tipi” or “Bear’s Lodge.” Geologists and Sci-Fi fans are also drawn to it. It really does mean something. Photo by Shu Xu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Hi, I’m Peter Mangolds and I’m sharing my photo with Interior’s account today. I really got into photography because when trying to describe the beauty of the outdoors, I felt like my stories made people’s eyes glaze over. I had to show them – and with my camera, I can do just that. This spring, when the roads at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming were first opened, I knew I had to get a good shot of this amazing place. I went to this spot several days in a row, returning for both sunrise and sunset hoping to catch a glimpse of color. Finally, on the 4th day, I got some! It was always a magical moment (color or not) and I look forward to using this bridge for future adventures. Photo courtesy of Peter Mangolds.