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US Route 89 Road Trip Guide-Yellowstone National Park, Lower Geyser Basin

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Jackson to Gardiner Road Trip Guide

Distance: 153 miles • Elevation Change: Jackson 6236 ft.-Gardiner 5225 ft.

You would be hard pressed to find a more scenic stretch of highway anywhere in the world. North of Jackson US Route 89 runs parallel to the spectacular Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. The mountains seem to rise abruptly from the valley known as Jackson Hole to a towering height of over 13,000 feet. There are many turnouts with information signs along the road. Or take the Teton Park Road, the original route of 89, for a more intimate view of the park and to access the lakes, hiking trails and campgrounds.

In the winter, the National Elk Refuge to the east of US 89, is filled with elk where they congregate along the Gros Ventre River on the west side of the Gros Ventre Range.

Between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, highway 89 is known as the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Parkway as it runs along the shore of Jackson Lake and to the south entrance to the park. To stay on US Route 89 through Yellowstone, turn west at West Thumb to Old Faithful, continue north to Madison, Norris and Mammoth Hot Springs exiting the park at the north entrance to Gardiner, Montana.

Special Attractions:
Grand Teton National Park: The Teton Range rises nearly a mile above Jackson Hole, the valley below the eastern face of the mountains. A dozen of its peaks are over 12,000 in elevation and with no foothills to obscure the view they can be seen reflected in the large lakes at their base. There is no more spectacular and iconic view any where in the Rockies. Visitors to Grand Teton National Park will find numerous recreational opportunities including boating on the lakes and trails for easy day hikes or strenuous backcountry adventures.
Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone is America’s first national park and nowhere in the world is there a larger concentration of geothermal features. At 3,472 square miles in area, a visitor to the park is hard pressed to see it all in a day or two. Here are the top five attractions that should not be missed: Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful Geyser, West Thumb Geyser Basin and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. In addition to the geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles, the park abounds with wildlife including moose, elks, bison, bears and wolfs.

Jackson to Gardiner Map

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Public Lands & Historic Places:
Targhee National Forest
Teton National Forest
National Elk Refuge
Grand Teton National Park
Sunrise on the Tetons, Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton peak, Grand Teton National ParkSummer storm, Grand Teton National Park
Gramd Teton National ParkSnake River, Grand Teton National ParkMount Moran, Grand Teton National ParkLeigh Lake, Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park PanoramaNodal Ninja
Teton Wilderness
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yelllowstone-Yellowstone National ParkCastle Geyser-Yellowstone National ParkOrange Spring Mound-Yellowstone National ParkAngel Terrace-Yellowstone National Park
Norris Geyser Basin-Yellowstone National ParkNorris Geyser Basin-Yellowstone National ParkDunraven Pass Road-Yellowstone National ParkArtists Paint Pots-Yellowstone National Park

East Gros Ventre Butte
Jackson Hole
Gros Ventre River
Snake River
Teton Mountains
Jackson Lake
Lewis River
Lewis Lake
West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake
Upper Geyser Basin/Old Faithful
Lower Geyser Basin
Firehole River
Madison river
Gibbon River
Monument Geyser Basin
Gibbon Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin
Obsidian Creek
Gardners Hole
Golden Gate
Gardiner River

User Contributed Stories
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Title: The Magic of the Tetons
Made a couple of trips to the Tetons and Yellowstone this past summer and fall. Below are a few of my photos.
Created By: Jeff M.   Last Modified: 12/5/2010 2:50:29 PM
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Title: Enjoying the Tetons
By Darrell Berkheimer Grand Teton National Park provided me with an attitude adjustment.
Created By: Berky   Last Modified: 7/22/2009 3:41:46 PM
© Darrell Berkheimer
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2010 Spring Road Trip

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