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Yellowstone National Park
Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

 

Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.

An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.

The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures and sites associated with various periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton Park's Limbar Pine

 

Established in 1929, Grand Teton National Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined in 1950.
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.

Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Hikers Alaska Basin Caribou-Targhee National Forest

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. Most the Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies in eastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and northern Utah, with a significant portion situated adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks,

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies almost entirely within "the Greater Yellowstone Area" or "the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," an area of over 12 million acres and is the largest block of relatively undisturbed plant and animal habitat in the contiguous United States. The area continues to gain prominence for its ecological integrity. The United Nations has identified the area as a Biosphere Reserve.

Bridger Teton National Forest
Hunters Gros Ventre Wilderness Bridger Teton National Forest Located in Western Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for your outdoor recreation enjoyment. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the Bridger-Teton National Forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States. Offering nearly 1.2 million acres of designated Wilderness, over 30,000 miles of road and trail and thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and streams, the Bridger-Teton offers something for everyone. We encourage you to visit this beautiful landscape and experience this unique piece of American Heritage.
Regional Wildlife
grizzly bears mountain goatNowhere else in the United States, including Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals) that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower 48 states.
Yellowstone Bear World
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About 20 miles north of Idaho Falls is Yellowstone Bear World a drive through wild animal park that provides the opportunity to view wolves, Bison, Elk, Deer and bear up close form the safety of your car.

At Yellowstone Bear World, you'll be taken back in time to an era when the black and grizzly bears wandered along the roadsides of Yellowstone Park. Include Yellowstone Bear World in your summer travel plans,

Museum of Idaho
idaho falls museum This local museum is completing an extensive expansion courtesy of a $3 million gift from the Carr Foundation. With more than double its former space, the museum plans to bring in major traveling exhibitions. But the permanent collection is a good one, too, including a basement streetscape of old Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls' original name) and the reconstructed, wonderfully cluttered parlor of Fred Keefer, a colorful local character who died in 1987 at age 96.
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Yellowstone Wolf
Lovely landscaping and a small yet varied collection of animals make Tautphaus Park Zoo a pleasant place to spend an hour or two. Highlights include kangaroos in an excellent Australian habitat, otters, penguins, and a duck pond where kids (and adults) can feed the assembled flocks. The zoo is located in one of Idaho Falls' largest parks, and a small amusement park nearby is open in the warmer months.
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