Grazing Elk in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

During our first trip through Grand Teton National Park we probably said, “wow!” more than we had to that point in our lives. Eventually, I’ll get around to posting the map of our route on the two week adventure that took us to some of the places I’ve been writing about.The truth is, there are so many amazing landscapes in Wyoming that it’s hard to believe it has the smallest population of any state in the US.

We came across this lone elk as we were driving down the main road south through the park. I cropped the road out off this shot, but he’s only about five yards or so away from the road. What is nice about the wildlife in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton areas is that most of them could care less that you’re there at all. And they are certainly in no hurry on your account either. On more than one occasion we were stuck in so called moose-jams, though they may be caused by a variety of animals, that seems to be the phrase that was most uttered by the rangers who were trying to keep traffic moving. Perhaps the moose have a reputation for caring the least about how big of a hurry you’re in. Unfortunately, we never saw a moose on our trip. In fact we’re yet to see on in the wild on any of our adventures.

Something to keep your eyes peeled for when driving through these parks, especially the larger more open areas like Lamar Valley and southern Grand Teton, is these little brown specs out in the distance. If you have some binoculars or a spotting scope, you’ll get the most out of this, but they’re likely massive herds of bison. It is perhaps one of the only places left in the United States were you can see bison in the quantities in which they used to roam the prairies. Outside the national parks, I’ve never seen such a site, but within Badlands, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, we were fortunate enough to see them roaming free in the hundreds at least.

These places are so special, and it’s up to us to keep them that way.

Until next time, thanks for reading! Please comment and share!

 

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