This past summer we were so lucky to go on a two week road trip where we camped and explored Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and the far eastern parts of California. It was an amazing trip full of stories and wonderful experiences which we will share with all of you in time
But the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming left us speechless. I don’t think there has been anywhere in the world for both of us were we felt the most splendor, peace and pure fresh air in our lungs. We were two happy kids the entire time.
Driving up to the park… I kept asking Justin (who had been here once as a kid), “Are we there yet?” and “where are the Teton Mountains?” Calmly he said “Don’t worry, you will know them when you see them”. He couldn’t have been more right. We finally arrived and slowly, in awe, we drove toward these amazing grand mountains shaped like freshly dispensed frozen yogurt mounds into a cone. They were beautiful!! We have seen a lot of beautiful mountain ranges in our lives but these guys set the highest bar for us instantly.
After paying the $25 entrance fee we were excited to find a campsite right after driving through a herd of buffalo. Out of the six campgrounds in the park, the Gros Ventre campground was our home for 4 memorable nights. The campground is set beautifully on the Gros Ventre River bank where you can go trout fishing and see wild moose roaming around. Some nights we spent gazing at the stars listening to a pack of wolves echoing in the historic mountain range. Another night a rainstorm hit and we spent the evening getting drenched while building an overhead extension to our tent where we put our chairs under and cooked on the small gas stove we always bring to you use in these cases. Tent camping in a rainstorm definitely expands your comfort level with sleeping in real nature.
Quick tip: When you do travel on long trips like these, always carry extra rope, a tarp and clamps. These three items can really help give you better shelter from really hot sun or heavy rain or snow.
Fishing in this park is like throwing a line in a beautiful painting that you become part of. Whether you are lucky and actually catch a wild* golden trout or not, you are purely content to be surrounded by the beauty and the nature sounds of the area. Do watch out for grizzly bears! The area is full of them and they love to eat fish so keep your eyes on your surroundings. We highly recommend Snake River, Gros Ventre Creek and River for trout fishing and just for a quick dip if you visit during summertime as we did. If you are thinking of trout fishing this area, shiny golden lures came highly recommended by the bait&tackle shop owners of the area and its what worked for us as well.
What we appreciated about this park is that it wasn’t overly crowded since most people drive through here to get to Yellowstone as their target destination. The park was founded in 1929 all thanks to Horace Albright’s work to preserve the area and the work of John D. Rockefeller who bought all the land in area that was owned by people only to turn around and declare the area as a protected national park forever. What an admirable move on their part!
*By “wild” trout I mean real fresh water born and bred trout unlike most of the rivers in California or other overly fished areas of US where trout is raised as young in a control farm environment then used to stock rivers and streams for fisherman therefore promoting tourism in the area. These farm raised fish are definitely easier to catch but the pleasure is not as great as when you catch a real wild one.