For a good part of the summer Mother Nature has been flexing her muscles in a big way, in all areas of the country. Of late, it’s the unprecedented number of wild fires scorching the west that has captured our full attention, and our empathy. It is sheer torture watching the evening news and seeing the desperation and helplessness on so many faces affected by these disasters. The staff at Teton Springs was happy to welcome back some of our guests from the Sun Valley area who fled here to escape the smoke-filled skies of Blaine County.
We all seem to have friends in the Ketchum, Hailey area, and can only imagine their fear of what’s next on the horizon, especially given the personal and economic loss for so many. Now, Yosemite National Park, one of the world’s greatest treasures is the target. For those of us who live so close to two of the nation’s other iconic national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, we are counting our blessings.
Despite a few recent lighting strikes in western Wyoming that temporarily closed a few roads in Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park is 100% open, and that includes all roads, entrances, and visitor services.
This is particularly good news for our many lodge guests who typically arrive now, the seasoned travellers who know so well that it’s the optimum time of year to tour the parks. Personally, I think now is also the most stellar time of year for a scenic raft trip on the mighty Snake River, and there’s plenty of room to maneuver the staggering array of rivers, streams and creeks for some late summer fly fishing.
Wildlife and Bird Watching in Their Natural Habitat
One of the most fun tours you can take is the Wildlife Tour with Teton Springs Lodge partner BrushBuck Guide Service. We’re been working with this Jackson Hole based company for many moons, and simply put, they’re the best at spotting the bear, wolves, elk, moose, bison and other huge mammals that call Grand Teton National Park home. It’s a four hour tour and they’ve made it easy even if you’re not a morning person. You have a choice of signing up for either the Dawn or Dusk tour. So civilized.
Their tours focus on observing wildlife in their natural habitat and if you’re a bird watcher, Grand Teton National Park is nirvana. You’ll easily spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks and the list goes on. The BrushBuck pros will also give you a down & dirty history lesson on this park, which can legitimately claim the most spectacular scenery in America. Their commentary and perspective alone is worth the price of admission. And, don’t worry about packing the spotting scope; they pack all the cool gear, snacks, and – they’ll even pick you up at Teton Springs!
Cozy, Beautiful Cabins on the Headwaters Golf Course
For those of you not wanting to budge from your cozy accommodations at Teton Springs, you’ll also have your chance at spotting wildlife. Chances are especially promising if you’re staying in one of the resort’s amazing mountain log homes that dot the perimeter of the Headwaters Golf Course, that also happens to border the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
The “cabins” all sport a private patio, or two, or three, and wildlife viewing becomes a daily ritual for guests. And while playing a round on the Headwaters links, keep your eyes peeled for the eagle that’s been standing guard on the 9th hole. One guest shares her up close and personal encounter photos with us here.
Another terrific way to spot the animals that live in the Tetons is by taking a hike and literally any hike will do. Lace up your boots and take off right from the resort or drive virtually 10 or 20 minutes in any direction. You’re sure to find yourself off the beaten path with a variety of short and sweet jaunts or the more strenuous grunt up Table Rock.
Teton Valley indeed racks up their share of votes for having the most eye-popping vistas, world class wildlife viewing, stellar weather, and citizens of generous heart to share it all with. Enjoy the adventure!