Fall just might be the best time to hike around Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The weather is cooling, the aspen are turning yellows and oranges, and the smell of autumn is in the air.
Grand Teton National Park
An annual elk hunt intended to keep the overall population in check begins this weekend at Grand Teton National Park, though likely not without controversy.
Few of us with roots in the 1960s can imagine the world of environmental writing without Michael Frome. Actually, it was my mother who first discovered his articles following our trip west in 1959. From our home in Binghamton, New York, she had driven my brother August and me 10,000 miles, visiting national parks the entire way. After spending three days each at Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, we thought we had seen it all. It little occurred to us, jockeying among the crowds of other auto “campers,” that an even greater, untouched wilderness lay beyond the pullouts, roads, and parking lots. That discovery awaited the writings of Michael Frome.
With sweeping views of Jackson Lake and the jaw-dropping jagged Tetons from its deck, and the historic Molesworth furniture that fronts its stone fireplace, the historic Brinkerhoff Lodge in Grand Teton National Park would likely qualify as a 5-star resort property commanding hefty rental fees. But the National Park Service wasn't in the habit of charging the lodge's guests, who included Vice President Joe Biden and his family, nor did it provide the safety and security it should have, according to a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General's Office.
If you're heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming later this month, and determined to visit the Jenny Lake area, you might want to avoid arriving October 19-21 due to a planned area closure there.
With a 23-15 party line vote the House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would force the National Park Service to open up more than 400 miles of streams to paddlers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, though whether the full House and Senate will do the same remains to be seen.
A Wyoming congresswoman carrying water for packrafters seeking access to rivers and streams in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has offered an amendment to her own legislation that seemingly would force the National Park Service to open up specific waters to the paddlers.
Fall in the Rocky Mountain parks isn’t quite as colorful as the season is back East, as they lack the endless acres of hardwood forests. But the high peaks, sometimes dusted in snow, make up for that. Watch the aspens, larch, scrub oak and maples paint the landscape with masterful strokes.
Fewer than 12 months separate the National Park Service's 99th birthday and its 100th. What happens over the course of the next year will go a far way to determining if it will be a happy birthday or not.
It was a beautiful late summer evening, and my family and I had spent the day hiking in Badlands National Park. As the setting sun cast a golden glow on the park’s signature peaks and plateaus, my family and I pulled into a nearby guest ranch, where we had booked a cabin for the night.