Resources for Visiting Grand Teton
This is where you can find things such as websites, helpful phone numbers, friends groups and cooperating associations, and, sometimes, interesting books related to the park
Grand Teton National Park: www.nps.gov/grte
For relevant maps, visit this site.
A Grand Teton backcountry trip planner can be downloaded in PDF form here.
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce provides dining, lodging, and activity information.
Friends Groups and Cooperating Associations
The Grand Teton National Park Foundation is the park's major friends group. In the past six years this nonprofit has given more than $25 million to the park for education-based capital projects, work and learn programs that reconnect youth to nature, and wildlife research and protection. Among its projects are buying bear-proof food storage boxes for front-country campgrounds, trail restoration work, helping underwrite the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, and funding a Youth Conservation Program that provides summer jobs to high school students who learn conservation work with their own sweat.
The Grand Teton Natural History Association was founded in 1937 as a Cooperating Association to provide informational materials to be sold to park visitors. All sales items are approved by the Park Service and must serve educational and interpretive functions. Under this continued authority, space is provided in National Park Service buildings.
In Backing Wyoming, From Towering Granite Peaks to Steaming Geyser Basins, Douglas Lorain leads us down the trail with pack on his back for a potpourri of the Cowboy State's best overnighters. And he does so with highly descriptive narratives that enable you to practically envision the trails and the sights and sounds from your living room months before you hit the trail.
Among the collection are five long-distance hikes in Yellowstone and five in Grand Teton (although some of the latter involve U.S. Forest Service lands adjacent to the park.)
Add Stars Above, Earth Below, a Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks to your library and you'll not only gain a better appreciation of the dark skies over national parks, but you'll also be better informed on the stars twinkling at you.
You'll find all sorts of charts that let you know whether a particular hike is one-way or roundtrip, steep or level, good for mountain bikers or equestrians, child friendly, and on and on. In fact, the charts and their symbols are so plentiful that the book actually takes a section to explain how to use this information.