Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National
Park is the first and oldest national park
in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and
some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the
planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of
one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption
created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air,
Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging
herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems
remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The
events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected
in the historic structures and sites associated with various
periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.
Teton National Park
Established in 1929, Grand
Teton National Park emerged from a complicated
and controversial series of events. The
park first consisted of the mountain
range and several glacial lakes. Later
the valley floor was protected as Jackson
Hole National Monument. The two areas
were combined in 1950.
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects
the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile
portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100
backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife
and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes
seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians),
Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders,
ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists.
Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife
and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography
are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit
between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.
The Caribou-Targhee National
Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across
southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
borders. Most the Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies
in eastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and northern Utah,
with a significant portion situated adjacent to Yellowstone
and Grand Teton National Parks,
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies almost
entirely within "the Greater Yellowstone Area" or "the Greater
Yellowstone Ecosystem," an area of over 12 million acres
and is the largest block of relatively undisturbed plant
and animal habitat in the contiguous United States. The
area continues to gain prominence for its ecological integrity.
The United Nations has identified the area as a Biosphere
Teton National Forest
||Located in Western Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton
offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for your
outdoor recreation enjoyment. With its pristine watersheds,
abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the Bridger-Teton
National Forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem - the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United
States. Offering nearly 1.2 million acres of designated Wilderness,
over 30,000 miles of road and trail and thousands of miles
of unspoiled rivers and streams, the Bridger-Teton offers
something for everyone. We encourage you to visit this beautiful
landscape and experience this unique piece of American Heritage.
||Nowhere else in the United States, including
Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity
of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals)
that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black
bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and
the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that
most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region
also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is
one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where
the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is
home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower
About 20 miles north of Idaho Falls is
Yellowstone Bear World a drive through wild animal
park that provides the opportunity to view wolves,
Bison, Elk, Deer and bear up close form the safety
of your car.
At Yellowstone Bear World, you'll be taken back
in time to an era when the black and grizzly
bears wandered along the roadsides of Yellowstone
Park. Include Yellowstone Bear World in your
summer travel plans,
||This local museum is completing an extensive
expansion courtesy of a $3 million gift from the Carr
Foundation. With more than double its former space,
the museum plans to bring in major traveling exhibitions.
But the permanent collection is a good one, too, including
a basement streetscape of old Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls'
original name) and the reconstructed, wonderfully cluttered
parlor of Fred Keefer, a colorful local character who
died in 1987 at age 96.
||Lovely landscaping and a small yet varied
collection of animals make Tautphaus Park Zoo a pleasant
place to spend an hour or two. Highlights include kangaroos
in an excellent Australian habitat, otters, penguins,
and a duck pond where kids (and adults) can feed the
assembled flocks. The zoo is located in one of Idaho
Falls' largest parks, and a small amusement park nearby
is open in the warmer months.