Description - This amazing region includes some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the most unique natural sites in the world. Yellowstone's incredible geothermal activity lead to its creation as the first National Park in the world. Yellowstone, however, is not the only attraction in this region of spectacular mountain ranges and grand rivers.
- The Yellowstone region contains more geysers (over 10,000) and hot springs than all others in the world combined. Yellowstone National Park also includes lakes, waterfalls, high mountain meadows and river gorges of spectacular natural beauty. Just south of Yellowstone lies Grand Teton National Park, which includes the Teton Range, one of the most spectacular in North America. Jackson Hole is a beautiful area which can serve as a good base to explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest. Jackson Hole is also home to the world-famous Jackson Hole Ski Area.
The Bridger-Teton covers the western slope of the Wind River Range, including Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, at 13,804 feet. Numerous natural mountain lakes lie along the western slope of the Wind River Range, near the town of Pinedale. The Snake River and Green River are two of the spectacular rivers which begin in the mountains of this region.
Recreation - The National Parks and Forests of this region offer some of the greatest outdoor recreation opportunities in the country. Many visitors prefer to tour the parks by car. For those with more time or more need for adventure, some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, boating, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing.
Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with heavy of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.
The Yellowstone and Western Wyoming Region covers Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, south through the Jackson area to Kemmerer. It include the west slope of the Wind River Range and the Pinedale area as well. US Highways 89, 189, 191, and 287 provide the primary access through the area.