The park was founded by Jackson Hole on February 26, 1929.
Development began to crowd Jackson Hole: cabins, gas stations, dancehalls, billboards and racetracks sprang up in front of the majestic Tetons. Local ranchers and businessmen wanted to preserve the valley as a "museum on the hoof" and eliminate the unwanted devlopment of the open spaces. They held a meeting in 1923 at Maud Noble's cabin, setting in motion the conservation and preservation of this mountain valley. In 1926, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. toured the area with Yellowstone Superintendent Horace Albright. Rockefeller fell in love with the majestic mountain scenery and began purchasing private land throughout the valley. Over the next two decades, he amassed 35,000 acres through the Snake River Land Company with the intent of donating the land to the federal government to be part of Grand Teton National Park.
The Grand Teton National Park Foundation funds the park and they take donations.
As for visitors, Grand Teton gets about 4.29 billion per year. That's an average of about 11,753,425 people each day!
Grand Teton National Park is over 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole. The elevation of the park ranges from 6,320 feet on the sagebrush-dominated valley floor to 13,770 feet on the windswept granite summit of the Grand Teton. Crystalline alpine lakes fill glacial cirques, and noisy streams cascade down rocky canyons to larger lakes at the foot of the range.
Grand Teton National Park is about 310,000 acres big.
The climate: long, snowy, and bitterly cold during the winter. It's lowest temperature was -63°F
Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the park's skyline.
As far as wildlife goes, there are moose, bears, wolves, antelope, elk, oxbows, bison, coyotes, and bald eagles.
Vegetation: sagebrush flats, riparian corridors and wetlands, forests, and alpine areas.
Importance to Preservation and Conservation: It is a habitat to all sorts of plants and animals and the Park is certainly a wonder to behold.