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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Schwabacher’s Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Schwabacher’s Landing is one of America’s most spectacular viewpoints, a location that truly showcases the immense beauty of Grand Teton National Park. Just south of Yellowstone National Park, the north-south Teton Range stretches about 40 miles across Wyoming. Bison and elk often are seen grazing in the sparse fields along the base of the mountain range. Toward the northeastern side of the mountains is Jackson Lake. With more than 10 miles of shoreline, the lake offers beautiful crystal-clear reflections in the early morning. The trip to Schwabacher’s Landing is simple. If you’re leaving from Jackson Hole, go north on I-89 for about 16 miles. There’s a small gravel road on your left, where you’ll see a wooden sign: “Schwabacher’s Landing Road.” This road dead-ends in a gravel parking lot, and the trek to the famous vantage point is a stone’s throw from your car.

The weather in the park varies dramatically from season to season. If you’re planning a trip for the winter months, expect temperatures ranging from 25 to 38 degrees F. Although these conditions seem uninviting, those who can tough out the cold will be rewarded with fantastic winter photographs. Most people visit the Tetons during the summer months. During summer, the temperature varies between 65 and 80 degrees F. With shorts and a T-shirt, the hiking is quite relaxing. However, the warmer temperatures coupled with the high altitude make it incredibly important to bring ample amounts of water to stay hydrated. In spring and fall, the temperature is generally between a cool 50 and 60 degrees F.


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