Purple Mountains Majesty
The Grand Tetons rise out of the Wyoming prairie with an abruptness and drama that cannot be ignored. The mountains form a 40 mile long active fault-block range that continues to grow as pressure forces the rocky fault upward with occasional, massive earthquakes.* Some remnants of cattle ranchers' cabins remain within the parks borders, reminders of the earlier land owners who roamed these plains until John D. Rockefeller, Jr. bought up the range land in a covert strategy to create a new National Park. Today, visitors flow between the neighboring Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks along the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Herds of buffalo, grazing gazelle, moose, and elk populate the prairie. While giant glaciers and alpine meadows can be explored along the trails that wind up into the craggy Tetons.
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*The last such earthquake was 5,000 years ago but the next will only be a matter of time.