The Great American Road Trip — The Critters of Grand Teton National Park

We had high hopes for wildlife spotting in Grand Teton National Park. And, we saw deer within 15 minutes of driving into the park. That sure seemed to bode well.

A deer in Grand Teton National Park.

But, then things got quiet. Sure, we saw pronghorn, which are all over the park.

And, we saw bison, but they were always very far from the road. And, we saw a ton of chipmunks and squirrels.

This guy was determined to get into my backpack when we hiked Jenny Lake. If he could smell the beef jerky, could the bears also smell it???? And, if so, why didn’t they come out and say hello?

But, we didn’t see anything big. No bears. No elk. No moose. And, then, our luck changed. As we were hiking Taggart Lake, we came across this guy.

A marten in Grand Teton National Park.

A marten. I’d never even heard of a marten. And, apparently, sightings are very rare. How adorable is it? This guy was on the trail ahead of us and he was so still I thought he was a log and Robert thought he was a pile of poop. I guess we both need glasses. Thankfully, we snapped this (not very good) photo right before he ran away. How cool is that?

And that little marten opened the floodgates. On our last two days in Grand Teton, we saw three bears. Bears! My nemesis! The critter I always want to spot and almost never do. Three of them!

A bear in Grand Teton National Park.

Yes, that is our very dirty car in the above photo. No, the door is not open. Yes, it was a little bit freaky to be this close to a bear. Yes, Robert did encourage me, without success, to roll up the window.

Another bear in Grand Teton National Park.

Yes, that is a bear climbing a tree. He was right on the side of the road and didn’t care at all that cars were slowly driving by and a ranger was directing traffic.

And, then we saw two absolutely huge elk. They were both far away, but they were incredible.

One of the elk we saw in Grand Teton National Park.

And, last, but certainly not least, we saw three moose, including a momma with her baby.

One of the moose we saw in Grand Teton National Park.

We couldn’t have been happier with our animal spotting. What a trip!

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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