Little Facts about Teton Valley

Little Facts about Teton ValleyTeton Valley is also referred to as the quiet side of the Tetons. The area is situated at the west slope of the Teton Mountain Range and encompasses cities such as Tetonia, Driggs, and Victor in the state of Idaho and Alta in Wyoming. The economy of this rural area is predominantly of agriculture in nature and based on ranches. Recently, a shift towards recreational tourism has also emerged. A unique climate and geology makes up the entire area. Attractions in Teton Valley consist of cultural arts, skiing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, wildlife, and national parks. Three cycles of volcanic activity occurred in the last 2.1 million years around the area and has formed its geological makeup.

Volcanic eruptions in the past lead to the formation of rich landscape suitable for plant and animal life to root down. Before Lewis and Clark trekked across the area in 1805, Teton Valley was home to both Indian tribes of Northern Paiute and Shoshone-Bannock. The 1829 and 1832 Rocky Mountain Fur Rendezvous took place in Teton Valley. The formal designation of Teton Valley is Pierre’s Hole, a name granted to honor le grand Pierre Tivanitagon, a trader from Hudsons Bay¬† Company, thought be of Iroquois descent.

The South Pass, located 150 miles south of Teton Valley, was the site to which more than 300,000 whites migrated throughout 1841 to 1868. This migrating group took over lands from the Blackfeet, Nez Perce, and Bannock tribes, all of which relocated towards Canada. The Homestead Act of 1862 and the completion of transcontinental railroad led to people settling in Teton Valley. As a matter of fact, some of modern day people in Teton Valley are fifth generation of the early settlers. In Teton Valley, the wettest month is June and November is the driest.

Little Facts about Teton

The area of Teton Valley encompasses the Wyoming Overthrust Belt System. The areas mountainous landscape is a result of fault blocks, faults, and uplifts. Alluvial deposits and stream erosion create narrow canyons with steep surfaces. There is a wide variety of soils in Teton Valley. The surface soils of Teton Valley are made up of coarse loams as well as soils that were weathered by both sedimentary and igneous sources. Teton Valley is served by three highways. State Highway 33 runs from Madison County to Wyoming State Line, 32 from Fremont County to State Highway 33 intersection, and 31 from Victor to Bonneville County.

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