THEM ON US: 4.9.14

By on April 8, 2014
National Museum of Wildlife Art
National Museum of Wildlife Art

National Museum of Wildlife Art

JACKSON, WYO – Travel blog wild about NMWA
The National Museum of Wildlife Art received distinction as THE destination museum to hit while in Wyoming. Better yet, why not travel to Wyoming just to experience it?

“We’ve searched through every state to find the 50 most fascinating museums worth traveling for,” said FlipKey rep Claire Fischer. FlipKey is the travel site under the TripAdvisor umbrella that compiled the “2014 Top Museums Worth Traveling For” list. One museum from each of the 50 states was chosen.

Grand Teton National Park Opening Soon

Grand Teton National Park Opening Soon

Park comes to life
Grand Teton NP has been diligent in getting a jump on the 2014 tourist season. Press releases flooded regional outlets alerting travelers and locals that spring plowing efforts were successful cutting through the winter’s deep snowpack and roads within the park are open for non-motorized use.

It’s mostly locals that have come to enjoy the solitude of an early season hike, bike or skate under the Tetons before the arrival of combustion engines on May 1.

Crews are still working on clearing Jenny Lake and some secondary roads and parking areas. GTNP officials also say keep an eye out for bear activity.

Changes to Bridger-Teton
The Forest Service is proposing some major changes and projects for the near future. Bridger-Teton spokesperson Mary Cernicek is asking for public input on a few items that could significantly impact users of public lands. A couple of the five potential projects caught our eye.

First, B-T would like to shut down the Red Hills campground in the Gros Ventre, citing deteriorating amenities and available nearby camping. This sounds like a smart move. Camping this deep into the forest on a bad road should be more rustic and the Crystal Creek campground is right next door. Also, organized sites like these generate too much impact so close to the water’s edge.

Secondly, B-T officials are looking into commercializing Shadow Mountain, Ditch Creek, and other Gros Ventre drainages with guided ATV tours. USFS is considering allowing two permitees to run four-wheel trips through these areas during the summer months.

Our take: B-T authorities have lost their minds in the ongoing pursuit of revenue. Tell them no on this one. The one saving grace of ATV use on public lands is not every traveler can bring one so impact is low and left to mainly locals. Allowing daily buzzing of four-wheelers in pristine forested areas is an absurd notion. Call 307-739-5400 and voice your opinion.

Magazine love
Yellowstone NP was named top winner for the second straight year in the FamilyFun Travel Awards. YNP was chosen as the top park by kids ages 3 to 12.

Pique called us old school. Travel writer Michel Beaudry wrote: “[m]odern Jackson Hole still exudes more soul per capita than any other resort in America.” He also noted that, “And no, it’s not perfect. Locals are worried that changes are happening too fast in the valley, that business people are putting greed before conservation.”

Beaudry closed by writing, “I’ve decided to extend my stay in Teton County by another week. It’s already starting to feel like home here.”

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