Grand Teton National Park – Bull Elks and Red Fox with Kits

June 27th and 28th ~ Grand Teton’s

View from Oxbow Bend

Grand Teton National Park

This park is simply beyond gorgeous and we have decided to make ourselves at home until after the 4th of July. 

Tuesday, June 27th: Our weather has taken a turn. It is cooler and raining. We love the sound as it pounds on the top of the RV. Both rhythmic and relaxing. But we can’t see the sights from inside, so mid afternoon we grab our rain coats and set out for a drive toward Jenny Lake.

First stop is of course the Visitor’s Center so we can get our NP Passport stamped. They had an interesting display about Native American Ledger Art, which was new to me.

Native American Ledger Art

The Lodge at Jenny Lake was warm and inviting on a dreary day, but we were too late for lunch and too early for dinner.

Lodge/Visitors Center at Jenny Lake

We moved on and took the scenic loop where we caught a nice shot of Jenny through the trees, just as the rain was easing to a stop.

Jenny Lake

On to Signal Mountain Lodge for dinner where we lucked out with a perfect window seat overlooking the marina.

Marina at Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake

There is a very short growing season for wildflowers in the Tetons, but they are more than abundant right now. In some areas, the snow has only been gone for a few weeks, so they are popping up everywhere. Click here for a park guide on identifying wild flowers found in Grand Teton NP.

Sharp contrast between yellow flower (snapdragon?) and granite rock

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The weather was closing in once again, so we headed back to camp, but captured a few interesting shots with darkened skies along the way.

Still some snow on the peaks

Trees against a blackened sky

Shades of green and blue

Sunlight fighting to shine through

Wednesday, June 28th: We spent the night of the 27th at Gros Ventre Campground, but have now moved north to the larger, more popular, and centrally located Colter Bay Campground. The sun was out briefly and we took full advantage.

Old Homestead on Mormon Row

On the way to the Colter Bay, we stopped at Oxbow Bend Turnout, where one of the rangers suggested that we could get a good view of the tallest mountain in the range, Mount Moran. It is more boxy than the other ragged peaks. She referred to it as “a stud”.

Mount Moran

Two healthy bull elks, but still no moose

Again we have no hookups, as that section of the park is sold out through the end of summer.

We were originally assigned a site in the “M” section, we were thrilled to learn that a momma fox and four kits were one campsite down from us.

This is one of four kits we watched, Cute little guy with white coloring at the end of his tail

One more peeking out down in the corner

Three in this shot

Momma had returned with something for them to eat

We spent a blissful hour watching them play from a very short distance. One of the youngsters came up to within 3-4 feet of me. I stood frozen in place. It was simply curious. Momma seemed unfazed. I taped a short video to share of them playing:

There were a few shortcomings though of that site, and so Tim and I scoped out the campsite and found that the Verizon signal was highest in the “O” section. The camp hosts were accommodating and allowed us to move.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be soaking up the amazing grandeur of The Tetons. Seeing the four kits playing in the campsite, unconcerned with their quiet audience, was truly a gift.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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58 Responses to Grand Teton National Park – Bull Elks and Red Fox with Kits

  1. I am really enjoying following your adventure! You are seeing some spectacular scenery and wildlife. I love the fox family!

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  2. lulu says:

    Enjoy every minute in this beautiful place. A great way to spend the Fourth of July.

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  3. DRF says:

    I’m enjoying all the photos and posts as I follow along with your blog. I’ll be riding through this park on my next motorcycle trip. I can hardly wait. Keep up the good work! Very nice.

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  4. Terry says:

    So nice, these are all places I have on my list of things to do on my days up there. The weather might have been threatening but the sky in the photos is magnificent.

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  5. joylennick says:

    What breathtaking photographs of The Teton mountains! One looked as if they were floating… another of a water-colour painting I did years ago. I bet you are right out of adjectives…Wagons roll.

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  6. Aunt Beulah says:

    Never in my life have I been swept with awe and appreciation the way I was when I caught my first glimpse of the Tetons many, many years ago. I still remember the moment and still treasure one of my favorite places. I’m so happy you are enjoying it and sharing it with others.

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  7. Your post makes me miss Teton N.P. we were just there. Nice job with the wildlife.

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  8. mike alesko says:

    I remember how awe consumed I was when first gazing upon the Tetons, as Aunt Beulah noted above. I’m really enjoying your NP posts vicariously. Hey, since you’re engrossed in animal spotting, be sure to look for the mountain goats among the crags at Glacier NP.

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  9. Love your shots with wildflowers and mountains. I like to get those, too, when I can. All your photos are gorgeous!

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  10. Wonderful post! So happy to see you are enjoying my home! The unsettled weather should be leaving the valley today and the forecast is sublime through the 4th. Please let me know if you need any tips and/or suggestions although you seem to have found many of my favorite places and WOW what terrific luck to have that fox family close by!!!

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  11. DeniseBalog says:

    Your photos are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Anabel Marsh says:

    We did the Bradley and Taggart Lakes hike mentioned above and can endorse that suggestion. Beautiful pictures, can’t believe it’s almost a year since we were there. Time flies!

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  13. Widdershins says:

    I love reading about your adventures. 🙂 … Mama fox on the lookout while the babies play and are way too cute doing it. 🙂

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    • She sure seems to be a good mommy. We saw her out again this morning and watched her chase after a ground squirrel. She already had one in her mouth that she was taking back to feed her babies. Circle of life – harsh for the squirrels, but also wonderful seeing those cute cubs thriving.

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  14. paperpopups says:

    Wonderful – thanks for the great story and photos. Big hugs
    Petrina, Fox Road,
    Upstate NY

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  15. Such gorgeous country, and you got some great shots.
    It must have been so sweet to be able to watch the fox and kits. I love wildlife moments like that.
    And I love the ledger art! I’d never heard of it.
    Alison

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  16. parksandrach says:

    The Grand Tetons are amazing! I also am using the passport book on my National Park Trips! I loved the pictures of the fox. I was able to see a moose and baby on our trip, however the photos didn’t turn out as great as I would have hoped! Have a fun time!

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    • One of the rangers told us where we might spot a mother moose and calf, but it was long gone by the time we got there. I don’t think Tim is impressed with me getting the stamps in out NP Passport, but I’m having fun with it.

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  17. My great-grandmother used to always threaten to run away “The the Grand Tetons.” She was the mother of 9 kids, and between them and her husband — she was threatening this a lot.

    Then, one day, when the kids were all grown … she actually did!! She packed up her RV and went on to the Grand Tetons for a while, without telling anyone.

    These photos are stunning!! It’s like seeing what I imagine my great-grandmother saw. Her calm and happy place away from life’s chaos. Her escape.

    You could sell these photos as canvases!!

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  18. OMG this place is over the top beautiful, and those kits, wow!

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  19. As beautiful as I remember, Joanne. And the kit foxes were a delight! –Curt

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  20. Jill says:

    Gorgeous scenery and loved the video of the babies playing. Really enjoying your posts.

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  21. ngocngo173 says:

    This is so beautiful

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  23. curvyroads says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos of such a lovely park! The fox kits are adorable! And with all our travel around the west, I had never heard of ledger art either. Will definitely seek it out now, so thanks for sharing that art form.

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  24. I have never been there…so this was beautiful ‘virtual’ trip for me. Thank you!

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  25. Pam says:

    What gorgeous pictures! And those fox – so utterly precious! We are going in late August – can’t wait!

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  26. Anna says:

    Such wonderful images! We will be traveling to Grand Teton next Spring and we would love to see the Red Fox family, Did you find them in Colter Bay Campground ? Thank you
    Anna

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  27. Anna says:

    Thank you so much !
    Greetings.

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