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Where We Travel

Teton Valley Ranch Camp has a long and rich history in the Jackson Hole area.

Teton Valley Ranch Camp has been guiding trips into the Teton, Gros Ventre, and Wind River Mountain Ranges since the camp’s inception over 75 years ago.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) is one of the most spectacular and wild places in the United States. Known for its hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic vistas and impressive Teton Range, GTNP is an incredible resource that TVRC has had access to for many years as a concessioner.

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GTNP Concessioner

“Concessioners” are organizations that possess special permission in the form of a “Concessions Contract” to provide services to the public within the boundaries of a National Park.

This service is operated by TVRC, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is reponsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner.

Our Commitments

Teton Valley Ranch Camp holds one of only two contracts that allow for guided youth backpacking within GTNP. As such a contract holder, we are responsible for, among other things:

  • Providing a service that interprets park resources, seeks to instill conservation ethics, and teaches environmental awareness to our campers.
  • Abiding by the Park’s standards for wildlife protection and minimization of wildlife disturbance.
  • Incorporation of minimum impact criteria into all of our operations within the park.

By maintaining these important principles, TVRC is able to aid the National Park Service in its mission to “…preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

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National Forest

In addition to our use of Grand Teton National Park, TVRC is also privileged to have access to three National Forests in the area. Similar to our Concession Contract with GTNP, TVRC matinains “Outfitter Contracts” with Bridger-Teton, Caribou-Targhee, and Shoshone National Forests.

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USFS Outfitter

As outfitters, TVRC helps the United States Forest Service (USFS) accomplish their motto of “caring for the land and serving people” by teaching our campers principles such as Leave No Trace, while providing them with unforgettable backcountry experiences.

Wilderness Areas

TVRC trips also frequent several highly-protected Wilderness areas. Within all of the federal lands on which TVRC is contractually permitted to recreate, there are certain areas designated and regulated as “Wilderness.” These are very special and important places for many reasons:

  • They provide habitat for wildlife and havens for threatened species.
  • They provide outstanding places to recreate and to escape the bustle of the modern world.
  • They provide a pristine environment free of roads, vehicles, and permanent structures.

A Wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

Wilderness Act of 1964

Traveling in these untamed areas allows TVRC campers to experience nature in its most original form. Providing kids with this opportunity is a priority that we strive to keep at the forefront of our trips program.