Balsamroot wildflowers bloom below the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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A grand view. Grand Teton National Park
These arrowleaf balsamroot wildflowers, commonly known as Oregon sunflowers, have a grand view of the Grand Tetons from the valley below the towering range. The region’s harsh weather means that only the hardiest of wildflowers can survive, and the bright yellow arrowheads fit the bill. The plants are drought tolerant, winter hardy, tenacious against trampling, and even fire resistant, with a taproot which regenerates leaves and flowers after the top has burned.
America’s Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding national forests constitute the almost 73,000 square kilometre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the world's largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems. There’s something for every lover of the outdoors here, and the park is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, fishing, and other forms of recreation, with more than 1,000 drive-in campsites and over 300 kilometres of hiking trails that provide access to backcountry camping areas. Grand Teton National Park is one of the 10 most popular parks in the United States.