Teton Scenic Byway
The Teton Scenic Byway runs from Aston to Swan Valley, Idaho. Through this 68 mile journey you’ll travel along the South Fork of the Snake River, over Pine Creek Pass, through Teton Valley, and wind through potato fields to end up in Aston, Idaho. Along your journey make sure to stop at the historical sites and learn about the area.
You’ll find three historical routes in Teton Valley.
- John Colter
- Teton Range
- Pierre’s Hole
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Greater Yellowstone History
Teton Valley is marked by three cycles of volcanic activity that occurred in the last 2.1 million years. The eruptions that took place make Teton Valley a rich environment for plant and animal life. Teton Valley was initially populated by The Shoshone-Bannock and Northern Paiute Indian tribes before Lewis and Clark made their epic trek across the area in 1805. Teton Valley has been the site of the annual Rocky Mountain Fur Rendezvous, in 1829 and 1832. At the Rendezvous, trappers from the Rockies would go to sell their furs and traders would come in to provide supplies. Indian tribes such as the Flathead and Nez Perce would also attend the rendezvous. In the summer of 1832, a battle was fought between the trappers, Flatheads and Nez Perce with the Blackfeet Indian Tribe near Victor, Idaho. In 1834, Pierre-Jean De Smet held the first religious service in the West in Teton Valley. Teton Valley is formally known as Pierre’s Hole, named in honor of “le grand Pierre” Tivanitagon, a Hudson’s Bay Company trader said to be of Iroquois descent, who was killed in a battle with Blackfoot Indians in 1827. From 1841 to 1868, over 300,000 whites migrated over the South Pass, about 150 miles south of Teton Valley. The migrations were due to the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the migration of the Mormons to avoid religions persecution. The migrating groups took over lands that belonged to The Bannock, Nez Perce and Blackfeet. The Nez Perce tribe retreated towards Canada only to be captured short of the border. The completion of the transcontinental railroad and the Homestead Act of 1862 brought many settlers into Teton Valley. Many of the present day inhabitants of Teton Valley are fifth generation descendants of the early settlers.