Elevation is an important geographical term that refers to the height of a location in relation to sea level. Elevation is most commonly measured in feet or meters and can have a variety of uses and effects, with higher elevation areas often having very different weather conditions to low-lying zones. The elevations of national parks like Grand Teton can vary enormously as they cover large areas and a wide variety of landscapes. The difference between the highest and lowest points, also referred to as the elevation span, in Grand Teton National Park is 7,450 feet (2270 m). Along with Grand Teton, the national park is also home to eight additional peaks with elevations above 12,000 feet (3,658 m).
The highest point in Grand Teton National Park is Grand Teton itself, which has an elevation of 13,775 (4,198 m). Grand Teton has a prominence of 6,530 feet (1,990 m) and is a very popular climbing and mountaineering destination, with the first ascent occurring back in the late 19th century. The lowest point in the park is Fish Creek, which is located in the southern section of Grand Teton National Park down in the Jackson Hole valley at an elevation of 6,320 feet (1,926 m). The rest of Jackson Hole has an average elevation of 6,800 feet (2,073 m).
Grand Teton National Park is also home to several high altitude lakes including Lake Solitude, which is found in the north Cascade Canyon and is a popular spot for hiking and has an elevation of 9,035 feet (2,754 m), as well as several lakes that are situated at elevations of more than 10,000 feet (3,000 m). The varying elevation all around the park can lead to vastly different conditions. Some of the aforementioned high altitude lakes are clogged up with ice due to the freezing temperatures, while the lower areas down in Jackson Hole can be a little warmer in general throughout the year, encouraging more life to grow and thrive.