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Valley of the Tetons

"It's one of the last best places in the West."
--Kathy Rinaldi, former Teton County commissioner

Idaho's side is considered the quiet side of the Tetons, but the peaks themselves are anything but quiet.

The Tetons are some of the world's youngest mountains, generating constant seismic activity, and in some places growing a foot every hundred years. The range's fierce geology leaves a grand impression.

"When people get so excited and can't believe what they're seeing, I have to remind myself that, hey, the whole world does not look like this," says Sam Lea, glider pilot.

A few thousand people claim the valley that thrives in the shadow of the Tetons as their home. Teton Valley is rich in ranching, recreation and natural resources.

"It has wildlife that just don't exist in other places," says Kathy Rinaldi, former Teton County commissioner. "It's one of the last best places in the West."

Homesteaders brought the basics to Teton Valley: dairy cows and peas. Their roots run deep here. That's why you can find a lot of fourth and fifth generation Idahoans in this part of the state.

Today the rotation favors potatoes over peas, but there is one thing that hasn't changed. The strong connection people have with the land.

"The land is everything. It's part of the family," says David Breckenridge, Breckenridge Brothers Ranch. "Decisions we make as we ranch and farm involve the land. If something happens to the land we go broke."