Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Welcome to "40 Days to 40 Years"! - Countdown: 39 Days
July 17, 2012
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the designation of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Established August 25, 1972, the parkway encompasses 24,000 acres that connect Grand Teton National Park with the world's first national park, Yellowstone. The Parkway honors the many contributions to conservation by Rockefeller on behalf of America's National Park System.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. first visited Yellowstone National Park with his family as a twelve-year-old in 1886. The young boy kept a diary of his trip to Yellowstone, recording observations of geysers and hot springs and describing different hikes. Thirty-eight years later he visited the park again, but this time with his three oldest sons, John III, Nelson, and Laurance. This trip to Yellowstone increased his interest in the protection and use of park lands. Between 1924 and 1960, Rockefeller, Jr. would give over $40 million to the nation for state and national parks, including buying land in Jackson Hole that would be incorporated into Grand Teton National Park.
In commemoration of the JODR's anniversary, we will be posting daily blog entries for 40 days leading up to August 25, 2012. These posts will feature hikes, history, wildlife, and other interesting tidbits relating to the JODR. In addition, we will also highlight John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s extensive philanthropy in the Jackson Hole valley and around the world. These 40 days will culminate with events in Grand Teton National Park celebrating the 40th anniversary.
Through this blog, we hope that you will come to realize that the Rockefeller Parkway is not just a highway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but a destination in and of itself.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Uinta ground squirrels, sometimes mistaken for prairie dogs, hibernate up to eight months a year? These animals leave their burrows in March or April to inhabit the sagebrush flats, but may return by the end of July.