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 effect for trails in the Jenny Lake Area
A temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails in the Jenny Lake area due to construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material. The closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer. More »
Multi-use Pathway Closures
Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »
Moose-Wilson Road Status
The Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road and the Murie Center Road is currently open to all traffic. The road may re-close at any time due to wildlife activity. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »
Where's the Grand Teton North Entrance Station - Countdown: 33 Days
July 23, 2012
So you are driving to Grand Teton National Park from Yellowstone. You happily drive along knowing that you'll come to an entrance station where there will be a smiling park ranger to greet you and orient you with a map and a newspaper. Then before you know it, you're looking at the Teton Range across Jackson Lake. You think, "The entrance station must be just ahead." And a few miles later you are at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. You walk in and the first thing you ask the ranger at the desk is, "Where is the North Entrance Station?"
The short answer is, "There isn't one!" But why?
Well, your 7 Day Permit bought at either Yellowstone or Grand Teton is good for both parks. This means that as visitors travel south out of Yellowstone's South Entrance and on into Grand Teton, there is no need to collect another fee.
If you are traveling from Yellowstone and would like orientation to Grand Teton National Park, you have two options.
The first place to stop is in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. The Flagg Ranch Information Station, located next to Headwaters Ranch, offers visitors a chance to speak to a park service volunteer, get a map and newspaper, and possibly purchase some souvenirs. Check out our blog post on the Flagg Ranch Info Station for more details.
The first option inside Grand Teton National Park itself is at the Colter Bay Visitor Center, located in Colter Bay Village, 18 miles south of Yellowstone. Park rangers in the visitor center can provide all the information you need to have a fun and successful trip to Grand Teton National Park. Additionally, concessionaires in Colter Bay Village offer a wide variety of visitor services, including lodging, dining, and recreational activities.
Colter Bay Visitor Center is open from May-October and can be contacted at 307-739-3594. (Hours vary throughout the summer: 8am to 7pm June 4 - Sept. 3, 2012; 8am - 5pm Sept. 4 - Oct. 8, 2012.)
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America? The Trumpeter Swan weighs 20-30 pounds and lives in the valley year-round in quiet open water.