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 »
Healthy Families Initiative
Grand Teton National Park provides a variety of family-oriented programs as part of a national initiative to promote healthy family recreation in national parks. The program seeks to increase participation in recreational activities, encourage exercise, and develop healthy habits through outdoor recreation. Download the park newspaper for a complete list of guided ranger programs.
Visit our Ranger Programs page for a summary of programs throughout the year.
SUMMER OUTDOOR FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Take your family on a ranger-led hike and discovery the stories behind the awe-inspiring scenery. Check the Teewinot, the park newspaper, for schedule details. Suggested family programs include:
Taggart Lake Hike
Inspiration Point Hike
Junior Ranger Program
Swan Lake Hike
Nature Explorer's Backpack
Backpacks may be checked out at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center. Please note that parking may be difficult during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recommended for children ages 6-12. Backpacks are limited, one per family please.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jenny and Leigh Lakes are named for the fur trapper “Beaver” Dick Leigh and his wife Jenny (not pictured)? Beaver Dick and Jenny assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.