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 »
James “Jimmy” Manges sold 115 acres of his homestead to Chester Goss and his partners who established the Elbo Ranch in 1926. Their “cabin camp” boasted tourist cabins with indoor plumbing, a store, a baseball diamond, a large rodeo arena with a racetrack, a grandstand and refreshment kiosks. A roadside billboard proclaimed, “the home of the Hollywood Cowboy.” Acclaimed writer and owner of the Bar BC Dude Ranch, Struthers Burt, wrote Yellowstone Superintendent Horace Albright: “This speedway down here, the El-Bo Ranch and the south end of Timber Island, not to mention Jenny’s Lake, has about sickened me with this neck of the woods.” The Snake River Land Company bought the Elbo Ranch in 1929 setting aside this land for future park expansion. The ranch no longer exists, but faint remnants of the racetrack may be seen from above.
How to get there: Park at the southern entrance to the River Road, located just north of the Cottonwood Creek picnic area. The open sage just north of this parking area held the racetrack. Other Elbo Ranch structures stood on the west side of the road, north of the Jimmy Manges cabin.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor.