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 »
Moose-Wilson Road Closure
The Moose-Wilson Road between Death Canyon Junction north to the intersection with the Murie Center Road is temporarily closed to motor vehicles, bicycles, skating, skateboards and similar devices. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. 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 »
Geraldine Lucas Cabin
Geraldine Lucas bucked tradition by leaving her husband, returning to college as a single mother, and teaching school. Upon retirement in 1913, she joined her siblings in Jackson Hole and homesteaded south of Jenny Lake. In 1924, she met 16-year-old Paul Petzoldt as he set out for his first climb of the Grand Teton. Later that year, Petzoldt guided Lucas, who at age 58 became the second woman to reach the summit of the Grand Teton.
Today, eleven of the old homestead buildings still stand at the base of the Grand Teton inspiring all who visit with the spectacular views that Geraldine saw.
In 1998, the Geraldine Lucas Homestead and Fabian Place were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District.
How to get there: Drive north from Jackson to Moose Junction. Turn left onto the Teton Park Road toward Moose. Drive through the entrance station and follow the road until you pass the Teton Glacier Turnout. A small unpaved parking area can be found on the west side of the road just north of this turnout and is easy to miss. Park in front of the gate and follow the path across Cottonwood Creek to the homestead for excellent views of the Grand Teton.
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, #1999.0040.001
Had it not been for John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s Snake River Land Company, the picturesque Lucas homestead might have become a housing subdivision. When The Snake River Land Company started buying valley land, Geraldine Lucas resisted selling. She proclaimed: “You stack up those silver dollars as high as the Grand Teton and I might talk to you!” When her son, Russell, inherited her land in 1938, he promptly sold to J.D. Kimmel who planned a subdivision. Land company vice president, Harold Fabian, befriended Kimmel who then decided to sell the land for future park expansion. Fabian used the Lucas cabin as a summer residence and office headquarters from the 1940s to 1985.
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.