• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • Seasonal road closures in effect

    Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »

  • Avalanche hazards exist in the park

    Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www.jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »

  • Bears emerging from hibernation

    Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Travel in groups of three of more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay at least 100 yards from bears. More »

Western Center for Historic Preservation

 
Tauck Tours volunteers at White Grass Ranch

Tauck Tours volunteers at White Grass Ranch

Mission
The Western Center for Historic Preservation (WCHP) is an education and resource center dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of cultural resources in our Western national parks. The center promotes leadership in preservation education and skills development with government partners, non-profits and educational institutions committed to the same goals.

Background
The concept of a regional preservation center was born out of the need to find a suitable adaptive use for the historic White Grass Dude Ranch and the need to address a significant deferred maintenance backlog on historic buildings throughout the west. All too frequently, parks lack the staff with the necessary skills and expertise to properly assess, prioritize, and conduct needed maintenance on rustic historic structures. The center was created to address these concerns. By offering education opportunities and preservation services, the WCHP helps build maintenance capacity in western national parks, improving stewardship of historic resources and ensuring a permanent reduction in the maintenance backlog can be sustained.

The WCHP was jointly developed by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and includes a preservation shop and office facility in Moose, WY, for year round carpentry and administrative work, and the rehabilitation of White Grass Dude Ranch as a training facility and cultural resource center for seasonal research. The Moose facility, a massive log building that was moved from the Rockefeller's JY Ranch, was completed in 2006 and currently serves as the headquarters for the WCHP. The White Grass Dude Ranch rehabilitation project is underway, with a scheduled completion date of 2016. For the most up-to-date information on the WCHP and White Grass, visit the WCHP blog.

Did You Know?

Close-up of trumpeter swan head

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.