• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • 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 »

  • Pathway Closure

    The Multi-use Pathway will be closed from the Gros Ventre Bridge to the Snake River Bridge starting on September 15, 2014 due to construction. Construction on this section of pathway is expected to be completed by October 13, 2014.

Western Center for Historic Preservation

Tauck Tours volunteers at White Grass Ranch

Tauck Tours volunteers at White Grass Ranch

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.

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.


Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.