Multi-Use Pathway to Open In Early Summer
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307-739-3393
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that due to ongoing construction, the multi-use pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction within Grand Teton National Park will not open to public use until early summer. The entire 12.5-mile pathway from Jackson to Moose actually spans two distinct federal agency lands: the National Elk Refuge (6 miles) and Grand Teton National Park (6.5 miles). The Grand Teton segment requires further work before it can be safely used by the public. Consequently, this pathway will remain closed to public use until its construction is complete. The opening date is dependent upon weather and construction progress.
A formal announcement will be made after the remaining construction work has been completed and the pathway is finally open for public use. In future years, the Grand Teton pathway segment will simply open when it becomes snow free-much like the hiking trails in the park become useable as snow melts.
Special rules and regulations apply to the different park areas that are open to non-motorized use, and the new Grand Teton pathway segment will be no exception. This pathway leg bisects an important wildlife corridor not previously occupied by people on foot or on a bike; therefore, users will need to follow special regulations designed to diminish adverse impacts to animals that frequent this area. For example, pets are not allowed on any of Grand Teton's multi-use pathways to reduce potential impacts to wildlife from the presence of domestic animals. Users will only be allowed on pathways from dawn to dusk; nighttime use is not permitted.
When the new pathway finally opens, bicyclists, inline skaters, hikers, and other pathway users will be encouraged to follow some basic rules of courtesy and safety: Be alert for bears and maintain a safe distance from all wildlife (especially bison, moose and elk); obey the sunset to sunrise closure for protection of wildlife; respect the rights of others; ride single file and stay on the right side of the pathway; use a bell, whistle or voice whenever passing others; wear appropriate protective equipment such as helmets and pads; observe bicycle speeds that are reasonable to the numbers and safety of other users; and don't use motorized vehicles (exception of wheelchairs and other mobility impaired devices).