May 20, 2015
Boating Season Launches at Grand Teton & Rockefeller Parkway
As boating season gets underway at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, residents and visitors are reminded that both a park boat permit and a State of Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal are required before launching on all park waters. Park boat permits can be purchased at visitor centers located in Moose, Jenny Lake, and Colter Bay. AIS stickers must be obtained before purchase of a park boat permit.
May 17, 2015
One Backcountry Skier Killed & a Companion Seriously Injured in Avalanche on Mount Moran
A team of Grand Teton National Park rangers, emergency medical personnel, Teton County Search and Rescue (SAR) team members and a contract helicopter quickly swung into action Sunday morning, May 17, to rescue four backcountry ski mountaineers who were involved in an avalanche on the northeast face of Mount Moran. Luke Lynch, age 38, of Jackson, Wyoming was killed in the avalanche and one of his companions, Stephen P. Adamson, Jr., age 42, sustained life-threatening injuries, prompting evacuation by helicopter. Two other companions, Brook Yeomans, age 37, with minor injuries, and Zahan Billimoria , age 37, who escaped injury, were also evacuated via helicopter as continuing avalanche activity and a steady cycle of snow squalls across the Tetons made the multi-staged rescue operation more challenging. All three survivors are local residents of Jackson, Wyoming.
May 15, 2015
Trail Beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point Closed Due to Trail Improvement Project
The most popular and highly used trail in Grand Teton National Park will require a major reroute this summer. For the 2015 season, all hikers headed beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point—and destinations within Cascade Canyon and beyond—will need to use the horse trail that lies just north of the Jenny Lake westshore boat dock. The trail segment between Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point will be closed for most of the hiking season as park trail crews replace two wooden bridges over Cascade Creek and improve the steep and rocky ledge trail to Inspiration Point.
May 12, 2015
American Indian Guest Artist Program Begins 2015 Season
For the past 40 years, artisans from diverse American Indian tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms in Grand Teton National Park. This annual program provides visitors a chance to gain greater appreciation and understanding of American Indian cultures that are still alive and active today.
May 11, 2015
Grand Teton to Collect New Entrance Fees
As part of a larger National Park Service (NPS) initiative to update entrance fees in place since 2006, Grand Teton National Park plans to implement a new fee structure starting June 1, 2015. Additional revenues generated by this fee change are expected to reach $1.2 million. The added income will be used to fund trail improvements in the Jenny Lake area; restore and stabilize historic buildings for greater understanding and appreciation of the park’s history and culture; expand youth outreach programs; and resurface park roads.
May 05, 2015
Road Construction Projects Scheduled for 2015 Travel Season
Various road repair and rehabilitation projects will be underway that may result in traffic delays throughout Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway during the 2015 travel season. Motorists should expect several of these projects to begin in early May.
May 04, 2015
Countywide Exercise Prepares Agencies for Coordinated Emergency Response
An assembly of local, state, and federal government officials and staff members, along with non-governmental organizations, recently completed an emergency response simulation exercise based upon a mock wildland fire scenario in the greater Jackson Hole area. Teton County Emergency Management took the lead in planning this exercise along with assistance from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, and fire personnel from Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Main objectives of the “Operation Broken Sword” exercise were two-fold: to test existing plans in a pre-fire season setting, and to facilitate communication among the various diverse groups and stakeholders.
May 01, 2015
Public Closure in Effect for Nesting Peregrine Falcons at Baxter’s Pinnacle
As in previous years, Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully are once again closed to public entry due to an active peregrine falcon nest. In 2011, a pair of falcons established a new nest near Baxter’s Pinnacle, making this the fifth year that a temporary public closure has been enforced to protect both climbers and nesting peregrines at this site.
May 01, 2015
Come Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, May 9
Visitors and local residents are invited to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) at Grand Teton National Park by joining a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 9th. Park Ranger Andrew Langford will visit several park areas that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify, and record birds as part of the annual North American bird count and annual IMBD observance.
April 30, 2015
Research Trapping of Grizzly Bears to Begin in Grand Teton
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) plan to conduct scientific research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park as part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to collect data and monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Monitoring of grizzly bear distribution, as well as their food selection and other activities, is vital to recovery of grizzlies across the GYE. Trapping operations will begin Wednesday, May 6, and continue through June 30, 2015.
April 29, 2015
Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Penn State Student, Lauren Abbott
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA) announced today that Lauren Abbott was selected for the 2015 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Since 2005, the Evison Fellowship has supported graduate students as they conduct advanced studies across the Greater Yellowstone Area.
Abbott is completing her MS degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State University.
April 27, 2015
Opening Dates for Grand Teton National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway commence this Friday, May 1st.
April 24, 2015
Regional Partnership Secures over $200k for Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure
Through a Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC) recently partnered with both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to secure over $200K in funding to add a plug-in hybrid electric car to their vehicle fleets and install six public electric vehicle charging stations. Thanks to YTCEC’s efforts, Grand Teton and Yellowstone will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize their petroleum use by operating these alternative fuel vehicles. Visitors driving through the parks in a plug-in electric car will now have the ability to charge their vehicle at several locations.
April 23, 2015
Economic Benefit to Local Communities Substantial Thanks to National Park Tourism
A new report on the economic benefits from national park tourism concluded that visitors to Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway numbered well over four million in 2014 and those visitors spent more than $532 million in the gateway communities of northwestern Wyoming. That spending also supported 8,548 jobs in the communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, Wyoming, and nearby towns of Driggs and Victor, Idaho. In the amount of visitor spending for 2014, Grand Teton ranked among the top five national park areas along with Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Denali National Park & Preserve, and Grand Canyon National Park.
April 06, 2015
Find Your Park Campaign Launched at Grand Teton on April 2nd
Grand Teton National Park joins other national parks, programs and partners across America this month to encourage people to find and visit a nearby national park area and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. “Find Your Park” is a public awareness and education campaign designed to celebrate the approaching National Park Service’s milestone centennial in 2016 and set the stage for a second century of dedicated service to U.S. citizens and international visitors from around the world. In addition, the upcoming 2015 National Park Week events will focus on the significance of national park areas as special places for education, inspiration, enjoyment, and family friendly activities.
April 02, 2015
Proposed Changes to CUA Program
Grand Teton National Park is seeking feedback from the public on proposed changes to its Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program. The proposals are available for public review and comment from April 2 through May 15, 2015.
April 01, 2015
Public Invited to Help Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Chart a Path to the Future
Federal land managers within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) are inviting the public to join them in a conversation on April 29 in Cody, Wyoming, to help them assess ecosystem issues and to build stronger relationships in the future.
March 27, 2015
Teton Park Road Opens to Non-motorized Travel & Spring Season Activities
Grand Teton National Park road crews cut through the snow cover on the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge—a distance of 15 miles—and completed this portion of the annual spring plowing operations on Friday, March 27. The Teton Park Road has melted down to pavement in most places and is now open to non-motorized recreation such as walking, biking, and roller-blading. Springtime visitors can look forward to access on this park road for nearly five weeks before it opens to private vehicles for the summer travel season on Friday, May 1, 2015.
March 25, 2015
Time to Give Wildlife a Brake! Spring Migration Underway in Grand Teton
Wildlife have begun their annual migration from wintering areas toward summer ranges located in Grand Teton National Park. Because spring migration appears to be fully underway, motorists are advised to drive with extra caution during the coming weeks, and be alert for animals wandering near park roadways, especially Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) and the Antelope Flats/Kelly scenic loop roads. Spring migration is a critical time to give wildlife a brake!
March 23, 2015
Bears out of Hibernation in Grand Teton & Rockefeller Parkway
Bears are out of hibernation and active again in both Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Now that bears are awake, appropriate precautions must be taken. Park visitors and local residents need to exercise common sense and good judgment, stay alert, and follow these recommended safety precautions while skiing or hiking throughout Grand Teton and the Rockefeller Parkway:
Travel in a group of three or more
Carry bear spray and know how to use it
Maintain a 100-yard distance from bears at all times
Never approach or feed a bear under any circumstance
March 16, 2015
Arrival of Spring Means Snow Removal Operations on Teton Park Road
On Monday, March 23, 2015 Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other winter trails, and/or areas adjacent to the Teton Park Road, for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable. Snow removal will also begin on the Moose-Wilson Road, once work is concluded on the Teton Park Road.
March 05, 2015
Grand Teton Hosts NPS Academy for Fifth Year
This happens to be a benchmark year for Grand Teton National Park’s NPS Academy Internship Program. In 2011, Grand Teton developed the first-ever NPS Academy as a pilot program for college students from diverse backgrounds and successfully launched the initiative through collaboration with The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Teton Science Schools (TSS). National Park Service (NPS) leadership in the Washington office took note of Grand Teton’s new program and initiated a national level momentum that led to recent placements of NPS Academy interns at all seven Park Service regions. With supporting organizations, Grand Teton is poised to host its fifth Academy during a spring break session scheduled for March 8-14, 2015.
March 03, 2015
Grand Teton Receives Generous Donation of 2015 Subaru Outback
Grand Teton National Park is one of four national parks to receive a 2015 Subaru Outback thanks to a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and Subaru of America, Inc. These four donated vehicles will help facilitate the operational needs at each of the selected national parks by supporting educational and resource management projects, traffic management, travel to gateway communities, and more.
March 02, 2015
Youth Conservation Program Marks 10th Year: Grand Teton Seeks Applicants for 2015 Season
A popular youth conservation initiative and seasonal job program will mark its 10th year at Grand Teton National Park this summer, and high school students (ages 16 to 19) who wish to participate in the 2015 Youth Conservation Program (YCP) are encouraged to submit an application. Applications must be postmarked by March 20, 2015.
February 18, 2015
Snowdesk Webcasts Reach National & International Students
For a fifth consecutive year, Grand Teton National Park is hosting an innovative distance learning program called “Snowdesk.” During live broadcasts, park ranger naturalists use video conferencing technology to reach classrooms across the United States—as well as students in Germany and Canada—from a makeshift desk carved into the considerable snowpack adjacent to the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.
February 13, 2015
Summit the Grand Teton Via an eClimb Virtual Experience
Ever wonder what it might feel like to climb and actually stand atop the Grand Teton? Visitors can now experience the Grand’s 13,770-foot summit via a web-based interactive program and make this exhilarating trek without the physical effort, and possible anxieties, associated with such a lofty goal. Come take a virtual climb of Grand Teton National Park’s most iconic peak and discover the legacy of mountaineering in the Teton Range of northwestern Wyoming.
February 10, 2015
President’s Day Weekend Brings Free Entry
The upcoming President’s Day weekend means free entry to Grand Teton National Park. Entrance fees will be waived from Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16 at nearly 400 national park units across the country. This will also be a perfect weekend to experience and enjoy a variety of winter activities throughout the park and capture the photogenic Tetons or wintering wildlife on camera. Entry fees for a private vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days.
February 02, 2015
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to Strengthen NPS Mission for Centennial Year & Beyond
A budget request for fiscal year 2016 released today by the White House includes $3 billion in support of the National Park Service (NPS) as it prepares for its approaching centennial. The budget will help support essential programs and operational needs throughout the 2016 centennial year and provide a solid foundation to advance the NPS mission as the agency enters its next century. During the coming year and beyond, the NPS will strive to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.
January 27, 2015
Historic Luther Taylor Cabin Defaced by Act of Vandalism
Spray-painted graffiti on an important cultural site in Grand Teton National Park was recently removed through an extensive cleanup effort. Sometime in September of 2014, an unknown individual(s) defaced the Luther Taylor homestead cabin, located along the Gros Ventre Road between Kelly Warm Springs and the eastern boundary of the park. Historic preservationists from both Grand Teton and the Western Center for Historic Preservation painstakingly removed the graffiti in mid-December, though evidence of the damage remains. Anyone with knowledge about this act of vandalism is encouraged to call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301. Callers can remain anonymous.
January 26, 2015
Grand Teton to Offer Moonlight & Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Hikes
Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite local residents and visitors to explore the wonders of the park in winter with two separate ranger-led snowshoe hikes. The upcoming ranger-led programs include a moonlit snowshoe hike on Saturday, January 31, and a Taggart Lake snowshoe walk during daylight on Saturday, February 7 as a part of Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day celebrations.
January 26, 2015
UW–NPS Research Center Campus EA Available for Public Review
Grand Teton National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway Superintendent David Vela announced today that the University of Wyoming–National Park Service Research Center Campus Improvements Environmental Assessment (UW-NPS Campus EA) is available for public review and comment. The UW-NPS Campus EA will be open to review from January 28 to February 26, 2015.
January 23, 2015
Prospectus Issued to Provide Guided Horseback Rides
The National Park Service (NPS) today issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for the award of a concession contract to provide guided horseback rides within Grand Teton National Park. This prospectus explains the business opportunity and the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the concession contract for this activity.
January 15, 2015
Riverbank Restoration Project Underway on Buffalo Fork River
This week, Grand Teton National Park advanced a riverbank restoration project to remove approximately 13 tons of old angle iron beams from the Buffalo Fork of the Snake River. Motorists traveling Highway 26/287 past Moran Junction may see a piece of heavy equipment— a tracked excavator— along the riverbank as this restoration project continues.
January 12, 2015
Grand Teton National Park Experiences Record Visitation in 2014
Grand Teton National Park experienced record numbers in 2014 for both total visitation and recreational visits, according to final statistics tallied for the year. Over 4.29 million people entered the park during the year, with over 2.79 million of those making a recreational excursion. Visitation peaked during the mid-summer month of July with over 686,000 people touring Grand Teton. In addition to the record visitation count, fully 97 percent of park visitors were satisfied with the overall quality of park facilities, services, and recreational opportunities, as determined by the annual visitor survey conducted in 2014.
January 08, 2015
Receive Free Entry into Grand Teton NP on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grand Teton National Park will waive entry fees on Monday, January 19, 2015 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Grand Teton will join nearly 400 other units of the National Park System in celebration of this special day as part of an effort to encourage visitors to experience the wonders of their national parks. The entrance fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days.