October 07, 2015
Temporary Closure Scheduled for Jenny Lake Area
Starting Monday, October 19, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails and walkways within the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter transport of heavy material to the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas on the west side of Jenny Lake as well as the paved walking paths on the east shore of the lake. The public closure is scheduled for October 19 through October 21, though it may be postponed or prolonged due to weather conditions or other circumstances.
October 06, 2015
Dr Yolonda Youngs to Present Braided Channels History of Snake River Recreation
— Dr. Yolonda Youngs, Assistant Professor of History at Idaho State University, will present her preliminary research on the history of recreation on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park on Friday, October 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Her late afternoon talk titled “Braided Channels” will take place at the Teton County Library Auditorium in Jackson, Wyoming.
October 01, 2015
Unpaved portion of Moose-Wilson Road Closed for Dust Abatement October 6 and 7
To accommodate a dust abatement application and road grading, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, October 8
October 01, 2015
Changes Implemented to Park Commercial Use Authorization Program
Changes are being implemented in the Grand Teton National Park’s commercial use authorization program, and all current and prospective holders of these permits are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the updated program.
September 23, 2015
Prescribed Burn This Weekend
Grand Teton National Park fire managers are preparing for a key prescribed fire this weekend, September 26-27, if weather conditions remain conducive. Fire managers have been planning the 371-acre Matilda Prescribed Fire for several years, but the fuels in the area have either been too wet or too dry to burn.
September 21, 2015
Celebrate Public Lands Day with Free Entrance and Volunteer Activities
In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Grand Teton National Park entrance fees will be waived and two volunteer projects will be hosted on Saturday, September 26. National Public Lands Day is celebrated across the country encouraging enjoyment of and volunteer opportunities on public lands.
September 17, 2015
Moose-Wilson Road Re-opens to Through Traffic
The Moose-Wilson Road was re-opened in its entirety around midday September 17 after black bear activity on the road subsided. Grand Teton National Park managers initiated a temporary closure of the road on September 9. After several patrols of the road in the last 24 hours indicated that bear activity had substantially decreased, managers made the decision to re-open the road. Any changes to the status of the road will be updated on the road condition information line at 307.739.3682 and on the park website, www.nps.gov/grte, under the “alerts” tab.
September 17, 2015
Closing Dates for Visitor Services and Facilities
Visitor services at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are winding down from the 2015 summer season. The park and parkway remain open to visitors year-round, though roads and park areas may be temporarily closed due to weather, road conditions, wildlife, or other reasons.
September 17, 2015
Doug Leen to Speak About Historic National Parks Posters
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association will host a presentation by historian and former Grand Teton National Park Ranger Doug Leen on Friday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will take place in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Auditorium in Moose and will be accompanied by a traveling exhibit of original posters from the 1930s and 1940s Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project that promoted the national parks to the nation.
September 17, 2015
Paving Project at Colter Bay Closes Boat Dock Temporarily
The public boat dock at Colter Bay will be temporarily closed on Monday, September 21 due to paving activities in the area. The public boat docks at Leeks Marina and Signal Mountain will be accessible for launching or removing boats from Jackson Lake. Paving activities will take place throughout the Colter Bay area, and access to all other facilities and services will be available.
September 11, 2015
Moose-Wilson Road Temporary Closure Amended
— In an effort to restore access and provide for public enjoyment of locations within the Moose-Wilson corridor while continuing to provide for protection of black bears feeding along the roadside, Grand Teton National Park managers have amended the closure of that road. As of the afternoon of September 11, the Moose-Wilson Road will be closed only from the Murie Ranch Road Junction to the Death Canyon Road Junction. Park visitors should call 307.739.3682 or visit www.nps.gov/grte and click on the “alerts” tab for updated information.
September 09, 2015
Moose-Wilson Road Temporarily Closed to Protect Bears
Grand Teton National Park managers have initiated a temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road from the Murie Ranch Road Junction to the Granite Canyon Trailhead to protect numerous black bears that are feeding on hawthorn berries along the road. Managers will monitor the situation continuously and will re-open the road when conditions allow. Park visitors should call 307.739.3682 or visit www.nps.gov/grte and click on the “alerts” tab for updated information.
September 09, 2015
Temporary Closure at Jenny Lake and Surrounding Trails
There will be a temporary closure for Jenny Lake, and the trails around Jenny Lake, on Tuesday, September 15, from approximately 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. The temporary closure is a safety measure due to rehabilitation activities on the west side of the lake that will include helicopter transport of heavy construction materials.
September 04, 2015
Grand Teton National Park Welcomes Fourth-Grade Students
Grand Teton National Park invites all fourth-grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Fourth-grade students can visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ to complete an activity and obtain a voucher for a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas and lands, including national parks.
September 02, 2015
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping Continues this Fall in Grand Teton National Park
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will resume research trapping operations for grizzly bears within Grand Teton National Park beginning Tuesday, September 8 through October 19, 2015. Scientific research and trapping operations at Grand Teton have been underway since this spring 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.
September 01, 2015
Rangers Spend Night with Injured Climber and Transport Off Mountain
Jenny Lake Rangers responded to an injured climber in Garnet Canyon Monday night, and transported him from the area early this morning, Tuesday, September 1.
August 31, 2015
Climber Rescued from Middle Teton on Saturday
Jenny Lake Rangers rescued a climber from the Middle Teton on Saturday afternoon. At approximately 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call that 21-year old Justin Bodrero of Moran, Wyoming, fell about 100 feet on a snowfield and another 100 feet into a boulder field on the Middle Teton. The initial report indicated the climber fell while descending the Southwest Couloir of the Middle Teton, and was unconscious.
August 28, 2015
Shoshonean Cultural Days Celebration at Colter Bay Visitor Center
A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on September 2-3. The Shoshonean peoples of the Eastern Great Basin and Western Plains hunted seasonally in what is now Grand Teton National Park and left behind a sizeable archeological record. Their modern-day descendants still live in the region and have maintained their languages and cultural practices. Cultural speakers and exhibits of traditional and modern Shoshonean arts will explain the present-day influence of Shoshone peoples.
August 26, 2015
Rangers Seek Assistance with Investigation
National Park Service Rangers are investigating the discharge of a firearm in Grand Teton National Park. A 27-year old man from Star Valley reported that he discharged a hand gun during an encounter with three bears near the Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park on the morning of Tuesday, August 25. If anyone was in this area Tuesday morning, and may have seen or heard anything that may be related to this incident, please contact Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301.
August 25, 2015
Fire Danger Elevated to High
Teton Interagency fire managers have elevated the fire danger rating to High for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area. The potential for fire activity has increased due to drying vegetation combined with higher temperatures, low humidity and brisk afternoon winds.
August 25, 2015
Wolff Fire Controlled at Seven Acres During Red Flag Warning
During a Red Flag Warning on Friday, August 21, a previously undiscovered lightning-ignited fire began to burn actively about a mile east of Highway 89 in the Spread Creek and Wolff Ridge area of Grand Teton National Park. The Wolff Fire had been smoldering in the interior of a tree that had been struck by lightning six days earlier. The fire was controlled on August 23 and an engine crew continues to monitor the fire.
August 23, 2015
Two Climbers Suffer Fatal Fall on Teewinot Mountain
The Jenny Lake Rangers, Teton Interagency Contract Helicopter, and emergency medical personnel swung into action just after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 to assist two separate parties. The first and more serious accident consisted of a party of three climbers attempting to climb to the summit of Teewinot Mountain. Two of the climbers suffered a fatal fall of approximately 200 feet. The two climbers were Tyler Strandberg, 27, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and Catherine Nix, 28, originally from Port Chester, New York. Both women were residents of Jackson, Wyoming.
August 23, 2015
Nuisance Black Bear with Cub Captured and Relocated to Zoo
On Wednesday afternoon, August 19, Grand Teton National Park biologists captured a female black bear and her cub that on numerous occasions acquired human food items left unattended by visitors to the String, Leigh, and Jenny Lake areas. Due to a long history of nuisance behavior, this bear and her cub were removed from the park and relocated to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Saturday, August 22. The decision to remove the bears from the park was made out of concern for public safety.
August 21, 2015
Free Admission and Special Events Scheduled to Celebrate 99th Anniversary of the NPS
The National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate the 99th anniversary of its founding on Tuesday, August 25. To celebrate Founder’s Day, Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees, as will all other national park units across the country. Special programs, listed below, will also be offered throughout the day in Grand Teton. The event marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the NPS Centennial.
August 19, 2015
Climbers Stranded Overnight in Stettner Couloir Suffer Hypothermia & Prompt Rescue
In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 16, Grand Teton National Park rangers initiated a multi-phased rescue mission for ten climbers in two separate parties who became stranded together in the Stettner Couloir late Saturday evening, August 15, while descending from the Petzoldt Ridge on the Grand Teton. The initial call for help, at 8:45 Saturday evening, set in motion a search and rescue operation that did not end until four of the climbers were finally evacuated from the Lower Saddle of the Grand by helicopter late Sunday afternoon. Although none of the ten climbers sustained injuries during their mountain mishap, several did suffer from exposure to the extremely wet and cold conditions that they experienced during their hours-long descent of the Stettner Couloir.
August 18, 2015
Rangers Caution Visitors Floating the Snake River Between Deadmans Bar and Moose Landing
After a recent spate of incidents on the stretch of the Snake River between Deadman’s Bar and Moose Landing, Grand Teton National Park Rangers are cautioning boaters to choose segments of river that are appropriate for their experience and ability level. Rangers have conducted rescues on the Snake River near the Bar BC Ranch for five separate parties since August 1, 2015. Though nobody was seriously injured in the incidents, the consequences of such accidents on the Snake River can be catastrophic.
August 12, 2015
Two Fatigued Climbers Rescued from Middle Teton
Tuesday evening, August 11, Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted a short-haul rescue of two uninjured, yet considerably fatigued, climbers from the Middle Teton. Nick Christu, 64, and his brother Eric Christu, 57, from Palm Beach, Florida, decided they were not able to continue their climb after getting off route while attempting to ascend the ‘Dike Route’ on the Middle Teton. Unable to locate the top of the Dike Pinnacle, a prominent feature of the route, the Christu brothers began down climbing and rappelling towards the South Fork of Garnet Canyon. Due to their uncertainty about the terrain they encountered, combined with their state of exhaustion, the Christus called park rangers at mid-afternoon to request a rescue from their predicament.
August 10, 2015
Soundscape Awareness Efforts Underway with Temporary Roadside Noise Meter
Visitors to Grand Teton National Park may notice a new roadside noise meter over the next few weeks. The display provides real-time sound level measurements and is part of the park’s noise reduction program which addresses noise from a variety of sources: vehicles and local traffic; construction work; maintenance activities (garbage collection and road work); transportation (tour buses and delivery trucks); and other park operations. In addition to the noise meter, park entrance stations and visitor centers are providing visitors with information about how to minimize impacts from their vehicles.
August 05, 2015
Riverbottom Fire Sparked by Passing Lightning Storm, August 3
On Monday afternoon, August 3, Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a report of a smoke column rising from the Snake River floodplain, just west of the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. During a fast-moving thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning struck a single blue spruce and ignited a smoldering fire in the duff (forest litter of needles and cones) at the base of the conifer. The Riverbottom Fire is currently .10 acre in size and limited to the base of the tree.
August 05, 2015
Plein Air for the Park 2015 Exhibition Hits Milestone
Proceeds from the nationally recognized Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition and sale hit a milestone this year. Since its inception in 2012, the event has raised over $100,000 in proceeds that support multiple Grand Teton National Park programs through funding from the Grand Teton Association.
August 05, 2015
Public Review and Comment Sought on Proposal to Control Exotic Species in Kelly Warm Spring
Grand Teton National Park is seeking public review and comment on a proposal to protect native aquatic communities by controlling non-native species in Kelly Warm Spring, located about one mile northeast of Kelly, Wyoming. This spring has been a target for illegal dumping of aquarium fish since the 1940s. A number of tropical and warm water aquatic species that are harmful to native fish, and capable of surviving a range of water temperatures, persist in both the spring and its outflow areas of Savage Ditch and Ditch Creek. Park managers will consider several alternatives to remove exotic species, such as netting and trapping, electrofishing, and piscicide treatment. Comments will be accepted through September 3, 2015.
July 31, 2015
Structural Fire Causes One Death & Injures Others, Demands Quick Response
One person died and four others were injured during an early morning structural fire at the Grand Teton Lodge Company’s Colter Bay employee dormitory in Grand Teton National Park. A quick response by Grand Teton’s structural firefighters and personnel from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS helped contain the fire to a single dorm room. Adjacent rooms sustained smoke damage. Approximately 70 people were evacuated from the two-story dormitory building and all were assessed for injuries and/or smoke inhalation by park EMS providers.
July 31, 2015
Two-day Closures Scheduled for MWR
MOOSE, WY — To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 6
July 26, 2015
Two Climbers Take Sliding Fall on Middle Teton
On Saturday, July 25, two climbers fell and slid on a patch of snow while descending from the Dike Pinnacle on the south face of the Middle Teton in Grand Teton National Park. The climbers, Jordan Lister and Carrie Schwartz, both 25 and residents of Jackson, Wyoming, slid approximately 200 feet on snow and rocky terrain before coming to a stop on a grassy ledge. Lister sustained serious injuries requiring an evacuation by helicopter, while Schwartz sustained minor injuries.
July 22, 2015
Hiker/Climber Injured by Dislodged Boulder on the Grand Teton
On Tuesday, July 21, a large boulder dislodged and rolled over the arm of a hiker/climber, causing severe injury to his limb and prompting a helicopter-assisted rescue by Grand Teton National Park rangers. Tucker Zibilich, 26, of Jackson, Wyoming and his partner were on their descent after making a day trek to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton, elevation 13,285 feet, when he was injured by the boulder.
July 17, 2015
Ride Menor’s Ferry & Experience Early Method of River Crossing on the Snake
Ever wondered how Jackson Hole’s early settlers crossed the Snake River before bridges? Beginning Monday, July 20, visitors can take a ride on a replica ferry boat and experience crossing the Snake in the same fashion provided by Bill Menor through his established ferry service of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Park ranger naturalists will offer free rides daily from 9:00–10:15 a.m. and 1:15–2:15 p.m., as well as before and after the ranger-led program, “A Walk into the Past,” that occurs each day at 2:30 p.m. Call 307.739.3399 for additional operation times.
July 10, 2015
Projects Begin a ‘Summer of Preserving the Past’ at Mormon Row Historic District
Some projects are already underway—and several are about to begin—at the Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park. These projects will launch a “summer of preserving the past” throughout an important cultural area located near Antelope Flats Road. This series of projects will stabilize historic structures, upgrade visitor services through parking improvements and the addition of a vault toilet,
and provide new interpretive information about the significance of this historic district. Some project work will require a temporary closure and limited public access around the T.A .Moulton barn and also the John Moulton “pink house” and other historic structures that lie north of the Antelope Flats Road.
July 10, 2015
Gray Wolf Killed in Vehicle Collision near Elk Ranch Flats
A yearling male wolf was hit and killed by a passing vehicle late Tuesday night, July 7, on Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) near Elk Ranch Flats in Grand Teton National Park. The black-colored wolf, weighing 75 pounds, is likely a member of the Phantom Springs wolf pack that frequents the eastern portion of Grand Teton. This pack has existed since 2008 and maintained a territory in this area since 2010. Park rangers discovered the dead wolf lying in the road at 11:45 p.m. and later received a call from the driver who stated that the wolf suddenly darted out into the traffic lane and he could not swerve to avoid hitting the animal.
July 08, 2015
Fire Danger Drops to ‘Moderate’
Recent rains received throughout the Teton Interagency Fire area have resulted in the fire danger dropping to ‘Moderate.’ The Teton Interagency Fire area includes Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, as well as Lincoln, Sublette, and Teton counties.
July 07, 2015
Rockfall on Middle Teton Injures Climber & Activates Aerial Rescue
A large boulder struck and seriously injured a climber during a rockfall event today, July 7, in Grand Teton National Park. Michael Polmear, 27, of Bethesda, Maryland was ascending the Middle Teton near its black dike feature when a boulder—described by his wife, Stephanie, as “the size of 5-6 microwave ovens”—suddenly rolled down slope toward Polmear and hit his left arm causing severe injuries. Luckily, Polmear did not sustain additional injuries during the rockfall incident.
July 02, 2015
Research Trapping of Grizzly Bears Extended to July 12
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will extend their research trapping operations for grizzly bears within Grand Teton National Park through July 12, 2015. Scientific research and trapping operations at Grand Teton have been underway since May 6, 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).
July 01, 2015
Fourth Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ Attracts Professional Artists
Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 6-19) capturing on canvas the exceptional beauty of Grand Teton National Park during the annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition and sale. This marks the fourth ‘Plein Air for the Park’ gathering and each year, the event is co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. All painting demonstrations and show events are free and open to the public.
June 29, 2015
Peregrine Nest Failed at Baxter’s Pinnacle, Public Closure Lifted
The public closure to protect an active peregrine falcon nest at Baxter’s Pinnacle near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Friday, June 26. For unknown reasons, this year’s nesting effort failed and the adult peregrines recently vacated the area. In addition to the nest failure at Baxter’s Pinnacle, a nest on Blacktail Butte also failed—for the second year in a row. Three other nest sites contain young peregrines that will fledge in a few weeks. Since the late 1980s, the success rate for nesting peregrines has averaged 50 percent at Grand Teton National Park.
June 26, 2015
Rangers Operate Traffic Checkpoint and Increase Patrols to Protect Visitors and Wildlife
With increased visitation, Grand Teton National Park rangers have kept busy during the past few weeks protecting and assisting park visitors. A traffic safety checkpoint and increased traffic patrols on June 12 and 13, 2015 yielded nine arrests, 15 citations, and 39 written warnings. In addition to this concerted law enforcement effort, rangers continue to respond to traffic violations and accidents throughout the park.
June 24, 2015
Fire Danger Climbs to High with Drier & Hotter Weather Conditions
Teton Interagency fire managers have elevated the fire danger rating to HIGH for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and all of Teton County, Wyoming. The potential for fire activity has increased due to drying vegetation combined with higher temperatures, low humidity and brisk afternoon winds. The Teton Interagency Fire area typically does not reach high fire danger prior to mid-July. However, several factors led to the early rise in fire danger, including early melt of the winter snowpack, unseasonably warm temperatures, and scant rainfall during the past several days.
June 23, 2015
John Colter Day Scheduled for June 29
The annual John Colter Day will be held Monday, June 29, at Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. Colter explored the vast Yellowstone country during the winter of 1807-08, and was likely the first European to ever travel the region. This marks the eighth year that Grand Teton has offered special presentations to highlight the life of John Colter and the mountain men of the 1800s.
June 18, 2015
Blacktail Butte Parking Area to Close Intermittently
The Blacktail Butte parking area on Highway 89 north of Moose Junction will be closed intermittently from June 19 through July 31, 2015. Closures are necessary to resurface the roadway and parking area, repave the adjacent sidewalk, and complete construction of a shared-use pathway connection to the parking area. The nearby trails on Blacktail Butte and the “Practice Rocks” climbing area will remain open for use.
June 12, 2015
Female Black Bear Euthanized for Public Safety
Out of concern for public safety, Grand Teton National Park staff euthanized a 3-year-old female black bear on Thursday afternoon, June 11. Earlier in the day, the bear exhibited bold behavior and appeared to have little concern regarding the presence of humans and their activities, which prompted park officials to make the difficult decision to remove her from the population in order to reduce future threats to people and their safety. This is the first bear to be euthanized in Grand Teton this year. Two black bears were euthanized in 2014.
June 11, 2015
Grand Teton Rangers to Operate Traffic Safety Checkpoint
Park rangers will be operating a traffic safety checkpoint in Grand Teton National Park on Friday, June 12, 2015. The goal of the checkpoint is to reduce the number of impaired drivers, and also identify and correct safety violations in order to make park roads safer for the traveling public.
June 11, 2015
Annual Cattle Drive in Grand Teton Slated for June 13
An traditional cattle drive will take place early Saturday morning, June 13, in Grand Teton National Park. While the cattle drive is underway, a two-mile stretch of Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) will be closed to vehicle traffic from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats that lie just one-mile south of the junction. Motorists should expect a brief travel delay between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. as cattle are herded from their pastures on the Pinto Ranch of Buffalo Valley to summer pasture lands at Elk Ranch.
June 10, 2015
Solo Climber Takes 200-foot Sliding Fall & Activates Rescue via Helicopter
On Tuesday afternoon, June 9, Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted a rescue operation via helicopter for an injured climber who fell on a wet, rock slab just above the Meadows area of Garnet Canyon in the heart of the Teton Range. Charlie Emerson, 31, of Marietta, Georgia was solo climbing a 4th class rated rock slab when he slipped and slid approximately 150-200 feet before coming to rest in a snowfield at the base of the rock feature. Emerson was not wearing a helmet at the time of his fall.
June 09, 2015
Southwest Jenny Lake Trail Reopens with Early Completion of Substantial Rehab Project
Despite rainy weather during May, Grand Teton National Park trail crew members labored continuously to complete a trail improvement project on the southwest segment of the Jenny Lake trail system. The popular and well-traveled trail around the south end of Jenny Lake is now open for public use. Major trail improvement work on this portion of the Jenny Lake trail system has been underway since the spring of 2014. Park trail crews were able to finalize their work a month earlier than anticipated, and the detour to a parallel trail that rises higher above the lakeshore is no longer required.
June 08, 2015
Thanks to Support from Grand Teton Lodge Co. 4th Grade Students get Acquainted with Grand Teton National Park
Sixty-five fourth graders from Donald Stalker Elementary School of Blackfoot, Idaho got a firsthand and fun-filled introduction to Grand Teton National Park on May 20-22 thanks to the generous support of Grand Teton Lodge Company, an authorized park concessioner. The school children and their parents spent two days and two nights learning about nature and wildlife, while being treated to a full lodging experience at Jackson Lake Lodge, one of the park’s principal concession facilities.
June 02, 2015
Crews Rescue Stranded Visitors after Wind Storm Downs Trees
A strong wind storm blew through Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1. The event temporarily stranded visitors on the Teton Park, Moose-Wilson, and Signal Mountain Summit roads and blocked traffic in many other areas. Park rangers, road crews, and fire engines quickly responded to clear park roads of over 150 downed trees and search teams were able rescue all park visitors by 11:00 p.m. Despite the number of falling trees, no injuries were reported.
June 01, 2015
Two-day Closure Scheduled for June 9 & 10 on Moose-Wilson Road
To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, June 11.
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.