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 »
Concessioners fill a vital role in helping the National Park Service (NPS) carry out its mission. Private companies are drawn to working with NPS in order to offer services that are not provided directly by the government to park visitors. Concessioners specialize in these operations and are thus able to provide quality services at reasonable prices. By welcoming the private sector as a partner in park operations, the National Park Service broadens the economic base of the region and communities surrounding the parks.
The Commercial Services Program ensures that visitors have access to high-quality visitor services in order to fully appreciate our natural and cultural treasures. As stated in the Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, concession operations "are consistent to the highest practicable degree with the preservation and conservation of resources and values of the park unit."
Grand Teton National Park's Business Resources Branch administers 26 concession contracts including four full service resorts or dude ranches, 12 fishing and/or float trip operators, one trail riding, two mountain climbing services, two youth camps/backpacking, three cross country skiing and/or backcountry skiing, and one boat shuttle service across Jenny Lake. Combined, these concessioners gross over $50 million annually, and their total workforce consists of approximately 75 permanent and 1,800 seasonal employees.
If you are a visitor looking for commerical services and activities within the park, please visit the Concessioner Activities website.
If you are a current concessioner, commerical use authorization (CUA) holder, or hunting outfitter, of if you are interested in doing business in Grand Teton National Park, the following links provide information and resources.
Concessioner Resources - Reporting forms and other important documents for concessioners
Commerical Use Authorizations - Information, applications and forms for current CUA holders
Hunting Outfitters - Information and application and forms for current outfitters
Policy & Plans - Key guidance documents for Grand Teton National Park concessioners
Grand Teton National Park Business Resources Branch Contact Information
Did You Know?
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.