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Facilities Opening Dates for Grand Teton National Park

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Date: April 23, 2012
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393

April 23, 2012
Jackie Skaggs/307.739.3393
Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles/307.739.3431

The official 2012 opening dates for various facilities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are as follows: 


The Teton Park Road will open to vehicle traffic on Tuesday, May 1. The Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway opens on June 1; however lingering snow drifts may limit the extent of accessibility. Due to pre-season work, the Moose-Wilson Road will have a delayed opening. 

Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and be alert for migrating wildlife throughout the park. Animals are crossing park roads, especially from dusk to dawn. In addition, springtime repair work may be underway on any park roads. For current road conditions, call the information hotline at 307.739.3614.

Entrance Stations

The Moose, Moran and Granite Canyon entrance stations are open. Fee options include:

$12  7-day permit for foot/bicycle entry into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks 
$20  7-day permit for motorcycle entry into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
$25  7-day permit for vehicle entry into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks 
$50  Grand Teton/Yellowstone Annual Pass valid for one-year entry into both parks 
$80     Interagency Annual Pass valid for one year entry to all fee areas on federal lands

Bicyclists are reminded that they must stop and show an entry pass before proceeding through the gates, just as vehicles are required to do. NOTE: an automated self-serve machine is located on the multi-use pathway adjacent to the Moose Entrance Station. People traveling on the paved pathway by foot, bike, or rollerblade will be required to stop and pay $12 for a 7-day entry permit, or have a previously purchased pass in possession. Personal identification is required with any pass that requires a signature. The new multi-use pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction will not open until early summer. 

Visitor Centers

The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is open daily, year-round. Other visitor information centers open on the following dates:

Jenny Lake Visitor Center

May 18

Jenny Lake Ranger Station

May 26

Colter Bay Visitor Center

May 26

Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center

May 27

Flagg Ranch Information Station

June 4

Ranger-led activities begin Monday, June 4. An activity schedule can be found in the park's newspaper, Grand Teton Guide, or online at www.nps.gov/grte.

The following campgrounds open:

Gros Ventre

May 4

Signal Mountain

May 11

Jenny Lake

May 11

Colter Bay

May 24

Colter Bay RV Park

May 24

Headwaters Campground & RV Sites

June 1

Lizard Creek

June 8

With the exception of the RV parks, all concession-operated campgrounds within Grand Teton National Park operate on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Group sites are available at the Colter Bay and Gros Ventre campgrounds; to reserve a group site, call 307.543.3100 or 800.628.9988. Reservations can also be made for RV camping at either Colter Bay or the Flagg Ranch area. To secure reservations, call Colter Bay RV Park at 307.543.3100 or 800.628.9988 or Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch at 800.443.2311.

Camping is also available outside the park in nearby forest areas and at other public and private facilities.

Backcountry campsite reservations may be made until May 15 with a $25 non-refundable fee. Reservations can be made online at www.nps.gov/grte/, by fax at 307.739.3438, or by mail to Grand Teton National Park, Backcountry Permits, P.O. Box 170, Moose, WY 83012. After May 15, all backcountry site permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.


The following concessioner-operated facilities will open:

Signal Mountain Lodge

May 11

Jackson Lake Lodge

May 21

Colter Bay Cabins

May 24

Triangle X Ranch

May 25

Jenny Lake Lodge

June 1

Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch

June 1

For additional information about activities and services within Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, please visit the park's website www.nps.gov/grte, stop by any visitor center and ranger station, or call 307.739.3300.



Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.