Bears are active in Grand Teton
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Facility Opening Dates for 2011 Season
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393
April 26, 2011
The official 2011 opening dates for facilities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are as follows:
The Teton Park Road and Moose-Wilson Road will open on Sunday, May 1. The Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway opens on June 1; however deep snow may limit the extent of accessibility.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and be aware that wildlife are migrating throughout the park. Animals are crossing roads, especially during dawn and dusk hours. In addition, springtime repair work may be underway on any park roads. For current road conditions, call the park's road information hotline at 307.739.3614.
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
$50: Grand Teton/Yellowstone Annual Pass valid for one-year entry into both parks
$80: Interagency Annual Pass valid for one year to all 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: New this year, an automated self-serve machine will be placed 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 in possession a previously purchased pass. Personal identification is required with any pass that requires a signature. The pathway will become accessible as the snow cover naturally melts.
The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is open daily, year-round. Other visitor information centers open on the following dates:
Ranger-led activities begin Monday, June 6. 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:
At any of the concession-operated campgrounds within Grand Teton National Park, fees for individual campsites run $20-$35 per night, and hiker/bicyclist camping fees cost $5-8 per site. All campgrounds, except the RV parks, operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Group sites at Colter Bay and Gros Ventre campgrounds are available by reservation at a cost of $25.00 per reservation and $5.00 per person, per night. Tent cabins, including bunk beds and wood stoves, are available at Colter Bay for $50.00 per night with a charge of $12.00 for each additional person over two. Reservations may be made by calling either 307.543.3100 or 800.628.9988. Tent sites, including showers, are available at Flagg Ranch Resort for $35.00 per night with a charge of $5.00 for each additional person over two; make reservations by calling either 307.543.2861 or 800.443.2311.
Reservations can also be made for RV camping at either Colter Bay or Flagg Ranch RV parks; added fees are charged for RV campgrounds with hook-ups. Camping sites, including showers, are available at Flagg Ranch Resort for $35-$64 per night; call either 307.543.2861 or 800.443.2311 for reservations. Fees for Colter Bay RV & Trailer Park run $55 per night; call 307.543.3100 or 800.628.9988 for reservations.
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:
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?
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