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 »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
In a big western park like Grand Teton National Park, there is always something going on. To read the latest park news, click on the news releases link. For a behind the scenes glimpse into Grand Teton check out our park blog Teton Tidbits.
The Public Affairs Office (PAO) provides outreach to millions of people each year by giving up-to-date park information through news releases, online platforms, print and broadcast news interviews, feature articles, special publications, public presentations, and safety messages. Through multiple communication sources, the PAO conveys essential news and information regarding park issues, activities, emergency incidents (fire or search and rescue), safety alerts, and special events. This vital information goes out to a wide variety of audiences such as the visiting public, residents of local and regional communities, members of Congress, state and local officials, other federal agencies, park partners, stakeholder groups, and media, among others.
In addition to news outreach, the PAO plans and executes many special events such as ceremonies, dedications, anniversary celebrations, and memorial services. Several of these public events are done in collaboration with the park's many partnership organizations.
This Office also coordinates and hosts issue-related trips for official visitors including foreign dignitaries, heads of state, national elected or appointed officials, U.S. representatives or senators and their staffs, state governors, federal agency officials, and numerous other special guests. The knowledge gained by visiting dignitaries often helps the park to achieve its goals, and these visits help further the mission of the National Park Service while creating good-will toward national parks throughout this country and the world.
Celebrate 40 years of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway! Check out our anniversary blog, 40 days to 40 years, featuring hikes, history, wildlife, and other tidbits relating to the Parkway!
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America? The Trumpeter Swan weighs 20-30 pounds and lives in the valley year-round in quiet open water.