Seasonal road closures in effect
Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »
Avalanche hazards exist in the park
Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www:jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »
Multi-Use Pathway to Open In Early Summer
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307-739-3393
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that due to ongoing construction, the multi-use pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction within Grand Teton National Park will not open to public use until early summer. The entire 12.5-mile pathway from Jackson to Moose actually spans two distinct federal agency lands: the National Elk Refuge (6 miles) and Grand Teton National Park (6.5 miles). The Grand Teton segment requires further work before it can be safely used by the public. Consequently, this pathway will remain closed to public use until its construction is complete. The opening date is dependent upon weather and construction progress.
A formal announcement will be made after the remaining construction work has been completed and the pathway is finally open for public use. In future years, the Grand Teton pathway segment will simply open when it becomes snow free-much like the hiking trails in the park become useable as snow melts.
Special rules and regulations apply to the different park areas that are open to non-motorized use, and the new Grand Teton pathway segment will be no exception. This pathway leg bisects an important wildlife corridor not previously occupied by people on foot or on a bike; therefore, users will need to follow special regulations designed to diminish adverse impacts to animals that frequent this area. For example, pets are not allowed on any of Grand Teton's multi-use pathways to reduce potential impacts to wildlife from the presence of domestic animals. Users will only be allowed on pathways from dawn to dusk; nighttime use is not permitted.
When the new pathway finally opens, bicyclists, inline skaters, hikers, and other pathway users will be encouraged to follow some basic rules of courtesy and safety: Be alert for bears and maintain a safe distance from all wildlife (especially bison, moose and elk); obey the sunset to sunrise closure for protection of wildlife; respect the rights of others; ride single file and stay on the right side of the pathway; use a bell, whistle or voice whenever passing others; wear appropriate protective equipment such as helmets and pads; observe bicycle speeds that are reasonable to the numbers and safety of other users; and don't use motorized vehicles (exception of wheelchairs and other mobility impaired devices).
Did You Know?
Did you know that until the 1890s no one had settled on the west bank of the Snake River in the central part of Jackson Hole? William “Bill” Menor built a ferry at Moose to shuttle patrons across the river, the only reliable crossing point between Wilson and Moran.