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 »
Multi-use Pathway Closures
Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »
Moose-Wilson Road Status
The Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road and the Murie Center Road is currently open to all traffic. The road may re-close at any time due to wildlife activity. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »
Moose-Wilson Road Temporarily Closed Due to Grizzly Bear
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
Effective 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2011: A travel closure is in effect for the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park. The road has been closed due to the presence of a grizzly bear in close proximity to the road. For the safety of both the bear and park users, Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott in consultation with wildlife biologist and other park mangers made the determination just before 9:00 a.m on Friday.
Due to the character of this road, which is narrow and winding with low visibility, it is extremely difficult to safely manage a large wildlife jam. Rangers will be in the area monitoring the bear's activity and will re-open the road once they believe it is safe to do so.
Local residents and park visitors are advised to plan ahead and use an alternate route because this temporary closure prevents the ability to make a 'through trip' on the Moose-Wilson Road. To alert travelers of the road closure, signs will be placed on Wyoming Highway 390. For motorists heading south to Teton Village from Moose, signs will also be placed near the junction of the Teton Park and Moose-Wilson roads.
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.