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 »
Grand Teton National Park to Offer Free Entry for Martin Luther King Weekend
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park-along with the 397 units of the national park system-will waive entrance fees during the coming Martin Luther King holiday weekend (January 14-16) as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the many natural, cultural and historic wonders of their national parks across America. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days.
Besides waiving entrance fees during this coming January weekend, Grand Teton will also allow free entry on 14 additional days throughout 2012. The other fee free dates for the year include:
Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can enjoy winter activities from cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing to wildlife viewing and scenic photography. A popular winter trail that spans the unplowed Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge was last groomed on December 22, 2011; however, it will not be groomed again until additional snow accumulates to allow for safe operation of the groomer.
In addition to skiing, photography and wildlife watching, ranger-led snowshoe hikes take place each day at 1:30 p.m. from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Previous experience is not necessary and snowshoes are provided for a requested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children 8 years or older. Reservations are required and can be made at 307.739.3399.
For a complete list of wintertime ranger-led activities and programs, please refer to the park's newspaper, Teewinot, online at www.nps.gov/grte, or call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jenny and Leigh Lakes are named for the fur trapper “Beaver” Dick Leigh and his wife Jenny (not pictured)? Beaver Dick and Jenny assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.