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 »
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 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.