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 »
Moose-Wilson Road Closure
The Moose-Wilson Road between Death Canyon Junction north to the intersection with the Murie Center Road is temporarily closed to motor vehicles, bicycles, skating, skateboards and similar devices. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. 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 »
New America the Beautiful Military Pass Honors Service Men and Women
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
As part of a national 'Joining Forces' initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and adopted by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Grand Teton National Park will now offer annual entrance passes that grant free access to our nation's service members and their families.
This initiative was announced on May 15th during a ceremony at Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Virginia with Secretary Salazar, Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy. These annual passes will become available on May 19th, Armed Forces Day, to active duty service men and women and their dependents. More than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands across the country will provide the new passes as a way to honor the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces: Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves.
"Through the years, military members, especially those far from home in times of conflict, have found inspiration in America's patriotic icons and majestic landscapes, places like the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon that are cared for by the National Park Service and symbolize the nation that their sacrifices protect," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "This new pass is a way to thank military members and their families for their service and their sacrifices."
"It's gratifying to be able to offer this token of appreciation for the work that our service men and women do every day to keep Americans safe and preserve civil rights and freedoms for citizens around world," said Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. "May hundreds of military families take advantage of this special pass and visit our nation's most treasured sites. These are places that can certainly heal physical and emotional wounds and inspire hope."
Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park, wildlife refuge or other federal site that charges an entrance fee. Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. Dependents of active duty personnel are also eligible for this pass.
Although the new pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, or the Access Pass granting free lifetime entry for permanently disabled U.S. citizens. For information about the America the Beautiful Military Pass, visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the black stripe, or dike, on the face of Mount Moran is 150 feet wide and extends six or seven miles westward? The black dike was once molten magma that squeezed into a crack when the rocks were deep underground, and has since been lifted skyward by movement on the Teton fault.