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 effect for trails in the Jenny Lake Area
A temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails in the Jenny Lake area due to construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material. The closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer. 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 »
Park to Present Special Program on National Park Souvenirs
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307-739-3431
Grand Teton National Park will host a special lecture by Dr. Ken Barrick titled, "National Park Souvenirs: Taking Home the Sacred" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium in Moose. This program is free and open to the public.
Souvenirs played important roles in the development of the National Park concept. The earliest souvenirs were objects collected from nature such as pinecones and rocks. Manufactured souvenirs, sold in gift shops, protected natural objects by providing visitors with a keepsake to take home as a memento of their park experience.
Today, many National Park visitors participate in the tradition of purchasing souvenirs as a tangible representation of powerful memories of park places and experiences. The rich history of these keepsakes will be examined including many rarely seen examples from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Barrick, an associate professor of geography at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, has been doing research in the Rocky Mountains for 25 years, including studies in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Did You Know?
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