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 »
Rangers & JH Fire/EMS Respond to Kitchen Fire at Colter Bay Restaurant
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Early this morning, July 30, park rangers and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel responded to a small kitchen fire at the John Colter Ranch House Restaurant located in the Colter Bar area of Grand Teton National Park. Employees at the restaurant facility made a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. to report the fire, and the emergency call was routed to the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center.
Two structural fire engines, one water tender and an ambulance responded. One fire engine and the water tender traveled from the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 4, located 10 miles away at Moran Junction; the ambulance and other fire engine, stationed at Colter Bay and staffed by park personnel, were located just one mile away.
Arriving first on the scene to assess and 'size up' conditions for the responding firefighters, one park ranger discovered a small leak in a kitchen propane line. The propane delivery system was quickly turned off and the fire extinguished without further complication.
Minimal damage had occurred due to the quick alert and immediate response, and food service at the John Colter Ranch House Restaurant resumed by lunch time.
Park managers and staff work closely with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS to provide structural fire response and support within Grand Teton National Park and the northern portions of Teton County. Men and women on the park and county response teams annually train together to keep their skills and structural firefighting knowledge up to standard.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the bark on Aspen trees looks green because it contains chlorophyll? Aspen bark is photosynthetic, a process that allows a plant to make energy from the sun, and helps the tree flourish during the short growing season.