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 »
National Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
To salute and honor the brave members of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve our Nation, the National Park Service began in 2006 to annually recognize Veterans Day by offering a day of free entry. This year the tradition continues, and all 398 national park units across America will offer free admission on Veterans Day and the preceding weekend (November 10-12) in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of military personnel, both active and retired.
"National parks preserve places that commemorate our country's collective heritage-our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons-which our military has defended through the years," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks."
For information on National Park Service battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate the service of American veterans, and/or have scheduled special events in recognition of Veterans Day, please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov.
The Veterans Day weekend is the last of the National Park Service free entrance opportunities for 2012.
Active duty personnel are also encouraged to pick up the new America the Beautiful Military Pass for use throughout the year at any national park, wildlife refuge or other federal site that charges an entrance fee. Military 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 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.