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 »
Gain Free Entry on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 21, 2013 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Grand Teton joins the almost 400 other units of the National Park System to acknowledge this special day as part of an initiative to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the wonders of their national parks. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks normally costs $25 for seven days.
In addition to waiving entrance fees during this upcoming holiday, Grand Teton will also offer free admission on 12 other days throughout 2013. The additional fee-free dates for the calendar year include:
Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can enjoy winter activities from auto-touring, wildlife viewing and photography to cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing across the snow-covered landscape. 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 30, 2012. It will be groomed on an intermittent basis throughout the winter, but only when higher-priority road plowing operations are not required.
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 cost 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, refer to the park's newspaper, Grand Teton Guide, 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 pikas harvest grasses so they can survive the long cold winter? These small members of the rabbit family do not hibernate, but instead store their harvest as “haystacks” under rocks in the alpine environment.