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 the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Join Ranger-led Snowshoe Hike to Taggart Lake
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and area residents to discover the wonders of winter and boost their heart rate during an exhilarating snowshoe hike to Taggart Lake. Join a park ranger from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, for a moderately strenuous snowshoe trek to Taggart Lake at the foot of the Teton peaks.
Those participating should wear warm layered clothing and sturdy insulated boots, and bring along an energy snack and water. To join this ranger-led activity, meet at noon in the Taggart Lake parking area on the Teton Park Road, just three miles north of Moose Entrance Station.
With its blanket of pristine snow, the Teton landscape becomes a wonderland to experience and explore. This afternoon excursion offers participants an opportunity to learn about the magic and unique elements of the winter season while getting some exercise in an inspiring setting. The 3.5 hour-long snowshoe hike gains 400 feet of elevation and covers a round-trip distance of 3 miles. Previous snowshoeing experience is not required and a limited number of snowshoes may be available for anyone without their own at a cost of $5 for adults and $2 for children, 8 years and up.
Space is limited, therefore reservations are required. Call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399 to sign up.
For a complete list of ranger-led programs, please 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 lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.