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Opening Dates for Grand Teton & JDR Parkway

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Date: April 25, 2013
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are as follows: 

Roads 
Teton Park Road -- May 1
Grassy Lake Road -- June 1; remaining snow drifts may limit access
Moose-Wilson -- Open when snow melts naturally
Death Canyon -- Open when snow melts naturally
Signal Mountain Summit -- Open when snow melts naturally
Schwabacher Landing -- Closed for 2013
Spalding Bay -- Closed for 2013
Two Ocean Lake -- Closed for 2013 

Paved multi-use pathways will be fully accessible for use as remaining snow melts. 

Visitor Centers 
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center -- Open
Colter Bay Visitor Center -- May 11
Jenny Lake Visitor Center -- June 1
Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Preserve Center -- June 1
Flagg Ranch Information Station -- Closed for 2013 

Two facilities that would have remained closed as a result of automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration will now be open thanks to collaboration with park partners. For this year only, Grand Teton Association has agreed to help fund operation of the Jenny Lake Visitor Center through revenue from their book sales; and Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., which holds an endowment for the LSR Preserve, has established a singular grant to provide funding to operate the LSR Preserve Center in 2013. This grant was made with the understanding that it is a one-time gesture. Both facilities will operate with a shorter season and reduced hours. 

Campgrounds 
Gros Ventre -- May 3
Signal Mountain -- May 10
Jenny Lake -- May 10
Colter Bay -- May 23
Colter Bay RV Park -- May 23
Headwaters Campground & RV Sites -- June 1
Lizard Creek -- June 7  

Backcountry campsite reservations may be made until May 15 with a $25 non-refundable fee. Reservations can be made online at www.nps.gov/grte/, by fax at 307.739.3438, or by mail to Grand Teton National Park, Backcountry Permits, and PO Box 170, Moose, WY 83012. After May 15, all backcountry site permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Lodging 
Signal Mountain Lodge -- May 10
Jackson Lake Lodge -- May 20
Colter Bay Cabins -- May 23
Triangle X Ranch -- May 24
Jenny Lake Lodge -- June 1
Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch -- June 1 

Entrance Stations 
The Moose, Moran and Granite Canyon entrance stations are open.
Fee options include:
$12 for a 7-day permit to enter by foot/bicycle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
$20 for a 7-day permit to enter by motorcycle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
$25 for a 7-day permit to enter by vehicle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
$50 for a Grand Teton/Yellowstone Annual Pass valid for one-year entry into both parks
$80 for an Interagency Annual Pass valid for one year entry to all fee areas on federal lands 

Bicyclists are reminded that they must stop and show an entry pass before proceeding through the gates, just as vehicles are required to do. An automated self-serve machine is located on the multi-use pathway adjacent to the Moose Entrance Station. People traveling on the pathway by foot, bike, or rollerblade will be required to stop and pay $12 for a 7-day entry permit, or have a valid pass in possession. Personal identification is required with any pass that requires a signature. 

For additional information about activities and services within Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, please visit www.nps.gov/grte, stop by any visitor center, or call 307.739.3300.

Did You Know?

Pronghorn

Did you know that pronghorns are the fastest mammals in the western hemisphere? They can run up to 70 mph, but do not like to jump fences! In the summer, pronghorn live along Antelope Flats Road, but in fall they migrate almost 200 miles to central Wyoming.