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 »
September Ranger-led Programs & Other Seasonal Announcements
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
To celebrate the special nature of autumn in the Tetons, a variety of ranger-led programs will be offered during the month of September, beginning today. These programs provide opportunities to learn about park history, geology and wildlife while enjoying fall colors and other park features. Visitors and local residents should also note the closing dates for Grand Teton National Park visitor centers, listed below.
Moose Area Programs:
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR Preserve) Programs:
Jenny Lake Area Programs:
Colter Bay Area Programs:
Fall programs will be offered through September 22; however, schedules are subject to change. For further information on any of the listed activities, please call the Craig Thomas Discovery Center at 307.739.3399, Colter Bay Visitor Center at 307.739.3594 or LSR Preserve Center at 307.739.3654.
The Craig Thomas, Colter Bay, Jenny Lake and LSR Preserve visitor centers are open daily during most of September. Closures for park visitor centers for the 2013 season are:
LSR Preserve -- September 22
The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is scheduled to be closed from November 4 to April 7, 2014 as a cost saving measure due to ongoing budget constraints. The decision to close the Discovery Center for the winter season stems from a need to reduce expenses associated with its winter operation (heating, plowing, pathway shoveling, winter staffing, etc.) during a time of low visitation. Customary visitor services will be provided at other locations and via online access or through phone contact. Education outreach programs to area schools will take place for the 2013/2014 winter season, as they have in previous years. A cost/benefit analysis will be done at the conclusion of this winter closure to determine a course of action for future years.
Additional announcements about winter season operations will be made in mid-December.
Did You Know?
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