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 effect for trails in the Jenny Lake Area
A temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails in the Jenny Lake area due to construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material. The closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer. 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 »
Suicide Victim Found at Windy Point
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park rangers discovered the body of Alberto Ortega, age 55, of Winter Park, Florida on Monday morning, September 9 at Windy Point turnout on the Teton Park Road. Evidence found at the scene indicates that Ortega likely took his own life in the early morning hours with a single gunshot to his head. Rangers are conducting an investigation into what appears to be a suicide and an isolated event.
Rangers responded to an emergency call at 6:15 a.m. Monday. Passersby placed that 911 call when they came upon an unconscious man lying on the ground next to his Toyota pickup truck at the popular roadside turnout. Upon arrival, rangers found Ortega already deceased from a head wound and a semi-automatic pistol next to his body. A note left by Ortega was also located at the scene.
Suicides are an extremely rare occurrence in Grand Teton National Park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.