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 »
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 »
Contracts Awarded for Guided Mountain Climbing & Climbing Schools
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service (NPS) Acting Intermountain Regional Director Laura Joss announced that two offerors were selected to receive concession contracts to provide services for guided mountain climbing and climbing schools in Grand Teton National Park. The separate contracts each cover a term of ten years and have been awarded to Exum Guide Service and School of Mountaineering, Inc., doing business as Exum Mountain Guides, and The Mountain Guides, doing business as Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.
Guided mountain climbing and climbing schools services are currently provided at Grand Teton National Park by Exum Mountain Guides and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. The present Exum Mountain Guides' contract became effective January 1, 2004, and will expire on December 31, 2013. The present Jackson Hole Mountain Guides' contract was effective as of January 1, 2003, expired on December 31, 2012, and was extended through December 31, 2013. The NPS determined that the existing concessioners were preferred offerors for these new contracts pursuant to the terms of 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51.
"Exum Mountain Guides and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides have provided visitors with exceptional mountain climbing instruction and guide service in the park for decades and we look forward to continuing this long-standing tradition for another contract term," said Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
The NPS Intermountain Region Office solicited proposals for these business opportunities through a prospectus issued May 1, 2013. Bid proposals were accepted through July 2, 2013. The proposals were evaluated under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The Act made a number of changes in how concession contracts are awarded with the intent of ensuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
Guidelines used to evaluate all proposals can be found online at www.concessions.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Uinta ground squirrels, sometimes mistaken for prairie dogs, hibernate up to eight months a year? These animals leave their burrows in March or April to inhabit the sagebrush flats, but may return by the end of July.