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 »
South Jenny Lake Area Closures Lifted
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Temporary closures throughout the south Jenny Lake area are lifted effective today, May 14, 2014. The brief closures were implemented for public safety while a helicopter transported heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. Staging of this material for a major trail construction project was completed in just two days, allowing for the area to reopen for public access.
The transport of rocks and other material via helicopter is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project: an initiative to provide for a safe, environmentally sensitive and enhanced visitor experience in the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. Work on the trail system from the west shore of Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls will be underway all summer. The horse trail from the shore of Jenny Lake to the Cascade Canyon trail junction will also be closed. Detour routes will be well marked for visitors wishing to reach Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point or Cascade Canyon during the hiking season.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the park's primary fundraising partner, will help finance this important project through their Inspiring Journeys campaign. The Foundation's signature initiative to raise funds for the renewal of the highly visited Jenny Lake area will also help highlight the National Park Service's 2016 centennial milestone. For information about the Foundation or their Inspiring Journeys campaign, go to www.gtnpf.org or call Leslie Mattson at 307.732.0629
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jenny and Leigh Lakes are named for the fur trapper “Beaver” Dick Leigh and his wife Jenny (not pictured)? Beaver Dick and Jenny assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.