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Annual Cattle Drive to Elk Ranch Pastures
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats (one mile south of the junction) on Saturday morning, June 7, between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. The temporary delay will allow for the safe movement of cattle from the Pinto Ranch of Buffalo Valley to the Elk Ranch pastures, that lie south of Moran Junction and the Buffalo Fork River.
Park rangers will provide traffic control for this cattle drive.
Pinto Ranch wranglers will drive a herd of approximately 300 cattle westward from the ranch using a right of way along Highway 26/287. When the cattle reach Moran Junction, the animals need to cross the Buffalo Fork Bridge, which may cause a delay of up to 20 minutes while the steers and wranglers clear both the bridge and a swampy area just south of the Buffalo Fork and Snake River confluence.
Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to travelers who may be driving along Hwy 89 near Moran Junction during the early morning cattle drive on Saturday. To avoid the temporary road delay, local residents and park visitors may choose to travel an alternate route through Grand Teton National Park using the Teton Park Road between Jackson Lake Junction and Moose Junction.
Several years ago, Grand Teton officials requested that the Pinto Ranch shift their cattle from an historic, free-range Pacific Creek grazing allotment north of Moran to the fenced Elk Ranch pastures in order to minimize potential conflicts with predators in the Pacific Creek drainage. Pinto Ranch also switched to grazing steers only, rather than running a cow/calf operation; this change also helps to reduce potential predator conflicts.
In accordance with the 1950 Grand Teton National Park enabling legislation, certain historic grazing privileges were retained. Since that time, the fenced and irrigated Elk Ranch pastures have been used for grazing.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the granite and gneiss composing the core of the Teton Range are some of the oldest rocks in North America, but the mountains are among the youngest in the world?