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 »
Stewart Draw Fire Sparked by June 22 Lightning Storm
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
On Sunday afternoon, June 22, Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a report of a smoke column from the vicinity of Stewart's Draw north of Death Canyon trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. During a fast-moving thunderstorm, lightning struck a single Douglas-fir tree and ignited the Stewart Draw Fire, which is currently .25 acre in size and burning in a dead tree hanging in the forest canopy and in the accumulation of forest litter at the base of the snag.
The Stewart Draw Fire lies within the Fire Use Zone identified in Grand Teton National Park's Fire Management Plan, and consequently can be managed for multiple objectives. The fire will be monitored while planning efforts continue regarding protection of park facilities that may be at risk and while assessing the fire's potential for resource benefits.
Area residents and visitors are requested to report any fire or smoke by calling 911 or Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307.739.3630.
For more fire information, please visit www.tetonfires.com
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.