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 »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
New Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes on Tap for Winter Season
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.33431
Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and locals to experience the extraordinary wonders of winter during one of the new snowshoe hikes scheduled for the season. In addition to the regular daily snowshoe hikes from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, rangers will also conduct guided snowshoe treks to Taggart Lake, as well as five full-moon snowshoe hikes.
Daily snowshoe hikes begin on Wednesday, December 26 at the Discovery Center in Moose, Wyoming. These two-hour excursions are offered every day at 1:30 p.m. and previous experience is not necessary. Snowshoes are provided for a fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children, 8 years and up.
For something different, join rangers for a snowshoe trek across glittering snow and under a bright full moon. These two-hour outings travel a level section of one of the park's snow-covered trails. Previous snowshoe experience is not required, and snowshoes are provided free of charge for these hikes. Full moon excursions are offered once a month on the following dates:
For more of a challenge, join a guided snowshoe hike to Taggart Lake. Explore the magic of winter and get your blood pumping at the same time. These moderately strenuous excursions gain 400 feet of elevation across a three-mile, round-trip trail to the lake. Dates and times will be announced throughout the winter. Previous snowshoe experience is not required, but may be helpful. Snowshoes are provided for a fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children, 8 years and older.
People have used snowshoes as a means of winter travel for thousands of years. These ranger-led snowshoe outings are designed to introduce beginning and casual snowshoe hikers to a rare experience: oversnow travel across a frozen and pristine landscape in the company of others. Venture into the winter landscape and learn about the natural wonders and unique characteristics that make this season so special.
Those attending any of the snowshoe hikes should wear warm layered clothing, sturdy insulated boots, and a face scarf or ski mask. Bring along an energy snack and water and a sense of adventure.
Reservations are required for all snowshoe hikes. Call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor center at 307.739.3399 to sign up.
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.