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 »
Reminder of Fireworks Restrictions for Fourth of July
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, visitors and local residents alike are reminded that fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, or in Teton County. It is critical that everyone comply with this regulation, especially given the high fire danger rating with very dry vegetation and warm temperatures throughout the greater Jackson Hole area.
Besides the fireworks prohibition on public and county lands, campers are reminded that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires; therefore, it is important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a site. Campers and day users should never leave a fire unattended, and should always be prepared by having a shovel on hand and a water bucket ready for use.
Abandoned campfires and fireworks can easily lead to an unwanted wildfire. As of June 25th, six human-caused fires have been suppressed on Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park. In addition, fully 23 unattended or abandoned campfires have been discovered and extinguished by Teton Interagency fire staff and law enforcement officials at forest camp sites.
With the already active fire season, local residents and visitors should exercise caution and practice heightened fire safety at all times. Area residents and visitors are requested to report a fire or smoke by calling 307.739.3630. For more fire information, please visit www.tetonfires.com
Did You Know?
Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.