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May 14, 2014
Temp Closures Lifted in South Jenny Lake Area
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.

April 21, 2014
Opening Dates for Grand Teton & the Rockefeller Parkway
Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway have been determined.

December 10, 2013
Winter Season Activities Get Underway
The 2014 winter season begins Sunday, December 15 in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This year, as a cost saving measure, the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center will be closed until April 7, 2014. A phone line (307.739.3399) will be staffed Monday through Friday for park information. An alternative for winter visitor information about the greater Jackson Hole area, including Grand Teton and the JDR Parkway, is the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on North Cache Street in Jackson, Wyoming. This interagency visitor center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, offering interactive displays and dioramas that highlight the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its many features. Wintering elk can be observed on the nearby National Elk Refuge from a wildlife observation deck equipped with spotting scopes. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/jhgyvc/ for more information.

December 06, 2013
Public Scoping Period Begins Today for Moose-Wilson Corridor
Acting Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) is developing a comprehensive management plan/environmental impact statement (Plan/EIS) for the Moose-Wilson corridor within Grand Teton National Park. A public scoping period for the Plan/EIS will occur from December 6, 2013 through February 6, 2014, during which time public comments will be accepted.

December 03, 2013
Gary Pollock Receives Meritorious Service Award from Interior Department
Gary M. Pollock, management assistant at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, received the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award during a recent management team assembly with retiring Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott at park headquarters in Moose, Wyoming. As the second highest honor bestowed by the Secretary of the Interior, the Meritorious Service Award is given to employees who make exceptional and continuing contributions to the Department or one of its bureaus. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell noted that Pollock earned this award, “In recognition of his significant contributions to improve protection of Grand Teton National Park’s natural and cultural resources and the development of external partnerships.”

November 18, 2013
Grand Teton to Update its Cost Recovery Rates for Backcountry & Special Park Use Permits
Grand Teton National Park will soon update its cost-recovery rate for backcountry camping permits and for special park use permits to reflect the actual cost of operation for these programs. Adjusted charges for these specific permits will become effective beginning January 1, 2014.

November 12, 2013
Scoping Begins for Mountain Goat Management Plan EA
The National Park Service is beginning to develop a plan to analyze potential strategies for managing non-native mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This management plan and environmental assessment (plan/EA) would support long-term protection for the mountain ecosystem and its associated native species in Grand Teton and the JDR Parkway. Public comments will be accepted during a scoping period from November 12 through December 13, 2013.

November 04, 2013
Visit National Parks for Free on Veterans Day Weekend
The National Park Service (NPS) began in 2006 to celebrate Veterans Day by offering free entry as a way to honor members of the US Armed Forces who currently serve, or have served, our Nation during times of war and peace. This year the tradition continues, and all 401 national park units across America will offer free admission on Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11. This relatively simple—yet meaningful—gesture is extended to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of military personnel, both active and retired.

October 25, 2013
Seasonal Road & Facility Closures Reminder
Jackson residents and park visitors are reminded that two roads within Grand Teton National Park will close to vehicle traffic for the season on the evening of Thursday, October 31, 2013. These seasonal closures include the length of the Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trailheads.

October 25, 2013
Supt. Mary Gibson Scott Announces Retirement
Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway today announced her retirement from the National Park Service (NPS), marking the end of a dedicated career in public service that spans 33 years. Superintendent Scott’s last day in the office will be November 8, 2013.

October 23, 2013
Contracts Awarded for Guided Mountain Climbing & Climbing Schools
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service (NPS) Acting Intermountain Regional Director Laura Joss announced that two offerors were selected to receive concession contracts to provide services for guided mountain climbing and climbing schools in Grand Teton National Park. The separate contracts each cover a term of ten years and have been awarded to Exum Guide Service and School of Mountaineering, Inc., doing business as Exum Mountain Guides, and The Mountain Guides, doing business as Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

October 21, 2013
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott Receives Prestigious Award
Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, was recognized for her exemplary leadership in addressing environmental issues and concerns during the annual George B. Hartzog, Jr. Environmental Awards Program ceremony at Clemson University. Scott received the 2013 Fran P. Mainella Award for sustained and innovative achievement by a woman in the management of North America’s natural, historic or cultural heritage, during a luncheon event on Monday, October 7 in South Carolina.

October 18, 2013
Elk Reduction Program Begins Tomorrow in Grand Teton NP
The elk reduction program in Grand Teton National Park begins tomorrow Saturday, October 19. Several changes to the program go into effect this year including requiring hunters to use non-led ammunition, limiting the number of ammunition cartridges hunters may carry each day, and closing a portion of the Snake River bottom that was open in previous years to reduce the chance of grizzly bear-hunter encounters.

October 17, 2013
Grand Teton National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway Re-open to Visitors
Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are open again after a 16-day closure during a lapse in appropriations. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott will hold a conference call for news media at 3 p.m. MDT today on the status of opening the parks and the economic impacts of the government closure.

September 26, 2013
Local Students Participate in Trout Research Project
Nearly to 200 Jackson Hole Middle School 7th grade students joined Grand Teton National Park, Trout Unlimited, Teton Science Schools and Wyoming Game and Fish biologists at the Gros Ventre Campground on September 24 and 25 to participate in Adopt-a-Trout Field Days.

September 18, 2013
Nat'l Public Lands Day & Time to Lend a Helping Hand
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees (including commercial tour fees) on Saturday, September 28 in recognition of National Public Lands Day, 2013. All national park sites typically offer free entry on this day in an effort to encourage individuals, families and communities to explore and appreciate America’s great outdoors. The fee for a 7-day pass into Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks by single, private vehicle is normally $25. National Public Lands Day is also a time for individuals across America to volunteer their time and energy through beneficial projects.

September 13, 2013
Initial Findings from Investigation into Aircraft Crash of September 11
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has provided some initial findings into its investigation of light aircraft crash in Grand Teton National Park on Wednesday, September 11. The NTSB is the lead investigator and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Grand Teton National Park are both assisting with the crash investigation.

September 13, 2013
Investigation Leads to Citations for Hunting Violations
Grand Teton National Park rangers issued a citation and a separate warning to an elk hunter after an investigation into concerns that he may have killed a bull elk inside the park’s boundary. Randall Arrotta, age 52, of Green Acres, Washington was cited for one violation of 36 CFR§ 2.4 (a)(1)(ii) prohibited carrying of a weapon, and issued a warning for 36 CFR § 2.1 (1)(i) prohibited transport of wildlife parts. He was also cited by Wyoming Game & Fish wardens for WS 23-2-401(a) nonresident hunt of big or trophy game animals on any designated wilderness area without a licensed professional guide.

September 11, 2013
Small Aircraft Crash Causes Two Fatalities
Jackson Hole Airport Fire Department, Grand Teton National Park rangers and EMTs, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, and Teton County sheriffs responded to a report of a small aircraft crash near North Spring Gulch Road in Grand Teton National Park at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

September 10, 2013
Suicide Victim Found at Windy Point
Grand Teton National Park rangers discovered the body of Alberto Ortega, age 55, of Winter Park, Florida on Monday morning, September 9 at Windy Point turnout on the Teton Park Road. Evidence found at the scene indicates that Ortega likely took his own life in the early morning hours with a single gunshot to his head. Rangers are conducting an investigation into what appears to be a suicide and an isolated event.

September 09, 2013
Active Trails Wellness Program Proves Big Success in First Year
Grand Teton National Park and St. John’s Medical Center declare a successful first season for their Active Trails Wellness program, focused on park-based activities. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, over 350 local participants logged time hiking, biking, canoeing, climbing and other pursuits, for a total of 3,861 hours of outdoor fitness in Grand Teton. Patty Schneider became the season winner and earned the grand prize of a night’s stay at Jackson Lake Lodge in a Classic Cottage room with breakfast in the Mural Room.

September 07, 2013
Colorado Man Falls to his Death in Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park rangers recovered the body of Edward Tom, 40, of Boulder Colorado on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Tom fell to his death Friday evening September 8 in Garnet Canyon while scouting for a campsite following a storm with heavy rain and hail.

September 06, 2013
Travel Delays to Occur on Teton Park Road
A brief travel closure on the section of Teton Park Road that crosses over Jackson Lake dam in Grand Teton National Park will occur on Tuesday, September 10, Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19. This temporary delay will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and last for 30 to 45 minutes.

September 05, 2013
Foreign Visitor Rescued After Suffering Cardiac Distress on Park Trail
On Wednesday evening, September 4, a team of 20 National Park Service employees and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS staff responded to a medical emergency involving a hiker on the Hermitage Point trail in Grand Teton National Park. Responders located and assisted a 74-year-old woman from Amsterdam, Holland who was reported to be in cardiac distress. The foreign visitor was assessed and initially treated on scene for cardiac atrial fibrillation and subsequently transported via an Air Idaho life flight helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

September 04, 2013
Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections Conducted
Grand Teton National Park, in partnership with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspectors and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Commercial Carrier group, conducted multiple commercial vehicle safety inspections over several weeks this past summer. The inspections focused on commercial buses and trucks and evaluated both the driver and their vehicle. These inspections are conducted annually to ensure compliance with federal regulations that govern the operation of such vehicles, and to improve safety for both passengers and other drivers on park roads.

September 03, 2013
September Ranger-led Programs & Other Seasonal Announcements
To celebrate the special nature of autumn in the Tetons, a variety of ranger-led programs will be offered during the month of September, beginning today. These programs provide opportunities to learn about park history, geology and wildlife while enjoying fall colors and other park features. Visitors and local residents should also note the closing dates for Grand Teton National Park visitor centers, listed below.

September 03, 2013
Closing Dates of Visitor Services for 2013 Season
Visitor services at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway will begin to wind down for the 2013 season. Scheduled closure dates for September, October and November include:

August 30, 2013
Shoshonean Cultural Days Celebration
The Shoshonean peoples of the Eastern Great Basin and Western Plains hunted seasonally in what is now Grand Teton National Park and left behind a sizeable archeological record. Their modern-day descendants still live in the region and have maintained their languages and cultural practices. A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on September 5th and 6th. Cultural speakers and exhibits of traditional and modern Shoshonean arts will explain the present-day influence of the Shoshone peoples. The following programs are free to the public.

August 29, 2013
Program to Highlight Harrison Crandall, Early Photographer & Fine-art Painter
Harrison R. Crandall was the first official Grand Teton National Park photographer and served as a resident artist from the 1920s until the 1960s. Professor and author Kenneth A. Barrick will provide insight into Crandall’s art and tenure as park photographer during a public event on Thursday, September 5 at 5 p.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium. Barrick will also unveil his new coffee-table book, "Harrison R. Crandall: Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park." Harrison Crandall’s daughter and son-in-law, Quita and Herb Pownall, and other family members will join Dr. Barrick during a book signing after his presentation. A second book signing will take place on September 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center.

August 29, 2013
Moose-Wilson Road to Close on September 4th for Dust Treatment
A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be in place for about 28 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Wednesday, September 4. Barring rainy weather or equipment malfunction, the road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. September 5. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work.

August 27, 2013
Grand Teton Park Rangers Rescue Climber Buried by Rockfall in Garnet Canyon
A 54 year-old Wisconsin man sustained multiple traumatic injuries when he was buried by rockfall in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. The rockslide occurred at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, and numerous calls for help and multiple SPOT device activations were transmitted beginning at 9:45 a.m. No other people reported injuries and park rangers swept the area to verify no one else was buried by the slide.

August 21, 2013
Disorderly Conduct Results in Use of Taser by Park Rangers
Late Thursday evening, August 15, Grand Teton National Park rangers deployed a Taser during the arrest of Edwin Matthew Schmidt, a 47-year-old seasonal concession employee and resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona. Jackson Lake Lodge security officers called park rangers at 10:45 p.m. for assistance with an intoxicated individual near their employee residential area.

August 21, 2013
Park Ranger Deploys Taser to Subdue Irate Young Man
On Wednesday, August 14, a Grand Teton National Park ranger deployed his Taser to subdue a 23-year-old man from Kentucky who became agitated, physically combative and a risk for public safety. The ranger was attempting to talk with the man following a search for his whereabouts and concern for his wellbeing after he spent an unscheduled night in the park’s backcountry. When they interviewed his father as the search was underway, rangers learned that the young man had a history of mental illness.

August 16, 2013
Closure Lifted After Peregrine Falcon Chick Fledges from Baxter’s Pinnacle Nest
The public closure at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Thursday, August 15. This area closure went into effect on May 1 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. Due in part to the protection provided by this wildlife closure, the adult falcons successfully reared and fledged one chick.

August 16, 2013
Biologist Steve Cain to Present ‘Teton Wildlife: Competition for a Grand Landscape’
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites wildlife enthusiasts to learn about the many animals that roam Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and discover how humans can live responsibly and compatibly with local wildlife. Steve Cain, Grand Teton’s senior wildlife biologist, will provide an overview of the current status of various wildlife species that occupy home ranges within the park and parkway on Thursday afternoon, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose, Wyoming.

August 15, 2013
Fee-Free Day to Celebrate Anniversary of the National Park Service
In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service, all 401 national park units—including Grand Teton National Park—will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

August 12, 2013
Injured Hiker Rescued from Blacktail Butte
A slight misstep on a rocky trail up Blacktail Butte triggered the ground-based rescue of an injured hiker Saturday evening, August 10. Claude Belliot, age 53, of New York State seriously injured her ankle on a steep section of the trail just before 6 p.m. while hiking near the butte’s summit with a companion.

August 05, 2013
Rangers Use Road Spikes to Stop Fleeing Vehicle for Second Time This Summer
— A 57-year-old Victorville, California man led a Grand Teton National Park ranger on a fast-moving pursuit on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 north of Moose Junction late Sunday night, August 4. The ranger attempted to stop the vehicle for crossing the centerline several times, but the driver did not yield and increased his speed instead.

August 05, 2013
Annual Astronomy Day to ‘Focus’ on Constellations and Galaxies
Grand Teton National Park will join the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to host the annual Grand Teton Astronomy Day this Sunday, August 11. Family-oriented activities are on tap which offer fun and educational opportunities to identify and appreciate galactic bodies such as constellations, star clusters, nebulae, sunspots, and much more.

August 04, 2013
New Fire Starts and Rescues Keep Interagency Helicopter Busy
Teton Interagency Helicopter 25 and its crew remained busy following a late night lighting storm last Thursday, August 1. The Interagency ship responded to five new fire starts, four on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and one in Grand Teton National Park, while also assisting on two rescues in Grand Teton National Park.

August 03, 2013
Second Annual Plein Air for the Park Event a Resounding Success
Grand Teton National Park recently served as the host site and paramount inspiration for the 2nd annual Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition and sale. Jointly organized and co-hosted by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) and Grand Teton Association (GTA), this year’s paint-out and show enticed over 40 professional artists from around the country to spend two weeks in July capturing on canvas the spectacular scenery, wildlife and wildflowers of the Teton landscape. The event brought 30% more in sales over the maiden Plein Air for the Park event of 2012.

August 01, 2013
Firefighters Respond to Two Lightning Caused Fires
Lightning moving through Jackson Hole and the surrounding area on July 31, 2013 ignited at least two new fires in the Teton Interagency area.

July 31, 2013
Minor Traffic Delays Due to Road Improvement Work
Road improvement work will be underway at various locations across the southern portion of Grand Teton National Park during the first two weeks of August. This work will result in minor travel delays. Motorists are advised to call the road conditions line at 307.739.3614 for specific and current road information.

July 30, 2013
Grizzly Bear Relocated from Lizard Creek Area
In an effort to provide for public safety and foster the future welfare of the animal, a 212-pound male grizzly bear was captured and relocated from the Lizard Creek campground at Grand Teton National Park on Monday afternoon, July 29. The bear was radio-collared and released northwest of Grand Teton in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grizzly bear recovery coordinator, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

July 23, 2013
NPS Announces Decisions for Pathway System Expansion & Safety Improvements
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) has made final decisions regarding the next two phases of the Grand Teton National Park pathway system. These phases will extend the current network by 2.2 miles and improve safety for users of the existing segments.

July 23, 2013
Rangers Conduct Challenging Rescue for Off-Trail Hiker
Avalanche Canyon was the site of the latest rescue in Grand Teton National Park. Five park rangers performed one of the more physically taxing ground based rescues in the last several years during the afternoon and evening of Monday, July 22.

July 23, 2013
Grand Teton Park Rangers Conduct Challenging Rescue for Off-Trail Hiker
Avalanche Canyon was the site of the latest rescue in Grand Teton National Park. Five park rangers performed one of the more physically taxing ground based rescues in the last several years during the afternoon and evening of Monday, July 22.

July 18, 2013
T.A. Moulton Barn Centennial Countdown & Lowdown
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and the Moulton family would like to remind locals and visitors of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration of the Thomas Alma Moulton barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Attendees are advised to be prepared for a day in the sun and bring sunscreen, sun hats, and shade umbrellas. Special Moulton Barn water bottles will be available for purchase, as an alternative to disposable water bottles.

July 18, 2013
Backcountry Hiker Rescued from Webb Canyon in Northern Teton Range
Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a 27-year-old man who injured his foot while hiking in Webb Canyon located in the northern portion of the Teton Range. Michael Zinke of Solvang, California was with a large group of people who intended to traverse the Teton Range over the course of several days from Webb Canyon to String Lake trailhead.

July 15, 2013
Two Rescues in Two Days from Hanging Canyon on Mount St. John
Grand Teton National Park rangers initiated a rescue and conducted an aerial evacuation on Friday afternoon, July 12, after a climber seriously injured his leg while glissading down a snowfield in Hanging Canyon. Lauren Hall, age 33, of Jackson, Wyoming and a companion successfully climbed a feature known as The Jaw in Hanging Canyon on Mount St. John and were on their way down from the climb when Hall punched through thin snow near a rock about 10 a.m. and sustained the injury that ultimately prevented him from hiking much further.

July 11, 2013
Injured Paraglider Rescued from Death Canyon
A local paraglider made a forced landing in Death Canyon Wednesday afternoon, July 10, triggering a search and rescue operation in Grand Teton National Park. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call for help at 4 p.m. for Rebecca Bredehoft, age 29, of Jackson, Wyoming, after she took a hard landing about 4.5 miles up canyon from the Death Canyon trailhead. Bredehoft sustained serious injuries during that landing.

July 11, 2013
Rescue Conducted for Injured Climbers from Separate Accidents on the Grand Teton
Park rangers orchestrated the rescue and aerial evacuation of two injured climbers from the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton on Thursday, July 11, in Grand Teton National Park. Each of the climbers was injured in separate, unrelated accidents while ascending the Grand Teton—one accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, and the other on Thursday morning.

July 08, 2013
Moose-Wilson Road to Close on July 17 for Dust Treatment
A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be in place for about 28 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 17. Barring rainy weather or equipment malfunction, the road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 18. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work.

July 05, 2013
Centennial Celebration Planned to Commemorate the T.A. Moulton Barn
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and her staff will join Moulton family members and friends, as well as artists and history aficionados, to celebrate a milestone: the 100th anniversary of the Thomas Alma Moulton barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. A series of activities that include remarks by national park, state and local officials will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 02, 2013
Data Collection Begins in Grand Teton’s Moose-Wilson Corridor
Visitors traveling through the Moose-Wilson corridor in Grand Teton National Park may encounter researchers along the road, at trailheads, on trails, and in parking areas through October, 2013. Data collection this summer will be led by researchers from Utah State University (USU) though a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service (NPS). These data will be used to inform a planning process that will address future management of the corridor.

July 02, 2013
Felony Assault Charges Levied for Altercation
The suspect in an assault that occurred June 28 in Grand Teton National Park made an appearance in federal court in Jackson, Wyoming on Monday, July 1, 2013. Vincent Hagey, 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada appeared before U.S. Magistrate James K. Lubing, and was charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in violation of Title 18 USC § 113(a)(3), and one count of assault which resulted in serious bodily injury in violation of Title 18 USC § 113(a)(6). Both are felony charges.

June 28, 2013
Individual Arrested for Assault
Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to a report of a serious assault that occurred early Friday morning, June 28, at an employee dormitory adjacent to Jackson Lake Lodge. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call for assistance at 1:35 a.m.

June 26, 2013
Invitation to Participate in “A Nickel for the Barn” Public Art Show
Grand Teton National Park has partnered with the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum (JHHSM) and the T.A. Moulton Barn Centennial Celebration committee to stage a public art exhibition titled “A Nickel for the Barn.” Artists, poets, and photographers of all ages, abilities and disciplines are invited to participate in this public art show centered on the T.A. Moulton barn and history of Mormon Row. Submitted artwork will be displayed from July 2-21 at the JHHSM building on North Cache in Jackson and from July 22-August 4 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.

June 21, 2013
Sixth Annual John Colter Day Observed
The sixth annual John Colter Day will be held on June 24 at Colter Bay Visitor Center. Colter explored the greater Yellowstone area during the winter of 1807-08, and was likely the first European to travel the region. To highlight this historical figure, Grand Teton National Park will offer programs on Monday, June 24, including demonstrations of the lives of mountain men of the 1800’s and a presentation on John Colter’s contributions to the exploration of the American West.

June 21, 2013
Mulitple Emergencies & Climbing Fatality Cause Active Day for Rangers
Thursday, June 20 became another rigorous day for park rangers at Grand Teton National Park. Numerous rangers responded to a cardiac arrest incident in Buffalo Valley, while other rangers handled two back-to-back rescue missions in the Tetons; one resulted in a fatality.

June 21, 2013
Mulitple Emergencies and Climbing Fatality Cause Active Day for Rangers
Thursday, June 20 became another rigorous day for park rangers at Grand Teton National Park. Numerous rangers responded to a cardiac arrest incident in Buffalo Valley, while other rangers handled two back-to-back rescue missions in the Tetons; one resulted in a fatality.

June 19, 2013
Parks Take Proactive Measures to Stem Spread of Gastrointestinal Illness
The National Park Service is urging visitors to northwestern Wyoming to be vigilant about hand washing while on vacation, due to greater-than-normal reports of gastrointestinal (GI) illness in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and areas outside the national parks in Montana.

June 17, 2013
Weekend Incidents Keep Grand Teton Rangers Busy
An active weekend in Grand Teton National Park kept rangers and emergency responders exceptionally busy. Park staff handled two search and rescue missions, eight medical calls, including one fatality, and multiple reports of property damage, plus one serious personal injury, in the aftermath of a significant wind event in the Colter Bay area.

June 17, 2013
Injured Climber Rescued After Fall near Black Rock Chimney on Grand Teton
At 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to a report of a 57-year-old male with an injury who was climbing near the Black Rock Chimney on the Grand Teton. Jim Williams of Jackson, Wyoming was leading a client on a guided trip of the Grand Teton for an authorized park concessionaire when the snow that he was standing on collapsed, causing him to take a short fall. During that brief fall, Williams caught a crampon on the ice and sustained an injury.

June 13, 2013
Pilgrim Creek Road Closure Extended a Second Week: June 17-21
The temporary closure of Pilgrim Creek Road, located between Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village, will be extended while a contractor continues to haul and stage gravel along the length of this unpaved road in preparation for an improvement project scheduled for July. This secondary road will be open to public access over the weekend of June 15-16, but will close from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 to all access—including pedestrians—for safety concerns due to movement of heavy trucks.

June 10, 2013
Pilgrim Creek Road Closed June 11-14 for Construction
The Pilgrim Creek Road between Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village will be closed to all public access Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, June 14 while a contractor hauls gravel and stages it along the side of the unpaved road.

June 06, 2013
Annual Cattle Drive to Cause Minor Traffic Delays
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Highway 26/89/191 from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats (one mile south of the junction) on Saturday morning, June 8, between the hours of 6:45 and 8:30 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, which lie south of Moran Junction and the Buffalo Fork River. Park rangers will provide traffic control for this cattle drive.

June 06, 2013
Temporary Reroute of Popular South Jenny Lake Trail
Beginning Monday, June 10, hikers using the southern portion of the popular Jenny Lake trail to Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon will need to take an upper trail segment beyond Moose Ponds junction. This reroute will be in place for two to four weeks while significant restoration work is done along the more often used shoreline trail.

May 31, 2013
Active Trails Program & Wellness Initiative Launched
In partnership with St. John’s Medical Center, Grand Teton National Park will launch a new Active Trails program with a kick-off event June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Miller Park in Jackson, Wyoming. The first 10 people to register for participation in the Active Trails program will receive a free annual pass to Grand Teton National Park, and a few lucky participants who attend a bear safety presentation will receive a free can of bear spray. Grand Teton’s Active Trails program is funded through a grant by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

May 17, 2013
Evison Fellowship Awarded to UW Graduate Student Susma Giri
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA) are pleased to announce that Susma Giri was selected for the 2013 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Giri, the ninth recipient of an Evison Fellowship, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Ecology at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The Evison Graduate Fellowship began in 2005 to support advanced studies throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area.

May 13, 2013
American Indian Guest Artists 2013 Program
Each year, Grand Teton National Park sponsors a unique program that brings American Indian artists to the Colter Bay Visitor Center. For the past 38 years, artisans from diverse tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms, providing visitors a chance to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Indian cultures that are alive and active across North America.

May 06, 2013
Snake River Headwaters EA Available for Public Review
Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge released today for public review the Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA). Prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this environmental assessment will be open for review and comment for 57 days from May 6 – June 30, 2013.

May 03, 2013
Road Construction Projects Scheduled for 2013 Travel Season
Summer road repair and rehabilitation projects begin next week in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This work will result in varying traffic delays during the 2013 travel season.

May 03, 2013
International Migratory Bird Day Observance Takes Flight May 11
Observance of the 2013 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) gets underway at Grand Teton National Park with a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 11. To celebrate IMBD and conduct the annual North American bird count, Park Ranger Andrew Langford will visit areas throughout Grand Teton that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.

May 01, 2013
Prospectus Issued for Guided Mountain Climbing
The National Park Service (NPS) today issued a prospectus to solicit proposals for guided mountain climbing and climbing schools in Grand Teton National Park. This prospectus will award two concession contracts valid for 10 years, each.

April 25, 2013
Opening Dates for Grand Teton & JDR Parkway
Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are announced.

April 12, 2013
Watch the Antics of Strutting Sage Grouse
To celebrate the arrival of spring, park ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Strutting grouse trips will be offered on the following weekends: April 13–14, April 20–21, and April 27–28, 2013.

April 12, 2013
Jr. Ranger Program Launches National Park Week
Did you know April 20-28 is National Park Week? Come celebrate the annual observance in Grand Teton National Park. Join us for special events and programs that are fun and free for the whole family. This is also a perfect time to plan a special getaway to experience the wonders of Grand Teton National Park with free park admission from April 22-26.

April 05, 2013
Class of 2016 Creative Arts Contest
Freshmen in Teton County, Wyoming are invited to compete in an essay and creative arts competition hosted by Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA). The contest is part of Grand Teton’s multi-faceted “Class of 2016” initiative, which highlights the upcoming National Park Service centennial in 2016. This is the first of four annual awards and scholarships offered for Class of 2016 students.

April 04, 2013
Teton Park Road to Open for Non-Motorized Activities
Grand Teton National Park road crews are nearing completion of annual spring plowing operations on the Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. The road opens to non-motorized activities Friday, April 5, 2013.

April 02, 2013
Spring Migration in Motion at Grand Teton National Park
With spring-like weather and warmer temperatures, animals are actively “on the move” from their winter ranges to their summer haunts in Grand Teton National Park. Herds of elk recently moved off the National Elk Refuge and fanned out across the sagebrush flats just north of the Gros Ventre River and along both sides of Highway 26/89/191. Several groups of elk began spreading across snow free areas in the park on Monday afternoon, April 1 and Tuesday morning, April 2. Because spring migration is now fully underway, motorists should be alert for wildlife on and near park roads and drive with extra caution during the coming weeks.

April 01, 2013
‘Snowdesk’ Webcasts Reach Students across America
For a third year, Grand Teton National Park interpretive rangers brought the fascinating winter world of northwestern Wyoming to students across America. Rangers interacted with classrooms in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming through video conference technology from a ‘Snowdesk’ set. Via curriculum-based distance learning, students were transported to the snowy Teton landscape outside the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.

March 28, 2013
Snow Removal on the Teton Park Road to Begin April 1st
Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge on Monday, April 1, 2013. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other winter trails, or areas adjacent to the Teton Park Road, for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable.

March 27, 2013
Grand Teton Posts New Interactive eHike on Website
Come take a walk on the virtual wild side and explore one of the most popular hikes available at Grand Teton National Park. A new web-based, interactive program takes viewers on an 'eHike' around String Lake, one of the six glacial lakes that grace the foot of the Teton Range.

March 25, 2013
Bears Active Again in Grand Teton & the Rockefeller Parkway
Bears are out of hibernation and active again in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Park staff received reports of the first set of bear tracks on March 15th. These reports were in keeping with long-term data that indicates 50% of adult males bears are out of their winter dens by mid-March each year. Local residents and park visitors should be alert for the presence of bears throughout all areas of the park and parkway.

March 14, 2013
Trout Unlimited & Grand Teton Partner to Restore Gros Ventre Watershed
Grand Teton National Park joined with the sportsmen's group Trout Unlimited (TU) today to announce collaborative efforts underway on a stream restoration project for the Gros Ventre watershed. The project will remove an obsolete water diversion structure located near Kelly, Wyoming. The Newbold Dam—a low-head, log/rock structure—poses a significant barrier to fish passage in the Gros Ventre River, and is no longer needed for irrigation purposes. Dam removal will eliminate a safety risk for local residents and visitors who access the river for recreation at this location, and unlock more than 100 miles of stream habitat for spawning and sustaining trout.

March 13, 2013
Changes in Store for Elk Reduction Program
Grand Teton National Park officials plan to implement changes in the 2013 elk reduction program (ERP)—a National Park Service (NPS) wildlife management program conducted in collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and designed to help regulate the Jackson elk herd. These changes will be made in part to reduce the chance of grizzly bear-hunter encounters.

March 07, 2013
Investigation Results Made Public in 2012 Grizzly Bear Shooting
In consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers completed their comprehensive investigation into the fatal shooting of a grizzly bear on Thanksgiving morning, 2012 by three hunters participating in the park's elk reduction program. As the final step in the process, the United States Attorney's Office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed against the hunters involved in this incident.

March 05, 2013
IMR Director Signs FONSI on Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan/Environmental Assessment (Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan/EA). Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels approved and signed the FONSI based on the environmental assessment. Implementation of the plan will begin when funding is secured.

March 01, 2013
Local Backcountry Skier Killed by Avalanche in Teton Range
A local backcountry skier died today during an avalanche in the Teton Range at Grand Teton National Park. Jarad Spackman, age 40, of Jackson, was involved in the avalanche that took his life while he was ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon.

February 26, 2013
Grand Teton Generates $436 Million in Benefit to Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that nearly 2.6 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park spent over $436 million in gateway communities surrounding the park. That spending, in turn, supported 6,397 jobs in the northwestern Wyoming communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, as well as the nearby Idaho communities of Driggs and Victor.

February 20, 2013
NPS Academy Begins 3rd Year Fostering Careers
An innovative program initiated by Grand Teton National Park and developed through key collaborators—The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Teton Science Schools—will mark its third year in fostering a career track for college students from diverse backgrounds. Critical funding for the program comes from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Grand Teton Association, two dedicated and longstanding park partners. The 2013 NPS Academy will take place from March 4 - 8 at Grand Teton, where participants from universities throughout the U.S. will learn about career opportunities with the National Park Service (NPS) and other federal agencies through seminars, workshops, field trips, and recreational activities.

February 07, 2013
Grand Teton Recruits for 2013 Youth Conservation Program
Grand Teton National Park is currently recruiting participants for the 2013 Youth Conservation Program (YCP). Funding for this youth employment opportunity comes from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation through generous contributions by their donors. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013.

February 01, 2013
Join Ranger-led Snowshoe Hike to Taggart Lake
Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and area residents to discover the wonders of winter and boost their heart rate during an exhilarating snowshoe hike to Taggart Lake. Join a park ranger from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, for a moderately strenuous snowshoe trek to Taggart Lake at the foot of the Teton peaks.

January 29, 2013
Avalanche Victim’s Body Recovered from Survey Peak
Grand Teton National Park rangers were able to recover the body of Nick Gillespie, age 30, of Jackson, Wyoming from Berry Creek canyon at 5 p.m. on January 28. Foggy conditions throughout most of Monday prevented earlier attempts to complete the mission before late afternoon. Rangers also concluded their investigation of the avalanche event that took his life on Sunday afternoon. Gillespie, a long-time seasonal employee of Grand Teton, was caught in an avalanche on the southeast face of Survey Peak (elevation 9,277 feet) at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and he died as a result of injuries suffered in the slide.

January 28, 2013
Rangers Working to Recover Body of Backcountry Skier
On Monday morning, Grand Teton National Park rangers began a recovery mission for the body of a backcountry skier who died in an avalanche on Sunday, January 27. Nick Gillespie, age 30, of Jackson, Wyoming, was caught in an avalanche on the southeast face of Survey Peak (elevation 9,277 feet) in the northern Teton Range about 5 p.m. Sunday and died as a result of injuries suffered in the slide. Gillespie was a long-time seasonal employee of Grand Teton National Park who worked on the park's trail crew for the past six years.

January 22, 2013
Scoping for UW/NPS Research Center Improvements
The University of Wyoming (UW) and National Park Service (NPS) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze environmental effects of a range of alternatives for proposed improvements to the UW/NPS Research Center Campus at the AMK Ranch on the east shore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. These include replacement of the water and wastewater systems, construction of a new dormitory, and implementation of a number of other improvements. Public comments will be accepted during a scoping period from January 18 through February 20, 2013.

January 11, 2013
Gain Free Entry on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 21, 2013 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Grand Teton joins the almost 400 other units of the National Park System to acknowledge this special day as part of an initiative to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the wonders of their national parks. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks normally costs $25 for seven days.

January 10, 2013
Rangers Investigate Death of Mule Deer with Atypical Antlers
Grand Teton National Park rangers, with assistance from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, conducted an investigation into the recent death of a buck mule deer. The mule deer died as a result of physical injuries sometime on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 along the Gros Ventre River near the park's southern boundary. While the natural death of an animal inside of a national park can be expected, this individual deer wore an atypical set of antlers that brought particular attention and admiration from visitors and local residents alike, and therefore prompted this announcement about the circumstances of its death.

December 28, 2012
NPS Purchases Second Wyoming State Lands Parcel in Grand Teton
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Intermountain Region Director John A. Wessels and Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott are pleased to announce that the National Park Service (NPS) has purchased the second of four parcels of Wyoming school trust lands within Grand Teton National Park. Eighty-six acres known as the Snake River Parcel were acquired for an appraised value of $16 million with funds made available from congressional appropriations in fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

December 21, 2012
New Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes on Tap for Winter Season
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.

December 20, 2012
Prospectus Issued for Guided Ski Touring Services
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus to solicit proposals for providing guided cross-country ski touring services, including guided snowshoe tours and associated transportation and food service in Grand Teton National Park. As specified in each contract, tours will be conducted on approved routes within the park. The new contracts will be valid for 10 years.

December 07, 2012
‘Class of 2016’ Initiative Launched
To highlight the National Park Service's upcoming centennial in 2016, Grand Teton National Park will launch a multi-year initiative focused on local "Class of 2016" students. In partnership with the Grand Teton Association (GTA) and Jackson Hole High School, park staff will provide hands-on lessons and experiences for students throughout their high school years. Through this outreach program, Grand Teton hopes to create opportunities for students to find meaningful experiences in their nearby national park and gain a better understanding of its significance.

December 06, 2012
Winter Season Activities to Begin
Although winter seems to be unusually late in coming this year, activities for the 2012/13 season begin Saturday, December 15 in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is open year-round and winter hours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. To observe the Christmas holiday, the Discovery Center (12 miles north of Jackson) will be closed on December 25.

December 04, 2012
Scoping Begins for Removal of Failing Newbold Dam in Kelly, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge and Trout Unlimited propose to remove an aging diversion dam on the Gros Ventre River at Kelly, Wyoming. The Newbold dam impedes native fish passage, and in its current condition, will likely fail during spring runoff. Grand Teton is beginning to analyze potential impacts of the dam’s removal and will develop an environmental assessment (EA) if it is determined to be an historic resource. Public comments will be considered for this project and the scoping period will be open from December 5 through January 11, 2013.

November 22, 2012
Grizzly Bear Shot and Killed in Grand Teton National Park
A party of three hunters participating in the Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park encountered, shot and killed an adult male grizzly bear around 7:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The incident was reported to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 7:32 a.m. The bear reportedly charged the hunting party comprised of three men from Wyoming, ages 48, 20 and 17. No people were injured. The incident occurred along the east side of the Snake River between Schwabachers Landing and Teton Point Overlook.

November 20, 2012
Structural Fire Demands Quick Response
Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received an emergency call on Tuesday, November 20 at 8:12 a.m. reporting a structural fire at the Signal Mountain Lodge convenience store. A quick response by firefighters from Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS helped contain the fire to the convenience store. The interior of the building sustained extensive smoke and fire damage. There were no human injuries during this incident.

November 02, 2012
National Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend
To salute and honor the brave members of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve our Nation, the National Park Service began in 2006 to annually recognize Veterans Day by offering a day of free entry. This year the tradition continues, and all 398 national park units across America will offer free admission on Veterans Day and the preceding weekend (November 10-12) in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of military personnel, both active and retired.

October 26, 2012
2012 Seasonal Road Closures and Hours of Operation Reminder
Jackson residents and park visitors are reminded that two roads within Grand Teton National Park will close to vehicle traffic for the winter season on the evening of October 31, 2012. Vehicle closures include the length of the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trailheads.

October 18, 2012
Grand Teton National Park Wildlife at ‘Home on the Range’
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites wildlife enthusiasts to an evening presentation about park wildlife on Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose. Steve Cain, senior wildlife biologist, will provide a recap and overview of the current status of several wildlife species that occupy home ranges in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

September 27, 2012
Elk Reduction Program Begins on Oct. 6th
The annual Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park will begin on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Under its 1950 enabling legislation, Grand Teton National Park is mandated by federal law to conduct an elk reduction program—when necessary—for conservation of the Jackson elk population. The legislation also directs Grand Teton to jointly develop this annual program with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and for the Governor of Wyoming and Secretary of the Interior Department to approve the plan. Biologists and administrators from both agencies have reviewed available biological data and concluded that the 2012 program is necessary to keep the Jackson elk herd at or near objective and maintain a desired summer distribution of elk throughout their natural range.

September 20, 2012
Celebrate National Public Lands Day
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees (including commercial tour fees) on Saturday, September 29 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced that all 397 national park sites will offer free entry in an effort to encourage individuals, families and communities to reconnect with nature and explore America's great outdoors. National Public Lands Day is also a time for individuals to volunteer their time and energy through beneficial projects.

September 19, 2012
Moose-Wilson Road to Close for Project at Beaver Pond
A beaver dam modification project will require a temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park from 2 p.m. Monday, September 24 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 25. The closure will span between the Death Canyon Road junction and Teton Park Road in Moose. During this closure, through travel will not be possible and motorists are advised to plan for an alternate route through Jackson, Wyoming. Visitors can still reach the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Death Canyon trailhead from the Granite Canyon entrance station.

September 18, 2012
Replacement of Two Foot Bridges to Cause Detours
Two separate foot bridges that provide access to popular areas in Grand Teton National Park will be under construction during the next several weeks. Hikers and other park visitors will need to use alternate routes to reach the Exum Mountain Guides offices near Jenny Lake, as well as the Paintbrush Canyon trail from the String Lake parking area.

September 06, 2012
Second Annual Grand Teton Film Festival
From September 13-15, Grand Teton National Park will host a special three-day film festival at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium in Moose, Wyoming. Modeled after similar events like the Telluride and Banff film festivals, the second annual Grand Teton Film Festival features an exciting slate of movies that profile environmental issues and highlight protected areas from the Arctic to the Andes and Asia. The film festival is free, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

August 30, 2012
Grand Teton Seeks LEED Certification on New Housing Units
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is pleased to announce that an employee housing project in Moose, Wyoming is nearing completion and on track to receive Platinum level certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. This project provides new affordable and sustainable housing for Grand Teton National Park employees and reduces the park's impact on the limited affordable housing market in the town of Jackson.

August 29, 2012
Jenny Lake Boating to Cease Operations September 4
Following the Labor Day holiday, Jenny Lake Boating will discontinue operations for the 2012 season to prevent damage to boat motors and trailers from unusually low water levels on Jenny Lake. Early snow melt and very low August run-off coupled with consistent hot and dry weather throughout the summer have caused the lake level to drop below a safe operating level. Jenny Lake Boating is an authorized concession of Grand Teton National Park that provides boat shuttles, kayak rentals and scenic cruises on Jenny Lake.

August 24, 2012
Moose-Wilson Road to Close on August 29 for Dust Treatment
A brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park for about 28 hours, beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29. The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, barring equipment malfunction or rainy weather. The closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work, the third application this summer.

August 19, 2012
Potable Water Restored to Colter Bay After Water Main Break
At noon on Sunday, August 19, water at Colter Bay Village was deemed safe to drink, 46 hours after a piece of heavy machinery ruptured the water main servicing the village. Grand Teton National Park maintenance crews worked until they successfully completed repair work on the three foot break at 9:00 p.m., and non-potable water service was fully restored to Colter Bay by 10:00 p.m. Friday, August 17.

August 17, 2012
Scoping Period Initiated for Jenny Lake Renewal Project
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that Grand Teton National Park is developing a long-range plan for the renewal of trails and other facilities in the Jenny Lake area—one of the most popular day-use areas of the park. Situated at the base of the Teton Range, the historic Jenny Lake area provides both visitor information and services and access to several trails. These trails provide opportunities for hiking along the valley floor as well as more strenuous treks into the park's backcountry.

August 16, 2012
Bear Families Prompt Closure of Moose-Wilson Road
A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road went into effect today, August 16 around 11 a.m. due to the presence of two bear families, including a grizzly sow with cubs. Visitors and area residents may experience intermittent closures of the Moose-Wilson Road in the coming weeks or even months due to grizzly bear activity near this road. The current closure will be in effect for 48 hours, but may be re-established whenever bears are present.

August 16, 2012
Celebrate Astronomy Day with Grand Teton & JH Astronomy Club
Grand Teton National Park will join with the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to celebrate Grand Teton Astronomy Day on Sunday, August 19. Several family-oriented activities are planned, offering park visitors and local residents an opportunity to learn about star gazing, sunspots, star clusters, galaxies and much more. Events will begin at 2 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton and end with a late-night star gazing session at Colter Bay on the shore of Jackson Lake.

August 14, 2012
Three Vehicle Collision Demands Response from Park Rangers & Teton County Deputies
Grand Teton National Park rangers, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and multiple personnel and apparatus from both Teton County and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded to a three vehicle collision just inside the park's south boundary on Tuesday morning, August 14. Although seven occupants were in the three vehicles, only two were transported to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson for treatment. Following the collision on Highway 26/89/191, vehicles backed up for over a mile for 30 minutes or more. Details of the incident are still under investigation.

August 14, 2012
Menor’s Ferry Afloat on the Snake River
Grand Teton National Park launched the replica of Menor's Ferry, and the popular vessel is again in operation on the Snake River. The ferry serves as a central feature of the Menor/Noble historic district and is located just north of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Park ranger naturalists offer free ferry rides daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Bill Menor's general store to Dornan's on the east bank and back. A ranger-led program also takes place each day at 2 p.m. and culminates in a ferry ride.

August 14, 2012
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway Turns Forty on August 25
The U.S. Congress established the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway on August 25, 1972. Saturday, August 25, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of this distinctive national park unit created explicitly to honor Mr. Rockefeller and his important contributions to the conservation and preservation of remarkable places throughout America and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To commemorate this milestone, several special activities are planned.

August 14, 2012
Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan/EA Available for Public Review
The National Park Service (NPS) has released for public review a Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan/Environmental Assessment (Colter Bay Visitor Services Plan/EA). The plan/EA will be open for public review for 30 days from August 15 to September 13, 2012.

August 12, 2012
Ailing Climber Rescued from Teewinot Mountain
Just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a climber from Teewinot Mountain (elevation 12,325 feet) who was exhibiting acute physical distress. A 53-year-old climber, and resident of Rock Island, Illinois, became ill and incapable of completing a descent from Teewinot after he and two male companions successfully summited the Teton peak early Saturday afternoon.

August 11, 2012
Boaters Rescued by Commercial Guide After Flipping Their Raft
While conducting an afternoon scenic float trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, a Triangle X Ranch river guide rescued five female boaters after their 12-foot Tributary raft hit a downed tree lodged in a channel near the historic Bar BC Ranch and flipped upside down. All five rafters were thrown into the fast- flowing water and ended up swimming until they could get to a riverbank and pull themselves from the current. The accident happened about 3 p.m. on Friday, August 10. The commercial river guide came upon the scene shortly after.

August 11, 2012
Minivan Lands in the Gros Ventre River after Vehicle Collision
A Chevy Astro van carrying four people careened into the Gros Ventre River after getting side-swiped by a Jeep on Highway 26/89/191 near Gros Ventre Junction in Grand Teton National Park Friday afternoon, August 10. The driver of the van, Joanna Woodruff, a Teton Science Schools employee, steered her vehicle down a relatively steep embankment before it came to rest upright in the river. Woodruff's quick thinking and steady steering likely prevented the van from rolling. None of the occupants in the Chevy Astro or Jeep was injured during the collision or its aftermath.

August 07, 2012
Injured Hiker Rescued from Hanging Canyon
Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued an injured hiker today, August 7, after he slipped and tumbled 20 feet on rocky terrain and sustained facial and lower leg injuries. Paul Danes, 23, of Raleigh, North Carolina was scrambling alone and off trail near the mouth of Hanging Canyon at the time of his accident.

August 05, 2012
Injured Hiker Rescued from Waterfalls Canyon
An injured hiker was rescued via helicopter from Waterfalls Canyon in Grand Teton National Park late in the afternoon on Saturday, August 04, 2012. Jessica Haines, 21, of Laguna Beach, California fell approximately 20 feet while ascending the canyon just above Columbine Cascades.

August 01, 2012
Event to Highlight America's Great Outdoors & Phase II Pathway
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and her staff invite the public to a special community event on Thursday, August 9, 2012 to celebrate a national initiative called America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) and mark completion of the park’s Phase II pathway segment that adjoins with a Jackson Hole Community Pathway leg originating in Jackson, Wyoming. The event will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the old Moose Visitor Center and park headquarters on the Teton Park Road, 12.5 miles north of Jackson.

July 30, 2012
Rangers & JH Fire/EMS Respond to Kitchen Fire at Colter Bay Restaurant
Early this morning, July 30, park rangers and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel responded to a small kitchen fire at the John Colter Ranch House Restaurant located in the Colter Bar area of Grand Teton National Park. Employees at the restaurant facility made a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. to report the fire, and the emergency call was routed to the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center.

July 27, 2012
Nuisance Bear Trapping Alert for Grand Teton National Park Public Advised to Heed Posted Warning Signs
In attempts to capture one or more nuisance bears, park officials may place culvert traps at various locations in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Wherever bear trapping operations are underway, the area around the site will be closed to public entry and posted with bright warning signs. These signs will be posted along major access points to the trapping site. It is essential that all visitors and local residents comply with any posted closure and not venture into that area or ever approach a trap.

July 23, 2012
Mountain Climber Dies from Fall on Middle Teton
A climber fell to his death on the Middle Teton in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Justin Harold Beldin, age 27 of Benicia, California and two climbing partners had summited the 12,804-foot mountain and were beginning to descend the peak about noon when the accident occurred.

July 19, 2012
First Annual 'Plein Air for the Park' Event Finishes with a Flourish
Grand Teton National Park served as the inspiration and setting for a ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition co-hosted by the Grand Teton Association (GTA) and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP). Forty-four professional artists spent two weeks (July 1-14) painting on-location to capture the spectacular landscape, wildflowers and wildlife of the park. The event also highlighted the GTA’s 75th anniversary as an educational, non-profit partner for Grand Teton National Park.

July 16, 2012
Grand Teton Association Celebrates 75 Years with Member’s Week
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and the staff of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway toast the Grand Teton Association (GTA) as they mark their 75th anniversary as a non-profit partner in support of Grand Teton National Park, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. As part of this milestone, the Association will offer programs and discounts during its "Member's Week" from July 16-20.

July 16, 2012
Grand Teton to Conduct Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections
Grand Teton National Park, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, will conduct two days of full-level commercial vehicle safety inspections during the week of July 16-21, 2012. These inspections focus on commercial buses and trucks and evaluate both the driver and the commercial vehicle to ensure compliance with federal regulations that govern these vehicles and to ensure the safety of both passengers and other drivers on park roadways.

July 13, 2012
Missing Climber Found Deceased
Grand Teton National Park rangers located the body of Eric Tietze, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah about 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, after a daylong search of the central Teton peaks by ground and air. Tietze and three climbing partners were attempting to complete a climb of the Cathedral Traverse on Thursday, July 12, when he separated from his group and moved ahead of them on the route. Tietze apparently fell about 500-600 feet to his death shortly after leaving his friends. Tietze, a long-time Bridger-Teton National Forest employee, has worked 10 seasons on the Forest's trail crew.

July 10, 2012
Rangers Rescue Stranded Climber from Middle Teton
An Olympia, Washington man who became stranded on the Middle Teton on Monday, July 9, was rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers today, Tuesday, July 10. Eric Rohner, 27, intended a solo summit of the Middle Teton on Monday but traveled off route and became 'cliffed out.' Rohner ended up in a location from which he did not feel he could safely get down without risk of injury.

July 10, 2012
Fifth Annual Grand Teton Music Festival Concerts in the Park
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Music Festival have once again joined together to host the fifth year of special programs promoting the connection between nature and music. Created through a special partnership, the "Music in Nature" concert series runs from July 3 through July 27. The Grand Teton Music Festival's WindSynch woodwind Quintet will perform hour-long programs of music inspired by nature; a park ranger will host each performance. The concerts are free and open to the public.

July 06, 2012
Injured Man Rescued from the Grand Teton
Amid stormy weather and with low cloud cover, Grand Teton National Park rangers assisted by a Teton Interagency helicopter rescued a New York man from the Grand Teton Thursday evening, July 5. David Perlman, 28, of Brooklyn, New York was ascending the mountain between the Headwall and Lower Saddle around 6:00 p.m. when several rocks broke free striking him and causing a significant injury.

July 05, 2012
Moose-Wilson Road to Close on July 11 for Dust Treatment
A brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park for about 28 hours, beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11. The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, barring equipment malfunction or rainy weather. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work; this is the second application this summer.

June 29, 2012
Grand Teton to Host Distinguished Geologist Bob Smith
Grand Teton National Park welcomes Dr. Bob Smith, distinguished scholar and professor emeritus of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, to the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 6 for a new special program on geologic forces in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Smith's presentation titled, Shaky Tetons and Breathing Yellowstone, will provide a window into the Yellowstone Hotspot and Teton Fault with new materials and demonstrations.

June 29, 2012
Partial Fire Restrictions in Effect for Park and Forest
Based upon a current fire danger rating of High and regional fire conditions, Teton Interagency fire managers announced today that partial fire restrictions will begin on Sunday, July 1, 2012 for Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Teton County will also implement similar restrictions.

June 27, 2012
Reminder of Fireworks Restrictions for Fourth of July
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.

June 25, 2012
Park to Present Special Program on National Park Souvenirs
Grand Teton National Park will host a special lecture by Dr. Ken Barrick titled, "National Park Souvenirs: Taking Home the Sacred" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium in Moose. This program is free and open to the public.

June 22, 2012
Investigation Reveals Details about Collision between a Vehicle and Grizzly Bear
An ongoing investigation by Grand Teton National Park rangers, with assistance from Wyoming Highway Patrol, has clarified the circumstances around a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a young male grizzly bear on June 21. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, sustained minor injuries and his sedan incurred significant damage.

June 21, 2012
Young Grizzly Bear Killed by Vehicle in Grand Teton National Park
A young male grizzly bear was killed by a motorist just after 9 a.m. Thursday, June 21, on Highway 26/89/191 about 1 mile south of Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park. The circumstances of the collision are under investigation by park rangers. The driver of the vehicle that struck the bear sustained minor injuries and was transported by park ambulance to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

June 15, 2012
Rangers Solve Alleged Assault Case from June 7
Grand Teton National Park rangers and National Park Service special agents filed charges against a Massachusetts man for filing a false report in connection with a reported assault from June 7, 2012. During the course of the investigation, park rangers and special agents determined the assault claim to be unfounded, and have subsequently charged Christopher Dascoli, of Lee, Massachusetts with interfering with an agency function by providing false information to law enforcement and making a false report: 36 CFR § 2.32.

June 14, 2012
Vehicle Collision Results in Fatality at Grand Teton National Park
A two-vehicle collision today in Grand Teton National Park resulted in the death of John Richard Grace, 59, of Rochester Hills, Michigan. The collision between a Chevy Camaro, driven by Grace, and an older model Ford F350 pick-up truck occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Highway 89/287 near the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River. Grace's wife, the only passenger in the vehicle, was also injured and transported to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson. The driver and passenger of the Ford pick-up were not transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

June 08, 2012
Crimestoppers’ Reward Offered for Information about Assault in Grand Teton National Park
In the early morning hours of June 7, 2012, Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to a report of a loud party at an employee residential area of Jackson Lake Lodge. Upon arrival, rangers discovered that a Grand Teton Lodge Company security guard had been physically assaulted by a person wielding a blunt object.

June 07, 2012
Rangers Conduct First Mountain Search and Rescue of Summer 2012
Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted the first short-haul rescue of the 2012 summer season late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 6. Danielle Mendicino, 21, of Las Vegas, Nevada was attempting to summit Albright Peak (10,552 ft.) with a climbing partner when she slipped on snow and fell approximately 50 feet before coming to rest in a rocky talus field.

June 06, 2012
Free Entry on National Get Outdoors Day
Grand Teton National Park invites visitors to celebrate the arrival of summer and discover the wonders of the natural world during National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9th. As an added bonus, entrance fees will be waived at Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway—along with other national parks across the country—as part of an initiative to encourage people to visit, explore and enjoy America's national park areas. Fees will also be waived on September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and from November 10 through 12 (Veterans Day weekend). Other fees, such as those for camping and boat permits, will remain in effect.

June 01, 2012
Grand Teton to Host Special Venus Transit Viewing Event June 5
Grand Teton National Park in partnership with the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club will host a Venus transit viewing event on Tuesday, June 5 from 4 p.m. until sunset. Join professional astronomer and Park Ranger Naturalist Robert Hoyle at the Willow Flats Overlook north of Jackson Lake Junction for this once in a lifetime event.

June 01, 2012
Road and Facility Construction Projects Scheduled for 2012 Travel Season
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that road and facility construction projects are underway at various locations in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway which will result in minor traffic delays during the 2012 summer season. There will also be intermittent, temporary one-day to two-day closures of parking areas in the Moose area and along the Teton Park Road. Travelers are advised to call the road conditions line at 307.739.3614 or stop at park visitor centers for current and specific information. The park's newspaper, Grand Teton Guide, includes a road construction map for further reference and can be picked up at any park entrance station and visitor center or found online at www.nps.gov/grte.

May 30, 2012
NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AWARDS 2012 IMPACT GRANT TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Grand Teton National Park Receives Grant from the National Park Foundation to Support Interactive and Engaging Projects That Will Strengthen Americans' Connection with Their National Parks

May 25, 2012
Renovated Colter Bay Visitor Center Opens Saturday, May 26
The Colter Bay Visitor Center opens for the 2012 summer season on Saturday, May 26 with a fresh new look. Located in Grand Teton National Park on the eastshore of Jackson Lake, the visitor center welcomes over 260,000 people each year and provides information, interpretive exhibits and the opportunity to view objects from a priceless collection of American Indian artifacts donated to the National Park Service (NPS) by Laurance S. Rockefeller. Over the course of the winter, a park maintenance crew worked diligently to renovate the interior space of the visitor center and improve the look and function of this facility for visitors to this popular destination. Planners from the NPS' Harpers Ferry Center in West Virginia designed and constructed new interpretive exhibits, and curatorial staff from the NPS' Western Archaeology and Conservation Center (WACC) at Tucson, Arizona helped create exhibits for display of the cultural objects.

May 25, 2012
American Indian Guest Artists Program in Grand Teton National Park
Each year, Grand Teton National Park sponsors a program for visiting American Indian artists at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. For the past 37 years, artists from diverse tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms, providing visitors a chance to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of American Indian art and culture.

May 22, 2012
Phase II Pathway along Highway 89 Opens in GTNP
Construction crews finished work this week on the 6.5-mile pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction within Grand Teton National Park. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott declared that this pathway segment will open for public use on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

May 17, 2012
Grand Teton to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
Grand Teton National Park will host a solar eclipse viewing event on Sunday evening, May 20, beginning 6 p.m. at the Willow Flats Overlook north of Jackson Lake Junction. Bob Hoyle, a professional astronomer and park ranger naturalist, will conduct the event in partnership with the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club.

May 16, 2012
Concession Contract Awarded to The American Alpine Club
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels announced that The American Alpine Club, doing business as The Grand Teton Climbers Ranch, was selected to provide rustic accommodations in Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE005-13. The contract covers a term of ten years.

May 16, 2012
New America the Beautiful Military Pass Honors Service Men and Women
As part of a national 'Joining Forces' initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and adopted by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Grand Teton National Park will now offer annual entrance passes that grant free access to our nation's service members and their families.

May 10, 2012
Young Stewards & Leaders to Present Conservation Project at Eco-Fair
Students participating in Grand Teton National Park's Young Stewards & Leaders (YSL) program will present their year-long capstone project at the Eco-Fair in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, May 12 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. YSL Participants spent the past year researching a disconnection between children and nature and the role of technology in the way youth experience the natural world.

May 07, 2012
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Grand Teton National Park will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 12. Park ranger naturalist Andrew Langford plans to visit areas throughout the park that provide great opportunities to locate, identify, and record birds as part of the North American Migration Count. The free activity begins at 8 a.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose and finishes by 4 p.m. at Christian Pond near Jackson Lake Lodge. Reservations are not required.

May 01, 2012
Grand Teton Recruits for Volunteer Pathway Ambassadors
For the fourth year, Grand Teton National Park is recruiting for volunteers interested in serving as ambassadors for the multi-use pathway that extends from Dornan’s in the Moose area to South Jenny Lake. Volunteer ambassadors will patrol the eight-mile-long paved pathway on foot, bicycle or roller blades to meet and greet other pathway users, provide emergency assistance in the event of an accident, injury, or equipment malfunction and inform people of special rules. Volunteers will also patrol the 6.5-mile pathway segment from Moose to the Gros Ventre River after it opens in early summer.

April 27, 2012
Baxter’s Pinnacle Closed for Nesting Peregrines
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that beginning Saturday, April 28, Baxter's Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully will be closed due to an active peregrine falcon nest. Baxter's Pinnacle is a popular climbing route in Cascade Canyon at Grand Teton National Park.

April 24, 2012
Highway 89 Pathway Scheduled to Open in Early Summer
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that due to ongoing construction, the multi-use pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction within Grand Teton National Park will not open to public use until early summer. The entire 12.5-mile pathway from Jackson to Moose actually spans two distinct federal agency lands: the National Elk Refuge (6 miles) and Grand Teton National Park (6.5 miles). The Grand Teton segment requires further work before it can be safely used by the public. Consequently, this pathway will remain closed to public use until its construction is complete. The opening date is dependent upon weather and construction progress.

April 24, 2012
Multi-Use Pathway to Open In Early Summer
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that due to ongoing construction, the multi-use pathway that parallels Highway 26/89/191 from the Gros Ventre River to Moose Junction within Grand Teton National Park will not open to public use until early summer. The entire 12.5-mile pathway from Jackson to Moose actually spans two distinct federal agency lands: the National Elk Refuge (6 miles) and Grand Teton National Park (6.5 miles). The Grand Teton segment requires further work before it can be safely used by the public. Consequently, this pathway will remain closed to public use until its construction is complete. The opening date is dependent upon weather and construction progress.

April 23, 2012
Facilities Opening Dates for Grand Teton National Park
The official 2012 opening dates for various facilities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are provided in this article.

April 13, 2012
Experience National Park Week at Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29. Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year's theme "Picture Yourself in a Park" suggests, it's a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

April 13, 2012
Spring Wildlife Migration Fully Underway in Grand Teton National Park
One of the characteristic signs of spring happens to be the annual migration of large animals from their winter range. With the arrival of warmer weather and the resulting snow melt, elk and bison are now migrating from the National Elk Refuge toward their traditional summer ranges in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding national forests. Consequently, motorists should be alert for wildlife on the move and drive with extra caution during the coming weeks.

April 10, 2012
Celebrate Spring: Watch the Antics of Strutting Sage Grouse
To celebrate the arrival of spring, park ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Strutting grouse trips will be offered on the following weekends: April 14–15, April 21–22, and April 28–29, 2012. Several other programs and activities are scheduled for National Park Week: details about these will be announced in the coming week.

April 08, 2012
Injured Skier Rescued from Granite Canyon
A 31 year-old backcountry skier was rescued from Granite Canyon in a multi-agency effort on Saturday, April 6, 2012 after sustaining injuries from a fall. Josh Tatman, of Jackson, Wyoming, took a short fall about 300 feet from the top of Endless Couloir just outside the boundary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Tatman was skiing alone when he took what was described as a slow twisting fall. Tatman notified Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) ski patrol via his cell phone that he was injured and needed help just after 1 p.m. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center in Grand Teton National Park was notified at 1:15 p.m. Grand Teton National Park rangers were flown in the Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) contract helicopter to a landing zone in Granite Canyon where they waited for JHMR ski patrol to lower Tatman to them.

April 02, 2012
Grand Teton Park Rangers Engage Students in Second Year of Snowdesk Webcast
For a second year, interpretative park rangers in Grand Teton National Park hosted an innovative distance learning program called Snowdesk. During each program, park rangers connected with students from across the county during live webcasts outside the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.

March 29, 2012
Teton Interagency Fire Managers Plan Spring 2012 Prescribed Fires
Teton Interagency Fire personnel plan to conduct several prescribed fire projects during April and May. Planning for a prescribed burn can take several years, and fire managers work with resource management personnel to develop and write a "prescription" that includes not only the desired treatment but also parameters for wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and fuel moisture in live and dead burnable vegetation. These plans also outline the types and numbers of resources (staff and equipment) needed to safely conduct each burn and support contingency plans. Fire managers are coordinating with wildlife biologists from the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Wyoming Game and Fish to ensure precautions are in place to protect wintering wildlife and nesting birds.

March 27, 2012
Moose Wastewater/Water System Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Grand Teton National Park released today the Replace Moose Wastewater System and Address Critical Water System Deficiencies Environmental Assessment (Moose Wastewater/Water Systems EA) for public review. This environmental assessment will be open for review for 30 days from March 27—April 27, 2012.

March 23, 2012
Park Rangers & Staff Recognized at Awards Ceremony
Grand Teton National Park rangers and staff received the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Unit Award for Excellence and five rangers received the Department's Exemplary Act Award for their contributions during a challenging rescue mission in 2010. In addition, a Teton Interagency fire budget analyst received a National Park Service (NPS) award for exemplary work in the Intermountain Region's fire program, and two rangers were recognized for their law enforcement work on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and Chief Ranger Michael Nash presented the awards Wednesday, March 14 at a ceremony in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.

March 21, 2012
Grand Teton National Park Roads Open to Traditional Spring-time Activities
Grand Teton National Park road crews will soon complete their annual spring plowing of the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon to Death Canyon and the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. Consequently, non-motorized activities such as hiking, biking, and inline skating will be allowed starting Saturday, March 24.

March 21, 2012
Bears Active Again in Grand Teton National Park and the Rockefeller Parkway
Bears appear to be newly out of winter hibernation; therefore, local residents and park visitors are cautioned to be alert for their presence throughout all areas of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Recent sightings of bears or their tracks reveal that they are currently wandering locations from Huckleberry Hill in the Rockefeller Parkway to Pilgrim Creek near Jackson Lake Lodge. Bears may soon visit the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River and the park's east boundary with Bridger-Teton National Forest, and developed areas at Flagg Ranch, Colter Bay, Beaver Creek and Kelly, Wyoming.

March 09, 2012
More Details Emerge in Death of Backcountry Skiers
A team of Grand Teton National Park rangers, Teton Interagency personnel, Teton County Search and Rescue members and the Teton County contract helicopter recovered the bodies of Chris Onufer, 42, of Teton Village, Wyoming and Steve Romeo, 40, of Jackson Wyoming in avalanche debris just before noon on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The accident is under investigation.

March 08, 2012
Rangers Recover Bodies of Two Missing Backcountry Skiers
Grand Teton National Park rangers have recovered the bodies of two local and expert backcountry skiers who were the focus of a search and rescue mission on Thursday morning, March 8. Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo, both of Jackson, Wyoming, were buried by a large avalanche sometime Wednesday, March 7. The avalanche initiated near the summit of the 11,355-foot Ranger Peak in the northern end of the Teton Range; it ran to the base of the peak, depositing a large debris field in Waterfalls Canyon.

March 08, 2012
Rangers Recover Bodies of Missing Backcountry Skiers
Grand Teton National Park rangers have recovered the bodies of two local and expert backcountry skiers who were the focus of a search and rescue mission on Thursday morning, March 8. Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo, both of Jackson, Wyoming, were buried by a large avalanche sometime Wednesday, March 7. The avalanche initiated near the summit of the 11,355-foot Ranger Peak in the northern end of the Teton Range; it ran to the base of the peak, depositing a large debris field in Waterfalls Canyon.

March 08, 2012
Concession Contract Awarded to Triangle X for Dude Ranch Services in Grand Teton National Park
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels announced that Triangle X Partnership was selected to provide dude ranch services in Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE004-12. The contract covers a term of 13 years.

March 08, 2012
Rangers Launch Search for Overdue Backcountry Skiers
Grand Teton National Park rangers, with assistance from a Teton County Search and Rescue (SAR) contact helicopter and crew, initiated a search at first light Thursday morning, March 8, for two skiers who failed to return on Wednesday evening from a backcountry trip to Ranger Peak in the northern Teton Range. Chris Onufer, of Jackson, Wyoming, and a ski companion were reported overdue late Wednesday, March 7.

March 07, 2012
Grand Teton National Park Rangers, Exum Guides & Others Receive Interior Department Awards for Valor and Citizen’s Bravery
Today in Washington D.C., Interior Secretary Ken Salazar presented seven Grand Teton National Park rangers with the prestigious Department of the Interior (DOI) Valor Award for their heroic actions during a July 2010 search and rescue for 17 climbers caught in a powerful lightning storm on the Grand Teton. During the special ceremony, one of the park's co-medical directors along with the primary helicopter pilot, one Teton Interagency helitack member, and three Exum Mountain Guides were presented with the Department's Citizen's Award for Bravery for their actions during the same rescue.

March 06, 2012
Annual Plowing of Moose-Wilson & Teton Park Roads to Begin
The annual plowing of the Moose-Wilson Road and Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park will begin on Monday, March 12, weather depending. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on the snow-packed trails will cease for the 2011/12 winter season. Park visitors may continue to use other winter trails—or areas adjacent to these roads—for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skate skiing until conditions are no longer favorable for such oversnow activities.

February 28, 2012
Grand Teton National Park Benefits Regional Economy and Jobs According to 2010 Study
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 2.7 million visitors spent over $424 million in 2010 at Grand Teton National Park and gateway communities located within 60 miles of the park. That spending, in turn, supported more than 6,300 jobs in northwestern Wyoming communities such as Jackson, Teton Village and Dubois.

February 26, 2012
Winter Storm Strands Numerous Travelers Overnight in Grand Teton National Park
A severe winter storm forced the closure of Highway 26/89/191 in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday afternoon, February 25, stranding approximately 160 travelers between Moran Junction and Flagg Ranch near the south gate of Yellowstone National Park. Due to whiteout conditions caused by high winds and blowing and drifting snow, Grand Teton snowplow operators were unable to keep open a 22-mile stretch of highway between the Jackson Hole Airport and Moran Junction, 30 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming. Out of concern for traveler safety, park rangers closed the main highway at 1:45 p.m. Marooned travelers were provided emergency shelter, food, and makeshift accommodations at Signal Mountain Lodge, Flagg Ranch, and the Moran Elementary School.

February 24, 2012
Grand Teton National Park to Host Second Year of NPS Academy for College Students
In partnership with The Student Conservation Association, Teton Science Schools, Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Grand Teton Association, Grand Teton National Park will again sponsor and lead an innovative program designed to introduce college students to career opportunities with the National Park Service (NPS) and other federal agencies. In 2011, Grand Teton initiated a pilot program—called NPS Academy—for students from diverse backgrounds across the United States. The program, conducted during spring break, was inspired by a Department of the Interior initiative aimed at engaging America's youth in the great outdoors and introducing them to careers as natural and cultural resource professionals. The promising new program will expand this year to include sessions at both Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

February 14, 2012
First Winter Rescue Conducted in Grand Teton Backcountry_1
Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted the first backcountry search and rescue operation of the 2011/12 winter season on the night of February 13. Rangers launched the operation for two snowboarders who were not prepared for backcountry travel and who became lost in the park's Granite Canyon area.

February 07, 2012
Grand Teton National Park to Highlight Dark Sky
To observe the importance of pristine dark skies and celebrate the peak of the winter season, Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and local residents to join a guided snowshoe hike on Saturday, February 11. The special ranger-led stroll begins at 6 p.m. from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming.

February 02, 2012
Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions Decline in 2011_1
Each year, Grand Teton National Park collects comprehensive data on the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) that occur on park roads. This information is examined for trends and patterns and used in a concerted effort to make park roads safer for both humans and wildlife. In 2011, 103 animals were hit and/or killed, which is a decline from a high of 162 animals hit and/or killed in 2010.

February 01, 2012
Prospectus Issued for Rustic Accommodations in Grand Teton National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus soliciting proposals to provide rustic overnight accommodations and other visitor services at the Climbers Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. The NPS has determined that the existing concessioner is a preferred offeror for the new contract pursuant to the terms of 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51. The contract will be valid for 10 years.

January 13, 2012
Injury at Construction Site Results in Death
Grand Teton National Park rangers and emergency medical services (EMS) providers responded at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, January 9 to a report of a work-site injury that had just occurred at a construction project in the park. Bryon Peck, a 33-year-old resident of eastern Colorado fell approximately 15 feet and sustained serious injuries while working on a new housing unit near the park's headquarters complex at Moose, Wyoming. Peck subsequently died on Wednesday, January 11 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls.

January 09, 2012
Grand Teton National Park to Offer Free Entry for Martin Luther King Weekend
Grand Teton National Park—along with the 397 units of the national park system—will waive entrance fees during the coming Martin Luther King holiday weekend (January 14-16) as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the many natural, cultural and historic wonders of their national parks across America. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days.

December 08, 2011
Winter Season Activities to Begin in Grand Teton National Park
Activities for the 2011/12 winter season begin on Thursday, December 15 in Grand Teton National Park. The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center (12 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming) is open year-round and winter hours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Discovery Center will be closed on December 25, to observe the Christmas holiday.

November 15, 2011
Kevin Schneider Selected to be Deputy Superintendent at Grand Teton National Park
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is pleased to announce that Kevin Schneider has been selected to serve as deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park. Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels confirmed Schneider's selection this week, and he will begin his new post in mid December. As deputy superintendent, Schneider will oversee the day-to-day operations of Grand Teton and directly supervise numerous park projects and programs. Schneider replaces Bob Vogel who transferred to Washington, D.C. in late July to become superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

November 09, 2011
Hunter Charged for Illegally Killing a Bison in Grand Teton National Park
An Idaho man was charged with illegally taking wildlife in Grand Teton National Park. Daniel Kluth, 48, of Kimberly, Idaho shot and killed a bull bison on Sunday, November 6 around 11:00 a.m. Kluth had a permit to take a bison in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

November 08, 2011
New Chief of Interpretation Named for Grand Teton National Park
Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is pleased to announce the selection of Victoria (Vickie) Mates to the position of chief of interpretation and partnerships for Grand Teton National Park. Mates comes to Grand Teton from Yosemite National Park where she is currently the deputy chief of interpretation and education. She will begin her new post in early December.

October 31, 2011
Seasonal Road Closures and Hours of Operation Reminder
Jackson residents and park visitors are reminded that two roads within Grand Teton National Park will close to vehicle traffic for the winter season November 1, 2011. Vehicle closures include the length of the Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake parking area and the Siganl Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trailheads.

October 31, 2011
Identity of Man Injured by Bear in Grand Teton Released
The 32 year-old man who was injured by a bear on Sunday, October 30 in Grand Teton National Park has been identified as Timothy Hix of Jackson, Wyoming. Hix was scouting for an elk in the Snake River bottom south of Glacier View overlook when the incident occurred. While the investigation is on-going, rangers believe this was a surprise encounter with a single grizzly bear. Park managers temporarily closed approximately a quarter mile around the area where the mauling occurred.

October 30, 2011
Man Injured By Bear in Grand Teton National Park
A hunter in Grand Teton National Park was injured by a bear just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday October 30. The incident occurred along the east side of the Snake River between Blacktail Ponds and Glacier View Overlooks. Bear frequenting area signs have been placed in the area.

October 12, 2011
Moose-Wilson Road Closure to Continue Due to Presence of Grizzly Bears
A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road will continue indefinitely due to the repeated presence of several grizzly bears, including a sow with cubs, which are currently foraging on chokecherry and hawthorn bushes that line this narrow road. Intermittent closures have been in effect since 9 a.m. Friday, October 7, when numerous vehicles and crowds of people congregated just feet away from foraging bears. Because of its narrow surface lined with dense vegetation, hillsides and wetlands, the Moose-Wilson Road does not allow for a safe distance between people and bears, creating situations where both may be at risk for injury. Combined, these factors make it extremely difficult to safely manage a large wildlife jam.

October 07, 2011
Expect Intermittent Closures of Moose-Wilson Road During October
A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road went into effect again on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Visitors and park users should expect intermittent closures of the Moose-Wilson Road in the coming weeks due to grizzly bear activity near the road. There is no immediate timeframe for re-opening the road.

October 07, 2011
Moose-Wilson Road Temporarily Closed Due to Grizzly Bear
Effective 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2011: A travel closure is in effect for the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park. The road has been closed due to the presence of a grizzly bear in close proximity to the road. For the safety of both the bear and park users, Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott in consultation with wildlife biologist and other park mangers made the determination just before 9:00 a.m on Friday.

October 05, 2011
Annual Elk Reduction Program Begins in Grand Teton National Park
The annual Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Under its 1950 enabling legislation, Grand Teton is mandated by federal law to conduct an elk reduction program — when necessary — for the conservation of the elk population in Jackson Hole. The legislation also directs the park to jointly develop the annual program with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and for the Governor of Wyoming and Secretary of Interior to approve the plan each year. Biologists and administrators from both agencies reviewed available biological data and concluded that the elk reduction program is necessary in 2011 to help keep the Jackson elk herd at or near objective, and to facilitate maintaining a desired summer distribution of elk in the herd's range.

October 02, 2011
Grand Teton Rangers Rescue Hiker in Overnight Operation
Rangers in Grand Teton National Park rescued a 30 year-old solo hiker from the head of Open Canyon in an overnight rescue operation Friday, September 31 and Saturday, October 1. Mark Wilcox of Jackson, Wyoming was glissading down a steep snowfield when he lost control and slid about 75 feet before running into rocks at the base of the snowfield sustaining serious injuries.

September 30, 2011
Second Man Charged for Illegally Hunting in Grand Teton National Park
A second hunter in less than two weeks was issued a citation for illegally hunting in Grand Teton National Park. Rangers charged Wayne Boydstun, 51, of Layton, Utah on Thursday, September 29 with a mandatory appearance for the taking of wildlife in the park.

September 29, 2011
Citation Issued for Grand Teton Rescue Triggered by SPOT Locator Device
Grand Teton National Park rangers finalized an investigation stemming from a search and rescue response in August that was initiated by the activation of a SPOT rescue locator. Dave Shade, 33, from Missoula, Montana was issued a citation because his actions that day created a hazardous situation during a late-hour rescue operation to retrieve his stranded climbing partner, Jesse Selwyn of Florence, Michigan. Shade was charged with disorderly conduct.

September 27, 2011
Rangers Cite Man for Illegally Hunting in Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to two reports of possible illegal hunting in the park on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, and issued a citation to one of the individuals. Rangers determined that one elk had been taken legally and the other illegally. September 20 was the opening day for hunting season on the Bridger-Teton National Forest adjacent to Grand Teton National Park.

September 23, 2011
Phelps Moraine Prescribed Fire Slated for September 29
Teton Interagency Fire personnel will conduct an 84-acre prescribed fire on the Phelps Lake moraine just west of Death Canyon Road in Grand Teton National Park. The goal is to augment a mechanical treatment project completed in 2008. The burn is planned for September 29—October 2, conditions permitting.

September 22, 2011
Grand Teton National Park Installs New Air Quality Monitoring Station
Grand Teton National Park recently installed an air quality monitoring station at Teton Science Schools' Kelly Campus and operations at the new station began this week. This station will collect meteorological data and provide online information about visual air quality, as well as levels of ozone, sulfur dioxide, fine particles and a suite of pollutants tracked by the National Atmospheric Deposition Program to produce scientific evidence for assessing risks to park resources and Teton County residents and their health. Prior to September 2011, air quality data for Grand Teton and the greater Jackson Hole area came only from stations located at Yellowstone Lake and Pinedale, Wyoming.

September 16, 2011
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees (including commercial tour fees) on Saturday, September 24 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar declared that admission fees shall be waived at all National Park Service sites in an effort to encourage individuals, families and communities to reconnect with nature and explore America's great outdoors. National Public Lands Day is also a time for individuals to volunteer their time and energy through beneficial projects.

September 15, 2011
Signal Mountain Lodge, L.L.C. Selected for Award of Concession Contract
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels announced that Signal Mountain Lodge, L.L.C. has been selected to provide lodging, food and beverage, retail and marina services, camping and other amenities at Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE003-12. The contract will begin January 1, 2012 with a term of 15 years.

September 09, 2011
Temporary Closure Slated for Park Pathway
The multi-use paved pathway that extends from the Snake River Bridge at Moose to South Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park will be closed to all public use for several days next week. This closure is necessary to facilitate the application of a protective sealant and new striping. The temporary closure will take place from Tuesday, September 13 through Friday, September 16.

September 06, 2011
Closing Dates for Visitor Services in Grand Teton NP
Visitor services at Grand Teton National Park will make the annual transition from fall to winter season during the next few weeks. The following list reflects the closing dates that will occur during September and October.

September 02, 2011
Teton Interagency Fire Managers Plan Several Fall Prescribed Fires
Teton Interagency fire managers are preparing for several prescribed fires this fall, if weather conditions are favorable. Fire managers have worked with other resource managers for several years to plan and write a specific "prescription" for each of the planned burns. Preparations necessary for conducting a prescribed fire take into account considerations for wind speed and direction, relative humidity, fuel moisture for live and dead burnable vegetation and more. Each plan also delineates the types and numbers of resources needed to safely conduct a prescribed burn and support contingency plans.

August 29, 2011
Lightning Ignites Fires in Grand Teton NP & Bridger-Teton NF
More than 6,700 lightning strikes were recorded Friday, August 26, through early Monday morning, August 29, in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the surrounding area. Numerous strikes ignited at least three new fires in the park and four new fires on the forest. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received several smoke reports despite rain across much of the area on Sunday. Teton Interagency firefighters remain on alert for additional starts as weather conditions become breezy and drier.

August 23, 2011
Late Summer Cattle Drive to Cause Minor Traffic Delays near Moran Junction
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Highway 26/89/191 between Elk Ranch Flats and Moran Junction on Saturday morning, August 27. The temporary delay will take place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to allow for the safe movement of cattle from the Elk Ranch summer pastures just south of Moran Junction to the Pinto Ranch in Buffalo Valley. Park rangers will provide traffic control during this cattle drive.

August 21, 2011
Rangers Rescue Injured Climber from Death Canyon
In another operation pushing darkness—the second in as many nights—Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a 25-year-old female who fell about 25 feet while climbing a popular route in Death Canyon called The Snaz. On Saturday, August 20, Lauren McLean from Lake Oswego, Oregon sustained significant injuries when she fell, because her belay system failed, and landed feet first on a ledge at the base of the last pitch.

August 20, 2011
Climber Rescued from N. Ridge of Grand Teton
Just before dark on Friday August 19, Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a 28-year-old climber after he became stranded near the top of the Grand Stand below the North Face of the Grand Teton. Jesse Selwyn of Florence, Montana and his climbing partner intended to climb the Black Ice Couloir on the northwest side of the Grand. Selwyn and his companion could not find the entrance to the Black Ice Couloir and got off route. They ended up on the Grand Stand instead.

August 19, 2011
Temp Closure of Moose-Wilson Road on Aug. 24
A brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park for about 28 hours, beginning at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24. The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 25. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work; this is the third application this summer.

August 19, 2011
Fire Danger Rating Elevated to High 2011
On Thursday, August 18, Teton Interagency fire managers elevated the fire danger rating to "high" for both Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Dry vegetation—combined with seasonable temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds—has increased the potential for fire activity.

August 18, 2011
Rangers Rescue Ultralight Pilot after Crash Landing near Fox Creek Pass
Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued the pilot of an ultralight aircraft Tuesday night, August 16, after he crashed his single seat aircraft between Spearhead Peak and Fox Creek Pass in the southern portion of the Teton Range. James Mauch, 57, of Louisville, Kentucky received only minor injuries during his crash landing.

August 17, 2011
Teton Interagency Firefighters Suppress Fire at Colter Bay Area in Grand Teton NP
Teton Interagency firefighters suppressed a small fire yesterday afternoon, August 16, near the Colter Bay Tent Village in Grand Teton National Park. The cause of the fire is unknown, although a thunderstorm recently passed through the Colter Bay area.

August 11, 2011
Rangers Rescue Injured Climber from Nez Perce
Grand Teton National Park rangers performed a 1,200-foot technical lowering operation on the north side of Nez Perce Peak to rescue a 21-year-old climber who fell about 100 feet and suffered injuries that made it impossible for her to hike further. Laura Mason of Royal Oak, Michigan was glissading a snowfield to the west of the Hourglass Couloirs when she was unable to control her speed and ran into the rocks at the base of the snowfield.

August 10, 2011
Local Resident Dies While Biking in Park
With great sadness, Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that Wilson, Wyoming resident Huntley Baldwin, 72, died while bicycling in Grand Teton National Park on Tuesday, August 9. Mr. Baldwin was pronounced dead on scene by Dr. Will Smith, the park's co-medical director, at 11:47 a.m.

August 09, 2011
Rangers Rescue Injured Climber from the Middle Teton
A climber, attempting to scale the Middle Teton, required rescue by Grand Teton National Park rangers on Tuesday, August 9, after sustaining injuries from a fall. Steven Zaleski, 43, of Madison, Wisconsin and two companions were on the approach to the Buckingham Ridge, the southeast ridge of the Middle Teton, when Zaleski pulled off a loose block of rock and fell about 15 feet.

August 08, 2011
Firefighters Suppress Cow Lake Fire
Teton Interagency firefighters suppressed a small lightning-caused fire in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, August 7. The passage of a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon ignited a single snag fire just south of Signal Mountain, near a small pothole pond called Cow Lake.

August 08, 2011
Prescribed Fire Planned for Hunter Ranch Area
Teton Interagency fire personnel and Grand Teton National Park natural resource managers are planning a 186-acre prescribed fire for mid to late August, whenever conditions are favorable. The burn unit is part of a 4,057-acre native rangeland restoration project in the Hunter Ranch area of the park. This project involves a multistage effort to convert pasture land back to native vegetation as part of the 2007 Bison and Elk Management Plan for the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park.

August 08, 2011
Rangers Perform Rescues in Garnet Canyon
Grand Teton National Park Rangers with the help of a Teton Interagency contract helicopter performed multiple rescues in Garnet Canyon on Saturday August 6. The first incident was reported to the Jenny Lake Ranger Station at 11 a.m. Saturday. While on scene with the first incident, rangers were notified of another individual just above the Petzolt Caves in Garnet Canyon who also needed assistance.

August 05, 2011
Michael Coleman Bronze Sculpture Donated to Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is pleased to announce that a bronze sculpture of a mature bull moose was recently donated to the park by two members of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Steve and Roberta Denning. The statuesque moose stands near the courtyard of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center and serves as a symbolic ambassador for Grand Teton as it greets visitors from near and far.

August 03, 2011
Selection of New Concession Contract for Services in Rockefeller Memorial Parkway
The National Park Service (NPS) selected Flagg Ranch Company, an affiliate of the Grand Teton Lodge Company, to provide lodging, food and beverage, campground, retail, service station, and other related visitor services in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway under concession contract JODR002-11. NPS Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels made the announcement today in Denver, Colorado. The contract will begin November 1, 2011 with a term of 15 years.

August 02, 2011
Rangers Recover Body of Fallen Climber near the Grand Teton
With the assistance of a Teton Interagency contract helicopter, Grand Teton National Park rangers located the body of climber who fell approximately 2,500 feet to his death on the northwest side of the Grand Teton sometime on Sunday, July 31. After searching by foot for nearly seven hours on Monday, August 1, rangers eventually spotted the deceased climber from the air. Don Ivie, age 44, of Springfield, Missouri had undertaken a solo, one-day climb of the Grand Teton, but failed to return at an appointed time late Sunday evening and was reported overdue at 8:45 p.m.

July 29, 2011
Critically Injured Hiker Rescued from the Ellingwood Couloir on Middle Teton
Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a 20-year-old hiker, who took a tumbling 1,200-foot fall just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 29 and sustained critical injuries. Ryan Haymaker of Houston, Texas was glissading down the Ellingwood Couloir on the south side of the Middle Teton when he lost control and hit a rock causing him to flip over and continue head first down the couloir.

July 29, 2011
Summer Speaker Series Continues
A series of special presentations that began in June will continue throughout the month of August in the new auditorium at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Starting Wednesday, August 3, local residents and park visitors can join a captivating group of speakers to learn about western culture and folk music, climate change and Teton weather, as well as the intriguing story of Sacajawea. All talks are free to the public.

July 27, 2011
Grand Teton NP Clarifies Supt's Compendium for Wildlife Protection & Public Safety
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott today authorized a clarification of the 2011 Superintendent's Compendium to more clearly describe regulations for safe wildlife viewing and allowable distances between visitors and wildlife. The clarification was prompted by the increased size and complexity of "wildlife jams" associated with the presence of grizzly bears near park roadways.

July 25, 2011
Rare Grizzly Bear Cub Exchange Observed
Grand Teton National Park biologists report that an interesting turn of events occurred late last week when two female grizzly bears apparently "exchanged" one cub with one another. The two female grizzlies are related (mother and daughter), and have occupied overlapping home ranges since they both emerged from hibernation with their newborn cubs this past spring. The adoption or fostering of cubs between two female bears is rare, but not unprecedented.

July 15, 2011
Grand Teton National Park to Present Artwork from Harrison Crandall Private Archive
Grand Teton National Park will host a special lecture by Dr. Ken Barrick titled, "Harrison Crandall: Historic Images from the Personal Archives of the Official Grand Teton National Park Photographer" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium. This program is free and open to the public.

July 08, 2011
Rangers Extinguish RV Fire at Park Campground
Grand Teton National Park rangers, with the help of Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, extinguished a sizeable fire in a 30-foot motor coach at the Colter Bay RV Park on the evening of July 7. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received notification of the fire at 9:30 p.m., and a ranger reached the campsite just two minutes later. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

July 08, 2011
Temp Closure of Moose-Wilson Road on July 13
A brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park for about 28 hours, beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, barring equipment malfunction or rainy weather. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work; this is the second application this summer.

July 05, 2011
Park Supports Bear Spray Recycle Program
Grand Teton National Park is proud to announce its participation in a new sustainability effort that recycles a specialized item commonly used in bear country: bear spray. In coordination, with other federal partners at Yellowstone National Park, the National Elk Refuge and surrounding national forests, Grand Teton recently placed collection bins at several locations to gather unwanted bear spray canisters and prepare them for recycling.

July 03, 2011
Seriously Injured Skier Rescued from the Ellingwood Couloir
Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted a short-haul operation for a 33 year-old skier, who took a tumbling 800 foot fall just after 10 a.m. on Saturday, July, 2. Ryan Redmond of Delafield, Wisconsin was skiing down the Ellingwood Couloir (11,500 ft) on the south side of the Middle Teton when he lost control and slid down the gully. Rangers believe snow conditions were a contributing factor in this accident.

June 30, 2011
Fourth of July Fireworks Restrictions Apply
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 essential that everyone comply with this regulation, especially given the warmer temperatures and drying conditions taking place across the greater Jackson Hole area.

June 28, 2011
Film Festival Highlights Nature & Celebrates New Craig Thomas Visitor Center Auditorium
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites the public to a special three-day film festival to be held on July 7 – 9 in the new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose, Wyoming. Modeled after similar events like the Telluride and Banff film festivals, the inaugural Grand Teton Film Festival will feature an exciting slate of films profiling environmental issues, and highlighting parks and protected areas from the Alaska Peninsula to North Carolina's Outer Banks, and from the high Sierras of California to the high desert of New Mexico. All films explore and interpret humankind's place in the natural world, and most will be screened in high definition. The festival offers an opportunity for visitors and area residents to experience the visitor center's new 150-seat auditorium with its state-of-the-art projection and large screen. The festival is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

June 27, 2011
Grand Teton to Welcome Dr. Bob Smith as Part of Summer Speaker Series
Grand Teton National Park will welcome Dr. Bob Smith, distinguished professor and professor emeritus of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, to the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 30 for a retrospective presentation on his prominent work in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The lecture is the third in a new summer speaker series sponsored by the park. Smith's presentation titled, A Living, Breathing, Shaking Career, will provide a window into his career researching and studying the powerful forces that have shaped the Teton and Yellowstone landscapes.

June 26, 2011
Rangers Rescue Climber from Guides' Wall
Grand Teton National Park rangers short-hauled a 47-year-old injured climber off of Guides' Wall in Cascade Canyon on Saturday, June 25. Dagmar Rapp of Farmington, Connecticut was on a guided trip with Exum Mountain Guides when she fell about 15 feet on the Flake pitch, the fifth pitch of six on the route.

June 24, 2011
Baxter’s Pinnacle and Southwest Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that beginning Friday, June 24, Baxter's Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully are closed due to a peregrine falcon aerie. Baxter's Pinnacle is a popular climbing route in Cascade Canyon. This closure is in effect to protect both climbers and the falcons.

June 24, 2011
Fourth Annual Grand Teton Music Festival Concerts in the Park
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Music Festival have once again joined together to host the fourth year of special programs promoting the connection between nature and music. Created through a special partnership, the "Music in Nature" concert series runs from June 28 through July 22. The Grand Teton Music Festival's Axiom Brass Quintet will perform 30-minute programs of music inspired by nature; a park ranger will host each performance. The concerts are free and open to the public.

June 24, 2011
Summer Speaker Series Begins
Grand Teton National Park will host a series of special presentations this summer in the new auditorium at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming. Beginning Monday, June 27, local residents and park visitors can join a fascinating group of speakers to learn about migration corridors, regional and park history, geology, and meteorology. All talks are free and open to the general public.

June 21, 2011
Teton Interagency Firefighters & Equipment Respond to Southwest Fires
Sixty-four firefighters from the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, along with essential firefighting equipment, have responded to support wildfire response in the Southwest and southern United States. Teton area firefighters are available to assist firefighting efforts on large-scale fires across the country because local conditions in Wyoming remain exceptionally green after a prolonged winter and a wet, cool spring.

June 17, 2011
Late Season Avalanche Hazard Cause for Concern in Snowy Teton Range
The Teton Range contains an unprecedented amount of snowpack for this time of year. Unusual conditions exist due to an unseasonably cool and wet spring following a record winter snowfall with 732 inches recorded at the Raymer plot on Rendezvous Mountain (elevation 9,300 feet). The normal transition from winter to spring to summer is substantially delayed, and the snowpack has not yet consolidated. Avalanche danger is expected to remain elevated during this slow transition period. As a consequence, Grand Teton National Park rangers advise extreme caution for any backcountry travel (hiking, skiing or climbing), as well as for backcountry camping.

June 16, 2011
Grand Teton Offers Free Entry in Celebration of Summer Solstice
In celebration of summer solstice and the first day of summer, Grand Teton National Park—along with other national parks across the country—will offer free entry on Tuesday, June 21. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees on several days during 2011 as part of an initiative to encourage people to visit, explore and enjoy America's national park areas.

June 15, 2011
National Park Foundation Awards Grant To Grand Teton National Park
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that Grand Teton National Park was chosen to receive a grant sponsored by the National Park Foundation (NPF) to support an innovative program for multi-cultural youth. This grant is part of the NPF's America's Best Idea initiative: a nationwide program that connects underserved populations across the United States with national parks through meaningful and innovative ways.

June 09, 2011
Grand Teton Prepares for Potential Flooding
As the record winter snowpack melts, Grand Teton National Park is making preparations for potential flooding along the Snake River and its tributaries. A high-water incident management team has been assembled to prepare for possible flooding and other weather-related damage throughout the park. This team will direct the response to situations that may arise as the snowpack recedes in the Tetons and melt-waters swell the creeks and streams.

June 07, 2011
Annual Cattle Drive to Cause Minor Traffic Delays near Moran Junction
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Hwy 26/89/191 from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats (one mile south of the junction) on Saturday morning, June 11, between the hours of 6:45 and 8:30 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, which lie south of Moran Junction and the Buffalo Fork River. Park rangers will provide traffic control for the cattle drive.

June 07, 2011
Annual Roadside Clean-up on Thursday, June 9
Grand Teton National Park employees will join with park partners and concessioners to conduct the annual roadside clean-up on Thursday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. This date is a bit later than previous years due to late season melting from a record winter snowpack.

June 04, 2011
Jackson Resident Rescued From Teewinot
Grand Teton National Park rangers enlisted the help of Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) and their contract helicopter to rescue a backcountry hiker/skier who was seriously injured after taking a tumbling fall about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, while ascending Teewinot Mountain (elevation 12,325 feet) with two companions.

June 02, 2011
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping Begins in GTNP Public Advised to Heed Posted Warning Signs
Wildlife biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will begin trapping operations in Grand Teton National Park to capture grizzly bears and gather data for research purposes. These operations will begin June 8th and continue through the end of July. To alert the public of these trapping operations, warning signs will be posted at major access points where capture activities are underway. It is critical that all members of the public heed the warning signs and remain well away from the posted areas.

May 31, 2011
Teton Interagency Fire Employees Receive 2010 Regional Awards
On behalf of the National Park Service Intermountain Region (IMR), Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan presented Teton Interagency Fire employees with awards for excellence in fire management. Grand Teton National Park Assistant Fire Management Officer Mack McFarland received the IMR Interagency Fire Management Leadership Award and Martha Williamson, Teton Interagency fire planner, received the IMR Fire Management Achievement Award.

May 24, 2011
Park Officials Troubled by Increase in Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions
Grand Teton National Park plans to redouble efforts to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on park roads. Each year, motor vehicles cause the deaths of well over 100 animals, resulting in a significant toll to park wildlife. Over the past few years, park rangers and biologists have documented trends related to wildlife-vehicle collisions in an attempt to make park roads safer for both people and animals.

May 20, 2011
Temp Closure of Moose-Wilson Road on May 25
A brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park for about 28 hours, beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, barring equipment malfunction or rainy weather. The temporary closure is scheduled to accommodate dust abatement work.

May 19, 2011
Volunteers Needed as Pathway Ambassadors
For the third year, Grand Teton National Park is recruiting for volunteers interested in serving as ambassadors for the multi-use pathway that extends from Dornan's in the Moose area to South Jenny Lake. Volunteer ambassadors will patrol the eight-mile-long paved pathway on foot, bicycle or roller blades to meet and greet other pathway users and offer information about the "rules of the road," as well as provide emergency assistance in the event of an accident, injury, or equipment malfunction.

May 16, 2011
Road & Pathway Construction Projects for 2011
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that road and pathway construction projects will be underway at various locations throughout the park, resulting in reduced speed limits and minor traffic delays for much of the 2011 summer season. Travelers are advised to call the road conditions line at 307.739.3614 for current and specific information. The park's newspaper, Grand Teton Guide, includes a road construction map for further reference and can be picked up at any park entrance station or visitor center or found online at www.nps.gov/grte.

May 16, 2011
American Indian Guest Artists 2011 Schedule
Each year, Grand Teton National Park sponsors a program for visiting American Indian artists at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Indian Arts Museum. For the past 36 years, artists from diverse tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms, providing visitors an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for, and understanding of American Indian art and culture.

May 11, 2011
Bicyclist Injured in Collision w/ Delivery Truck
A 54-year-old Jackson, Wyoming resident received multiple injuries when he was struck by the rearview mirror of a delivery truck while biking on Highway 26/89/191, about 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The delivery truck, driven by a 54-year-old Jackson man, and the bicyclist were both northbound on the highway when the accident occurred approximately one mile north of the Airport Junction in Grand Teton National Park. The cyclist was wearing a bike helmet.

May 10, 2011
Fleet of Hybrid Vehicles Arrives in Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park recently accepted delivery of five, 2011 Ford Escape hybrid vehicles through a program sponsored by Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC). Purchase of the hybrid vehicles—worth $146,175 dollars—was made possible through a $547,645 grant secured by YTCEC in partnership with Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The program and grant were developed to support a variety of clean transportation projects in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA).

May 06, 2011
"Go Wild, Go Birding!" on Migratory Bird Day
Grand Teton National Park will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Park ranger naturalist Andrew Langford will visit areas throughout the park that provide excellent opportunities to locate, identify, and record birds as part of the North American Migration Count. The free activity begins at 8 a.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose and finishes by 4 p.m. at Christian Pond near Jackson Lake Lodge. Reservations are not required.

May 03, 2011
Teton Interagency Fire Managers Plan Spring Prescribed Fires
Teton interagency fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed fires during the month of May. If weather conditions are conducive, fire managers for Grand Teton National Park and the North Zone of the Bridger-Teton National Forest will initiate the following projects: Lava Creek, Shadow Mountain, Elbo West, Upper Palmer Creek, and Lower Gros Ventre.

May 02, 2011
Moose Water System
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that an environmental assessment/assessment of effect document is being prepared to analyze a range of project alternatives for replacement of a wastewater system near park headquarters in Moose, Wyoming. The project will also address critical deficiencies in the water system serving the Moose area. The National Park Service requests that public comments on the Moose Wastewater and Water System EA/AE projects be submitted no later than June 2, 2011.

April 28, 2011
2011 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA) are pleased to announce that Stefan Ekernas has received the Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship for 2011. Ekernas, the seventh recipient of an Evison Fellowship, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in Missoula. He plans to use his fellowship award to study the impacts of climate change on food webs in the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), looking specifically at white-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus townsendii) and pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana). The Evison Graduate Fellowship began in 2005 to support studies throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area.

April 27, 2011
Snowdesk Broadcasts
Over the past few months, ranger naturalists brought the winter world of Grand Teton National Park to classrooms across the United States. Rangers made "virtual visits" to classrooms in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming by using video conferencing technology. Although some of the locations were experiencing more spring-like weather, students were transported live to Moose, Wyoming where temperatures were generally sub-freezing during broadcasts outside of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Each classroom held a special connection to Grand Teton because their teachers were past participants in the National Park Service (NPS) Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program.

April 26, 2011
Facility Opening Dates for 2011 Season
The official 2011 opening dates for facilities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are announced

April 24, 2011
Missing Skiers Found after Six-Day Search
On the evening of Saturday, April 23, after a long day of searching an avalanche debris field in Garnet Canyon Meadows, a Grand Teton National Park ranger picked up two discernible beacon signals deep in the snowpack. Due to the late hour—coupled with the need to evacuate all search teams from the Teton canyon and cease helicopter operations before day's end—a handful of rescuers were not able to dig deep enough to locate the source of the signals. Early Sunday morning, a core group of park rangers flew back into Garnet Canyon to resume digging. After two hours, they reached Walker Pannell Kuhl and Gregory Seftick, buried under 13 feet of snow near a large boulder in the avalanche path.

April 23, 2011
Search for Missing Skiers Enters Sixth Day
The search for Walker Pannell Kuhl, age 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Gregory Seftick, age 31, of Columbia Falls, Montana resumed today, Saturday, April 23 in Grand Teton National Park. Kuhl and Seftick began an overnight camping and skiing trip one week ago, and were reported missing on Monday, April 18, when Kuhl failed to show up for work. This marks the sixth day for a concentrated search to locate the missing skiers.

April 22, 2011
Garnet Canyon Closed to Public Entry on Saturday - April 23
4:30 p.m.Garnet Canyon will be close to public entry on Saturday, April 23 to conduct ongoing search operations.

April 22, 2011
Search for Walker Pannell Kuhl and Greg Seftick to Resume Saturday
Grand Teton National Park rangers plan to resume the search for Walker Pannell Kuhl and Greg Seftick on Saturday, April 23. A forecast for better weather conditions this weekend prompted rangers to prepare for another sizeable search period. Several rescuers and search dog teams will be airlifted to a helispot in the Platforms area of Garnet Canyon. Search teams will focus their attention on a large avalanche debris field that lies in Garnet Canyon Meadows.

April 21, 2011
Search Operations for Missing Skiers Suspended Due to Inclement Weather
Grand Teton National Park rangers were forced to suspend the search for missing skiers Walker Pannell Kuhl, age 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gregory Seftick, age 31 of Columbia Falls, Montana today, April 21, due to adverse weather conditions. The Teton Range and Jackson Hole experienced continual winter-like storms with heavy snow and gusty winds throughout the day. These conditions made it impossible to insert rescue teams and K9 search teams into the Teton backcountry.

April 21, 2011
Missing Skiers Not Found Despite Extensive Search on Wednesday
Rescue teams on the ground and in the air, along with two search dog teams with Wyoming K9 Search and Rescue, conducted a thorough and extensive search of multiple locations in Garnet Canyon on Wednesday, April 20; still no clues were discovered that might lead to the whereabouts of Walker Pannell Kuhl and Gregory Seftick—missing for four days after they entered Garnet Canyon on Saturday, April 16, for on an overnight camping and ski trip.

April 20, 2011
Search Continues for Missing Skiers in Garnet Canyon
Several rescue teams were flown by helicopter into the Meadows area of Garnet Canyon early this morning, April 20, to resume a methodical search for Walker Kuhl, age 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gregory Seftick, age 31 of Columbia Falls, Montana. The two men skied into Garnet Canyon at Grand Teton National Park on Saturday, April 16, with plans to camp overnight and explore areas around the Grand Teton. They were reported overdue for work at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, April 18.

April 19, 2011
Overdue Skiers Prompt Large-Scale Search
Grand Teton National Park rangers organized a full-scale search for two overdue backcountry skiers on Tuesday morning, April 19, after an initial search late Monday proved unsuccessful. Approximately 40 rescuers and support staff assembled at first light on Tuesday to begin an extensive search of the Meadows area and other locations within Garnet Canyon near the Grand Teton and other high peaks. Walker Kuhl, age 27, from Salt Lake City, Utah and Gregory Seftick, age 31, of Columbia Falls, Montana set out to camp overnight in the Teton Range on Saturday, April 16.

April 12, 2011
Celebrate National Park Wee and View Sage Grouse
To celebrate the arrival of spring and National Park Week (April 16-24), park ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual mating dance on an historic lek (strutting arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Strutting grouse trips will be offered on both Saturdays and Sundays of the following weekends: April 16–17, April 23–24, and April 30–May 1, 2011.

April 12, 2011
Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week Offer Fun Family Activities
Grand Teton National Park will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and the start of National Park Week on Saturday, April 16, with several fun activities planned for the whole family. The activities are free of charge and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.

April 11, 2011
Bear Biologist Stephen Herrero to Speak
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites the public to celebrate bears and our fascination with these charismatic creatures with Dr. Stephen Herrero, world-renowned bear biologist. Herrero’s public appearance is free and will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose. Internationally known for his work on human-bear conflicts, Herrero is also the author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, among other books and scientific papers.

April 04, 2011
Backcountry Skier Triggers Avalanche on Shadow Peak
A backcountry skier escaped injury in a large avalanche he triggered on the south aspect of Shadow Peak in the "Four Hour Couloir" in Grand Teton National Park Friday. The Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 2:20 p.m. Friday reporting a large slide originally thought to be on Albright Peak, but later corrected to be Shadow Peak. Park rangers mobilized for a search and rescue, but stood down at 3 p.m. when the reporting party called back to say everyone was safe and uninjured.

March 29, 2011
Roads Open to Traditional Spring Activities
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March 15, 2011
Backcountry Skier Injured during Avalanche in Granite Canyon
Grand Teton National Park rangers enlisted the help of the Teton County contract helicopter to rescue a backcountry skier who was injured during an avalanche on Tuesday morning, March 15. Benjamin Shortledge, a 32-year-old Jackson resident, triggered an avalanche around 11:20 a.m. while skiing with friends on the northwest side of Cardiac Ridge in Granite Canyon. He received several injuries as a two-foot deep and 40-foot wide soft slab avalanche carried him about 400 feet down a slope near a feature known as Shady Lady.

March 04, 2011
NPS Academy Designed for College Students
Grand Teton National Park is working in partnership with the Student Conservation Association and Teton Science Schools, an environmental education center, to launch an innovative program titled the National Park Service (NPS) Academy. The Grand Teton-based NPS Academy, scheduled for March 12-18, is structured as a week-long, alternative spring break program for college students with diverse backgrounds from across the United States.

March 03, 2011
Plowing of Teton Park Road Begins March 14
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February 25, 2011
Backcountry Skier Injured in Slab Avalanche in Granite Canyon
Grand Teton National Park rangers enlisted the help of a Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter to evacuate an injured backcountry skier who was caught in an avalanche in the park on Thursday afternoon, February 24.

February 15, 2011
Ira Blitzblau Named Deputy Chief Ranger at Grand Teton National Park
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February 10, 2011
February Full Moon and Winter Festival Weekend
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February 07, 2011
Rangers Evacuate Ill Snowshoer from Phelps Lake Moraine
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January 31, 2011
Public Scoping Initiated for Historic Properties Management Plan
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites the public to attend a meeting regarding the development of a comprehensive plan for management of Grand Teton National Park's historic properties. The meeting will take place Tuesday, February 8, from 5–7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 43, 182 North Cache Street in Jackson, Wyoming. A short presentation on the historic properties will be followed by conversations with park staff to further inform participants about the scope of the plan and its objectives.

January 10, 2011
Special Activities on MLK Fee-Free Weekend
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees during the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend (January 15-17) as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to visit and experience the many wonders of national parks across America. Grand Teton ranger naturalists invite visitors and local residents to attend an Evening of Astronomy program at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, and join an early evening snowshoe excursion on the Teton Park Road. Both activities will take place on Saturday, January 15.

January 09, 2011
Rangers Rescue Stranded Snowboarder and Snowshoers from Backcountry on Same Day
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January 04, 2011
Grand Teton Recruits for 2011 YCP
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Did You Know?

Banded gneiss

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?