April 14, 2014
Go Wild for National Parks & Join a Junior Ranger Program during National Park Week
National Park Week begins Saturday, April 19, making this a wonderful time for an early season getaway to experience the wonders of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Visitors will get free park admission on April 19 and 20, and can participate in special National Junior Ranger Day programs on Saturday, April 26. Join us for fun and free activities for the whole family, starting this weekend.
April 10, 2014
Spring Migration Gets Underway: Give Wildlife a Brake!
With the arrival of spring-like weather and recent snow melt across the sagebrush flats north of Jackson, animals are now migrating from their winter ranges toward their summering sites within Grand Teton National Park. Because spring migration is now fully underway, motorists must drive with extra caution during the coming weeks and be alert for wildlife near and along park roadways, such as Highway 26/89/191(Hwy 89).
April 08, 2014
Teton Park Road Now Open for Non-Motorized Spring Season Activities
Grand Teton National Park road crews cut through the deep snowpack on the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge—a distance of 15 miles— and completed this portion of the annual spring plowing on Friday, April 4. The Teton Park Road has now melted down to pavement and is currently open to non-motorized recreation such as walking, roller-blading, and biking. However, road crews are still in the process of clearing the Jenny Lake scenic loop road, as well as other auxiliary roads and wayside areas.
April 07, 2014
Bears Out of Hibernation in Grand Teton National Park & 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 a group of bears seen recently near the Blacktail Butte which lies just east of the park’s Moose headquarters campus. Long-term data indicates that 50% of adult male bears are out of their winter dens by mid-March each year, and females with yearlings often emerge shortly after. Both local residents and park visitors should be alert for the presence of bears throughout all areas of the park and parkway.
March 17, 2014
Snow Removal on the Teton Park Road to Begin March 24
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, March 24, 2014. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other winter trails, and/or areas adjacent to the Teton Park Road, for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable. Snow removal will also begin on the Moose-Wilson Road, once work is concluded on the Teton Park Road.
March 10, 2014
Backcountry Skier Caught & Injured in an Avalanche Gets Aerial Rescue
A skier was caught in an avalanche and seriously injured about 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in Grand Teton National Park’s backcountry. Greg Epstein, 43, from Wilson, Wyoming was preparing to descend one of the Air Force chutes within Granite Canyon with two companions at the time of the avalanche. Epstein was reportedly carried over 1000 feet by the slide. No other members of the party were injured.
March 06, 2014
Fourth NPS Academy Welcomes Diverse College Students for Spring Break Orientation
Four years ago, Grand Teton National Park and key collaborators—The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Teton Science Schools (TSS) — developed and launched the first-ever NPS Academy as a pilot program for college students from across America with diverse backgrounds. Critical funding for this program comes from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Grand Teton Association, two dedicated and long-standing park partners. The pilot program was so successful, that other National Park Service (NPS) units replicated it. Today, four out of six national park regions now host an NPS Academy program.
March 06, 2014
NPS Intermountain Regional Director Approves Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive Management Plan
National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA). Over the past three years, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge have jointly prepared the CRMP/EA in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FONSI identified the agencies’ preferred alternative (Alternative C) as presented in the CRMP/EA as the selected action.
March 05, 2014
Grand Teton Association & Former Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott Honored at APPL Conference
Grand Teton Association (GTA), Grand Teton National Park’s partner organization of 77 years, and Mary Gibson Scott, former park superintendent, received noteworthy awards at the recent Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several APPL awards honored the outstanding people, programs and products associated with public lands partnership organizations. These organizations assist public land management agencies and through their work, they enrich the experiences of millions of visitors who enjoy America’s great outdoors.
March 03, 2014
Grand Teton & JDR Parkway Generate nearly $492 Million in Economic Benefit thru Tourism
A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that during 2012, over 3.9 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway spent almost $492 million in gateway communities across northwestern Wyoming. In turn, that spending supported 6,925 jobs in the communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, Wyoming, and the nearby towns of Driggs and Victor, Idaho.
March 03, 2014
Grand Teton Recruits for 2014 Youth Conservation Program
Grand Teton National Park is recruiting participants for the 2014 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 14, 2014
February 12, 2014
David Vela named superintendent of Grand Teton National Park
Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica announced today that David Vela has been named superintendent of Grand Teton National Park. He will begin his duties in about six weeks.
February 11, 2014
Jenny Lake Renewal Plan EA Available for Public Review
Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced today that the Jenny Lake Renewal Plan Environmental Assessment (Jenny Lake Plan/EA) is now available for public review. The Jenny Lake Plan/EA will be open to review for 30 days from February 14 through March 15, 2014.
February 10, 2014
Lost Skiers Rescued during Major Winter Storm
Three skiers unintentionally ended up in Grand Teton National Park’s Granite Canyon backcountry on Friday, February 7, prompting a search and rescue mission by park rangers the following day during a significant winter storm. Despite a high and rising avalanche danger, park rescuers successfully assisted the three out of the Teton backcountry by 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8.
February 07, 2014
Enjoy Free Entry on President’s Day Weekend
President’s Day weekend means free entry to Grand Teton National Park. Entrance fees will be waived from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, February 17 at more than 400 units across the National Park System. This will also be a perfect weekend to experience and enjoy the winter wonderland of northwestern Wyoming and snap photos of the snow-clad Teton Range, especially with the predicted storm cycle that is forecasted to bring significant new snow through Tuesday, February 11. Entry fees for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks normally costs $25 for seven days.
January 29, 2014
Grand Teton NP & Teton County Forge Agreement on Teton Park Road Grooming
Grand Teton National Park and Teton County entered into an agreement this week and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide regular grooming for Nordic and skate skiing along the Teton Park Road in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. As an extension of community grooming activities outside the park, Teton County has agreed to pilot a program to groom 15 miles of the snow-covered Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge within the park.
January 24, 2014
Park Rangers Investigating the Discovery of Dead Coyote & Red Fox
Park rangers began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the presence of two wildlife carcasses—one coyote and one red fox— lying alongside the road near Gros Ventre Junction and just east of Highway 26/89/191 within Grand Teton National Park.
January 21, 2014
Gray Wolf Shot & Killed within Grand Teton National Park
A gray wolf was shot and killed at a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park on Monday, January 20, 2014. The person who fired the lethal shot notified Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens and they reported the situation to park rangers at approximately 10:30 a.m.
January 13, 2014
Gain Free Entry into Grand Teton NP on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 20, 2014 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Grand Teton will join the more than 400 other units of the National Park System to acknowledge this special day as part of an effort 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.