July 22, 2014
Full-Scale Search for Overdue Hiker Leads to Discovery of an Apparent Fatal Fall
The body of an overdue hiker was discovered at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, July 22, near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, California did not have a pulse when one of several search teams found him lying below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. He was pronounced dead on scene at 2:53 p.m. by park EMTs in consultation with the park’s medical director, Dr. A.J. Wheeler.
July 21, 2014
Injured Hiker Rescued from Garnet Canyon Before Nightfall
A backcountry hiker received a serious injury to her leg as she jumped from a rock while descending the Cache Couloir above the Platforms in Garnet Canyon about 4:30 Sunday afternoon, July 20.
In response to a call for help, Grand Teton National Park rangers initiated a short-haul rescue operation to extricate Joanna Wang, 23, of Boyds, Maryland from the 9,600-foot remote location with assistance from a Teton Interagency contract helicopter.
July 18, 2014
Temporary Closure of Moose-Wilson Road for Dust Treatment on July 22 & 23
A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 24.
July 18, 2014
Tourism to Grand Teton & JDR Parkway Creates over $502M in Economic Benefit to Local Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report determined that during 2013, over 3.9 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway spent over $502 million in gateway communities across northwestern Wyoming. In turn, that spending supported 6,996 jobs in the communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, Wyoming, and the nearby towns of Driggs and Victor, Idaho. This report comes on the heels of a 2012 report released in March of this year with similar findings; however the amount generated increased by $10M between 2012 and 2013.
July 17, 2014
Driver Dies in Single Vehicle Rollover
A recent resident of Jackson, Wyoming died in a single vehicle rollover Wednesday, July 16, in Grand Teton National Park. Bernardo Bravo, 45, formerly of the Phoenix, Arizona area, apparently drove off the Teton Park Road and rolled his 2002 Buick sedan down a steep embankment just a mile north of the park’s Moose Entrance Station sometime in the early morning hours.
July 15, 2014
Rangers Respond to a Climbing Fatality on the Grand Teton & Injured Hiker in Upper Paintbrush Canyon
A climbing accident on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton resulted in the death of one member of a guided climbing party on Monday morning, July 14 , in Grand Teton National Park. Mary Bilyeu, 43, of Edmond, Oklahoma was ascending to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton (elevation 13,160 feet) with her climbing partner and a guide from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides when she fell while negotiating a short section above the Exum Gully about 8:30 a.m.
July 14, 2014
Rafting Accident on Snake River Results in Fatality
A rafting accident on the Snake River resulted in the death of one member of a private boating party Sunday evening, July 13, in Grand Teton National Park. Donna Viehman, 63, of Jackson, Wyoming was riding in a rubber raft just north of the Moose Landing with five other people, including her husband, when the raft hit a mid-stream obstruction, overturned and spilled all six persons aboard into the river at approximately 6:20 p.m. Viehman could not be revived after being pulled from the river by bystanders and given CPR. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
July 14, 2014
Signal Mountain Summit Road Reopens with Completion of Hazard Fuels Project
On Wednesday, July 16, a Teton Interagency fire effects crew will conclude the major portion of a fuels reduction project on the Signal Mountain Summit Road in Grand Teton National Park. Beginning 4 p.m. Wednesday, this auxiliary park road will reopen for unrestricted public access, seven days a week.
July 14, 2014
Third Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ Concludes This Week
During the past week, professional artists from Jackson Hole and across the United States have been painting afield at locations throughout Grand Teton National Park as they sought to capture on their canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife, and wildflowers. Several free, public events will take place this final week as the ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition concludes its third year.
July 11, 2014
Tour Bus Accident Results in Multiple Injuries & 5-hour Closure of Hwy 89
A commercial tour bus carrying 26 passengers and a driver crashed approximately four miles north of Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton National Park on Thursday, July 10, at approximately 4:10 p.m. Twenty-four people were transported by three Grand Teton ambulances, a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS ambulance and a Grand Teton Lodge Company passenger van to receive medical care at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming. Two seriously injured passengers were flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls via two EIRMC life-flight helicopters that were able to land near the accident site.
July 06, 2014
Lightning Ignites Eagles Rest Fire in Grand Teton National Park
On the morning of July 4th, four Teton Interagency firefighters boated across Jackson Lake and hiked upslope to reach a location where lightning struck Thursday evening, July 3, and started a small fire. The Eagles Rest Fire is currently .25 acre in size and situated at 7,300 feet in elevation on the lower slope of Eagles Rest Peak, just off the westshore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
June 30, 2014
Late Day Rescues Conducted for One Climber & One Hiker
Two different backcountry users—one a climber with serious injuries and the other a hiker suffering physical exhaustion—required separate late day rescue missions involving multiple rangers and helicopters on Sunday, June 29, at Grand Teton National Park. At the time the two mountain rescues got underway, rangers were also summoned by Teton County Search and Rescue to assist with a search for missing boaters from an accident on the Gros Ventre River, just east of the park’s boundary.
June 27, 2014
Professional Artists to Capture Teton Scenery & Wildlife at Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’
Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the third annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend
two weeks (July 7-20) painting in the park, as they capture on canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers. All sessions/events are free and open to the public.
June 23, 2014
Stewart Draw Fire Sparked by June 22 Lightning Storm
On Sunday afternoon, June 22, Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a report of a smoke column from the vicinity of Stewart’s Draw north of Death Canyon trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. During a fast-moving thunderstorm, lightning struck a single Douglas-fir tree and ignited the Stewart Draw Fire, which is currently .25 acre in size and burning in a dead tree hanging in the forest canopy and in the accumulation of forest litter at the base of the snag.
June 20, 2014
Seventh Annual John Colter Day Observed
The seventh annual John Colter Day will be held on Monday, June 23 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 23, 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 18, 2014
Schwabacher Landing Road Opens to Public Access
The Schwabacher Landing Road and parking area will open to public access on Thursday, June 19. A paving project on the upper portion of Schwabacher Road just west of Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) has been completed, allowing for this popular park location to open for the summer season.
June 12, 2014
Fire Danger Increases to Moderate with Shortage of Early Summer Moisture
A scarcity of early summer moisture combined with the recent Antelope Fire near the base of Shadow Mountain, the first significant wildfire of the 2014 season, has prompted Teton Interagency fire managers to increase the fire danger rating to moderate for the greater Jackson Hole area. A moderate rating means that fires start easily and spread at a moderate speed and intensity from most causes (accidental or natural). On windy days, fires will burn briskly and spread rapidly in open-cured grassland and dead understory fuels in aspen groves and pine forests.
June 11, 2014
Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship Awarded to PhD Student Kellen Nelson
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA) announced today that Kellen Nelson was selected for the 2014 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Nelson, the tenth recipient of an Evison Fellowship, is pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology and botany at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The Evison Graduate Fellowship began in 2005 to support advanced studies throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area.
June 05, 2014
Grand Teton Receives Active Trails Grant from National Park Foundation
Grand Teton National Park is one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Foundation’s Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in their national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across America. Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $2.4 million through its Active Trails program.
June 03, 2014
Annual Cattle Drive to Elk Ranch Pastures
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats (one mile south of the junction) on Saturday morning, June 7, between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00 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, that lie south of Moran Junction and the Buffalo Fork River.
May 30, 2014
Public Entry into Geothermal Features Prohibited by NPS Regulation
In accordance with the National Park Service (NPS) Management Policies of 2006, public entry into geothermal features is prohibited within the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Application of this NPS policy is consistent with regulations currently enforced in adjacent Yellowstone National Park.
May 22, 2014
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping to Begin in Grand Teton
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) plan to conduct scientific research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park as part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to collect data and monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). These operations will begin Tuesday, May 27 and continue through October 15, 2014. Monitoring of grizzly bear distribution, as well as their food selection and other activities, is vital to recovery of grizzlies across the GYE.
May 16, 2014
Public Closures Scheduled for Schwabacher Landing Area
From Monday, May 19, through June 30, a temporary public closure will be in effect for Schwabacher Landing Road, parking lot, and surrounding area that provides direct access to the eastbank of the Snake River from Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89). The area closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities that involve large trucks and heavy machinery. This construction project will repair and pave the upper (.3 mile) portion of Schwabacher Landing Road.
May 14, 2014
Boating Season Begins in Grand Teton & JDR Memorial Parkway
As the boating season gets underway for waters within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, boaters are reminded that both a park permit and a State of Wyoming aquatic invasive species (AIS) permit are required. Permits may be purchased at park visitor centers located in Moose, Jenny Lake, or Colter Bay.
May 13, 2014
South Jenny Lake Area Closures Lifted
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.
May 13, 2014
Moose-Wilson Road Open to Vehicle Access for 2014 Travel Season
The annual spring opening of the Moose-Wilson Road for vehicle access has arrived, and this quaint country road within Grand Teton National Park is now open for the 2014 travel season. A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of this road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20 to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, May 22.
May 12, 2014
American Indian Guest Artists 2014 Program
For the past 39 years, artisans from diverse American Indian tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms in Grand Teton National Park. This annual program provides visitors a chance to gain greater appreciation and understanding of Indian cultures that are still alive and active today.
May 09, 2014
Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons
Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully are currently closed to public entry due to an active peregrine falcon nest. A pair of falcons first established a new nest near Baxter’s Pinnacle in 2011, making this the fourth year that a temporary closure has been levied to protect both climbers and nesting peregrines at this site. Baxter’s Pinnacle is a popular climbing route in Cascade Canyon at Grand Teton National Park. A nearby climb called No Perches Necessary remains open.
May 08, 2014
Temporary Public Closures Scheduled for South Jenny Lake Area
Starting Monday, May 12, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several south Jenny Lake locations within Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. These public closures will last from May 12 through May 19, and possibly longer.
May 06, 2014
Snowboarder Dies from Traumatic Injuries on Teewinot Mountain
A backcountry snowboarder died in Grand Teton National Park on Monday, May 5th, likely from the traumatic injuries he sustained during a 1,500 foot fall on Teewinot Mountain that morning. Joseph Lohr, 24, from Anchorage, Alaska, and two companions had summited the 12,325-foot mountain around 10 a.m. and were descending the snow-covered peak on snowboards and skis when the accident occurred.
May 05, 2014
Get Acquainted with Avian Companions on International Migratory Bird Day, May 10
Observance of the 2014 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) gets underway at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway with a bird-watching caravan Saturday, May 10. To celebrate IMBD and also conduct the annual North American bird count, Park Ranger Andrew Langford will visit several areas throughout the park that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.
April 30, 2014
NPS Approves & Signs FONSI for Jenny Lake Renewal Plan
The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) approved and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Jenny Lake Renewal Plan/Environmental Assessment (Jenny Lake Plan/EA). The purpose of the Jenny Lake renewal initiative is to design and implement a master plan that provides for a safe, environmentally sensitive and enhanced visitor experience in the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park.
April 28, 2014
Road Construction Projects Scheduled for 2014 Travel Season
During the 2014 travel season, several road repair and rehabilitation projects will be underway that will result in varying traffic delays within Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Motorists should expect these projects to begin in early May and last through October or November in some cases.
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.