Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Roads Open to Traditional Spring Activities
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393
March 28, 2011
Grand Teton National Park road crews recently used rotary snow removal equipment and plows to clear a substantial snowpack off the Teton Park Road that runs from the Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. Consequently, non-motorized activities such as hiking, biking, and inline skating will be allowed on this segment of road starting Friday, April 1.
Although the Teton Park Road will open to non-motorized use, visitors should be alert for park vehicles that may occasionally travel the road for administrative purposes and for snow plowing operations that continue as a result of recurring snowstorms.
For the next two weeks, plows and rotary equipment will continue to work on the Moose-Wilson Road; anyone walking or cycling on this roadway should be extra alert for heavy equipment.
The Teton Park Road and Moose-Wilson Road will open to vehicle traffic on Sunday, May 1.
The Antelope Flats Road will open to vehicle traffic when conditions allow. While it was plowed in mid March, continuing snowstorms and windy conditions have caused new drifting and delayed its opening.
Leashed dogs are permitted on the Teton Park and Moose-Wilson roads, as well as other park roadways. Dogs are restricted to roads and turnouts—they are not permitted to travel beyond the roadbeds, or into the park's backcountry, and pets are not allowed on the multi-use pathway in the park. Owners are required to keep pets on a leash (six foot maximum length). Mutt Mitt stations are in place at the Taggart Lake parking area and pet owners are required to use waste disposal bags to pick up after their dogs.
As a reminder, entrance stations are operating and collecting fees. Fee options are as follows:
$12 7-day permit for foot/bicycle entry into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
When entering the park using a pass, please be sure to bring personal identification. Bicyclists are required to stop and show a pass before proceeding through the gates, just as motorized vehicles are required to do.
Important Note: the multi-use pathway running from Dornan's to South Jenny Lake will not be open for public use until the snow recedes naturally.
New this year is a self-serve fee station for pathway users. Bicyclists, rollerbladers and walkers will be required to stop and pay at this fee station and obtain an entry permit before proceeding on the path from the Moose entrance station.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jenny and Leigh Lakes are named for the fur trapper “Beaver” Dick Leigh and his wife Jenny (not pictured)? Beaver Dick and Jenny assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.