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 »
Scattering of Ashes Permit
Complete the Special Use Permit Application and submit it to the Grand Teton National Park Fee Office at least 10 business days before the planned date for scattering ashes.
Your request will be evaluated based on the information in your application. Applicants should attach maps, diagrams, and other information that might assist park staff in evaluating the application.
Mail or fax the completed application to:
fax (307) 739-3492
Restrictions & Conditions
A Special Use Permit does not allow the permittee to restrict park visitors from any location; therefore, sites which attract a large number of visitors should be avoided. Normal visitor use patterns will not be interrupted and are only allowed as specified in the approved permit. Permit activities may not occur simultaneously with other permitted activities or unduly conflict with scheduled public activities.
Permit activities may be restricted based on weather or seasonal conditions (fire danger, standing water, nesting season, road closures, etc.). Additional closures, use limits and /or restricted activities are listed in the Superintendent's Compendium.
Activities that may damage, significantly impact, or alter park resources are prohibited. The following are also prohibited:
Restrictions and conditions enumerated in the permit generally include the following:
Did You Know?
Did you know that Uinta ground squirrels, sometimes mistaken for prairie dogs, hibernate up to eight months a year? These animals leave their burrows in March or April to inhabit the sagebrush flats, but may return by the end of July.