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 »
A trip into the backcountry requires advance planning. Download the backcountry trip planner for more details. Park-approved bear canisters must be used in the backcountry. The park provides canisters free of charge for use in the park. Visit the Backcountry Reservations page to learn more about the reservation process and submit a reservation. To learn more about current conditions visit the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers blogspot.
Watch our video podcast to help you plan your trip.
All backcountry camping requires a permit. Backcountry camping permits are issued free of charge to walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits can be obtained at the Colter Bay and Craig Thomas Discovery and visitor centers, and at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Climbing permits are NOT required, but backcountry camping permits are required for all climbing that involves overnight camping. Backcountry camping permits while climbing or mountaineering must be obtained at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station during the summer.
Bear-proof Canisters Required for Overnight Stays
As of April 2011, regardless of elevation backpackers will be required to carry approved bear-resistant canisters except where food storage boxes are provided.
Watch our video podcast about food storage.
Please note the fax machine is not working. Submit your reservation requests using the online system.
A non-refundable service fee of $25 will be charged for each reservation (fee is per trip, not per person). Put credit card information directly on the fax or mail a check made payable to: National Park Service. If you pay by check, you must include your social security number on the check. If no payment is received with your request, you will be billed. Only one-third of the sites are reserved in advance, leaving two-thirds available for walk-in reservations.
Some camping zones fill up early. Be prepared with an alternate plan. Download the backcountry trip planner to review regulations and maps showing the authorized camping zones. Individual party reservations can consist of up to six people. Groups of 7-12 people must camp in designated group sites, which are shown on the map in the brochure.
For Your Safety
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.