Seasonal road closures in effect
Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »
Avalanche hazards exist in the park
Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www.jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »
Bears emerging from hibernation
Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Travel in groups of three of more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay at least 100 yards from bears. More »
The backcountry reservation system is now accepting reservations. All reservation requests are processed in real-time through Recreation.gov. Please click here to access the site.
You may submit a backcountry reservation for the summer season from January 8 through May 15, 2014. All requests must be submitted using the Recreation.gov system. Customers will be able to view backcountry campsite availability in real-time and apply for reservations accordingly. You will be charged a $35 non-refundable processing fee for each trip upon completion of your reservation.
The park will reserve up to one-third of each camping zone in advance, and save two-thirds of each zone for those who wish to get a first-come, first-served permit in person one day before the start of a backcountry trip (walk-in permit). Those who do not secure an advanced reservation may still apply for a walk-in permit. During peak season (July and August), competition for these walk-in permits is high. Beginning summer 2014, backcountry campers will be charged a $25 fee for each walk-in permit.
Be sure to research your trip itinerary before you attempt to reserve your trip. You may download the Backcountry Camping Brochure (Adobe pdf file) to view our backcountry map with the locations of campsites and mileages between them. You can also purchase topographical maps and books describing the trails by visiting the Grand Teton Association website at www.grandtetonpark.org.
Be aware that ice axes will be necessary for safe passage over all divides and passes (marked on our planning map and on topographical maps) until around the third week of July. Divides melt out on different dates each year depending on the past winter's snowpack depth and spring temperatures. For current backcountry conditions visit the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers blogspot. Permits are not required for day climbs.
Submit reservation requests through the online system. You may also call the toll-free reservation line for Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777. You may NOT submit reservations in person, by mail or fax. A link to the reservation page will become active shortly so that you may become familiar with the website. You will not be able to submit reservations until January 8, 2014.
The backcountry reservation system is now open. Please click here to access the site.
The fee for a backcountry reservation is $35 payable by credit card at the completion of your reservation.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.