• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • 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 »

How Do I Use a Bear Canister?

All food, trash, toiletries, and other odorous items must be stored inside an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear canister. This includes but is not limited to all sealed or packaged food, sunscreen, soap, mosquito repellent, lip balm, deodorant, medications, and feminine products. As a general rule, if you put it in your mouth or on your skin, it should probably be stored in a bear canister.

  • Prepare food, eat, and store your bear-resistant food canister at least 100 yards downwind from your tent.
  • Store your canister on the ground hidden in brush or behind rocks.
  • Do not place canister near a cliff or water source. Bears may knock the canister around or roll it down a hill.
  • Watch for approaching bears. Be ready to quickly put your food away.
  • Keep your bear canister closed and locked, even when you are near your campsite. The bear canister only works when it is closed and locked!
  • Do not attach anything to the canister (ropes attached to the canister may allow a bear to carry it away).
 
Illustration of how to repack your camping food.

Denali National Park

Techniques to reduce trash and overall weight on trip:

  • Buy in bulk.
  • Buy dehydrated and other low volume/high calorie foods - they take up less space.
  • Remove all commercial packaging.
  • Repack food.
  • Add spices to repacked meals ahead of time.
  • Label bags with contents and cooking instructions.
  • Less packaging means less weight and less trash to carry.
  • Consider pot size and fuel needs for cooking.
  • Keep notes about what works what does not.

Pack out what you pack in! Burning trash in the backcountry of GTNP is illegal.

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Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.

Did You Know?

Beaver Dick Leigh and his family.

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.