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 »
Camping in Bear Country
Bears can be anywhere in the park at any time, even if you cannot see them. Odors attract bears into campgrounds and picnic areas. When not in immediate use, all food, drinks, garbage, toiletries, cookware (clean or dirty), stoves, grills, coolers and food containers (empty or full), pet food/bowls, and any odorous item, must be kept in a bear-resistant food storage locker or in a hard-sided vehicle with doors locked and windows closed, day and night. Only have the food out that you are actually using; if you are not using it, put it back into your food storage locker or hard-sided vehicle with the windows closed.
Watch our video podcast to learn more about proper food storage.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Care about Bears? Join the Bear Box Campaign.
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation have mounted an important campaign to make food storage lockers available to all front-country campers for safety and convenience. Learn more>>
Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.