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 »
Bears and roads are not a good combination. Bears feeding along roads quickly become habituated to vehicles and people increasing their chance of being hit by vehicles. When people stop for a closer look or to take pictures, habituated bears may become bold and approach people. Habituated bears may learn it is acceptable to frequent campgrounds or picnic areas, where they may gain access to human foods. When bears obtain human food, a very dangerous situation develops that may lead to human injury and the bear's death. Please resist the temptation to stop and get close to roadside bears.
BE BEAR AWARE
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 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.