• 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 »

Roadside Bears

A black bear walks through the sagebrush.

A black bear walks through the sagebrush.

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.

  • Stay 100 yards from bears even if you are in your vehicle.
  • Use designated pullouts when viewing bears and stay with your vehicle.
  • Follow directions from National Park Service Staff.
  • Use binoculars or spotting scopes for safe viewing.
  • Approaching wildlife is prohibited by law.
  • Do not leave food, garbage, or coolers in the open bed of a truck or the exterior of any vehicle.
  • Never feed a bear!


  • When stopping to view wildlife, pullover in a designated turnout - do not stop on the roadway. Maintain a distance of at least 100 yards.
  • Help keep bears wild and humans safe - Never feed or approach bears!
  • Do not leave food, garbage, or coolers in the open bed of a truck or the exterior of any vehicle.

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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?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

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.