• 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 effect for trails in the Jenny Lake Area

    A temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails in the Jenny Lake area due to construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material. The closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer. More »

  • Multi-use Pathway Closures

    Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »

  • Moose-Wilson Road Status

    The Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road and the Murie Center Road is currently open to all traffic. The road may re-close at any time due to wildlife activity. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »

Bird Watching

Grand Teton National Park is a great place to view a wide variety of bird species. Download the Birding brochure to learn about the habitats found in the park as well as specific locations for great bird watching.

Please report any sightings of birds listed as rare or accidental on the bird checklist (you will be routed to a USGS government website).

Be a Responsible Birder

Nesting birds of all species are easily disturbed. If an adult on a nest flies off at your approach, or circles you, or screams in alarm, you are too close to the nest. Unattended nestlings readily succumb to predation or exposure to heat, cold and wet weather.

Good birding areas often attract other wildlife. Remain at least 100 yards from wolves and bears and 25 yards from all other wildlife. Do not position yourself between a female and her offspring.

Migratory Bird Conservation Program

Most of the birds found in the park and parkway are migratory, spending only 3-6 months here each year. Migratory birds are protected while they nest in national parks, but may lose safe nesting sites on other lands due to human activities. Migratory birds also face numerous perils on their long journeys to and from wintering grounds. Human-caused habitat changes fragment forests and remove safe feeding and roosting areas in migration corridors. Birds that migrate to the tropics may lose their winter range due to deforestation.

Birdwatchers and scientists alike have become concerned about the future of migratory birds. Show your concern by enjoying birds in your backyard and during your travels! Assist scientists track bird population changes by participating in bird counts and surveys, such as Christmas Bird Counts, the North American Migration Count and Breeding Bird Surveys. Find out about the Partners in Flight program in your home state. You can use your interest and knowledge of birds to help assure their future!


Recommended Reading


Birds of Grand Teton National Park and the Surrounding Area features 60 species of birds commonly sighted in Grand Teton National Park, with full color identifying photographs of each bird and each habitat. Also includes individual habitat maps. Photos from leading wildlife photographers in the Jackson Hole area. Best bet on where a bird can be found with local look-alikes and checklist.

Did You Know?

Aspen tree bark close-up

Did you know that the bark on Aspen trees looks green because it contains chlorophyll? Aspen bark is photosynthetic, a process that allows a plant to make energy from the sun, and helps the tree flourish during the short growing season.