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    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 »

Hiking

Hiking in Grand Teton National Park can be a challenging experience due to the rugged nature of the landscape, including high elevation, steep trails and extreme and sudden weather changes. Be sure to download the hiking brochure (or hiking brochure in Spanish) for suggested hikes and safety recommendations. For scenic hikes around lakes such as Phelps, Jenny, Leigh and Taggart download the lakeshore hikes brochure (or lakeshore hikes in Spanish). Also, stop by a visitor center to talk to a ranger about recent trail conditions or view the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers blog.

Download maps for trails within Grand Teton National Park:

Video Podcasts

To learn more about summer weather safety, food storage, wildlife viewing, bear identification, and backcountry trip planning please watch the park's video podcasts. Each one is about three minutes long. more >>

For Your Safety

  • This is bear country. Make bears aware of your presence and avoid surprising them by making loud noises such as talking loudly or clapping your hands. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it. Visit our Bear Safety page for more information.
  • Bear Spray Safety: Keep your spray immediately available. Keep the safety clip on until preparing to discharge at a bear. Do not store in your vehicle; it may explode. Ask a ranger for more information about proper usage.
  • Carry drinking water. Dehydration is common and can be serious, every year at least one visitor is rescued or even air-evacuated due to complications from dehydration. Most visitors will need to drink considerably more here due to low humidity and high elevation.
  • Be prepared for rapid weather changes; carry rain gear and extra clothing.
  • High elevation may cause breathing difficulties; pace yourself.
  • Snow melts gradually, leaving valley trails snow-free by mid-June, canyon trails by late July. Be careful crossing snowfields and streams.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Solo hiking and off-trail hiking is not recommended. Many rescues involve solo parties that were unable to self-rescue sometimes with life-threatening injuries until rescuers could locate them.
  • Check with a ranger for up-to-date information on trail conditions.

Parking tips

During July and August trailhead parking areas fill early in the day, especially at South Jenny Lake, String Lake, Lupine Meadows, Death Canyon and Granite Canyon. Parking on natural vegetation results in permanent damage to plants. Obey posted parking regulations. An early start for your hike will help you avoid parking problems.

Backcountry Regulations

  • Respect wildlife: Do not approach or feed animals. Observe and photograph from a safe distance; stay at least 300 feet away from large animals.
  • All overnight camping requires a permit.
  • Carry out all your garbage.
  • Hike on established trails to prevent erosion.
  • Horses have the right-of-way. Step off the trail and remain quiet while horses pass.
  • Pets, bicycles or vehicles are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry.
  • Backcountry sanitation: To prevent contamination of waterways, bury feces in a hole 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from streams and lakes. Pack out used toilet paper, tampons, sanitary napkins and diapers in sealed plastic bags. Do not bury or burn them.
  • Please see the backcountry camping page for information backcountry overnight stays and food storage regulations.

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.