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 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:
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
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.
Did You Know?
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.