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 »
Park rangers provide a wide variety of activities for park visitors including hikes, slide shows, children's activities and wildlife viewing. While most programs are offered during the busy summer season, fall brings the wildlife caravan for wildlife watching and spring is the time to visit if you would like to see the sage grouse strut. Check at a visitor center to learn about special programs. For more information about program schedules download the park newspaper.
2013 Summer Programs
A variety of ranger-led activities take place throughout the park during the summer season. Summer programs begin in early June and last through Labor Day weekend. Join a ranger to learn about the wild communities, history and geology of the park. Regularly scheduled programs are described below, but districts also offer special programs throughout the summer. Unfortunately we will not be offering any evening programs this summer. Check at a visitor center for upcoming special programs. Summer programs are grouped by park district. For more detailed information about these activities, please view the park newspaper or inquire at a visitor center.
Taggart Lake Hike
A Walk into the Past
Nature in a Nutshell
Inspiration Point Hike
Swan Lake Hike
Indian Arts & Culture
Explore the Preserve Hike
2012 Autumn Programs (note 2013 offerings will change)
Jenny Lake District
Explore Jenny Lake
Colter Bay District
Oxbow Bend Wildlife Watch
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
Explore the Preserve Hike
Autumn at the Preserve
Join a ranger for an educational and fun hike through the snow. Rangers offer guided snowshoe hikes from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Programs begin on December 26th and run through mid-March, conditions permitting. Reservations are required, call (307) 739-3399 for more details and to make reservations. Reservations are accepted beginning on December 1, 2012. Please wear appropriate winter clothing (e.g. hat, gloves, snow/wind pants, boots, etc.) and don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses. Snowshoes are available for a rental fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children, 8 years or older.
Programs are offered daily at 1:30 p.m. and last two hours, ending at 3:30 p.m.
Join a ranger for a special opportunity to view sage grouse during their spring strut. Meet the ranger at 5:30 am and caravan to a lek where male sage grouse put on a spectacular display for the females. Reservations are required, call (307) 739-3399 for more information and to make reservations beginning on April 1. Grouse strut programs will tentatively be offered the last three weekends in April, 2013: 4/13-14, 4/20-21, and 4/27-28. Come join us to witness this amazing display!
Did You Know?
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.