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 »
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.
2014 Spring Grouse Strut Program has been cancelled
Unfortunately, Grand Teton National Park must cancel the grouse strut program this spring. Please call us for more information (307)739-3399. We apologize for any inconvenience.
2014 Summer Programs (check back for days, times and locations)
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. 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
Nature in a Nutshell
Voices for Wilderness
A Walk into the Past
Inspiration Point Hike
Junior Ranger Program
Swan Lake Hike
Grand Teton Kids
Early Evening at Colter Bay
Indian Arts & Culture
Explore the Preserve Hike
Coffee with a Ranger
2013 Autumn Programs
Jenny Lake District
Colter Bay District
This program provides insight into the stories behind the scenery, including geology, wildlife, history and other topics. Meet on the Colter Bay Visitor Center back deck at 11 am for a 30 minute presentation.
Oxbow Bend Wildlife Watch
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
Explore the Preserve Hike
Nature Explorer's Backpack
2013-2014 Winter Programs
Join a ranger for an educational and fun hike through the snow. Rangers offer guided snowshoe hikes from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Programs begin on December 27th and run through mid-March, 2014, conditions permitting. Reservations are required, call (307) 739-3399 for more details and to make reservations. Reservations are accepted beginning on December 1, 2013. 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 -12 years old.
Programs are offered Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and last two hours, ending at 3:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America? The Trumpeter Swan weighs 20-30 pounds and lives in the valley year-round in quiet open water.