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 »
Winter Trip Planner
Winter is a wonderful time to experience Grand Teton National Park. As the snow drapes a wintry blanket across the Teton Range, a peace settles over the landscape, offering a sharp contrast to the busy summer season. Winter recreation activities abound, as the park becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and photographers who wish to capture the beauty of a Teton winterscape. If you are planning a visit during the winter season, make sure you check current weather forecasts and road conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
The park's main roadways, Highway US 89/191 and Highway US 26/287, are plowed and open for winter travel from the town of Jackson to Flagg Ranch just south of Yellowstone National Park. These travel routes offer outstanding mountain vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities. Park roads are often snow-covered and icy. Be prepared for winter driving conditions and carry a winter safety kit in your vehicle for emergencies. In addition, wildlife can linger near park roads, so be alert, and drive slowly for their safety and yours.
Much of the Teton Park Road (also called the inner park road) is closed to vehicles during winter. The unplowed section of the road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge-a distance of 15 miles-is open to non-motorized use only (skiers and snowshoers). A variety of other trails throughout the park offer winter visitors many ways to experience a snowy Teton wonderland. As a safety precaution, outdoor enthusiasts should carry-at a minimum-water, high energy snacks and extra winter clothing during any backcountry excursion. Please stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose (12 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming) to speak with a park ranger about suggested trails and safety tips, or to pick up a ski/snowshoe trail brochure.
Teton Park Road (Taggart Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge): closed to vehicles, open to skiing and snowshoeing access.
Highway 26/89/191 (outer park road): open year-round from Jackson to Flagg Ranch or Togwotee Pass and Dubois, WY.
WEATHER & AVALANCHE INFORMATION
If you are planning to travel in the backcountry during the winter, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast. Avoid known avalanche paths. All skiers and climbers travelling in avalanche terrain should be equipped with, and know how to use, an avalanche beacon, probe pole and shovel. For current conditions call (307) 733-2664 for the U.S. Forest Service avalanche report or go to: http://www.jhavalanche.org. Current conditions are also posted on the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers blogspot.
Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wind, exhaustion and wet clothing. Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, incoherent speech, lethargy and exhaustion. Remove the victim from the elements as soon as possible. If in doubt, seek immediate medical attention.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Proper preparation and planning ensures a great winter experience in Grand Teton National Park. Download the Cross-country Skiing brochure (Adobe PDF) for a listing of trails, safety information and other detailed information or visit our Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing page.
Ranger-guided Snowshoe Walks
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: http://www.jacksonhole.com/
VISITOR CENTER HOURS & WINTER LODGING FACILITIES
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
Phone: (307) 739-3399
Exhibits: The Discovery Center features wildlife exhibits, a relief model of the park and an introductory video.
Available Facilities: Information, an extensive bookstore, auditorium, maps, activity schedules, guided snowshoe walks, backcountry camping permits, boat permits, restrooms, telephones. A post office is located nearby.
For lodging facilities in the Jackson Hole area visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at: http://www.jacksonholeexplorer.com.
Areas Closed to Protect Wildlife
For more information on enjoying winter in the Tetons, download the winter issue of the park newspaper (Adobe PDF document). The newspaper includes a map of winter closure areas.
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.