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Top 10 Tips for visiting Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton Ranger and visitors looking for wildlife with the Teton Range in the background

Grand Teton looks forward to welcoming visitors this summer. Make a #GrandPlan and follow our list of the top 10 tips you should know for visiting the park in 2022. The summer season is expected to be BUSY, so make sure to plan ahead, recreate responsibly, and help ensure this iconic landscape may be enjoyed by future generations.

Before you arrive…

With changing visitation and construction projects occuring, there’s so much to plan for this summer, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should know for the 2022 summer season:
  • Reservations are NOT required to enter Grand Teton National Park. Entrance fees are required and available for purchase at the Moose and Moran Entrance Stations or in advance through Recreation.gov. Visit the park fees & passes page for more information.
  • Reservations ARE required for lodging and all campgrounds in Grand Teton and are mostly booked for the peak season. Plan ahead and visit the park camping page to reserve your night under the stars. Car camping or sleeping overnight in vehicles is not allowed in park pullouts, parking areas, picnic grounds, or any place other than a designated campground.
  • The southern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road will be under construction in 2022. From July 11  to Labor Day, the southern section of the road from Granite Canyon Entrance to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve will be closed, except on weekends 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday and Labor Day. Parking along the southern portion of the road is prohibited, including parking at trailheads as well as horse trailer parking along the road. The southern portion of the road will be closed entirely after Labor Day. To check the status of the Moose-Wilson Road, visit Grand Teton’s road status map or call 307-739-3682. For more information about the project, visit go.nps.gov/moosewilson.
  • Most park roads have reopened in Yellowstone National Park after the flooding event in June. Yellowstone south and north loops are open. Visit go.nps.gov/yellflood for more information.
  • For more planning tools, visit the park plan your visit page and follow Grand Teton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more helpful information.
Download the National Park Service App before arrival for helpful planning tools and to make the most of your visit. The free app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.

When you’re here…

Be alert. Grizzly and black bears are active in Grand Teton, including in developed areas. Always stay 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Be bear aware and learn more about recreating in bear country on the park safety in bear country page.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Roadside wildlife viewing is popular, but please keep the road clear. Use pullouts or pull completely off the roadway to the right of the white line. It is illegal to feed any wildlife—bears, ground squirrels, foxes, etc. To protect wildlife and visitors, the park closes key habitat areas to all travel. Check the park temporary & wildlife closures page for the latest temporary and seasonal closures.
Grand Teton is a wild place. National parks are not always the best place for your dog. Dogs are not allowed on trails, pathways, beaches, inside visitor centers, or in park waters. For more in-fur-mation about pets in the park, visit the park pets page.
Parking at locations throughout the park can be difficult to find during peak hours. Visit the park before 9 am and after 4 pm to avoid the crowds. For more information, visit the park’s parking page.
Obey posted speed limits and maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. Wildlife is active near park roads. Be vigilant while driving. Slowing down could save a life. In high visitation areas such as Mormon Row, Taggart Lake, Jenny Lake, and Colter Bay, be alert for roadside pedestrians and follow adjusted speed limits. Follow the nighttime speed limit of 45 mph on US HWY 89/191/26.
Campfires are limited to designated and installed fire rings in the park. Campfires should always be attended to and must be completely “dead out” and cold to the touch before leaving a site. Visit tetonfires.com for current fire conditions and more fire safety information.
Dispose of trash properly and follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out what you bring in. Recycling is available throughout the park. Check out the park sustainability page. Visit recreate responsibly to learn additional tips on how to be a good steward of public lands.
Jackson Hole and Wyoming are full of places to explore. Make a side trip and learn more by visiting the park’s nearby attractions page. Explore Wyoming and discover museums, state parks, rodeos, national treasures and more as you make your way across the Cowboy State.

Grand Teton National Park

Last updated: July 14, 2022