Waterway Safety Information
Bear SafetyThere are quite a few black bears in the park. The majority of the sightings take place in the north end of the park. However, there are bears that frequent campgrounds and historic ranches on the south end.
Bear spray has been proven as an effective deterrent, but should only be used if absolutely necessary. Any aggressive bear behavior should be reported to park rangers as soon as possible.
Under no circumstances is it acceptable to feed a bear or any other wildlife, intentionally or unintentionally. It is the duty of all visitors to ensure that food is stored in such a way as to not be reachable by wildlife. There are a number of campsites without bear boxes or a good place to hang food. It is a good idea to purchase a bear canister for overnight stays at these sites.
Do Not Feed the BearsIn the summer of 2013 an adolescent black bear had to be destroyed in the park due to visitors intentionally feeding it. Park staff do not want to see this happen again.
Last updated: May 8, 2017