January 20, 2018
MOOSE, WY—In response to the lapse in federal appropriations, Grand Teton National Park is implementing its plan for a government shutdown. Government-operated facilities in the park will be closed. Visitors will be able to access the park, though no visitor services will be available.
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, “Visitors will be able to access Grand Teton National Park, but should plan ahead and use caution as park staff will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. If visitors see something that jeopardizes visitor safety or park resources, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301.”
Grand Teton National Park’s shutdown plan includes:
- Park roads will remain open if they are essential to respond to emergencies—this includes most roads that are normally maintained and open at this time of year. Access to all residences will be maintained.
- Emergency response will generally not be available.
- Entrance stations will not be staffed.
- Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will not be available.
- Grooming of the Teton Park Road will continue through a partnership agreement with Grand Teton National Park Foundation. Grooming is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays depending on snow and weather conditions.
- Teton Interagency Dispatch Center will be available during normal winter hours—6 am to 10 pm daily. Emergency 911 calls outside those hours will be directed to Teton County Dispatch as usual.
- Park website and social media sites will not be maintained.
- Concessioners and Commercial Use Authorization holders may continue to provide visitor services after coordination with the park to ensure compliance with government shutdown protocols.
- Access to Yellowstone National Park’s south entrance will continue, including staging and winter services available at Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch in John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.