September 11, 2015
Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
MOOSE, WY —In an effort to restore access and provide for public enjoyment of locations within the Moose-Wilson corridor while continuing to provide for protection of black bears feeding along the roadside, Grand Teton National Park managers have amended the closure of that road. As of the afternoon of September 11, the Moose-Wilson Road will be closed only from the Murie Ranch Road Junction to the Death Canyon Road Junction. Park visitors should call 307.739.3682 or visit www.nps.gov/grte and click on the "alerts" tab for updated information.
While visitors will still not be able to make a through trip of the Moose-Wilson Road, they can access Granite Canyon Trailhead, Death Canyon Trailhead, the Murie Ranch, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center. The Murie Ranch can be accessed from the north via the Teton Park Road, while the other three locations can be accessed from the south via Highway 390.
The Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Preserve Center will be open as of Saturday, September 12. However, the trails that originate from the LSR Preserve Center will continue to be closed. All backcountry trails west of the Moose-Wilson road are open. Detailed maps describing the closure are available at www.nps.gov/grte under the "alerts" tab.
On September 9, park managers closed the Moose-Wilson Road from the Murie Ranch Road to Granite Canyon Trailhead to protect numerous black bears that were feeding on hawthorn berries along the road. Park staff have been monitoring the area continuously since that time and have concluded that the concentration of bears is much greater on the section from the Murie Ranch Road Junction to the Death Canyon Road Junction. However, there are bears feeding along the roadside on the section south of the Death Canyon Road Junction.
Park staff and volunteers will be patrolling the open sections of the Moose-Wilson Road to manage the human-bear interface. At this point, park staff believe they can manage that interface safely. However, if conditions change it may become necessary to close the southern segment of the road again. This closure is independent from a scheduled closure of the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road from 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15 through 8:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17.
This closure will be in place to accommodate the third dust abatement treatment of the road for the 2015 season. Further details on road and facility closures and openings will be available at that time and as conditions change on the park's website and the road condition information line, listed above.