Grand Teton to Offer Moonlight & Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Hikes

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Park Ranger Kristen Dragoo buckles on a pair of vintage wooden snowshoes before leading a hike to Taggart Lake.

Photo: Grand Teton NP file

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News Release Date: January 26, 2015

Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite local residents and visitors to explore the wonders of the park in winter with two separate ranger-led snowshoe hikes.The upcoming ranger-led programs include a moonlit snowshoe hike on Saturday, January 31, and a Taggart Lake snowshoe walk during daylight on Saturday, February 7 as a part of Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day celebrations.

The winter season blankets the Teton peaks with a deep mantel of snow and transforms the valley of Jackson Hole into a fascinating wonderland. Illuminated by moonlight on a sparkling snowpack, the ranger- guided snowshoe hike will take participants along a level section of the park's most popular winter trail—the snow-covered Teton Park Road. This easy two-hour outing will take place January 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and offer a chance to experience the magic of winter in Grand Teton National Park and listen to intriguing stories of the night.

Those looking for a more rigorous activity can join a ranger naturalist for a daytime snowshoe hike to Taggart Lake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 7th. This moderately strenuous excursion, which is a part of Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day celebrations, offers participants the opportunity to get exercise in a picturesque, natural setting while also exploring unique aspects of winter ecology and hearing stories about winter and how it affects plants, wildlife and people living in Jackson Hole. The three hour-long snowshoe hike gains 400 feet of elevation and covers a round trip distance of three miles.

Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day is a collaborative effort between local and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private enterprises. The community-based celebration aims to introduce people to the health benefits of winter recreation with an emphasis on camaraderie and social engagement. Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day events are scheduled for Grand Teton National Park, Teton Pass trailhead, Wilson Centennial Trail/Stilson Ranch, and Cache Creek trailhead. All events are free of charge.

Snowshoes are available for both of the Grand Teton-based programs and previous snowshoe experience is not required. Those participating should wear warm layered clothing, bring sturdy insulated boots, and bring along an energy snack and water.

Space is limited for each of the snowshoe hike excursions and reservations are required. Those wishing to participate in either program should call 307.739.3399 to reserve a space.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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