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May 23, 2017
Jenny Lake Renewal Project Enters Final Summer of Major Construction
The Jenny Lake Renewal Project will enter its fourth and final major construction season this summer at Grand Teton National Park. The $18 million project to enhance the visitor experience at the park’s most-visited destination will impact visitors in the South Jenny Lake developed area as well as the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point area on the west shore of Jenny Lake. Visitors to Jenny Lake this summer should plan ahead, arrive early or visit late, and be vigilant in this active construction zone.

May 11, 2017
Spring Construction Update
Several construction projects will be underway this summer in Grand Teton National Park.

May 09, 2017
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a Ranger
Grand Teton National Park will host a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Led by park ranger and skilled naturalist Andrew Langford, the caravan will visit areas throughout the park that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify, and record birds. The activity is free and reservations are not required.

May 02, 2017
South Jenny Lake Area Temporarily Closed for Helicopter Operations
Beginning Wednesday, May 3, a temporary area closure will be in effect for the South Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. The duration of the temporary closure is weather-dependent and may last through Friday, May 5.

May 02, 2017
Facility Opening Dates for Grand Teton National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
Opening and closing dates for seasonally operated facilities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are as follows.

April 28, 2017
Education Rangers Launch “Behind the Flat Hat: Ranger Careers” Distance Learning Program
As a part of last week’s celebration of National Park Week, Grand Teton National Park education rangers launched a new distance learning program titled “Behind the Flat Hat: Ranger Careers.” The interactive program designed for students in seventh and eighth grade, and adaptable for other ages, was highly successful during its first week and the program will continue through this school year and in future school years.

April 21, 2017
Grand Teton National Park is Significant Economic Driver for Local and Regional Economies
A new report concludes that visitors to Grand Teton National Park in 2016 spent an estimated $597 million in local gateway communities. The ripple effects of that spending had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $779 million and supported 9,365 jobs in nearby communities. The overall economic impacts of visitor spending during the National Park Service Centennial year increased seven percent from 2015 levels.

April 20, 2017
Astronomy-Themed Junior Ranger Day Scheduled for April 29
Families and children of all ages are invited to join Grand Teton National Park rangers and naturalists Saturday, April 29 to participate in Junior Ranger Day. This year’s event, titled “To the Tetons…and Beyond,” is themed around astronomy, dark skies, and the total solar eclipse the park will experience this summer. Junior Ranger Day will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. The event is free and open to the public.

April 10, 2017
Snowboarder Rescued After Avalanche in Granite Canyon
Grand Teton National Park rangers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski patrol, and the Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter coordinated a rescue effort for Alex Thompson, 26, of Jackson, Wyoming on Sunday, April 9 after he was caught in a soft slab avalanche in Granite Canyon.

March 29, 2017
National Park Service Seeking Proposals to Provide Boating Services at Jenny Lake
The National Park Service is seeking proposals for a concession contract to provide boat shuttle service, scenic interpretive boat tours, and non-motorized boat rentals at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

March 27, 2017
Teton Park Road Open to Non-Motorized Recreational Use
The Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge has been cleared of snow and is now open to non-motorized recreational uses such as walking, bicycling, and rollerblading

March 24, 2017
Heavy Snow Appears to Cause Porch Roof Collapse at Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center
A heavy snow load appears to have caused the collapse of the front porch roof on the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center in Grand Teton National Park. The collapsed roof was discovered mid-morning Thursday, March 23, 2017. The seasonally-used building is closed each winter from late September through late May and was unoccupied at the time of the porch roof collapse. The main building structure and its contents appear to be undamaged upon initial evaluation.

March 14, 2017
Teton Park Road Winter Use Season to End
On Monday, March 20, 2017 Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin the annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge. The plowing operations mark the end of over-snow access on the 14 mile stretch of road for the season. Visitors may continue to use other areas of the park for winter recreation such as cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing until snow conditions are no longer favorable.

March 04, 2017
Search and Rescue Teams Save Life of Skier
Grand Teton National Park rangers and Teton County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue members saved the life of a backcountry skier with resuscitation efforts on Friday evening, March 3.

February 22, 2017
Missing Skier Found and Rescued
A missing skier has been rescued after spending two nights in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park after exiting a backcountry gate leaving the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.

February 16, 2017
Skier Fatality in Couloir on South Teton
Park rangers recovered the body of a backcountry ski mountaineer at the bottom of a couloir on the south aspect of the South Teton Wednesday, February 15, at approximately 6 p.m. The skier is identified as John “Jack” Fields Jr., age 26, a current resident of Jackson, Wyoming.

February 13, 2017
Bison on Roads Motorists Warned to be Alert and Slow Down
Due to snow accumulations and above normal winter conditions, bison within Grand Teton National Park are moving to find food and recently have been using U.S. Highway 89 as their travel pathway. Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, “It is imperative that motorists traveling Highway 89 between Moose and Moran Junction remain alert and slow down due to migrating bison in and along the roadway.”

February 06, 2017
Public Comments Encouraged for Airport Wildlife Hazard Management and Habitat Restoration Environmental Assessment
Grand Teton National Park is developing an environmental assessment to address wildlife hazard mitigation and greater sage-grouse habitat restoration in and around the Jackson Hole Airport in the park. Public comments regarding the document are encouraged and requested by March 8.

January 18, 2017
2016 Visitation Sets Record
Grand Teton National Park’s 2016 visitation set a record for the third consecutive year. The park received over 4.8 million visits, a 3.8 percent increase from the previous record of 4.6 million visits in 2015. The most significant increases came in the months of May, June, and November when total visitation increased 20, 11, and 10 percent, respectively.

January 17, 2017
McFarland Selected as Park Safety Officer
Mack McFarland has been selected to serve as the safety and occupational health manager at Grand Teton National Park and a member of the park’s leadership team. McFarland, a 23-year veteran of the National Park Service and Grand Teton National Park, is currently the deputy fire management officer at the park.

January 11, 2017
US Highway 89 Between Moose and Moran Junction Remains Closed
U.S. Highway 89/26/191 in Grand Teton National Park from Moose to Moran Junction remains closed. This section of road has been closed since Tuesday morning due to limited and no visibility, and significant drifting. It is unknown if the road may open later tonight or perhaps tomorrow. Snowfall and windy conditions continue, and the road will open when conditions allow for safe two-way travel.

January 10, 2017
Drifting and Limited to No Visibility on Park Roads
Grand Teton National Park temporarily closed U.S. Highway 89/26/191 today due to limited and no visibility, and significant drifting on various locations along the road. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the highway was closed between Moose and Moran Junction. The closure was then extended to the south from Moose to the Jackson Hole Airport junction at approximately 1 p.m.

January 05, 2017
Winter Driving Conditions Please Slow Down
Drivers within Grand Teton National Park are highly encouraged to drive responsibly and slow down due to winter driving conditions. Park rangers, as well as Wyoming State Highway Patrol and Teton County Sheriff’s Office, have responded to over 50 motor vehicle accidents since the middle of December. Most of these accidents involved a vehicle slide off. There have been five vehicle roll overs, a head-on collision, and numerous incidents that involved vehicle damage. No major injuries were reported.

 

News Releases from previous years may be found in our News Archive.

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