July 10, 2017
Student Designers Help to Inspire Recycling in Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art, Teton County School District and Subaru of America, are hosting an event to celebrate a newly created and innovative art exhibit about recycling in the park. The public event will be Thursday, July 13, 5-7 p.m. at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.
July 07, 2017
Resuscitation Efforts By Park Rangers and Bystander Successful at Jenny Lake
Grand Teton National Park rangers and staff responded to a medical emergency at the Jenny Lake boat ramp today at approximately 1 p.m. A 29-year old female from West Fargo, North Dakota, was in the area with her husband and three children when she went into cardiac arrest.
July 07, 2017
Mushroom Collection Not Allowed in Grand Teton National Park
Mushroom collection is not allowed in Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Due to last year’s Berry Fire, there has been interest in collecting mushrooms in the burned area within the park. Recently burned areas are known to create ideal growing conditions for mushrooms.
Historically, Grand Teton National Park did allow for the collection of small quantities of mushrooms. However, National Park Service regulations do not allow for collection of mushrooms in the park. In 2013 the park updated the Superintendent’s Compendium to be in compliance with national regulations.
July 06, 2017
Fire Danger Elevated to Moderate
Based on current fire conditions, federal interagency fire management partners have elevated the fire danger rating to Moderate. This rating applies in Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Fire managers consider several factors – including calculated fire indices, moisture content of various fuel types, current and expected weather trends, and fire activity – when rating the fire danger. When the fire danger is "moderate" it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days.
July 05, 2017
Sixth Annual Plein Air Event to Benefit Park Programs
Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the location and inspiration for the sixth annual Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition. Grand Teton Association, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Grand Teton National Park are welcoming 40 professional artists from across the United States to capture the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife, and wildflowers on canvas beginning July 3. For the next two weeks, the painters will host a number of demonstration sessions and events, all of which are free and open to the public.
July 05, 2017
Public Open House to Share Info on Gros Ventre Roundabout
Grand Teton National Park is hosting a public open house on Tuesday, July 11, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art regarding the construction of a roundabout on US Highway 26/89/191 at the busy Gros Ventre Road and Sagebrush Drive intersection in the southern area of the park. Construction is anticipated to begin spring 2018. Anyone wanting to learn more about the roundabout, including construction plans, is invited to stop by the open house anytime between 5-6:30 p.m. on July 11. National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration representatives will be available.
June 30, 2017
2017 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Danielle Fagre
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association have selected Danielle Fagre for the 2016 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Her project focuses on the abundance of multiple grassland songbird species in relation to bison grazing intensity in Yellowstone National Park.
June 29, 2017
Gros Ventre Road Open to Traffic
The Gros Ventre/Kelly Road in Grand Teton National Park is open to traffic, with an alternating one-lane of traffic in the erosion-affected area managed by a lighted traffic control system. All motor vehicles, as well as bicycle riders, are reminded to obey traffic control devices. For safety purposes, no parking, stopping or walking is allowed in the vicinity of the affected area. There are no weight restrictions for the one-lane traffic, but the speed limit through the area is reduced.
June 29, 2017
Rangers Educate Boaters about Water Safety on Jackson Lake
As the Independence Day weekend approaches, Grand Teton National Park rangers remind local residents and visitors to operate their boats safely and with regard to others. Rangers will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide awareness effort to promote boating safety, this weekend, June 30 through July 2.
June 28, 2017
Black Bear Euthanized Due to Safety Concerns
For public safety, a female black bear weighing about 125 pounds and believed to be approximately four years old was euthanized yesterday in Grand Teton National Park. The decision to remove the bear from the population was based on recent activities in which the bear exhibited no fear of humans and approached humans, including a couple sleeping in a tent.
June 26, 2017
Boaters and Anglers Reminded to Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Boaters and anglers who recreate on the waters of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are reminded to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
June 19, 2017
Snow Climber Rescued After Fall on Disappointment Peak
Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted a rescue for a snow climber who fell after slipping and falling on snow Monday afternoon. Robert Henderson, 68, of Wilson, WY was descending the Southeast Ridge of Disappointment Peak when he fell. Rangers responded quickly to the scene and transported Henderson to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, WY.
June 19, 2017
High Water Continues to Affect Park
The Gros Ventre and the Moose-Wilson Roads have been affected by the recent precipitation, as well as continued snowmelt due to warmer temperatures. Park crews were able to complete minor repairs to a culvert on the Moose-Wilson Road today and the road is open. Plans continue for implementation of an alternating one-lane of traffic on the Gros Ventre Road as conditions allow.
June 16, 2017
Tenth Annual John Colter Day to Tell Story of Mountain Man History in Jackson Hole
The annual John Colter Day will be held Monday, June 19, at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. Colter explored the vast Yellowstone country during the winter of 1807-1808, and was likely the first European to travel the region. This marks the tenth year that Grand Teton has offered special presentations to highlight the life of John Colter and the mountain men of the 1800s.
June 15, 2017
Public Open House Gros Ventre Road
The closed portion of the Gros Ventre /Kelly Road in Grand Teton National Park is anticipated to open to alternating one-lane of traffic in the affected area within the next two weeks. Park engineers, in consultation with subject-matter experts with Federal Highway Administration and a local geotechnical firm, are assessing the road and nearby erosion, and believe one-lane traffic can be safely and efficiently managed through the currently closed section of roadway. The plan includes an automated traffic signal which will alternate east-bound and west-bound one-way traffic for vehicles and bicycles.
June 14, 2017
Public Comments Encouraged on Telecommunications Plan
Grand Teton National Park is developing an environmental assessment to address existing and future telecommunications services within developed areas of the park to meet mission critical park operations, safety and emergency services, and visitor information needs and expectations. Public comments regarding the document are encouraged and requested by July 14, 2017.
June 09, 2017
Park Hosts Eclipse Across America Speaker Series
Grand Teton National Park is hosting an Eclipse Across America Speaker Series this summer to share knowledge and amazing facts about the upcoming total solar eclipse. Participating professors and astronomers will demonstrate and share their expertise and years of studying eclipses. Each presentation in the series is intended to increase participants understanding of many aspects of this spectacular event taking place in our sky on August 21. Topics will include the how and why of the eclipse phenomenon, safety aspects, viewing and photographing the event, and telescope usage.
June 06, 2017
Significant and Accelerated Erosion Closes Portion of Gros Ventre Kelly Road
Approximately 4.5 miles of the Gros Ventre/Kelly Road in Grand Teton National Park is closed from the Gros Ventre Junction with US Highway 26/89/191 to the Gros Ventre Campground due to significant erosion along the Gros Ventre River that is threatening the road. This closure includes all vehicle and bicycle traffic. Traffic to the community of Kelly and the Gros Ventre Campground, as well as other locations in the area, is rerouted via Antelope Flats Road. All detours are signed along the roadways.
June 06, 2017
Annual Cattle Drive in Grand Teton National Park This Saturday
An traditional cattle drive will take place early Saturday morning, June 10, in Grand Teton National Park. While the cattle drive is underway, a two-mile stretch of US Highway 26/89/191 will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch Flats area that lies just one mile south of the junction. Motorists should expect a travel delay between approximately 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. as cattle are herded from their pastures on the Pinto Ranch east of Moran to summer pasture lands at Elk Ranch Flats. Park rangers will provide traffic control on the highway during this annual cattle drive.
June 05, 2017
Water Impacts Various Locations in the Park
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Snake River and its main tributaries through late Tuesday night, identifying a potential for flooding based on current weather forecasts. Park employees are closely monitoring weather forecasts and park locations along the Snake River at Moose, and the Buffalo Fork and Pacific Creek Rivers near Moran, as well as other locations throughout the park.
Park visitors and recreationalists are highly encouraged to use caution around rivers and creeks at this time. Minor flooding is anticipated along the edges of rivers and creeks, and water crossings may be dangerous. Stream crossings are most dangerous in the late afternoon and early evening when mountain streams run the highest.
Please pay extra care when recreating on the Snake River. The high water means swifter and stronger currents, as well as rapidly changing conditions. Only those with experience piloting watercraft on dynamic braided rivers should attempt to float the Snake River at this time.
June 01, 2017
Park Hosts American Indian Guest Artist Program at Colter Bay
Grand Teton National Park is hosting American Indian Artists at the Colter Bay Visitor Center this summer to share their traditional and contemporary art with park visitors. Participating artists will demonstrate and share the cultural traditions of their tribes through art forms such as painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, and musical instruments.
May 31, 2017
Exhibit Opening Friday at Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
Grand Teton National Park is hosting a new exhibit opening for Living Traditions, Reflections of the Past, on Friday, June 2, at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibit opening will include a presentation by National Park Service Ranger and collector of American Indian art Laine Thom at 4:15 p.m. followed by refreshments sponsored by Grand Teton Association.
May 31, 2017
Dust Abatement Application on Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park
A temporary travel closure will be in place on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park June 6-8, for a dust abatement application. The temporary closure will begin at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 6 and the road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, June 8.
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.