March 31, 2016
Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
MOOSE, WY —The Teton Park Road, between the Taggart Lake Parking Area and Signal Mountain Lodge, has been plowed and is open to non-motorized recreational uses such as walking, biking and rollerblading.
Recreationalists should be alert for park vehicles that periodically travel this roadway for administrative purposes as spring opening operations continue. Road crews are clearing other auxiliary roads and wayside areas, and visitors are cautioned to keep a safe distance from the heavy equipment that may be operating at various locations.
Dogs are permitted on the Teton Park Road and owners are required to use a leash no longer than six feet in length, and are required to use waste disposal bags to pick up after their dogs. Mutt Mitt stations are located at the Taggart Lake Parking Area.
Non-motorized access on this 15-mile section of the Teton Park Road will continue until May 1, when the road will open to public vehicle travel.
Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Park visitors need to be alert for bears and take appropriate precautions when using the Teton Park Road and other park areas. Visitors should exercise common sense and good judgment, stay alert, and follow these recommended safety tips while biking, hiking or spring skiing:
- Make noise
- Travel in a group of three or more
- Carry bear spray, have it readily accessible and know how to use it
- Maintain a 100-yard distance from bears at all times, and
- Never approach a bear under any circumstances.
People should report bear sightings or sign to the nearest visitor center or ranger station. Timely reporting will help park staff to provide important safety messages about bear activity to other visitors.