Bears can be found in all areas of the park at any time. When recreating in Grand Teton, it's important to stay alert and be prepared to encounter a bear, no matter where you are.
Hiking in Bear Country
Black and grizzly bears live throughout the park. Some of the most popular trails travel through excellent bear habitat and it is alway possible to encounter a bear when hiking. Bears occasionally use trails to travel on - just because a bear is on a trail doesn't mean it's aggressive.
Camping in Bear Country
Bears live throughout the park, even near developed areas and campgrounds. Odors can attract bears into campgrounds and picnic areas.
The backcountry of Grand Teton is home to a variety of animals, bears included. Bears can be present on trails and in campsites. Stay alert when hiking or around camp.
Food Storage Regulations
As of April 2011, regardless of elevation, backpackers will be required to use approved bear-resistant canisters except where food storage boxes are provided. Food storage boxes are only available at lakeshore backcountry sites. On some specific alpine routes where a climber is bivouacing on a high rocky ledge and bears cannot go, park-approved bear canisters may not be required.
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Last updated: August 2, 2021