Camping in Bear Country

A bear locker located in a frontcountry campground.
A bear locker located in a campground. Campers must use bear lockers when available or protect food in a hard-sided vehicle. Coolers and ice chests are not bear-proof and must be stored.

Bears can be anywhere in the park at any time, even if you cannot see them. Odors attract bears into campgrounds and picnic areas. When not in immediate use, all food, drinks, garbage, toiletries, cookware (clean or dirty), stoves, grills, coolers and food containers (empty or full), pet food/bowls, and any odorous item, must be kept in a bear-resistant food storage locker or in a hard-sided vehicle with doors locked and windows closed, day and night. Only have the food out that you are actually using; if you are not using it, put it back into your food storage locker or hard-sided vehicle with the windows closed.

Watch our video podcast to learn more about proper food storage.

Placard showing list of items to protect from bears and other wildlife

Read the Be Bear Aware! Placard

  • Keep a clean camp! Improperly stored or unattended food will be confiscated and you could be fined
  • Treat odorous products such as soap, toothpaste, fuel products, suntan lotion, and bug spray in the same manner as food
  • Never store food, garbage or toiletries in tents or sleeping bags
  • Place all trash in bear-resistant garbage dumpsters
  • Pets must be kept under physical restraint and never left unattended
  • Immediately report careless campers nearby and all bear sightings to the campground kiosk or nearest ranger

Grand Teton National Park Foundation's bear box fundraiser flyer

Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Care about Bears? Join the Bear Box Campaign.

Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation have mounted an important campaign to make food storage lockers available to all front-country campers for safety and convenience. Learn more>>

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Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.

Last updated: December 8, 2016

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