Stock use is allowed on most designated trails within the park. Please see the closed trails section and map for exceptions.
Primary Trailheads for Day Use
All trails within the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve except the Kaufmann Creek Trail and the Wister Draw Trail.
Phelps Lake Loop Trail except along the northeast and north portions of the lake.
Grand Teton Pathways except for bridges over the Snake River, Cottonwood Creek, and Ditch Creek.
Rendezvous Mountain Trail from the park boundary to the Middle Fork cutoff of Granite Canyon Trail.
Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail and Garnet Canyon Trail from the Valley Trail.
Hidden Falls trails between the Jenny Lake West Shore Boat Dock and the junction of the designated horse trail west of Inspiration Point except for the section between the southwest shore horse trail, east to the Lower Cascade Creek Bridge (Chasm Bridge), and directly north to the Cascade Canyon horse trail bypass junction.
The trail on the east shore of Jenny Lake between the outlet of Jenny Lake and the junction of the designated horse trail north of Jenny Lake Overlook.
The trail on the west shore of Jenny Lake between the west shore boat dock and the horse trail junction near Moose Ponds Overlook.
Holly Lake Trail from the Holly Lake hitch rail, past Holly Lake, to the Paintbrush Canyon Trail.
The String Lake Trail and east lakeshore between the String Lake Trailhead and Leigh Lake Trailhead except adjacent to the String Lake footbridge to faciliate safe backcountry access.
Areas Open to Stock Use
Horses and other stock may be ridden off trail in the following locations:
South of the RKO Road, north of the Chapel of the Transfiguration Road, east of the Teton Park Road, and west of the Snake River.
South of the Buffalo Fork, north of the south park boundary / Gros Ventre River, and east of the Snake River to the east park boundary.
- Between Moose Basin Divide and Forellen Divide and between Horsethief Pass and the Moose Basin patrol cabin.
- The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
- Stock are permitted for hunting and game retrieval during the Elk Reduction Program in open areas of hunt areas 75 and 79.
Backcountry Camping with Stock
Backcountry camping with stock is allowed only at the five designated stock sites in the park. All backcountry stock camps are signed and hitch rails are provided. Fires are not allowed, and a backcountry camping permit is required. Requests for advance backcountry reservations for the summer season are accepted January through May. All requests must be submitted on recreation.gov. A $45 non-refundable processing fee is charged for each trip upon completion of your reservation.
First-come, first-serve backcountry permits can be picked up in-person one day before the start of a backcountry trip. There is a $35 fee for each walk-in backcountry permit. Permits are available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, Colter Bay Visitor Center, and the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.
Backcountry Stock Camp Locations:
- North Fork of Granite Canyon
- Death Canyon
- South Fork of Cascade Canyon
- Paintbrush Canyon below Holly Lake
- Berry Creek near Hechtman Creek
Stock Campsites Accessible by Vehicle
Park campgrounds prohibit stock. There are eight camping areas with a total of 14 sites that allow stock in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway along the unpaved road between Flagg Ranch and Grassy Lake. The road is closed until June 1 for grizzly bear activity. Camping with stock animals is allowed in adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest and Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
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