Permits & Reservations

Recreational Permits

 

Backcountry Permits
Requests for advance backcountry reservations for the summer season are accepted only from the first week in January through May 15. All requests for backcountry permit reservations in Grand Teton must be submitted using the website Recreation.gov. Walk-in permits are issued no more than one day in advance at a permits office. Learn more about Backcountry Permits. And learn more about backcountry camping.

 

Boating & Floating Permits
Motorboats are permitted on Jenny (10 horsepower maximum) and Jackson lakes. Human-powered vessels are permitted on Jackson, Jenny, Phelps, Emma Matilda, Two Ocean, Taggart, Bradley, Bearpaw, Leigh and String lakes. Sailboats, water skiing and windsurfers are allowed only on Jackson Lake. Personal watercraft are banned from all park waters.

A par boat permit and a state AIS decal are required to launch your boat on park waters.

Wyoming requires a boat inspection and purchase of an aquatic invasive species decal prior to launching in state waters. Decals may be purchased online. State inspection stations are distributed throughout the state.

Grand Teton National Park boat permits may be purchased at the visitor centers in Moose Jenny Lake or Colter Bay. During summer, park inspection stations are located near Park Headquarters in Moose and next to the Moran Entrance Station. Learn more about Boating Permits.

 

Campground Reservations
Most campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced reservations are accepted for group camping, the Colter Bay RV Park, and the Headwaters Campground & RV Sites at Flagg Ranch only. Learn more about campgrounds.

 

Climbing Permits
A permit is not required for climbing in Grand Teton National Park; however, you must obtain a permit when staying overnight in the backcountry or bivouac at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Learn more about Climbing and Mountaineering in Grand Teton.

 

Special Use Permits

Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included. For all special use permit inquiries and to submit permits, please email us. Or mail us:

Visitor Services Office
PO Box 170
Moose, WY 83012

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  5. Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.
  6. Some special use permits require a cost recovery rate. Please inquire if the event has an applicable cost recovery rate.
 

First Amendment
It is the policy of the National Park Service to permit groups to assemble peaceably and exercise freedom of speech on park lands. In order to carry out our mission to preserve Grand Teton’s cultural and natural heritage and protect park resources, we manage a public assembly through a permit system. Groups of 25 or more must obtain a permit from the park superintendent. The permit regulates conditions for assembly such as site location, dates, time, distribution of literature (the how not the content).
The National Park Service is mindful of the responsibility to protect the rights of all visitors, and equally alert to provide for the safety of all persons practicing their First Amendment rights.
A decision on whether a permit is to be issued – whether approved or denied – will be rendered within two business days. The application may be submitted without fee to the following:

Visitor Services Office
PO Box 170
Moose, WY 83012

Or
email us
For further information, please call 307-739-3616

 

Educational Fee Waivers
Schools or other bona fide educational institutions (accredited, officially recognized, or tax exempt for educational purposes) may request an educational fee waiver. The fee waiver will allow qualifying groups free entry into the park for educational purposes. Learn more about Educational Fee Waiver or for an application.

 

Commercial Filming & Photography
Permits are generally required for any commercial activity in national parks. Learn more about Commercial Filming & Photography or for a permit application.

 

Weddings
Weddings are permitted in Grand Teton National Park in a number of locations. A permit is required to hold a wedding in the park unless the wedding is held at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, the Chapel of the Sacred Heart or a concession facility. There is a non-refundable $125 application fee for weddings. Learn more about holding a Wedding in the park.

 

Scattering of Ashes
The scattering of ashes is permitted in the park with certain restrictions and conditions. A permit is also required. Learn more about Scattering of Ashes in the park.

 

Special Events

The term Special Events includes sport events, pageants, celebrations, exhibitions, and other activities that the general visitor does not participate in. The event must have a direct connection to Grand Teton and fits within the park’s mission. The event, which is not a demonstration, must have a permit if it engages one or more persons and/or the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers.
An event, if permitted, will carry an application/permit fee of $200, cost recovery, and liability insurance indicating United States of America as additionally insured. The amount may vary depending on the activity. The minimum amount is $1,000,000.00 USD and the insurance company must have an office in the United States.
Events will not be permitted if they alter movement of visitors, wildlife or traffic. No roads or trails will be closed and no event will be allowed in areas managed as wilderness. This map represents those areas: insert map/link here. Signs and commercial logos/banners will not be permitted nor will any tent-like structures.
Special Event Application Form

 
 
 

Last updated: March 26, 2019

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012

Phone:

(307) 739-3399

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