Winter is a wonderful time to experience Grand Teton National Park. As the snow drapes a wintry blanket across the Teton Range, a peace settles over the landscape offering a sharp contrast to the busy summer season. Winter recreation activities abound, as the park becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and photographers who wish to capture the beauty of a Teton winterscape. If you are planning a visit during the winter season, make sure you check current weather forecasts and road conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Snowshoe with a Ranger
Are you curious about winter ecology or snow science? Would you like to experience the park in winter? A snowshoe hike with a interpretive ranger is the perfect introduction to winter in Grand Teton National Park and snowshoeing. The park offers a two-hour guided snowshoe hike that meets at the Taggart Lake Trailhead Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at 1:30 pm beginning December 26th through mid-March (conditions permitting). Reservations required, please call 307-739-3399. For more information checkout the program page.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two of the best ways to experience the exhilaration of winter travel. Winter is an excellent time to see wildlife and/or signs of wildlife in the snow. From November 1 to May 1, the Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge is open for non-motorized use only. You can ski or snowshoe on this road, which is intermittently groomed to provide a packed surface for snowshoeing and crosscountry touring. Other places to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include Colter Bay, Antelope Flats Road, Taggart Lake and Flagg Ranch. If you plan to ski or snowshoe the Moose-Wilson Road, park at the Granite Canyon Trailhead or at the junction to the Death Canyon Road.
Proper preparation and planning ensures a great winter experience in Grand Teton National Park. Visit our cross-country skiing and snowshoeing page.
Please contact the Grand Teton National Park for updated information about snowmobiling in the Greater Yellowstone area. Visit the Yellowstone National Park Web site for information regarding snowmobile and snowcoach tours and for non-commercial snowmobile access. See the snowmobiling brochure for Grand Teton National Park for more information.
The following businesses are licensed by the National Park Service to provide cross-country ski or snowshoe tours and services in the park during the winter season:
Safety in the Backcountry
Hikers and climbers are reminded that your safety is your responsibility. You must rely on your own good judgment, adequate preparation and constant awareness. Backcountry users should be in good physical condition and stick to routes that are within your ability and comfort levels. Hypothermia and frostbite can set in quickly, and are difficult to care for while in the backcountry. Take preventative measures to avoid the dangers of cold weather; look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite in members of your group. Traveling alone can be especially dangerous; always give friends or family a detailed itinerary and stick to that plan. Permits are required for all overnight backcountry trips, are free of charge and available at the administration building at park headquarters in Moose Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. On weekends and federal holidays, persons wanting a backcountry permit should call park dispatch at 307-739-3301. Watch our video podcast for more information about winter safety.
Winter Visitor Centers
Park visitor centers and ranger stations close during the winter season and re-open in March-May. Please see the facilities page for more information on visitor center seasons of operation.
Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center
Open all year (closed Christmas and Thanksgiving). Talk to a ranger, get a park winter guide, and see exhibits. Located in Jackson, Wyoming.
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
Closed during the winter. Open April through October. Visitor Information. Call 307-739-3399, 10 am - 4 pm. Monday - Saturday.
Winter Lodging Facilities
Triangle X Ranch
Late December to late March, 307-733-2183
For lodging facilities in the Jackson Hole area visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at: http://www.jacksonholechamber.com/
Areas Closed to Protect Wildlife
Winter closures include the Snake River bottom from Moose north to Moran Junction, Buffalo Fork of the Snake River in the park, Kelly Hill, Uhl Hill and Wolff Ridge (December 15 through March 31). Closures for the protection of bighorn sheep include: Static Peak, Prospectors Mountain and Mount Hunt including peaks 10,988, 10,905, and 10,495; all areas above 9,900 feet (3000 m) and southfacing slopes on Mount Hunt above 8,580 feet (2600 m) (December 1 through March 31); the Banana Couloir is open.
Weather and Avalanche Information
Winters are long and cold in Jackson Hole. The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through April; snow and frost are possible any month.
If you are planning to travel in the backcountry during the winter, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast. Avoid known avalanche paths. All skiers and climbers travelling in avalanche terrain should be equipped with, and know how to use, an avalanche beacon, probe pole and shovel. For current conditions call 307-733-2664 for the U.S. Forest Service avalanche report or go to: http://www.jhavalanche.org/index.php
Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wind, exhaustion and wet clothing. Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, incoherent speech, lethargy and exhaustion. Remove the victim from the elements as soon as possible. If in doubt, seek immediate medical attention.
For weather information, links to weather forecasts and avalanche reports as well as average temperatures and precipitation, visit our weather page.
Last updated: September 4, 2020