Winter Backcountry Safety

Snow Covered Teton Range

Backcountry users are reminded that your safety is your responsibility. You must rely on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant awareness. You 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. Traveling alone can be especially dangerous. Always give friends or family a detailed itinerary and stick to that plan.

Avalanche Hazard

Avoid known avalanche paths. All skiers, snowboarders, and climbers traveling in avalanche terrain should be equipped with, and know how to use, an avalanche beacon, probe pole, and shovel. For the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center current weather forecast and avalanche hazard advisory call 307–733–2664 or check


Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wind and wet clothing. Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, reduced coordination, and incoherent speech. Get the victim inside as soon as possible. If necessary, seek medical attention by calling 911.

Backcountry Guides and Avalanche Courses

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Areas Closed or Voluntary Zones to Protect Wildlife

Muliple seasonal and temporary wildlife closures are necessary for protection of wintering wildlife including moose, elk, bighorn sheep and waterfowl during critical wintering or nesting periods. For the latest closures and maps check the Temporary and Wildlife Closure page.



Know before you go...

Know before you go to read a map  and use a GPS. to use  a compass. download the BackcountrySOS App. ...the plan for the day and let someone else know. acknowledge your and your party's limits. ...what do in an avalanche  and how
Even with the best preparation, skills and behavior, sometimes accidents happen. If they do, BackcountrySOS is a simple-to-use smartphone app that allows you to quickly get your status and location information to emergency personnel. Download the app here: Backcountry SOS


GEAR  Beacon Probe Shovel Food Water Headlamp First Aid Kit    Whistle Phone or Communication Device Fire Starter Sun Protection Repair Kit CLOTHING Proper Clothing for • Weather  • Location • Activity  Warm Layer   Helmet  Extra Gloves   Winter Hat

Backcountry Winter Camping

Overnight backcountry campers must obtain a free camping permit. Permits are available over the phone by calling park dispatch at 307-739-3301. Check the backcountry camping page for more information.
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Wildlife Closures

Know where to go and protect wildlife.

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Discover Snow in Grand Teton

Play in the snow! Ski, snowshoe, or go for a walk in this winter playground. Explore winter in Grand Teton National Park.

Last updated: November 27, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012


Talk to a Ranger? To speak to a Grand Teton National Park ranger call 307–739–3399 for visitor information Monday-Friday during business hours.

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