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.
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 jhavalanche.org.
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...
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
Backcountry Winter CampingOvernight 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.
Last updated: February 4, 2022