Explore Winter: Snowshoe with a Ranger
Location: LAT/LONG: 43.692920, -110.732650
Meet at Taggart Lake Trailhead near a brown shed.
Type of Event
Are you curious about winter 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 ranger led hike of the Taggart Lake area is a great way for beginners to get an introduction to winter recreation, and a way for the more experienced to delve deeper into the worlds of snow science and winter ecology. Topics covered during the hikes vary, but can include park history, winter wildlife adaptations, animal tracks, and snowpack.
The snowshoe hike experience is enhanced by the use of historic wooden snowshoes, the oldest of which dates to 1943. While the precise history of the snowshoes is unknown, some of them likely came from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. During and after World War II, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division trained for combat in mountain areas and winter conditions using skis and snowshoes. Veterans of the division were in large part responsible for the growth of the snow sports industry after the war and many of them had ties to the Teton Range. Historic snowshoes are provided to hike participants.