(Moose, WY) – Limited services and seasonal road and wildlife closures make winter visits to Grand Teton National Park far different than a summer experience, so they decided to share some tips with winter travellers.
“Plan like a park ranger,” by planning ahead, recreating responsibly, and helping ensure this iconic landscape may be enjoyed by future generations.
Grand Teton has provided the following tips you should know before visiting the park this winter:
1. Plan ahead, plan ahead, and did we mention…PLAN AHEAD!: Many facilities, roads, and areas are closed in the winter. Yellowstone is not accessible from the south without a guide. Visit the park winter planner here for more information. Snowshoe hikes with a ranger require an advanced reservation, call 307-739-3399.
2. Be flexible: Have a plan A, B, C… Between full parking lots and road closures, it is best to have multiple options for visiting Grand Teton in the winter. Check the weather before coming and download the Wyoming 511 App and check here for information about road closures. Large snowstorms are not uncommon, sometimes it’s best to postpone a drive into the park.
3. Know the snow: Fresh powder turns are not worth your life. Those venturing into the mountains should use careful snowpack assessment and good terrain choices. Before heading into the backcountry, always check Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center for current conditions here.
4. Keep the wild in wildlife: Wildlife are active in Grand Teton, including in developed areas. Don’t feed foxes, squirrels, or any other wildlife. Avoid disturbing wildlife by following winter closures for animals like bighorn sheep. Check for closures here.
5. It’s ruff for dogs in the park…: Grand Teton is a wild place. National parks are not always the best place for your dog. In the winter you can walk your dog on a leash up to six feet on the closed Teton Park Road from Taggart to Signal Mountain. Dogs are not allowed on trails or pathways. For more in-fur-mation, click here.
6. Slooowwww doooowwwwnnn!: Slowing down is the best way to avoid losing control on slick roads. Maintain a large following distance from other vehicles. Give snowplows plenty of space. Wildlife is active near park roads, be vigilant while driving and save a life by slowing down. Follow the nighttime speed limit of 45mph.
7. Brrrrrrring winter clothes: Do you have the winter clothing essentials? Make sure to have a coat, hat, gloves, waterproof snow pants, and waterproof boots. Layers will ensure you will be comfortable in the cold. Bring traction devices to help with icy trails.
8. Dust off those skinny skisA portion of the Teton Park Road is groomed for cross-country skiing and skate skiing. Grooming is made possible through the support of Grand Teton National Park Foundation and a Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program grant managed by the State of Wyoming. For grooming updates, call the park’s road information line at 307-739-3682.
9. It’s okay to ghost us and Leave No TraceDispose of trash and pet waste properly and follow Leave No Trace Principles by packing out what you bring in.
10. We’re all in this together: Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are reminded to recreate responsibly and be COVID-19 safe. Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state authorities, by maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering when in crowded outside areas.