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Grand Teton Guide
Spring edition of the Visitor Guide for Grand Teton National Park (NP) in Wyoming. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Grand Teton Your guide to the park Winter 2017-2018 Y O U R G U I D E T O T H E PA R K • SPRING 2018 Discover your path EX PL O R I N G T H E PA R K I N S P R I N G The world awakens from the grips of the long, Wyoming winter. As the winter’s snowpack melts – the land is signaled by birth and renewal. Plants emerge from dormancy; animals rouse from hibernation and migrants return to their summer home-range. You will be amazed with what you’ll discover as spring’s secrets of life return to the Teton Range and the Jackson Hole valley. Multi-use Pathway One way to explore springs' awakening is to journey on the park’s Multi-use Pathway. The 17-mile, separated pathway parallels the valley highways stretching from south boundary of the park to Moose, Jenny Lake and the Antelope Flats road. The pathway connects to the town of Jackson and beyond at the south boundary. The Multi-use Pathway enables travelers to use nonmotorized forms of transportation—including bike, hike, and skate—to explore the communities of the valley floor. The pathway is closed from dawn to dusk. Pets and stock animals are not allowed. As elsewhere in the park, pathway explorers must exercise practices that help wildlife thrive. Valley Trails As winter relinquishes its grip on the land, valley trails are the first to emerge from the blankets of winter’s snow. Conditions vary annually with snow usually melting from valley trails by mid-June. Trails in the southern portion of the Jackson Hole valley melt-out sooner than the northern valley trails. Patches of snow, boggy trails and downed trees makes for challenging navigation; waterproof shoes recommended. Hike with respect and reverence. Be a savvy hiker. Wildlife is under stress after the long winter and are beginning to rear young. Do not approach or feed Gros Ventre Roundabout animals. Observe them from a safe distance—100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from all other wildlife! Be aware of bears! Avoid surprising bears by making noise. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Follow food storage rules. Carry drinking water and extra food. Bring rain gear and expect rapid changes in the weather. 1Taggart Lake – 3.0 mile round-trip hike with 350 feet elevation gain. The trail traverses sagebrush flats and forests to Taggart Lake with views of the Grand Teton. Start at the Taggart Lake Trailhead. 2Phelps Lake - 6.3 miles round trip hike with 5 600 feet total climbing. Hike around Phelps Lake with stunning views of the Teton Range. Start at the LSR Preserve Center. 3Leigh Lake - 1.8 mile round trip hike with less than 40 feet ascent. Hike along the east shore of String Lake; pass the bridge across a stream to Leigh Lake. Start at the Leigh Lake Trailhead. 4 Jenny Lake Loop - 7.2 miles loop hike with about 450 feet in elevation gain. Walk along a glacial moraine to view a glacially carved lake and canyon. Trail reroutes and closures are in effect—check at a visitor center for more information. Access the trail from South Jenny Lake or String Lake Trailhead 5Hermitage Point Trail from Colter 3 4 1 2 Bay – 9.7 miles round trip with 700 feet gain in elevation. Trail passes Heron Pond and Swan Lake through diverse communities of forest, meadows and wetlands rich with wildlife. Start at the Hermitage Point Trailhead. Looking for wildlife? Safety Improvements: Expect delays Discover bears, pronghorn, elk, moose, bison, and more. See page 3 See page 4 Want to sleep under the stars? Campground and RV Park Information See page 3 Grand Teton Guide Published By Grand Teton Association, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the interpretive, scientific and educational activities of Grand Teton National Park. Superintendent David Vela Park Address Phone Grand Teton National Park 307-739-3300 PO Box 170 Moose, WY 83012 Email Website firstname.lastname@example.org www.nps.gov/grandteton Visitor Centers and Information DISCOVER THE MAGNIFICENT LANDSCAPE AND WILD COMMUNITIES OF GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, where the Teton Range rises abruptly from the high mountain valley known as Jackson Hole. From lush meadows and sage-covered floodplains to bare alpine rocks, the park is home to bald eagles, grizzly bears, river otters, and bison. Plan for variable weather and snow-covered trails when visiting Grand Teton National Park during spring. Most park concessioners and visitor centers open during May. Stop by a visitor center for recommendations and more information. when hiking and plan for weather that may change rapidly and without warning. In May, the average high temperature is 61°F with a night time low of 31°F. Snowfall averages two inches, total precipitation averages two inches, and thunderstorms are possible! Sensory exhibits and orientation to an eight-mile trail network. PARK ROADS LODGING & CAMPGROUNDS Opens June 2 from 9am–5pm. 307-739-3654. Most park roads will be open in May. The Signal Mountain Summit Road opens when the snow melts. See map on back page for construction information. Most lodging facilities and campgrounds open in May as do restaurants and gift shops. The town of Jackson provides year-round lodging opportunities. Check with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. For more information on campgrounds page 3. Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Information, park film, exhibits, permits, and bookstore. Open daily. Spring hours 8am–5pm. 307-739-3399. Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center Jenny Lake Visitor Center Information, bookstore. Opens May 18 from 8am–5pm. 307-739-3392. Jenny Lake Ranger Station Climbing information and permits. Opens June 2 from 8am-5pm. 307-739-3343. Colter Bay Visitor Center Information, exhibits, park film, permits, and bookstore. Opens May 11 from 8am–5pm. 307-739-3594. Flagg Ranch Information Station Information. Opens June 4 from 10am–3pm. 307-543-2372. Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center Information, exhibits, and bookstore. Open daily. Spring hours 9am-5pm. 307-733-3316. HIKING TRAILS Most park trails will be partially to completely snowcovered in early May. Many lower elevation trails are passable by mid-May. Bring waterproof shoes or hiking boots and gaiters to ensure a comfortable excursion. Mountain passes and high elevation trails may remain snow-covered into July. The park recommends that hikers have an ice axe and know how to use it if they are crossing steep terrain or mountain passes. SPRING WEATHER While it may snow any month of the year, spring weather can be quite variable. Expect anything from rain and snow to mild, sunny weather. Wear layers WILDLIFE & PLANTS As the snow melts, migratory animals begin their journeys back to their summer ranges in the park. Look for elk, pronghorn, moose, and bison. A number of migratory birds including mountain bluebirds, osprey, and sandhill cranes also make an appearance. Drive the one-way scenic drive along Jenny Lake, the Antelope Flats Road, or past Oxbow Bend for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Common spring flowers include sagebrush buttercup, arrowleaf balsamroot, lupine, low larkspur, Nuttall’s violets, biscuitroot, and spring beauty. If you have two hours or more... Love to hike? Grab a map Prefer a road tour? Like bicycling? Ride your and enjoy a short day hike Discover the vistas from bicycle on the multi-use or lakeshore walk. See the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive pathway. You can walk, run, hiking insert in this guide. or the wildlife along the or rollerblade. No dogs on the Moose-Wilson Road. multi-use pathway. Want to see wildlife? Entrance Fees Entry Grand Teton: 7 days $30 per vehicle; $25 per motorcycle; $15 per person for single hiker or bicyclist. June 1 increase of $5 to all fees. Go for a drive or hike to a Attracted to water? Paddle popular wildlife viewing spot. a canoe, kayak or paddle- See page 4 for suggested board on a lake (boat permit places to catch a glimpse. required). If you have a day... Want to go on a drive? Want to see wildlife? See a lakeshore? Annual Grand Teton Discover the vistas from the The Oxbow Bend turnout Explore the Colter Bay $60 allows entrance to Grand Teton National Park for 12 park’s turnouts along the offers a popular view of Lakeshore trail. Enjoy a level, months from date of purchase. June 1 increase to $70. Teton Park Road and outer Mount Moran and the Snake two-mile roundtrip hike along America the Beautiful Pass highway. Ask for a driving tour River. Look for river otters, the north shore of Colter Bay. Covers entrance and standard amenity recreation fees on brochure at a visitor center. American pelicans, moose, The trail continues onto a and grizzly bear tracks along forested peninsula on Jackson the shore. Visit the Oxbow Lake, providing inspiring during dusk and dawn for views of the northern Teton best viewing opportuni Range. public lands managed by the Department of the Interior Interested in history? agencies and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Take a self-guided tour Service. The pass is good at vehicle-based entry sites for all occupants in a single, non-commercial vehicle. Annual Pass: $80 Military Annual Pass: Free For active duty U.S. military personnel and dependents Senior Lifetime Pass: $80 U.S. citizens 62 or older Love to hike? Grab a map and enjoy a day hike or take a longer trek. Check at visitor center for what trails are the Teton Range framed by a window in the Chapel of the Transfiguration. ties. For your safety, do not approach wildlife. snow free. If you have more than a day... Love to hike? Grab a map Moran. Try camping on Leigh Want to climb a mountain? Access Lifetime Pass: Free and enjoy an all day hike to Lake (permit required). Hire a professional mountain- A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities Lake Solitude, Surprise Lake, Every Kid in a Park, 4th Grade Pass: Free or explore Death Canyon. Free to U.S. 4th grade students beginning September 1st Snow and ice will be present the year the student begins 4th grade. Covers entrance fees. so check a visitor center for Qualifying students must complete an online activity and print the latest conditions. off a paper voucher to exchange for the pass. Visit: everykidinapark.gov for more information. Attracted to water? Paddle String Lake and portage to Leigh Lake for solitude and spectacular views of Mount 2 around Menors Ferry, see Grand Teton Guide, Spring 2018 Feel lucky? Try your luck fishing one of the world famous lakes or streams in guide, take a climbing class, or get advice from the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. the park (license required) or Want to see a lake? hire a fishing guide. Take a scenic cruise of Seeking adventure? Obtain a backcountry permit for backpacking trip. Jackson or Jenny Lake. You can also rent canoes or kayaks at many of the parks marinas and docks. CAMPING IS A GREAT WAY TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE STUNNING SCENERY OF GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. There are many options for camping. If you are feeling adventurous and searching for solitude, get a permit to pitch a tent in the backcountry. Looking for a few more comforts? You can tent camp or park and plug in your recreational vehicle at over 1,000 campsites at eight park campgrounds. Campgrounds Most sites offer standard amenities including modern comfort stations, potable water, metal fire grates, picnic tables, and bear boxes (food storage boxes). The maximum length of stay is seven days per person at Jenny Lake and 14 days at all other campgrounds— no more than 30 days in the park per year (14 days at Jenny Lake). Gros Ventre Campground Jenny Lake Campground Signal Mountain Campground Colter Bay Campground Colter Bay RV Park Lizard Creek Campground For campground status contact entrance stations or visitor centers. Camping is not permitted within the park along roadsides, at overlooks, or parking areas. Doubling up in campsites is prohibited and there are no overflow facilities. Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr Parkway has 20 dispersed campsites with vault toilets and bear boxes, but no potable water. These sites are free of charge and available first-come, first-served beginning June 1. Dates Average Fill time Type Reserve Sites Amenities/Restrictions Contact for availability and current rates May 4–Oct. 12 evening Standard site no 264 Electric hookup no 36 dump station, 45-foot length limit 307-543-3296 Groups: 307-543-3100 Group site yes 5 Standard site no 49 tents only 307-543-3296 Hiker/Biker site no 10 Standard site no 56 307-543-2831 Electric hookup no 25 pay showers nearby, dump station, 30-foot length limit Hiker/Biker site no Standard site no 322 Electric hookup no 13 pay showers nearby, dump station, 45-foot length limit 307-543-3296 Groups: 307-543-3100 Hiker/Biker site no Group site yes 11 Pull-through site yes 94 full hookups, no fire grates 307-543-3100 Back-in site yes 9 Standard site no 60 30-foot length limit 307-543-2831 Hiker/Biker site no May 4–September 30 May 11–Oct. 14 May 24–Sept. 30 May 10–Oct. 7 June 15–Sept. 3 early morning morning afternoon call afternoon Headwaters Campground June 1 - Sept. 30 afternoon Standard site some 34 showers included 307-543-2861 Headwaters RV Park May 17–Sept. 30 call Full hookups yes 97 showers included, 45-foot length limit 307-543-2861 Backpacking Obtain a backcountry permit for all overnight trips in the park or parkway at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor or Colter Bay Visitor Center and the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. One-third of backcountry campsites can be reserved in advance ($35 fee) from early January until May 15. The fee for a walk-in permit is $25. Park approved bearresistant food storage canisters are required. Canisters are available for free check out. SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS GROS VENTRE ROUNDABOUT Gros Ventre Junction on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 will be under construction AprilNovember 2018. Expect traffic delays and plan ahead. The Gros Ventre Road Junction has an average daily traffic volume of approximately 14,200 vehicles and almost 200 bicycle riders during the summer. Safety concerns have been identified at this location, for vehicles, bicycles/pedestrians, and wildlife. A roundabout is the most effective solution. BE PREPARED AND PLAN AHEAD Construction: April–November 2018 Expect: 15-minute maximum delays 5 a.m.–8 p.m. 30-minute maximum delays 8 p.m.–5 a.m. No parking/stopping allowed 1/2 mile from intersection. These construction delays should be considered in addition to busy summer traffic. GROS VENTRE ROAD CLOSURE The Gros Ventre Road, which provides access to Kelly and Gros Ventre Campground, may be closed for up to five nights in the late spring to early summer from approximately 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and two weeks after September 15 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reroute via Antelope Flats Road. PATHWAY CLOSURE A temporary pathway closure between the Gros Ventre River Bridge and north of the Gros Ventre Intersection will occur prior to May 15 and for approximately two weeks in late September. Experienced pathway users may travel along U.S. Hwy 26/89/191 on the road shoulder. Road construction will take place between the town of Jackson, WY and the Jackson Hole Airport on U.S. Highway 26/89/191. Grand Teton Guide, Spring 2018 3 GRIZZLY AND BLACK BEARS thrive in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. You may encounter a bear anywhere at anytime. Some of the most popular areas and trails pass through excellent bear habitat. Be Bear Aware! • Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk, or night. Trail running is strongly discouraged. Food Storage • Store anything with an odor in a hard-sided vehicle (windows closed), or in a bear box or canister. • Unattended food and stuff will be confiscated and you may be fined. • Never let a bear consume human food. They will often become aggressive and must be killed. • Never approach a bear. All bears are wild, dangerous, and unpredictable. Bear Interactions BEAR AWARE • Never store food, garbage or toiletries in tents. • Dispose of garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters. Safe Hiking Practices • Keep your pack with you! Never leave it unattended. • Make noise—bears will often move away. Call out and clap your hands. Bear bells are not sufficient. The use of portable audio devices is strongly discouraged. • Hike in groups of three or more people and stay together. • Do not run! Bears can out-run you. • Do not drop your pack! It may protect your back. • Do not climb trees. Most bears can climb trees. • Do not surprise a bear. This may provoke a charge or attack. Most bear attacks result from surprise encounters when a bear is defending cubs or food. • If you see a bear, and it has not acted aggressively, slowly back away. Talk in a quiet, calm voice. • If a bear approaches, back away slowly, watch the bear, and prepare your bear spray. • If a bear charges, stand still until the bear stops and then back away slowly. A startled bear will often bluff by WHAT KIND OF BEAR DID YOU SEE? Grizzly Bear charging, then veering off or stopping abruptly. • If a bear attacks, lie flat on your stomach. Spread your legs slightly and clasp your hands behind your neck. Do not move until you are sure the bear has left the area. • If you suspect a predatory attack, fight back. Bears that attack at night or after stalking people view you as food. Carry Bear Spray • Bear spray (1-2% capsaicin) is an effective deterrent. • Keep the canister immediately available, not in your pack. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions—know how to use the spray, its limitations, and the expiration date. • Do not test the spray or apply to people, tents, or backpacks—bear spray is not a repellent. • Under no circumstances should bear spray serve as a substitute for standard safety precautions in bear country. Both grizzly bears and black bears live in the park and parkway. Color is misleading – both species vary from blonde to black. Black Bear Grizzly Color ranges from blonde to black Color ranges from blonde to black No distinctive shoulder hump Distinctive shoulder hump Face profile is straight from nose to tip of ears Face profile appears dished in Ears are short and rounded Ears are tall and pointed Front claws are longer and less curved (2-4” long) Front claws are shorter and more curved (1-2” long) Where to Look for Wildlife ALL ANIMALS REQUIRE FOOD, WATER, AND SHELTER. Each species also has particular living space or habitat requirements. To learn more about wildlife habitats and behavior, attend ranger-led activities. While observing wildlife, please park in designated turnouts, not on the roadway. Remember animals are adapted to live in this environment. Please do not interfere. OXBOW BEND One mile east of Jackson Lake Junction. Slow-moving water provides habitat for fish such as suckers and trout that become food for river otters, ospreys, bald eagles, American white pelicans and common mergansers. Look for beavers and muskrats swimming past. Moose browse on abundant willows at the water’s edge. Elk occasionally graze in open aspen groves to the east, while grizzly bears occasionally look for prey. WILLOW FLATS North of the Jackson Lake Dam moose browse on willow shrubs. At dawn and dusk, elk graze on grasses 4 Grand Teton Guide, Spring 2018 growing among willows. Predators such as wolves and grizzly bears pursue elk calves in early summer. Beavers create ponds by damming streams that also harbor muskrats and waterfowl. ELK RANCH FLATS Stop at the Elk Ranch turnout on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 just north of Cunningham Cabin. Here you may see pronghorn, bison, elk and even domestic animals using a grazing permit. The open grasses here attract a variety of animals. SNAKE RIVER Jackson Lake Dam south to Moose. Elk and bison graze in grassy meadows along the river. Bison also eat grasses on the sagebrush benches above the river. Bald eagles, ospreys and great blue herons build large stick nests within sight of the river. Beavers and moose eat willows lining the waterway. BLACKTAIL PONDS Half-mile north of Moose on U.S. Highway 26/89/191. Old beaver ponds have filled with sediment and now support grassy meadows where elk graze during the cooler parts of the day. Several species of ducks feed in the side channels of the Snake River while moose browse on willows. TIMBERED ISLAND A forested ridge southeast of Jenny Lake. Small bands of pronghorn, the fastest North American land mammal, forage on nearby sagebrush throughout the day. Elk leave the shade of Timbered Island at dawn and dusk to eat grasses growing among the surrounding sagebrush. ANTELOPE FLATS AND MORMON ROW East of U.S. Highway 26/89/191, one mile north of Moose Junction. Bison and pronghorn may be seen grazing. Watch for coyotes, Northern harriers and American kestrels hunting mice, Uinta ground squirrels and grasshoppers. Sage grouse, sage thrashers and sparrows also frequent the area. Park Regulations & Safety Things to Know For a safe and enjoyable visit, please know these park regulations and safety advisories. For additional information find a ranger or visit www.nps.gov/ grandteton. Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft, such as a drone, within Grand Teton SAFE WILDLIFE VIEWING is everyone’s responsibility. Wildlife draw many to this beautiful place seeking out the smallest calliope hummingbird or the largest grizzly bear. Roadside viewing is popular, but please keep the road clear. Use pullouts or pull completely off the roadway to the right of the white line. Always maintain a distance of at least 100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards It is illegal to feed any wildlife—birds, ground squirrels, bears, or foxes. Wildlife start National Park is prohibited. Pets must be restrained on a leash (6 feet or less) and stay within 30 feet of roadways. Owners must properly dispose of feces. Pets are not allowed in visitor centers, on ranger-led activities, on the multi-use pathway, or on park hiking trails. Pets are ONLY allowed in boats on Jackson Lake—no to depend on people resulting in poor nutrition. If fed, any other waterways. Service animals must assist with a animal may become unhealthy, bite you, and expose you to disability and must be trained to perform tasks to aid rabies. with the disability. Dogs whose sole function is providing from other wildlife. Use binoculars or a spotting scope for We hope you enjoy your time here—watching comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals a good view. Never position yourself between a female and wildlife, hiking, or relaxing—and remember your under the Americans with Disabilities Act. offspring—mothers are very protective. Let wildlife thrive connection to this place long after you return home. undisturbed. If your actions cause an animal to flee, you are Leave what you find. Keep items in their natural setting for others to enjoy. Picking wildflowers, historic objects, too close. archaeological artifacts, natural features, or collecting items such as antlers is prohibited. Edible fruits, berries, and nuts may be gathered by hand for personal use and consumption. The allowable limit is one quart/per species/per person/per day. The 25 yards (23 m) 100 yards (91 m) collection of mushrooms is prohibited. Campfires are allowed at designated campgrounds and picnic areas within metal fire grates, unless fire restrictions are in effect. A permit may be obtained for campfires below the high water line on the west shoreline of Jackson Lake at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Fires are prohibited in other areas. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited at all times. Wyoming state firearm regulations apply. Carrying or possessing firearms is prohibited in buildings where notice is posted. Firearms may not be discharged in a national park, except by permitted individuals during legal hunting seasons. GET ON THE WATER and enjoy unparalleled views of wildlife and mountains, world-class fishing, and fun around every bend. The Snake River flows through the heart of the park and features fly fishing, great wildlife viewing, and mild rapids depending on time of year. Many of the more accessible lakes are open for a variety of activities. Motorboats are permitted on Jenny Lake(10 horsepower maximum) and Jackson Lake. Human-powered vessels are permitted on Jackson, Jenny, Phelps, Emma Matilda, Two Ocean, Taggart, Bradley, Bearpaw, Leigh, and String lakes. Boat permits are required for all motorized or A Wyoming fishing license is required and may be non-motorized watercraft including kayaks, purchased at Signal Mountain Lodge front desk, Colter canoes, rafts, and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards, inflatable or Bay Marina, Colter Bay Village Store, Snake River Anglers at hard-sided. Permits may be purchased at the visitor centers in Dornans, and the Headwaters Lodge. For more information pick Moose, Jenny Lake (cash only) or Colter Bay. Get a boating or up a Fishing Brochure. Fishing in Yellowstone National Park floating brochure from a park visitor center for more information requires a separate permit. or go.nps.gov/tetonboating. Swimming is permitted in all lakes. There is a Drain, Clean, Dry! Help protect park waterways and designated swimming beach at Colter Bay with picnic Bicycles are permitted on public roadways, the Multi-use Pathway, and on the Colter Bay Marina breakwater. Ride single-file on the right side of the road and wear a helmet. Riding bicycles or other wheeled vehicles in the backcountry is prohibited. Roadway shoulders are narrow—use caution. Only use non-motorized forms of transportation on the Multi-use Pathway. Persons with physical disabilities may use battery-operated transportation. Do not access the pathway from dusk to dawn for your safety and wildlife’s safety. Please do not walk your dog on the pathway. Service animals may travel on the pathway. Soaking in pools where thermal waters originate is prohibited to protect resources. Soaking in adjacent run-off streams is allowed, provided they do not contain an originating water source. These waters may harbor organisms that cause diseases. facilities; however, there are no lifeguards. The Snake River is a Hikers should stay on trails. Short-cutting is prohibited Drain, clean, and dry all equipment including boats, boots and swift, cold river presenting numerous dangers; and swimming and damages fragile vegetation promoting erosion. Know waders before entering a new body of water. Never empty is not recommended. native fish from the spread of aquatic invasive species. containers of bait, fish, plants, or animals into park waters. Wyoming state law requires boaters to purchase an AIS decal and have vessels inspected prior to launch. All vessels must carry a USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) of the appropriate size for each person on board including stand up paddle boards. PFDs must Sailboats, water skiing and windsurfers are be accessible and in good working condition. PFDs should be allowed only on Jackson Lake. worn while boating. All passengers under 13 years of age must Personal watercraft are prohibited on all waters within the park. Pets are only allowed on a permitted vessel on Jackson Lake, but not in lakeshore campsites or in the water. Pets are not allowed on the Snake River or any other body of water in the park. . wear a PFD whenever a vessel is underway or be within an enclosed cabin. Only human-powered vessels are allowed on the Snake River within the park and parkway. A permit is required, see “Boat Permits” section. The Snake River has constantly shifting channels and logjams that may present risks for boaters. Read the launch site bulletin boards for current river conditions. your limitations. For your safety, leave your itinerary with a responsible party. Solo travel is not advised. Permits are not required for day hikes. Trailhead parking areas fill in July and August. During early summer, trails may be snow-covered and require an ice axe for safe travel. Visitor centers sell topographic maps and trail guides. Use experience and good judgment when climbing or traveling in the mountains. The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is staffed from early June to early September by climbing rangers who provide weather and route conditions, or check www.tetonclimbing.blogspot.com. Registration is not required for day climbs. Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays. Pick up any permit involving climbing at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Leave your itinerary with a responsible party. Solo travel is not advised. Grand Teton Guide, Spring 2018 5 Services and Facilities Moose Lodging Food Service Food Service Store/Gift shops Service Station Store/Gift shops Other Other Other Other Dornans Spur Ranch Dornans Chuck Wagon Dornans Pizza and Pasta Co. Dornans Trading Post Dornans Dornans Gift Shop Dornans Moosely Mountaineering Snake River Anglers Adventure Sports Barker Ewing Float Trips South Jenny Lake Lodging AAC Climber’s Ranch Store/Gift shops Boat Tours North Jenny Lake Lodging Food Service Store/Gift Shops Signal Mountain Lodging Food Service Food Service Food Service Retail Retail Retail General Store Jenny Lake Boating May 5–Sept. 23 May 15-Sept. 30 Jenny Lake Lodge Lodge Dining Room June 1–Oct.7 June 1–Oct.7 Jenny Lake Lodge June 1–Oct.7 Signal Mountain Lodge Peaks Restaurant Trapper Grill May 11–Oct. 14 May 11–Sept. 30 May 11–Oct. 14 Deadman's Bar Needles Gift Store Timbers Gift Store General Store May 11–Oct. 13 May 12–Oct. 14 May 12–Oct. 14 May 5–Oct. 14 Showers and Laundry Signal Mountain Marina Signal Marina Jackson Lake Lodge Lodging Food Service Food Service Food Service Store/Gift Shops Service Station Horseback Riding Year-round June–Sept. Apr.–Oct. Apr.–Oct. Year-round Apr.–Oct. mid-May–Sept. May–Oct. mid-May–Sept. May-Sept. Jackson Lake Lodge Mural Room 307-733-2522 307-733-2415 dornans.com 307-739-1801 307-733-3699 307-733-2415 307-733-1800 307-733-7271 americanalpineclub.org 307-734-9227 jennylakeboating.com Rustic accommodations, 3 miles south of Jenny Lake. Camping and hiking supplies, groceries, film, and gifts. Boat shuttle service across Jenny Lake. Canoe and kayak rentals. 307-733-4647 gtlc.com Modified American Plan. Cabins. Breakfast 7:30–9 am. Lunch 12–1:30 pm. Dinner 6–8:45 pm. Reservations required for all meals. Sport coat recommended for dinner. Gifts, books and apparel. 307-543-2831 signalmountainlodge.com Lakefront suites, motel units, and log cabins. Dinner 5:30–10 pm. Closes at 9 pm Sept. 25–Sept.30 Breakfast 7–11 am. Lunch/dinner 11 am–10 pm. Closes at 9 pm Sept. 24– Oct.14. 12:00 pm - 12:00am. Oct. 1- Oct. 13 opens at 2:30 pm M-F 8 am–10 pm. Closes at 9 pm during shoulder seasons. 8 am–10 pm. Closes at 9 pm during shoulder seasons. 7 am–10 pm. Gas, drinks, snacks, supplies. Hours vary during shoulder seasons. 7 am. Last shower 10:30 pm, Laundromat open 24 hours. Rentals, guest buoys, lake fishing trips, gas, and courtesy docks. 307-543-3100 gtlc.com Large lodge with views across Willow Flats and Jackson Lake. Breakfast 7–9:30 am. Lunch 11:30 am–1:30 pm. Dinner 5:30–9 pm. Dinner reservations recommended. 6 am–10:30 pm 11 am–midnight. Sundries, magazines, books, gifts, souvenirs, and apparel. Gas and diesel. Trail rides. May 11–Oct. 14 May 19–Sept. 16 May 18–Oct. 7 Cabins with kitchens. Western fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open: May 11:30 am–5 or 7 pm; June–Sept. 11:30 am–9:30 pm Groceries. Deli open May–Sept. Automotive fuel (no diesel). Pay at pump, 24-hour with credit card. Gifts. Mountaineering, climbing, camping equipment. Fly and spin fishing, float trips, Wyoming fishing licenses. Bike, stand-up paddle boards, kayak, and canoe