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SPRING UPDATE - MAY 4, 2018

Backcountry trails and routes remain mostly snow-covered and in winter-like condition at all but the lowest elevations.  The high country is still covered in deep snow and a wet slab cycle of avalanches left a considerable amount of evidence behind last week.  Additional precipitation and/or warming temperatures continue to have the potential to create dangerous avalanche conditions during the upcoming months of May and June.  Backcountry users should remain extremely cautious with route selection and timing in the high country while negotiating this transitional snow pack.  The Bridger Teton Avalanche Center is no longer issuing avalanche forecasts for this winter season, however, their website still provides access to relevant weather station data.    
Avalanche Debris on Mt St John - 5.4.18
Inspiration Point is closed for the season due to construction.  Please obey all posted closures in the area to help trail crew get their work done safely!

The Teton Park Road is now open to motor vehicle traffic, however, services remain limited until mid to late May.  Permits are required for all overnight trips into backcountry and can be obtained at the visitor center in Moose.  The Jenny Lake Ranger Station will open on June 2nd at 8:00 a.m.

TETON PARK ROAD OPEN TO HIKERS/BIKERS - APRIL 5, 2018

The Teton Park Road has been plowed and is now open to non-motorized travel until May 1st.  Dogs must be leashed and stay on the paved roadway.  Please be cautious and alert as government and contractor vehicles will be on the road from time to time preparing for the summer opening.  All trails and backcountry areas remain 100% snow-covered and in full winter conditions. 

From March 5 through April 30, free winter backcountry camping permits can be obtained at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.  It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. thereafter.   

Beginning May 1, backcountry permits will require a fee and boat permits and entrance passes will be available at the permits desk seven days a week.

VISITOR CENTER OPEN - MARCH 5, 2018

The Grand Teton National Park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose is open to visitors as of Monday, March 5. The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28. Beginning April 29, the visitor center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Though none of the park’s campgrounds are currently open, permits are required for any overnight stay in the park's backcountry. From March 5 through April 30, free winter backcountry camping permits can be obtained at the visitor center permits desk each day, while boat permits and entrance passes will be available Monday through Friday. Beginning May 1, backcountry permits will require a fee and boat permits and entrance passes will be available at the permits desk seven days a week. Entrance passes can also be obtained at entrance stations at any time.
A recent storm has brought over 55 inches of new snow since March 1st. Climbing conditions will remain problematic as the snow settles and begins to bond to the underlying layers. For a current avalanche condition report please refer to the Bridger Teton Avalanche Forecast at: http://www.jhavalanche.org

WINTER UPDATE - FEB 20, 2018

We hope you're having a great winter and getting some of the excellent skiing to be had in the Grand Teton Backcountry. Please continue to be mindful of the snowpack and conditions, as well as your surroundings; as a recent fatal incident just south of JHMR reminded everyone, an avalanche does not have to be large to have severe consequences. 
Check the local avalanche forecast before heading out: Bridger Teton Avalanche Center


All visitor centers and campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are closed for the winter.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm) at the front desk in the Park Headquarters Building.  To obtain a permit on weekends please contact Park Dispatch at (307) 739-3301.