The Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge is cleared of snow and open to non-motorized recreational uses such as walking, bicycling, and rollerblading.
Recreationists are cautioned that snow and ice may persist on some sections of the roadway creating slick conditions. Recreationists should also be alert for park vehicles that periodically travel this roadway for administrative purposes as spring opening operations continue. Road crews may be clearing auxiliary roads and wayside areas, and visitors are cautioned to keep a safe distance from rotary plows and other heavy equipment.
Several portable restrooms are temporarily located along the road for recreationists. Dogs are permitted on the Teton Park Road. Dog owners are required to use a leash no longer than six feet in length and are required to clean up after their dogs. Waste disposal bag stations are located at each end of the road. Electric bicycles are not allowed on the Teton Park Road when it is closed to motorized use.
This 14-mile section of the Teton Park Road will open to public motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
The Moose-Wilson Road, Antelope Flats Road and Signal Mountain Summit Road remain closed to vehicle use. All park visitors should respect road closures and look for signs posted near the road regarding any recreational use or access. For information on park roads call 307.739.3682 or visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/roads.htm.
The paved multi-use pathways in the park are open whenever they are predominately free of snow and ice.
The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose will open Monday, April 1. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter Wildlife Closures Extended to Protect Bighorns
Grand Teton National Park has extended two existing wildlife closures of important winter ranges to protect bighorn sheep due to severe winter conditions of significant snowfall and cold temperatures during the month of February. The existing closure near the summit area of Static Peak and the Mount Hunt/Prospectors Mountain Complex within the park is extended from April 1 to April 30, 2019.
Recreational use in these areas is prohibited during this time. These winter closures have been in effect since the late 1990s and early 2000s to mitigate the loss of low elevation winter ranges and address the reduction in available winter habitat for bighorn sheep.
Winter is a difficult time for bighorn sheep to survive. The sheep live off their fat reserves built up during the summer. Additional energy expenditures resulting from recreational disturbance can cause sheep to burn unnecessary calories that could compromise their ability to survive and reproduce.
Albright Peak and Buck Mountain are accessible for winter backcountry recreationists.