From Staff Reports
Road crews, maintenance workers and rangers in Grand Teton National Park are preparing for the start of the summer visitor season. And thanks to assistance from supporting partner organizations, two park facilities that had faced season-long closures due to budget cuts will instead remain open.
The park’s public affairs office on Thursday announced opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in the park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, as well as details on outside funding that will help fill the gap left by across-the-board budget cuts mandated by Congress under the sequester.
For this year only, Grand Teton Association has agreed to help fund operation of the Jenny Lake Visitor Center through revenue from the organization’s book sales. Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., which holds an endowment for the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve, has established a singular grant to provide funding to operate the LSR Preserve Center in 2013. This grant was made with the understanding that it is a one-time gesture. Both facilities will operate with a shorter season and reduced hours.
|Teton Park Road||May 1|
|Grassy Lake Road||June 1; remaining snow drifts may limit access|
|Moose-Wilson||Open when snow melts naturally|
|Death Canyon||Open when snow melts naturally|
|Signal Mountain Summit——-||Open when snow melts naturally|
|Schwabachers Landing||Closed for 2013|
|Spaulding Bay||Closed for 2013|
|Two Ocean Lake||Closed for 2013|
Paved multi-use pathways will be become fully accessible as remaining snow melts.
|Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center||Open|
|Colter Bay Visitor Center||May 11|
|Jenny Lake Visitor Center||June 1|
|Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Preserve Center——-||June 1|
|Flagg Ranch Information Station||Closed for 2013|
|Gros Ventre||May 3|
|Signal Mountain||May 10|
|Jenny Lake||May 10|
|Colter Bay||May 23|
|Colter Bay RV Park||May 23|
|Headwaters Campground & RV Sites——-||June 1|
|Lizard Creek||June 7|
Backcountry campsite reservations may be made until May 15 with a $25 non-refundable fee. Reservations can be made online, by fax at 307-739-3438, or by mail to Grand Teton National Park, Backcountry Permits, PO Box 170, Moose, WY 83012. After May 15, all backcountry site permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Signal Mountain Lodge||May 10|
|Jackson Lake Lodge||May 20|
|Colter Bay Cabins||May 23|
|Triangle X Ranch||May 24|
|Jenny Lake Lodge||June 1|
|Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch——-||June 1|
The Moose, Moran and Granite Canyon entrance stations are open. Fee options include:
- $12 for a 7-day permit to enter by foot/bicycle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
- $20 for a 7-day permit to enter by motorcycle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
- $25 for a 7-day permit to enter by vehicle into Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks
- $50 for a Grand Teton/Yellowstone Annual Pass valid for one-year entry into both parks
- $80 for an Interagency Annual Pass valid for one year entry to all fee areas on federal lands
Bicyclists are reminded that they must stop and show an entry pass before proceeding through the gates, just as vehicles are required to do. An automated self-serve machine is located on the multi-use pathway adjacent to the Moose Entrance Station. People traveling on the pathway by foot, bike, or rollerblade will be required to stop and pay $12 for a 7-day entry permit, or have a valid pass in possession. Personal identification is required with any pass that requires a signature.
For additional information about activities and services within Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/grte, stop by any visitor center, or call 307-739-3300.