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Hiking Jackson Hole’s other iconic peak

The vantage point of Sheep Mountain in Jackson Hole provides great views of the Tetons.

The Grand Teton often dominates photos of Jackson’s skyline. But Sheep Mountain, more commonly known as the Sleeping Indian because of the naturally-carved headdress, distinct nose and belly the mountain forms, is Jackson’s second most recognizable peak. There you can fully take in the grandeur of the Tetons across the valley. You’ll likely have the views all to yourself because Grand Teton National Park draws most visitors in the area. Those who hike the Sleeping Indian are usually locals that know the area well. Continue Reading →

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Teton area fire danger lessens after recent rain

Fire danger in the Teton area has lessened after recent rain, including around the Snake Fire, which straddles the border of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Recent rains throughout the Teton Interagency Fire area have given firefighters a much-needed respite from fire activity, and resulted in the fire danger dropping to "moderate" as of Wednesday. The precipitation also minimized activity on several lightning-caused fires in the Teton area. Teton Interagency Fire personnel will continue to actively monitor and patrol area fires as conditions warrant. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming Gov. Mead open to Grand Teton land swap

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is open to the idea of a land trade that would transfer state-owned property into Grand Teton National Park, but he won't wait indefinitely to reach a deal, he said Monday. Mead's comments came in a press conference during which he addressed several topics, including a visit Thursday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Grand Teton National Park. She expressed support for a deal that would move two square miles of land owned by Wyoming into Grand Teton. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton Foundation to lead $16 million Jenny Lake rehab

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, left, speaks at Jenny Lake on Thursday in Grand Teton National Park in support of a Grand Teton National Park Foundation project to improve trails and visitor amenities in the area. Joining her in the announcement of the $16 million public-private fundraising initiative were Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott, right, and foundation President Leslie Mattson. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate)

Jenny Lake is the most popular destination in Grand Teton National Park, and in recognition of the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, a nonprofit group is leading a campaign to improve trails and visitor amenities at the popular recreation area just a half-hour drive from Jackson, Wyo. Continue Reading →

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Rangers in Grand Teton use spike strips to stop vehicles in separate incidents

Rangers in Grand Teton National Park used road spikes Sunday to stop a vehicle that failed to pull over for a traffic stop, the second time in three weeks that the tactic has been used by park law enforcement officers. A driver on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 did not pull over shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday when a ranger attempted to stop the motorist for crossing the center line, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton rangers aid injured paraglider, climber in separate incidents

A search and rescue helicopter lands at the Jenny Lake rescue cache near Lupine Meadows in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday after completing a short-haul extraction of an imperiled climber from the Teewinot Mountain area. (Yellowstone Gate/Ruffin Prevost - click to enlarge)

Rangers in Grand Teton National Park used a helicopter to transport an injured paraglider Wednesday, and were in the process Thursday afternoon of planning a flight to aid a climber injured in a separate incident. The paraglider made a forced landing in Death Canyon on Wednesday afternoon after launching from Teton Village, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton trail improvements mean temporary closures, route changes

Beginning Monday, June 10, hikers in Grand Teton National Park using the southern portion of the popular Jenny Lake trail to Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon will need to take an upper trail segment beyond Moose Ponds junction. This reroute will be in place for 2-4 weeks while significant restoration work is done along the more often used shoreline trail. Continue Reading →

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