We are happy to report that grooming of Teton Park Road began this week and will continue through mid-March, as conditions allow.
For the eighth consecutive winter, the Foundation is partnering with Grand Teton National Park to provide regular grooming of Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake and Signal Mountain trailheads. The track will be groomed between Taggart Lake Trailhead and South Jenny Lake on Tuesdays and Sundays, and the entire length to Signal Mountain on Fridays (weather permitting). When deep snow limits many park users’ abilities to explore Grand Teton, the groomed road creates easy access for cross country skiers, snowshoers, and walkers.
New this winter, parking will also be available north of Taggart at the Cottonwood Creek Picnic Area and along the west side of the road across from the picnic area. Recreationists who plan to stay in the backcountry overnight are encouraged to use the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking, while day-users are encouraged to park along the west side of the road and at the Cottonwood Creek Picnic Area.
Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are reminded to recreate responsibly and be COVID-19 safe. The park highly encourages visitors to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state authorities, by maintaining social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering when in high-visitation outside areas to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Also, visitors and recreationists are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles by disposing of trash properly, packing out all items brought in, including all trash, masks, and left-over food.
While Grand Teton is not offering ranger-led snowshoe tours in the park this winter, Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures offers a variety of winter natural history programs in Grand Teton National Park. Their local, professional guides provide cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and wildlife viewing programs that aim to connect visitors to the national parks and natural world in Western Wyoming. They are also generous partners to Grand Teton National Park Foundation via their Dollars for Conservation Program where they donate 2% of sales to groups that help protect the important resources that people enjoy on their tours. Check out their website for more information.
The Foundation is pleased to continue providing support to allow accessible and enjoyable winter recreation in Grand Teton, but we need your support. Donate to this community effort by visiting https://www.gtnpf.org/donate/ and typing "grooming" into the comment field. Thank you!