Grand Teton National Park

John Wessels Appointed Director of National Park Service's Intermountain Region

John Wessels, who has served as the National Park Service’s Intermountain Region associate director for administration, business and technology since 2004, has been named director of the region, the largest in the agency.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Investigating Death of College Student Who Fell From Middle Teton

A young woman who had summited Middle Teton in Grand Teton National Park somehow became separated from her partner on the way down and fell 80 feet to her death, according to park officials.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Offer Six -- 6 -- Alternatives For Winter-Use Plan

Yellowstone National Park officials, obviously looking to show some flexibility, are offering six alternatives for how best to manage winter-use in the park, ranging from plowing roads and phasing out snowmobiles in lieu of snowcoaches to completely banning over-the-snow travel.

One Dead, 16 Injured Following Lightning From Thunderstorm in Grand Teton National Park

Climbing the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park never is easy. Snow conditions can create problems, being exposed is daunting for some, and for others just the impact of climbing above 12,000 feet can be a problem if they're not properly acclimated. Weather conditions are a wild card, and this week 17 climbers encountered that issue, one fatally.

Road Construction Will Cause Minor Delays Through September in Grand Teton National Park

With long, harsh winters, and short, gorgeous summers, it's a fact of construction life in the Rockies that most road work coincides with summer vacations. And, unfortunately, that's the case in Grand Teton National Park, where a number of necessary projects could delay your travels through the park.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agrees Whitebark Pine Trees Might Need ESA Protection

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Tuesday that the agency will take a closer look at whether whitebark pine trees, a key food source for some grizzly bear populations as well as birds and squirrels, need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Cathedral Fire in Grand Teton National Park Fully Contained

A fire of suspicious origins that grew to nearly 50 acres has been fully contained in Grand Teton National Park, officials said Sunday.

Cathedral Fire in Grand Teton National Park 50 Percent Contained

Firefighters were making good progress today on a 40-acre blaze burning not far from the Teton Park Road in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, according to park officials.

Crews Battling Fire In Grand Teton National Park

Firefighters were trying Wednesday to get the upper hand on a fire that was spotted not far off the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park.

Odds and Ends from Around the National Park System

Irony can't be overlooked when one considers the move by Wyoming officials to hold up the federal government for millions of dollars for two square miles of land surrounded by Grand Teton National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Should Rangers Cite, or Merely Warn, Visitors For Their Wrongs?

What should National Park Service rangers do when they come across a visitor who has gone astray of park regulations? For instance, should they have cited those women in Glacier National Park who squeezed off a round from a .357 to scare a deer, or was the warning enough?
Backpacking Wyoming: From Towering Granite Peaks to Steaming Geyser Basins There's a new book just hitting bookstores that will practically take you by the hand and lead you along some long-distance hikes in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks.

Uprooted Tree Sends Two Men into Snake River, Grand Teton National Park Rangers to the Rescue

Swift currents and an uprooted tree proved a tricky combination for two Wyoming men, who found themselves needing a rescue from Grand Teton National Park rangers after their boat capsized in the Snake River.

Nice Variety of Special Activities at Grand Teton National Park in the Coming Week

Folks heading to Grand Teton National Park in the coming days will have a nice selection of ranger-led activities to partake in, ranging from canoeing to full moon hikes.

Grand Teton Music Festival, With Grand Teton National Park Backdrop, Opens Next Week

When it comes to great outdoor music venues it's hard to beat the majestic backdrop of Grand Teton National Park. Beginning next week, park visitors will be able to enjoy that backdrop as the Grand Teton Music Festival visits the park.

Would Year-Round Access To Old Faithful Compromise Yellowstone National Park's "Frontier"?

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
In Dances With Wolves, Lt. John Dunbar requests a posting on "the frontier" because he "wants to see the frontier before it's gone." It's not too difficult to put Yellowstone National Park, between the months of December and April, as being on the last frontier of the Lower 48.While it would be relatively easy to maintain wheeled-access to Old Faithful year-round, with apparently few environmental consequences, should we shrink what little "frontier" we have left in the National Park System?
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Faces Behind The Work at Grand Teton National Park

A lot of work goes into maintaining a national park for visitors. At Grand Teton National Park, for instance, there are trails to maintain, roads and fences to repair, and backcountry crews to supply. This short video provides some insights into those jobs.

ReserveAmerica Can't Find a National Park Campground It Likes

ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.

Updated: Phone App Reviews: Chimani's Acadia and Nomad's Great Smoky Mountains

The number of national park phone applications recently grew by two, with Chimani's Acadia National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park guide(s) recently sent to market by Nomad Mobile Guides. We recently test drove both. Here's what we found.

With A Growing Number of National Park Phone Apps, What Should You Expect?

Like it or not, we are indeed becoming a society tethered to our electronics. If anyone doubts that this is the "information age," know that recent surveys estimate that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population carries a smart phone in their pocket or purse.
Dream Hikes Coast to Coast: Your Guide to America In Dream Hikes Coast to Coast author Jack Bennett has done something more than a few folks would like to do: Head out on some great hikes, and then write about them. In assembling his hiking list, he took an approach that is both laudable...and disappointing.

Cattle Drive Could Slow Traffic in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday

They'll be rounding them up and moving them out Saturday morning in Grand Teton National Park, which means you could encounter traffic delays near Moran Junction for a while.

With National Parks As the Draw, Luxury Railroad Plans 2011 Debut

How much would you pay to ride a luxury train across the Western landscape with stops at Crater Lake, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks? Two-hundred dollars a day? Five-hundred-dollars? More than $1,000?

Luxury Lodging in Our National Parks

Lodging in America’s national parks ranges from barebones tent cabins to fashionable lodges with upscale amenities. Choose the former and you may well end up with an evening meal of grilled hot dogs, pork and beans, a bag of Fritos, and a six-pack of Bud Light. Splurge on the latter and you could enjoy an evening with a gourmet meal accompanied by fine wine.

Healthy U.S. Ecosystems Draw International Nature Pilgrims

Meet a pilgrim — a nature pilgrim — a woman who traveled to the backyard of America to set eyes on a species that long ago was extinguished from her homeland archipelago. Julie Askew could have selected hundreds of other pretty destinations in the U.S. She could have also gone to Disneyland, but she selected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—and their stunning surrounding environs—because the wildlife predators are HERE.

Planning To Visit Grand Teton National Park? Here's Your Road Construction Schedule

With roads in Grand Teton National Park opening this week for the summer season, it'll be easier to navigate the park than in winter. But...there are some road projects on tap that could slow your travels. Here's the latest list.
In a conclusion that might not seem to be too surprising, U.S. Geological Survey researchers have found that rural development in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threatens the future of grizzly bear populations.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation Provides $2.4 Million For Auditorium at Craig Thomas Discovery Center

Nearly $2.4 million is being raised by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation to pay for the construction of a 154-seat auditorium at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in the national park.

Bears Are Out and About in Grand Teton National Park

Spring visitors to Grand Teton National Park, here's your warning: the park's bears are out, about, and hungry.
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