Grand Teton National Park

A Silly Way to Die - Friends Don't Let Friends Teak Surf

Drawing of teak surfing.
It may sound like just another fad, but a recent near-tragedy for two youngsters at Grand Teton National Park offered a grim reminder about the dangers of "teak surfing." Some people are still unaware of the risks, so here's why you shouldn't let your friends or family try this deadly "sport."

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Grizzly Bears

Natural events — wildfires, floods, windstorms — often leave behind obvious marks on the landscapes they touch. Charred trees and scorched meadows, washed out trails, and swaths of fallen trees are some of the reminders of these powerful forces. The impacts wrought by other naturally occurring events and cycles are not always so easy to discern.

Grand Teton National Park's Snake River Proves Yet Again Too Challenging For Visitors

Rule No. 1 when you're launching your craft into the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park: Know what you're up against. Rule No. 2: If you're not up to the challenge, take a hike. A trio of Utahns failed to follow those rules and wound up relying on park rangers to save them. Their rental canoe, however, has yet to be recovered.

National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat

As proof that any gun-related issue is too hot for the National Park Service, a suggestion by Grand Teton National Park officials that lead ammunition used by hunters could pose a health threat is being condemned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Got Plans for the Rest of Summer? Here Are Some Deals and Packages From Around the National Park System

There's still at least a month of great summer weather to be enjoyed before any thoughts of fall or winter will sneak into your mind. And if you're looking for a national park getaway, here are some deals and packages being offered around the National Park System. Some expire right around Labor Day, some run later into the year.

Menor's Ferry Back in Service At Grand Teton National Park

They've turned back the hands of time at Grand Teton National Park, where Menor's Ferry is once more hauling folks across the Snake River.

Jon Jarvis Questioned During His Confirmation Hearing On Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park

Jon Jarvis found himself navigating a tricky path Tuesday during his confirmation hearing as the next director of the National Park Service when questioned about recreational snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.

Yet Another River Accident on the Snake in Grand Teton National Park

In what's getting to be a disturbing occurrence, there's been yet another accident involving paddlers on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Fortunately, as with the two other mishaps this summer, no one was seriously injured in the latest incident.

Traveler's Checklist: Grand Teton National Park

The question of "what" to at Grand Teton National Park is relatively easily to answer. The more difficult question is "when" to do it. Here are some thoughts on both those questions from the Traveler.

Interior Secretary Scales Back Snowmobile Use in Yellowstone National Park, Calls for More Public Comment

With a new administration in Washington the pendulum on snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park is swinging back towards fewer machines. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday directed the National Park Service to follow a course that could limit recreational snowmobile use in Yellowstone to 318 machines per day for each of the next two winters.

Tinder-Dry Conditions Prompt "High" Fire Danger Warning in Grand Teton National Park

Building summer heat and declining moisture are combining to produce dangerous fire conditions in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest. The potential for wildfires has been bumped up to "high" in those two preserves.

Septuagenarian Kayaker Overshoots Takeout on Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Spends Night On A Sandbar in the River

Wyoming's Snake River carves both lazy oxbows and braided channels with swift currents through Grand Teton National Park. It's a great float, but as a 71-year-old Indiana woman discovered the hard way, you have to make sure you hit your takeout point before the current pushes you downstream. She didn't and ended up spending a cool night on a sandbar in the river.

Traveler's Top 10 Rivers to Ride in the National Park System

Sure, the most iconic river in all the land is the Colorado that flows through Grand Canyon National Park. But that doesn't mean you can't find quality river trips elsewhere in the National Park System.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Resort to Short-Haul Method to Rescue Injured Climber

A climbing accident on one of Grand Teton National Park's less-heralded peaks forced rangers to use a helicopter "short-haul" to remove the injured climber from the mountain.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Rescue Father and Son From the Snake River After Their Raft Springs a Leak

A father and son who thought they could negotiate 25 miles of the Snake River on an inflatable raft better suited for a swimming pool and armed with sticks for paddles had to be rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers several miles into their journey when the raft sprung a leak.

National Park Quiz 62: Paired Parks

This week’s quiz deals with National Park System units that are linked to each other in some way. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The efficient enzymatic resolution of conduritol B and C derivatives is an important step in synthesizing all possible enantiomeric pairs of conduritol stereoisomers.”

Checkpoints Help Make Park Roads Safer at Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton National Parks

Fall River Road in Rocky Mtn. National Park.
There's been some discussion on this site in recent months about the need for parks to be more proactive in terms of safety and accident prevention. At least one park has done so in terms of vehicle safety, and another will try to reduce risks on the road for the July 4 weekend.

Two Children Have a Very Close Call at Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake. Photo by Kimberly Finch/National Park Service.
A family boating trip on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park nearly had a tragic ending earlier this week. Prompt emergency care saved the day, and the situation can serve as a reminder for others as the peak summer boating season begins.

Mark Your Calendar: Music in the Parks Coming to Grand Teton National Park

If you've got plans, or can make plans, to visit Grand Teton National Park during the next four weeks, you'll definitely want to read the rest of this story.

Despite Wet Weather, There Have Been Forest Fires in Grand Teton National Park

It's been rainy so much here in the Northern Rockies that the locals are about to start sprouting gills. Nevertheless, there have been four forest fires inside and outside of Grand Teton National Park, with two directly tied to human careless.

Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park

A Utah couple was knocked off their motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park when a pronghorn antelope slammed into it while trying to cross U.S. Highway 26/89/91.

Update: At 25 Years and Counting, Jackson Hole Airport Still Owes For Its Footprint

Jackson Hole Airport still hasn’t compensated the Park Service for the 533-acre footprint it planted inside Grand Teton National Park back in the 1980s. TNC says it’s high time for this 25-year old debt to be paid and suggests how the money can be raised.

Should the Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension Wait for Safety Audit?

An alliance of NGOs has asked the National Park Service to more thoroughly consider safety issues before extending the lease for the commercial airport now operating in Grand Teton National Park.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling: A Long-Distance Runner's Grizzly Encounter in Grand Teton National Park

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

Watch Out For the Beef In Grand Teton National Park This Weekend

Make sure you know where the beef is if you're visiting Grand Teton National Park this weekend.

8-Mile-Long Multi-use Path Opens in Grand Teton National Park On Saturday

Memorial Day Weekend visitors to Grand Teton National Park will be the first to try out an 8-mile-long multi-use pathway that runs along the Teton Park Road from Moose to South Jenny Lake.

National Park Quiz 55: Climbing

This week’s national park quiz will find out how much you know about climbing in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Placing protection without due regard for security has been the last mortal act of many a weekend climber.”

Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks Offering Migratory Bird Day Activities

What better day to go on a ranger-led tour of birding sites in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks than on International Migratory Bird Day?

Accessible National Parks, Airline Division

Units of the National Park System are really closer than you think. Some are quite literally in your backyard. Today we're pointing out those that are within an hour's drive of an airport with commercial service.
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