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Grand Teton continues to phase in visitor access and services

Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) - Grand Teton National Park is increasing recreational access and some visitor services.

Beginning Tuesday, some visitor centers will open, backcountry permits will be available and there will be additional take-out food services from park concessioners. 

The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center and the Colter Bay Visitor Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, as will the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.

There will be special guidelines implemented for visitor and employee safety:

  • Employees will be wearing face coverings inside buildings when social distancing is not an option.
  • Visitors are highly encouraged to wear face coverings as they enter a building and inside a building when social distancing is not an option.
  • There will be indoor and outdoor signs and images to help visitors understand appropriate distances and recommended actions.
  • Visitors are reminded to cover their cough with an elbow or tissue, wash hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds, avoid crowds, and stay home if sick.
  • The park has increased staff to clean and disinfect high-use areas.
  • Plexiglass panels have been installed in areas of high-visitor interaction such as entrance stations, visitor centers and permit desks.
  • Visitor center exhibits and auditoriums will not be accessible.
  • Additional strategies, such as limited parking, no-stopping zones and one-way travel, are being implemented in popular outdoor areas.

Backcountry permits will be available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, Colter Bay Visitor Cente, and Jenny Lake Ranger Station as of Tuesday, June 16.

Permits are available 24 hours in advance and are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry, and everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing while on trails. 

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center, Flagg Ranch Information Station, and Jenny Lake Visitor Center will not be open for the 2020 summer season, although, park staff will be available to assist visitors with information in outdoor areas in most of these locations.

All concessioner-operated campgrounds within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are currently open.

Signal Mountain Lodge, Colter Bay and Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch have limited lodging and take-out food service.

In addition, general merchandise will be available through park concessioners at Signal Mountain, Jenny Lake, Colter Bay and Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch. Canoe and kayak rentals are available to the public at Colter Bay and Signal Mountain marinas, with rentals at Jenny Lake anticipated towards the end of June. 

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