A lightning bolt ignited a blaze in Grand Teton National Park after striking a Douglas-fir tree in Stewart’s Draw north of Death Canyon. The fire is currently a quarter of an acre in size and is burning inside the Fire Use Zone in the park’s Fire Management Plan. Residents and visitors should report fire or smoke by calling 911 or Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307-739-3630
The National Park Service is banning people from flying drone aircraft above its parks. Jackson Hole Daily says Grand Teton National park has discouraged people from flying drone planes and park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says they haven’t had any complaints yet. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says the small planes annoy and endanger visitors and wildlife
One of the most popular spots to take wedding pictures in Grand Teton National Park, Schwabacher Landing, is now open after being closed for over a year and a half. Jackson Hole Daily says Schwabacher road off Highway 89 was originally closed because of erosion then it was shut down because of federal government budget cuts and it is always closed in the winter. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says they paved the road and updated the parking area
Wyoming drivers can expect delays on highway 89 from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch Flats Saturday morning June 7, between 7 and 8 a.m. Park rangers are controlling traffic so ranchers can move their cattle safely from Buffalo Valley’s Pinto Ranch to the Elk Ranch pastures. Pinto Ranch wranglers will drive about 300 cattle causing about a 20 minute delay for drivers.
Bison herds from Grand Teton National Park are giving golfers a thrill by using the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis’s northern part of the course to migrate through. Assistant superintendent Jeff Jensen says three dozen moved through the course over a two day period. The Associated Press says the northern part of the golf course usually has migrating bison this time of year. Wyoming Game and Fish says if the bison get out of hand they will step in and help the bison get off the course
Watch out for grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park because the biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team are trapping the bears for scientific research starting next Tuesday and continuing through October 15. The Endangered Species Act requires the scientists to collect information and study the grizzly population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Trained professionals will bait and trap bears at several sites throughout the park that are not close to high traffic trails, but they will still post warning signs in case anyone wanders too close.
Memorial Day weekend is on the way and many Bridger-Teton National Forest campgrounds will be open in time for travelers, but Granite Hot Springs is not one of them. There is still three feet of snow and a lot of avalanche debris covering the area. Snake River Canyon, Gros Ventre drainage, Curtis Canyon, Hoback and several others are all open to visitors
Bureau of Reclamation managers came to Jackson to explain their tentative Jackson Lake Dam release plans after having more moisture this spring than they’re used to. Bureau managers say the flows will increase from 300 cubic feet per second next weekend and end just under 6,000 cubic feet per second at the end of June. Jackson Hole Daily says the Bureau is expecting 135 percent of the normal runoff this year.
Jenny Lake trails are officially open again after workers closed them for reconstruction. Jackson Hole Daily says a helicopter hauled trail-building materials including 250 bags of rock weighing 2,000 pounds each. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Jenny Lake is the most visited location in the park with up to 3,000 visitors a day in the summer
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are now requiring separate permits for each park for boats without motors. The two parks have been honoring each other’s permits even though Yellowstone’s costs $10 a season and Grand Teton charges $20. Jackson Hole Daily says the parks are making the change to make sure boaters are being inspected for invasive water species
Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014 Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]
Cowboy Running Back Ready For His New Role [AUDIO] - October 29, 2014 Wyoming freshman running back Brian Hill figured he would get some carries this season. And in week one, Hill was able to put in a couple of key runs in a win over Montana. But for the most part, it’s been spot time for the first-year Cowboys. But, with injuries to D.J. May and now […]
Mild & Windy Conditions Expected - October 29, 2014 A ridge of high pressure will strengthen and remain settled over the state of Wyoming on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies with mainly dry weather conditions for the end of the work week. Winds, however, will be strong on Wednesday and Friday with gusts between 30 and 45 mph. Wind […]
Test new gear before you buy it - October 29, 2014 Don’t just buy your gear because it looks good. Buy it only if it fits you properly. Hiking boots that don’t fit you well will give you blisters, and you’ll spend your entire trip sitting around in camp, dreading the walk back out. A backpack that isn’t the right size or shape for your back […]
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