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What to Do (and Not Do) at Grand Teton National Park

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  Jackson Hole offers a four-season vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and as the weather warms up, so does the entrance to Grand Teton National Park. But before you pack your bags, we will share some helpful tips for what to do (and not do) while visiting Grand Teton National Park. We ask that everyone does their part to recreate responsibly, keep our wildlife wild, leave no trace, and help us keep this natural space intact for future generations.
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The Do's and Don'ts of Visiting Grand Teton

Keep Wildlife Wild

Grand Teton is home to abundant wildlife like bears, wolves, bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, and foxes. We ask that all guests be responsible wildlife observers by maintaining a safe distance of at least 100 yards from bears and wolves and 25 yards from other wildlife. Please do not feed or harass any wildlife you may encounter.

Plan Ahead for Your Hiking Trip

It's essential to plan ahead for your Grand Teton trip ahead of time; download the National Park Service app for easy trip-planning tools. Make sure to research the weather and plan your trail routes. Then pack light and efficiently with basics like extra clothes, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Leave No Trace of Your Travels

Respect our wild areas by practicing the Leave No Trace principles. These principles include disposing of your waste correctly, leaving what you find, using established fire rings, traveling on durable surfaces, and respecting wildlife.

Be Alert Your in Bear Country

It's important to stay alert while exploring trails since Grand Teton is in the heart of bear country. Read about bear safety to learn what to do if you encounter a bear. Pack bear spray, use caution, and stay alert during your travels!

Visit the Park Early in the Morning

The summer months welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, we recommend visiting Grand Teton early to find parking and for the best time to spot wildlife in the park.

Stay on the Trails

When hiking through Grand Teton, it is crucial to stay on the trails to help prevent soil erosion. We do not recommend walking alone or using headphones. We do recommend pacing yourself and packing extra water, clothes, and maps.

Go Slow on the Road

Be vigilant and go slow while driving in and out of the park. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the side of the roads, obey speed limits, and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Plan a Trip to Grand Teton this Summer!

Plan your summer trip to Jackson Hole and recreate responsibly while visiting Grand Teton. Learn more about what to do and not do at Grand Teton National Park on the NPS safety page. After exploring the park's pristine lakes, alpine terrain, and towering mountains, return to your Fireside Resort cabin just a few miles away!