Winter is a wonderful time to experience Grand Teton National Park. As the snow drapes a wintry blanket across the Teton Range, a peace settles over the landscape offering a sharp contrast to the busy summer season. Winter recreation activities abound, as the park becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and photographers who wish to capture the beauty of a Teton winterscape. If you are planning a visit during the winter season, make sure you check current weather forecasts and road conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Snowshoe with a Ranger
CANCELLED FOR THE 2020-21 WINTER SEASON
Are you curious about winter ecology or snow science? Would you like to experience the park in winter? A snowshoe hike with a interpretive ranger is the perfect introduction to winter in Grand Teton National Park and snowshoeing. Snowshoe with a Ranger has been cancelled for the 2020-21 Winter Season.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two of the best ways to experience the exhilaration of winter travel. Winter is an excellent time to see wildlife and/or signs of wildlife in the snow. From November 1 to May 1, the Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge is open for non-motorized use only. You can ski or snowshoe on this road, which is intermittently groomed to provide a packed surface for snowshoeing and crosscountry touring. Other places to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include Colter Bay, Antelope Flats Road, Taggart Lake and Flagg Ranch. If you plan to ski or snowshoe the Moose-Wilson Road, park at the Granite Canyon Trailhead or at the junction to the Death Canyon Road.
Proper preparation and planning ensures a great winter experience in Grand Teton National Park. Visit our cross-country skiing and snowshoeing page.
Snowmobiling is one way to see wildlife and spectacular scenery in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and access the forest to the west. Snowmobile use in the Rockefeller Parkway, except to access Yellowstone National Park through its South Entrance, is limited to Grassy Lake Road when open. Off-road travel anywhere in Rockefeller Parkway is prohibited. BAT(Best Available Technology) snowmobiles are not required. Visit the Yellowstone National Park Web site for information regarding snowmobile and snowcoach tours and for non-commercial snowmobile access.
Snowmobile use in Grand Teton is limited to the frozen surface of Jackson Lake for ice fshing access only. Access to the frozen surface of the lake is limited to the Colter Bay Swim Beach as posted there. BAT(Best Available Technology) snowmobiles is required. Visit snowmobiling page for more information.
The following businesses are licensed by the National Park Service to provide cross-country ski or snowshoe tours and services in the park during the winter season:
Eco Tour Adventures: http://www.jhecotouradventures.com/
The Hole Hiking Experience: http://www.holehike.com/
Safety in the Backcountry
Skiers and snowboarders are reminded that your safety is your responsibility. You must rely on your own good judgment, adequate preparation and constant awareness. Backcountry users should be in good physical condition and stick to routes that are within your ability and comfort levels. Hypothermia and frostbite can set in quickly, and are difficult to care for while in the backcountry. Take preventative measures to avoid the dangers of cold weather; look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite in members of your group. Traveling alone can be especially dangerous; always give friends or family a detailed itinerary and stick to that plan. Permits are required for all overnight backcountry trips.
Winter Visitor Centers
Park visitor centers and ranger stations close during the winter season and re-open in March-May. Please see the facilities page for more information on seasons of operation.
CLOSED FOR THE 2020-21 WINTER SEASON
Self-serve information available outside. Winter sleigh rides are still planned to be available. Located in Jackson, Wyoming.
Closed during the winter. Open April through October. Located in Moose, WY.
Talk to a Ranger
For trip planning and information call 307-739-3399, 10 am - 4 pm. Monday - Saturday.
Winter FacilitiesRestrooms or portable toilets are available at Taggart Lake Trailhead, Signal Mountain Lodge, Colter Bay Visitor Center, and Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch.
Gas, pay at the pump, is available at Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch. Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch convience store is open December to Feburary.
All other concession facilities including lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, and stores are closed until the spring.
For lodging facilities in the Jackson Hole area visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at: http://www.jacksonholechamber.com/
Areas Closed to Protect Wildlife
Muliple seasonal and temporary wildlife closures are necessary for protection of wintering wildlife including moose, elk, bighorn sheep and waterfowl during critical wintering or nesting periods. For the latest closures and maps check the Wildlife Closure page.
Weather and Avalanche Information
Winters are long and cold in Jackson Hole. The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through April; snow and frost are possible any month.
If you are planning to travel in the backcountry during the winter, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast. Avoid known avalanche paths. All skiers and climbers travelling in avalanche terrain should be equipped with, and know how to use, an avalanche beacon, probe pole and shovel. For current conditions call 307-733-2664 for the U.S. Forest Service avalanche report or go to: http://www.jhavalanche.org/index.php
Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wind, exhaustion and wet clothing. Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, incoherent speech, lethargy and exhaustion. Remove the victim from the elements as soon as possible. If in doubt, seek immediate medical attention.
For weather information, links to weather forecasts and avalanche reports as well as average temperatures and precipitation, visit our weather page.
Last updated: December 17, 2020