Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, & Jackson Hole Information.
Government Shutdown – Déjà vu? The last Government Shutdown occurred on October 1st, 2013 and lasted 16 days. Timing was terrible! It happened to be during peak foliage season so the park was very busy. Most federal agencies seemed unprepared for any sort of shutdown. It took them a couple of days to “close the park”, put up barricades, and inform the public of the details of the closures. The National Park Service and National Elk Refuge were more prepared for the current 2018 shutdown—each with contingency plans.
Fortunately, this Shutdown occurs during a much slower time of the year and less people are affected.
- Park roads will remain open if they are essential to respond to emergencies-this includes most roads that are normally maintained and open at this time of year. Access to all residences will be maintained.
- Emergency response will generally not be available.
- Entrance stations will not be staffed.
- Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will not be available.
- Grooming of the Teton Park Road will continue through a partnership agreement with Grand Teton National Park Foundation. Grooming is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays depending on snow and weather conditions.
- Teton Interagency Dispatch Center will be available during normal winter hours-6 am to 10 pm daily. Emergency 911 calls outside those hours will be directed to Teton County Dispatch as usual.
- Park website and social media sites will not be maintained.
- Concessioners and Commercial Use Authorization holders may continue to provide visitor services after coordination with the park to ensure compliance with government shutdown protocols.
- Access to Yellowstone National Park’s south entrance will continue, including staging and winter services available at Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch in John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
If you would like to read the entire document, click this link: National Park Service Contingency Plan:
“The Refuge Road will remain open as a travel corridor and access road to private lands. A Winter Wildlife Viewing Guide for travelers on the Refuge Road or North Highway 89/191 overlooks provides key information to minimize harm to wildlife and will be available at the Home Ranch Welcome Center at 210 N. Cache Street.” The National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides will be open.
Jackson Hole Area:
For the most part, winter travel & tourism in Jackson Hole is unchanged, including the ski areas, sleigh rides, banks and businesses. National Park and Forest Service offices will be closed to the public, but the Visitors Center on North Cache will be open. State Parks are open.
Outside the Park: Alternative Places to Visit, Hike, Fish, and Photograph. I created this page for displaced photographers and visitors in October of 2013. Some of the places listed on the page are closed in the Winter, but the page still has good info.
Note: I’ll try to keep this page updated for anyone interested in coming here during the Government Shutdown.
For now, I’d suggest BYOTP (bring your own toilet papter) if heading into the Park!