Government Shutdown 2018 :

Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, & Jackson Hole Information.

Government Shutdown – Déjà vuThe 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.

Young Bull MooseGrand Teton National Park’s Shutdown Plan Includes:

  • 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:

Bighorns on the RunNational Elk Refuge Announces Plan for Operations:

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.

Mountain Goat by the RocksOutside 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!

Rural Wyoming

There’s a lot more to Wyoming than GTNP and Yellowstone!

Wyoming Map That’s what this page is about! I could fan out into any zone of the state and find plenty of subjects. For this trip, I started at lunch time on Friday, January the 5th and returned home at sunset on Sunday, January 7. The photos on this page are a result of being “in the field” only two and a half days, covering 750 miles and shooting around 4,500 images. I headed south and stayed south this time. I wish I could have stayed another day or two! Continue reading "Rural Wyoming"

January 2018 Daily Journal for JH & GTNP

“In Winter’s Grip”  January 1, 2018 – Monday, New Year’s Day
Snake River Overlook
Snake River Overlook Pano: There are a few short minutes when the snow capped mountains glow against the dark, early morning sky. Occasionally, the sky turns screaming pink and purple, but for the first day of the year, most of the pink was farther north. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70mm lens. Tripod. (Three shots, stitched in Lightroom…click to see it larger!) Continue reading "January 2018 Daily Journal for JH & GTNP"