Over 230 miles of breathtaking mountain trails, high-alpine camping zones, lakeshore and boat-in sites, and climbing bivy sites await the mountain adventurer. Some of the most impressive mountain wilderness in the world is found in Grand Teton National Park -- pristine alpine meadows blanketed with wildflowers, crystal clear lakes and streams, glacially carved canyons, towering granite peaks and abundant wildlife. The area is typified by rugged peaks and dramatic canyons ranging from 6,700 feet to 13,770 feet in elevation.
Plan your backcountry trip carefully -- consider how many miles you want to go each day, how much elevation change, and keep in mind the skill levels of all the members of your group. Use the Backcountry Planning Map to plot each night of your trip—point to point mileage and elevation high points are indicated on this map. For more specific information, consult a topographic map or hiking guide.These can be obtained at www.grandtetonpark.org
Getting a Permit
Permits are required for all overnight trips. To minimize the impact on park resources, backcountry permits are limited. One-third of all backcountry campsites and all of the group sites may be reserved in advance, online, January 7th to May 15th. The earlier you reserve your permit, the better chance you will have of getting the permit you want. The remaining sites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis in person at park permit offices no more than one day before the trip begins.
Picking Up Your Permit
A reservation holds your permit but does not replace it. You must still pick up your permit in person prior to your backcountry travel in person at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, the Colter Bay Visitor Center, or the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. All permits involving camping in Garnet Canyon or involving climbing or mountaineering must be picked up at Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Pick up your reserved permit before 10 a.m. the morning your trip begins or your reservation will be cancelled. You may call to inform us if you will be late to collect your permit. If you will not be using your permit, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible so the space will become available for others.
Individual parties consist of 1 to 6 people, and may use mountain camping zones. Zones are marked with a sign on each end and hikers with a valid permit have the freedom to choose where they wish to camp once arriving at the zone, although occupying previously used campsites is strongly encouraged. Groups of 7 to 12 people must camp in designated group sites.
Know Before You GoEarly season snow conditions
Snow usually melts from valley trails, approximately 6,700 feet by mid-June but remains in parts of the high country through much of the summer. Safe travel over Paintbrush, Static Peak and Moose Basin Divides and Hurricane, Mt. Meek and Fox Creek Passes requires an ice axe and knowledge of its use as late as August. Snow conditions vary from year to year. If you are planning to cross any divides before mid to late July, and do not have the skills for safe use of an ice axe on steep snowfields, consider an alternate route. Not crossing these divides essentially takes out the possibility of a loop trip or a Teton Crest Trail trip. However, there are still opportunities for a rewarding “in and out” trip utilizing any of the major canyons.
Permits are not required for mountaineering, but climbers on overnight trips must have a backcountry permit to camp or bivouac. Weather changes rapidly between extremes, impacting climbing trips to the Teton Range. It’s important to check current local weather and mountain conditions prior to your visit.
(links to weather forecast http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Moose&state=WY&site=RIW&textField1=43.65&textField2=-110.72&e=1#.Ukn2D40jJ8E
All backcountry users are required to carry Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee approved bear canisters. Canisters can be checked out at all permit issuing stations free of charge with a backcountry permit. For a list of all approved portable bear resistant food canisters please visit the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee website at http://www.igbconline.org/
Once this reservation is completed, it is non-refundable. As a courtesy to others, please notify the park as soon as possible of your intent to cancel.
Changing the date of entry into the park, the number of days, or the site of your stay is considered a cancellation. Cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit.
No Show Policy
If the permit is not picked up by 10:00 am MT the day of arrival, the customer will be considered a “no show”. The permit will be canceled and is not refundable.
Large groups may not camp in the same zone together. Permits are subject to review and violations may result in the permit being revoked.