The Teton Pass summit parking lot is closing, with strict enforcement starting Friday.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Brackin said Thursday that backcountry use from the pass is not being discouraged, only that skiers and snowboarders will have to find another means of access.

"If people want to get dropped off on top that's fine," he said. "You just won't be able to have cars parking there."

The overflow parking lot a quarter-mile east will be open. Brackin emphasized that the no-parking rule will be enforced beginning Friday.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is closing the parking area to use it as a mandatory brake check area for vehicles.

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(4) comments

John Reed

The equivalent safety decision for backcountry skiing would be to have the beacon check station at the top of Glory instead of the bottom.

Gary Kofinas

I too am baffled. Why would one want to check the brakes of a semi at the top of the pass, given that it’s the brakes were faulty the truck would have to descend????

justin scott

Wouldn't you want to check cars/trucks brakes before they make it to the top of the pass?

justin scott

WOW! I wonder what will be closing next? Snow king? Boat launches? Forest access?

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