In a change to plans announced earlier this week, the Teton Pass summit parking lot will close, with strict enforcement starting Friday.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Brackin said Thursday that backcountry use from the pass will not be discouraged, but skiers and snowboarders will have to find another way to access the terrain.
“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 said that over the past few days the main lot has been mostly free of vehicles, although rain on Thursday did not make for ideal backcountry conditions.
Brackin emphasized that the no-parking rule will be enforced beginning Friday.
“I don’t want to see any cars being towed,” he said.
Also on the pass, the Wyoming Department of Transportation said it will not allow any eastbound trailer traffic on Highway 22. Westbound traffic is limited to loads of 60,000 pounds.
WYDOT also said in a release that it will lower the maximum speed limit on Teton Pass for trucks from 55 mph to 45 mph, and is closing the parking area at the top of the pass so it can be used as a mandatory brake check area.
Currently, there is only one runaway truck ramp open on the pass, located at milepost 8.2.
“We at WYDOT, as part of our mission, try to accommodate the movement of goods and services to the greatest extent feasible,” district engineer Keith Compton said in the WYDOT release. “In this current economic climate, we realize that this mission is as important as ever. The ultimate goal here is to ensure the safety of those using the pass by changing driver behavior.”
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This version of the article has been updated to reflect the latest information on trailers on Teton Pass. — Ed.