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As roads deteriorate, poop proliferates, Bridger-Teton mulls Curtis Canyon makeover

Forest officials are seeking federal funding to fix problems piling up at popular site.

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Curtis Canyon

Molly Bussen had a few words for the washed-out dirt road up to the Goodwin Lake trailhead.

“It’s pretty gnarly,” the 25-year-old hiker said.

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Curtis Canyon

Forest managers removed these pallets — set aside by campers who wanted to have a bonfire — from Curtis Canyon in early July, aiming to keep nails from littering the landscape.

Curtis Canyon

Bridger-Teton National Forest camping ambassador Julie Butler said she’d found over 100 pounds of throughout dispersed campsites at Curtis Canyon, the charred, rusty vestiges of pallets that visitors burned throughout the season.

Curtis Canyon

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials are considering paving the Curtis Canyon Road between the Elk Refuge Road and Curtis Canyon Campground, a 3.5-mile stretch that is often in poor condition for low-clearance vehicles.

Curtis Canyon

Bridger-Teton recreation technician and travel planner David Wilkinson installs a sign at the Curtis Canyon overlook, part of an effort to keep off-highway vehicles from marring the landscape.

Curtis Canyon

Jackson District Ranger Todd Stiles pulls musk thistle near the Curtis Canyon overlook. He said expanded off-highway-vehicle use is a problem for fighting invasive weeds like musk thistle because treads can carry seeds across the landscape.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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Judd Grossman

Too much tourism is destroying Jackson Hole. OHVs are wrecking the Curtis Canyon road, and ruining the peace and quiet of our wildplaces.

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