Cross-country skiing on the Inner Loop Road in Grand Teton National Park is made possible by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, which pays to have the road groomed throughout the winter. Grooming ended Friday.
The groomed tracks on Teton Park Road that skiers, snowshoers and walkers have been enjoying all winter won’t be there for much longer.
Winter grooming of the 14-mile section of Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake trailhead and the Signal Mountain parking area will end Friday, Grand Teton National Park advised in a press release.
The road will remain open for winter activities until March 20, when snow removal operations begin.
“For safety reasons, visitors may not access the Teton Park Road once snow removal operations are underway,” the release said. “Rotary equipment and plows may be working at any time, and the roadway will be closed to all users until the snow removal operations are completed.
“Skiers and those on snowshoes using areas adjacent to the roadway are cautioned to avoid the arc of snow blown from the equipment because pieces of ice and gravel may be thrown great distances.”
Weather conditions permitting, Teton Park Road is anticipated to be accessible in early April for a range of activities, including cycling, roller skating, skateboarding, roller skiing, walking, jogging and leashed pet walking.
The road is expected to be open to motor vehicles May 1.
“Other park roads that are normally closed during winter will remain closed to vehicular traffic when posted or gated,” the release said. “The opening dates of these roads vary from year to year and are dependent on weather, snow, plowing progress, wildlife activity and road conditions.”
The paved multiuse pathways in the park are open when predominantly free of snow and ice.
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