Fall in Grand Teton

A hiker pauses to take in the view as the first rays of sunlight hit Teewinot Mountain, the Grand Teton and Mount Owen in Grand Teton National Park.

Each June we mark National Trails Day.

Trails connect our urbanized landscape to public lands and incredible vistas throughout the region.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, alongside the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests, provide vast networks of multiple-use pathways.

This Saturday’s celebration includes an opportunity to volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon in building and improving the Adams Canyon trail, which offers access from the western flank of the Snow King trail network. (See Sports, page 3 for details.)

If you’re not able to roll up your sleeves this weekend, other trail improvement days are slated throughout the summer.

Government staff and resources are limited relative to growing use, so key partnerships with local trail organizations can help expedite and enhance the network.

Local trail organizations also rely on funding, including Teton FreeRiders, Mountain Bike the Tetons, Friends of Pathways, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Friends of the Bridger-Teton and others.

But the best thing to do in support of trails is to act as a good steward. Yield to slower users and uphill travelers, pick up trash, keep dogs under control, don’t ride mud or shortcut switchbacks, and, of course, be friendly. When we are respectful of others on trails, it’s a better experience for everyone.

By the News&Guide’s editorial board: Johanna Love, Rebecca Huntington, Kevin Olson and Adam Meyer.

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