Grand Teton National Park has temporarily closed the northern end of the Moose-Wilson Road, between the Murie Ranch and Death Canyon junctions, to protect a grizzly bear dining on berries along the road.
The road is closed to the public, including motorists, cyclists and hikers, due to bear activity, park officials said Friday in a new release.
Park officials did not know how long the road would remain closed but warned visitors that it’s likely to stay closed through the weekend. The park will monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.
The public can still access the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and the Death Canyon area by approaching from the south through the Granite Entrance Station.
The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road also is slated to close for routine dust abatement starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. If the northern section of the road remains closed due to bear activity by this time, there will be no access to the Rockefeller Preserve and Death Canyon Trailhead through midafternoon Tuesday.
After it reopens, motorists who drive on the unpaved portion of the Moose-Wilson Road may want to rinse off their vehicles to eliminate any residue, park officials warned. The product used for dust abatement is a slurry of magnesium chloride — the same product used to treat dirt roads in and around Teton County — which can adhere to the undercarriage of vehicles.
Electronic signs along the roadway will alert park visitors and residents of the scheduled road closures. For updates, call 739-3682 or visit the park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Roadwork schedules may change or be delayed due to weather, equipment malfunction or other extenuating circumstances.