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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Jackson Hole & Grand Teton Travel Updates

How will Jackson Hole and Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks “look” this summer in the age of COVID-19? Well, the incredible scenery never changes, yet social distancing guidelines and Coronavirus precautions may affect your experience a little bit. Yes, the world is unpredictable right now but a vacation to Jackson Hole is still predictably unforgettable. We’ll keep you updated on what to do, where to stay, play and eat, travel restrictions, and more.
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Quick Facts On Openings

  • Jackson Hole Airport is OPEN.
  • Grand Teton National Park is OPEN, including all lakes and rivers.
  • Yellowstone National Park is OPEN.
  • The majority of restaurants in Jackson Hole are open for both inside and outside seating, albeit at reduced capacity right now.
  • Snow King Mountain Resort is open for its summer season.
  • Grand Targhee Resort is open for downhill biking.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Bridger Gondola is open for sightseeing.
  • The National Museum of Wildlife Art is open with limited hours; facemasks required.
  • The Jackson Hole Rodeo is open but with social distancing precautions.
  • The Granite Hot Springs pool is open, with some modifications, such as limited soak time and the number of people allowed in the pool at one time.
  • The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose is open, as well as Colter Bay Visitor Center and a welcome center at Jenny Lake. The operational hours for all are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Grand Teton National Park opened May 18th - (Read the full release)

Beginning Monday, May 18th, Grand Teton National Park will have recreational access with limited services available to the public, including:

  • Primary road access (Teton Park Road, Moose-Wilson Road and North Park Road) 
  • Public restrooms in some areas 
  • Day-use hiking on seasonally-accessible trails 
  • Riverbank and lakeshore fishing 
  • Multi-use pathway system (where free from snow)  
  • Several viewpoints continue to be accessible along US Highways 89/26/191  

 

Yellowstone National Park opened May 18th (Read the full release)

  • Phase 1 will begin on Monday, May 18th at noon in Yellowstone with the opening of the South and East entrances in the state of Wyoming.  
  • Visitors will be able to access the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road (see attached map) coming in and out of the South and East entrances only. 
  • Visitors will be able to access restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails and boardwalks and other Phase 1 facilities that are prepared to open. 

 

Jackson Hole Community COVID-19 Information and Links

Clean, Careful, Connected guidelines

Clean: Please remember to wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes. Careful: Please wear a cloth face covering when in confined spaces and shopping indoors. Our community has put forth tremendous effort to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and we would ask that you follow suit to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Connected: To learn more about our most up-to-date health orders and phased safety measures, please go to tetonwyo.org.

 

Jackson Hole Event Cancellations, Closures and Changes Due To COVID-19

  • Grand Teton Music Festival is cancelled for the season
  • Grand Targhee music festivals are cancelled
  • Music on Main in Victor, Idaho is cancelled
  • JacksonHole Live concerts are cancelled
  • The Jackson Hole Fourth of July parade is cancelled but there will still be fireworks on July  4th at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Stilson Parking Lot on Hwy 22/390 and at Snow King Mountain.
  • The Center for the Arts will not hold live events until September but will continue virtual content with regional talent (jhcenterforthearts.org)
  • The Art Association's 55th Annual Art Fairs for July and August are cancelled.
  • The Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will NOT be open for summer 2020.
  • The July Teton County Fair's carnival, nighttime grandstand events and live music will not be presented this year; 4-H programs will still go on.
  • Jackson Hole Elk Antler Auction - Postponed to fall
  • The nightly, famous Jackson Hole Shootout in Town Square will not be presented this summer.
  • 10th annual Plein Air Fest at National Museum of Wildlife Art is usually a one-day, in-person event but will be virtual this summer. Nearly 40 invited artists will paint a new masterpiece from various locations around the West between July 12th and July 18th. On July 19th, the completed pieces will be compiled virtually and listed at a set price for purchase. Visit the website for more information at wildlifeart.org.
  • Jackson Hole Food and Wine's annual Summer Fest - canceled
  • Off Square Theatre Company's annual "Thin Air Shakespeare" performances are cancelled.
  • Wyoming Stargazing's weekly Friday stargazing events will be virtual this summer. On upcoming clear Friday nights (except on Full Moon weeks) from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Mountain Time, the organization will hook up an astronomical video camera to one of its telescopes and stream the footage online. Visit wyomingstargazing.org for more information.
  • TetonRaptor Fest will be virtual this year. Visit tetonraptorcenter.org for details.
  • The annual Fall Arts Festival will be held from September 9-20th but some events will be virtual this year.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, but with COVID-19 protocols and restrictions in place, such as limited lift ticket sales, less skiers allowed per ride in the Aerial Tram and face coverings required. For more info, click here

There Are Plenty Of Things To Do Even In The COVID-19 Era

Hiking and biking in this great outdoor playground we call home in the Tetons are two obvious activities that are safe for you and/or your family. However, there are also other fun things to do—albeit with a slight twist—in this current COVID-19 era.

GUIDED WILDLIFE TOURS

Doesn't every visitor to the Jackson Hole area want to see wildlife?  Bears, elk, moose, bison and bald eagles are but a few of the wild things people want to spot. One of the best ways to assure such a sighting is with a guided wildlife tour operator. And this year, wildlife tour companies will be taking some extra precautions to keep guests safe.

EcoTour Adventures, for example, has instituted the following policies (check its website for tour times and reservations):

  • Private-only tours
  • Temperature checks for guides
  • Staff showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will not work without being tested beforehand.
  • All touchable surfaces, including optics and iPads, will be disinfected before and after every tour. 
  • Staff will use masks and gloves whenever possible.
  • Guests will be supplied with personal hand sanitizer and encouraged to wear masks, which will be available from ETA.

Scenic Safaris is also practicing heightened cleaning and sanitizing. The company offers guided tours into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Visit scenic-safaris.com for more information.

SCENIC FLOATS and WHITEWATER TRIPS

No trip to Jackson Hole is really complete without a "voyage" on the famous Snake River. The mighty river runs through Grand Teton National Park, the town of Jackson and down the Snake River canyon. To accomplish this bucket list trip item you have your choice of embarking on a quiet scenic float or an exhilarating whitewater adventure. Doing both is also quite special!

Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips began its scenic floats mid-May and whitewater trips start June 1st. Some of the company's policies for summer 2020 include the following:

  • Guests will be called 48 hours prior to the trip to make sure they are feeling healthy and have not been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19. If they have, the 48-hour cancellation policy will be waived and the customer will be fully refunded.
  • If guests feel more comfortable driving themselves to the river the company will arrange a shuttle for the driver back to their car at the end of the trip.
  • All equipment (life jackets, helmets, paddles, rafts and wetsuits) will be cleaned and disinfected between each use.

Jackson Hole's oldest whitewater rafting/scenic float company, Barker-Ewing, has started its whitewater trips down the Snake River Canyon and scenic floats through Grand Teton National Park. There will be smaller groups on rafts this season. For reservations and information call 307-733-1000 or visit barker-ewing.com

Please note that Mad River Boat Trips — which has been serving rafters for more than 40 years — will itself not be operating this summer. The company will, however, be offering rafting trips through its preferred rafting partner. Call 800-458-7238 or visit mad-river.com for more information.

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDES

You're in the Wild, Wild West, so why not get your cowboy on? A guided horseback ride is just the ticket.

Spring Creek Ranch’s Castagno Outfitters is open for trail rides. Take in unique views of the Teton Range, the town of Jackson and the surrounding area from atop your well-trained steed.

The outfitter's COVID-19 operation procedures include:

  • After each ride, saddles and reins are wiped down with a sanitizer.
  • All horses will be rotated so the saddles, etc. have some time between use.
  • Guests will be directed to a waiting area around the stables to wait for their ride, so as to respect the social distancing guidelines.
  • During your ride, all horses will maintain a single file line with all horses remaining six feet or more apart.
Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain

Play At the Ski Area Resorts

All three area ski resorts—Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Mountain Resort—offer many summer activities on their mountains and at the base, year in and year out. A few things may not be available this particular summer (such as riding the Aerial Tram at JHMR), but there is still more than enough playing and adventure to occupy a half- or full-day.

At each mountain resort, frequent sanitization of all high-touch man-made surfaces and safety gear is will occur as much as possible throughout the day. Mask-wearing is encouraged in retail shops.

Snow King Mountain opened on May 23rd. The Cowboy Coaster, Summit Scenic Lift, Mini Golf, and Amaze’n Maze will be open from 10 to 7 p.m. through August 16th. The Treetop Adventure ropes course and ziplines will be open weekends only by reservation with limited harnessing times and group sizes. The Alpine Slide and bungee trampoline will be closed until June 13th, at which time the Treetop Adventure will be open daily. For updates visit snowkingmountain.com.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is also opening in stages. The Bridger Gondola is now open for sightseeing and the disc golf course is also open. On June 20th the Teewinot Chairlift will open for bike park access and sightseeing. The Via Ferrata climbing area, bungee trampoline and climbing wall also open on the 20th. The Piste Mountain Bistro and The Deck at the top of the Bridger Gondola open on July 1st; masks are required inside and encouraged while outside. Visit jacksonhole.com for more details.

Grand Targhee Mountain Resort will welcome visitors to its bike park on June 19th, as well as hiking and trail running. For more specifics, visit grandtarghee.com.

The Status of Lodging and Campgrounds

The photo above is of the Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole.

Hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast lodging options are open once again in Jackson Hole and Teton Village. All, if not most, are offering flexible cancellation policies and new, rigorous health and safety protocols. Precautions such as contactless check-in/check-out and protective mask-wearing requirements by all hotel staff and guests exist in some form or another. 

The campgrounds and RV parks in Grand Teton National Park are re-opening between June 5 and June 15 (Jenny Lake). Check here for more information.

Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park are closed this summer. All lodge-style accommodations in Yellowstone National Park are also closed, including Old Faithful Inn. Most campgrounds in Yellowstone are also closed and campgrounds in Grand Teton fill quickly.

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