Grand Teton National Park Travel Guide

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A trip to Grand Teton National Park can be a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages, but it's important to take certain safety precautions. For instance, hiking is one of the main activities at the park, but hikers should be sure to always traverse the trails in pairs or groups. Hiking alone is not recommended. As for gear, hikers should come prepared with adequate footwear, drinking water and extra clothing. Ice picks, crampons and traction devices aren't a bad idea either, depending on the conditions of the trails.

This park contains a large population of black bears and grizzly bears, so it's likely that you might encounter a bear or two. During peak season, visitors can enroll in a 30-minute ranger-led bear safety course, which covers topics, such as how to store your food and use bear spray. Rangers ask that visitors report any bear sightings at either a visitor center or ranger station. 

The park's Snake River and Jenny Lake, among other bodies of water, provide ample opportunities for floating, boating, fishing, kayaking and more. But before hitting the water, rangers recommend visitors check posted advisories on the flow rates and caution areas at ranger stations or visitor centers, or by calling the hotline at 1-800-658-5771. They also highly suggest wearing life jackets and bringing along waterproof containers filled with extra clothes and a first-aid kit. For more safety tips, visit the National Park Service's website.

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