June 16, 2008
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that a temporary travel closure will be in place on the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. During the Saturday closure, through travel will not be possible on the Moose-Wilson Road between the gate at the Granite Canyon trailhead and the gate at the Death Canyon trailhead road. However, access to these popular trailheads and their parking lots will be available for those who wish to drive only to those destinations.
This temporary closure is related to a dedication ceremony for the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR Preserve). The closure is being implemented to provide for the safe operation of shuttle buses that will be traveling to and from the LSR Preserve as they transport invited guests to the event from park headquarters at Moose. The buses are over-sized and unable to safely navigate the narrow road with normal two-way vehicle traffic.
To alert travelers of the expected one-day, 12-hour closure, electronic signs will be in place on Wyoming Highway #390 beginning Tuesday, June 17. Signs will also be placed at the junction of the Teton Park Road and the Moose-Wilson Road to inform local residents and visitors of the scheduled closure.
This temporary closure may inconvenience visitors and local residents who wish to drive the length of the Moose-Wilson Road on Saturday, June 21; therefore, motorists are advised to make travel plans accordingly and not expect to make a through trip on the Moose-Wilson Road during the June 21st closure.
In addition to the temporary travel closure on the Moose-Wilson Road, the parking area for the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve will be closed to all public entry from 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 through 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in order to accommodate preparations for the dedication ceremony.
For further information, contact Roger Scott, public information officer for the dedication event, at (307) 739-3376.