Ranger-led Snowshoe Hike by Full Moon

Big Dipper over the Tetons by Full Moon
(Photo by Bob Hoyle)
January 22, 2010
Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and local residents to experience a special activity: a moonlit snowshoe walk in the park. The ranger-led excursion will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, January 30, from the Taggart Lake trailhead, three miles north of the Moose entrance station. Join park rangers to experience winter in a new light—the light of a full moon—and learn about the natural wonders and distinctive characteristics that make this season remarkable.

For thousands of years, people have used snowshoes as a means of winter travel. This activity is an excellent opportunity for beginning and casual snowshoe walkers to experience the pleasure of a winter trek in the company of others. The snowshoe walk will traverse a level, three-mile roundtrip distance along the snow-covered Teton Park Road. The two-hour-long excursion does not require previous snowshoeing experience, and snowshoes are provided for anyone without their own. Reservations are required; call 307.739.3399 to reserve a spot.

Those attending should wear warm layered clothing and sturdy insulated boots, and bring along an energy snack and water. Although headlamps or flashlights will not be needed, these items are recommended as essential safety equipment for any outdoor trek.

The snowshoe walk begins at twilight, a special time of day because of the exceptional quality of light. As the full moon rises on the eastern horizon, the open sagebrush meadows and towering Teton peaks will be bathed in a soft glow, creating a magical scene.

For a complete list of ranger-led activities and programs, please refer to the park’s newspaper, Teewinot, online at www.nps.gov/grte, or call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.