Annual Roadside Clean-up in Grand Teton

Park staff cleared away old fence during 2009 spring clean-up.

May 17, 2010
Grand Teton National Park employees will join with park partners and concessioners to conduct the annual spring clean-up on Thursday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. Park staff will pick up litter along roadsides, turnouts and parking lots. Anyone driving through Grand Teton during Thursday morning should be alert for people walking along the roads and slow down, or give clean-up crews a wide berth. Slow moving and parked vehicles may also be encountered.

Each year before the summer season is in full swing, park and Grand Teton Association employees—along with staff from the Grand Teton Lodge Company, Signal Mountain Lodge, Triangle X Ranch, and Flagg Ranch Resort—set aside a day to remove trash and unsightly debris from roads and turnouts to beautify Grand Teton before visitors arrive.

"Although park employees and concessioners traditionally take this time to ‘spruce up’ Grand Teton before the summer tourist season, anyone can contribute to keeping roadsides clean by taking the time to place litter in the garbage cans and dumpsters located throughout the park. This simple and responsible act also helps reduce the chance that bears might get unintended food rewards,” said Acting Superintendent Bob Vogel.

The Craig Thomas and Colter Bay visitor centers and bookstores, as well as the interagency communication center and law enforcement patrols, will continue normal operations while the clean-up work is under way.