Grand-Teton National Park has finished plowing the Teton Park Road and Jenny Lake loop and is allowing motor-free access through May 1.
For the next month, hundreds of residents and visitors will drive to a parking lot near Cottonwood Creek or Signal Mountain Lodge to embark on a walk or ride along the 14-mile road and the nearby Jenny Lake loop. On sunny weekend days, cars will overflow the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking lot as people strike out toward the mountains.
In Yellowstone National Park, crews have plowed from West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs and cycling is also allowed along that 49-mile stretch. Officials warn of wildlife, including bears and bison, and recommend carrying bear spray. Also, weather can quickly change back to winter.
Even though no vehicles are present, “bicyclists are required to ride single file and follow all other rules of the road,” Yellowstone officials said in a press release.
The West-to-Mammoth road opens to cars April 21, along with some other park roads.