MOOSE, Wyo. — A portion of Moose-Wilson Road, inside Grand Teton National Park, will be closed during the 2022 summer season for paving operations.

The park service will pave the gravel section of the road, repair pullouts, improve the Kaufmann Creek Bridge, create bicycle connections to the Teton County pathway and expand the Granite Canyon Trailhead and Poker Flats horse trailer parking.

The road will be closed from the south entrance of GTNP to the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve on weekdays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

The road will be open to traffic, including bicycles, on weekends from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday, and federal holidays throughout the season. Cyclists are not permitted to use the road when it is closed to vehicles.

Photo: Grand Teton National Park Map

Granite Canyon Trailhead will be closed for 2022 along with the first 1/2 mile of trail linking to the trailhead. The trailhead will reopen for winter use in December 2022.

Trails originating from the Granite Canyon Trailhead, including Granite Canyon, Marion Lake, and the Teton Crest Trail, will be accessible from Teton Village and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Moose-Wilson Road is a 7.1 mile-long corridor located in the southwest area of Grand Teton National Park that seasonally connects key areas such as Wilson and Teton Village with the interior of the park.

According to data collected by the National Park Service, 30,808 vehicles entered the park through the Moose-Wilson Road entrance in June. The busiest month for the entrance was July with 38,606 vehicles entering.

On the opposite end of the road at the Moose entrance, nearly 100,000 vehicles per month entered the park in June, July and August.

2021 was the busiest year on record in Grant Teton National Park.

This closure is part of phase I of Moose-Wilson Road construction. Phase II will be completed between 2024-2025.

In Yellowstone National Park, multiple construction projects and road closures will be underway this summer season. The three projects are expected to cause major delays.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.