Jackson, Jenny Lake lodges will not open in 2020 as Grand Teton Lodge Co. scales back operations

JACKSON, Wyo. — As business casualties of COVID measures continue to pile up, more news from Grand Teton National Park came today as operators of Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge say those facilities will not open in 2020.

A statement from Grand Teton Lodge Company that operates several lodging, dining, and camping facilities within Grand Teton NP confirmed the worst:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many of us work and live,” the statement said. “As a result, and in alignment with guidance from the National Park Service as well as recommendations and ordinances from the CDC and public health authorities, housing our large number of seasonal employees in shared dorms is not currently an option for the upcoming summer. As such, we have had to significantly modify our operating plans for the 2020 season.”

Alex Klein, vice president and general manager of the Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company, said, “Unfortunately, this summer will look very different than in years past and we share the disappointment of our guests and employees, but prioritizing their health and safety remains our top priority. For those who are not able to join us this year we hope to welcome you to the Tetons next summer.”

The closure of Jackson Lake Lodge, alone, will mean the loss of dozens of weddings and other large events such as the Federal Reserve Symposium held in late August.

For now, anticipated opening dates are as follows:

  • Jackson Lake Lodge: Not expected to operate
  • Jenny Lake Lodge: Not expected to operate
  • Colter Bay Village           
    • May 22: Convenience Store
    • June 5: Campground, RV Park, Tent Village (Tent Cabins), Grocery Store, Launderette, Gift Shop
    • June 15: Cabins, To-Go Food and Beverage
    • July 1: Group Camping (subject to change)
    • TBD: Marina Gas and Public Launch, Slips, Buoys & End Ties, Canoe & Kayak Rentals
    • Not expected to operate: Motorboat Rentals, Lake Cruises, Fly or Lake Fishing, Marina Store, Corrals and Activities Desk
  • Headwaters at Flagg Ranch        
    • June 5: Camping, and RV Park operations, Convenience Store
    • June 15: Cabins, To-Go Food and Beverage
    • Not expected to operate: Corrals, Gift Shop, Bar, Coffee Café
  • Gros?Ventre?Campground: Expected to open May 29
  • Jenny Lake Campground: TBD
  • Jenny Lake Store: TBD
  • Fly and Lake Fishing: Not expected to operate

In addition, some lodging/cabin/camping types listed may not be available or may have limited inventory. All stayover housekeeping services have been discontinued for the safety of guests and employees. Additional operations may open later in the season if current restrictions are lifted or loosened.

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