JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The North Highway 89 Pathway along the Elk Refuge is now closed due to flooding. The National Elk Refuge and Jackson Hole Community Pathways announced the temporary closure today.
High, fast-moving water in the Gros Ventre River has created flooding conditions on the northwest corner of the Refuge near Highway 89/191. Approximately 500 yards of the multi-use pathway and adjoining Refuge land is underwater; the flooding is visible from the highway.
“This is a pretty dynamic situation,” Refuge manager Brian Glaspell explained. “Due to the high snowpack and recent warm temperatures, forecasters are predicting possible increases in creek and river levels through Saturday.” The pathway closure may be extended around the affected location if conditions change. “Safety is a top priority for everyone right now,” Glaspell added.