About the Study
As part of the Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) 2007 Transportation Plan EIS, a pathway along the southern section of the Moose-Wilson Road was proposed and is already approved for 3.5 miles from the Granite Entrance to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve – but that is where it end as currently designed. Terminating the pathway midway between Teton Village and Moose leaves a dangerous 3.5-mile gap on the northern section of the Moose-Wilson Road. This gap would force pedestrians and cyclists into dangerous proximity with vehicles whose drivers are often distracted by looking at the scenery and wildlife. Gabriella Axelrad died in 1999 and Jeff Pool in 2001 – both on roads in GTNP that did not have a pathway.
Grand Teton National Park is now taking public comment on Preliminary Alteratives for the Moose-Wilson Road corridor. Please comment here - let the NPS know that you support a complete pathway along the Moose-Wilson Road corridor and that the slow, rural, character of the existing road should be preserved while providing safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians, with the utmost regard for our valley’s conservation and stewardship ethic. A 7 mile gap within a larger 30-mile loop would be dangerous for children, families, visitors, and residents who are hiking, biking, walking, or operating a wheelchair. Ask GTNP to prioritize public safety while providing safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians and protection of park resources by adding a complete pathway from the Granite Entrance to Moose – connecting to the incredibly successful and widely celebrated Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Community pathway systems.
The Park Service’s information on this project is here: Moose-Wilson Corridor Preliminary Alternatives Newsletter.