Parking on Teton Pass, WY Now Restricted: Backcountry Use Still Allowed

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Parking on Teton Pass in Wyoming is closing to the public on May 1.

All parking on the top of Teton Pass will be closed starting May 1, 2020. The Wyoming Highway Patrol announced that it will be using the entire area to inspect trucks heading down the pass.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Brackin said Thursday that backcountry use from the pass is not being discouraged, only that skiers and snowboarders will have to find another means of access, according to Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The Overflow Lot to the East will still be open to parking for backcountry users.

The weigh-station on the west side will also remain open for parking.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation said in a press release that it will be lowering the maximum speed limit on the pass for trucks from 55 mph to 45 mph and closing the parking area on top of the pass to use it as a mandatory brake check area for vehicles.

Currently, there is only one escape ramp open on the pass, located at milepost 8.2.

Backcountry use by the public on Teton pass will still be permitted at this time, however, skiers and snowboarders are just going to have to find new places to park. 

A view from Teton Pass.

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