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Colter Bay Legacy

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The National Park Service (NPS) is at the beginning of a master planning effort to reestablish Colter Bay as a key destination and central location for all visitors to stay, play and learn in Grand Teton National Park. Colter Bay was constructed in the 1950's through early 1960's as a pilot project in the National Park Service "Mission 66 Program", an initiative that spanned from 1956-1966. During the last 60-70 years few improvements have occurred and Colter Bay is increasingly unable to accommodate growing and diverse visitation, changing environmental conditions, and staffing required to maintain and operate this area of the park. Increasing visitation, changing visitor and employee needs, and aging infrastructure highlight an opportunity to plan for the next generation of Colter Bay.

The primary goals of this planning effort will be to address outdated facilities and how visitors move through and use Colter Bay. Grand Teton wants to hear from you about the problems and opportunities to consider through this planning process. The park will use this feedback to develop alternatives for the Colter Bay Legacy planning effort, which will be analyzed in the future per the National Environmental Policy Act.

TO DOWNLOAD THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT NEWSLETTER AND COMMENT, click on the "Open for Comment" tab on the left side of your screen. Then select "Winter 2023-24 Public Engagement."

A virtual public informational meeting has also been scheduled for November 29, 2023. Click "Meeting Notices" for more information.

In 2021 a Visitor Use and Experience Study was conducted at Colter Bay. Links to this study and additional in-depth visitor use and experience studies can be found by clicking on the "Links" tab. These reports are NOT under review and are provided for background information only.