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The Day the Park Closed: October 1, 2013

A few morning images taken in Grand Teton National Park before the closure.

Sunrise Clouds Oct 1

It became apparent the government was shutting the parks on October 1st, so I headed out early that morning. This shot was taken at Cunningham Cabin as the first of the morning light hit the clouds and peaks. I usually like to see the top of the Grand, but the light was too pretty to pass up.

Mt Moran Oct1

This old buck rail fence leads your eye into the scene at Cunningham Cabin. Mt. Moran is seen in the distance.

Teton Mountain Range _Oct1

This photo was taken from the road at Elk Flats. I was on my way to the entrance station at Moran Junction at the time. When I got to the gate, the ranger made me turn around. I had hoped to photograph Oxbow Bend that morning. It takes a while for the sun to clear the mountain east of Oxbow, so I knew I could get there a little later and still get good shots.

Blacktail Butte Oct1

After getting shut out of the inner part of the park, I headed over to the barns on Mormon Row. I didn’t see a single ranger. People at the barns were there taking photos as though nothing was different that day. By late in the day, they cleared the area and locked the gates to the entire zone. I took this image from the intersection of Antelope Flats Road and Mormon Row. The day was partly cloudy, so the clouds caused some interesting shadows and patterns.

By the time I made it to the Moose/Wilson Road, rangers were beginning to close the road. It was the beginning the of the end for the next 16 days!

When I returned home that morning, I began making this page:  Outside the Park: Alternative Places to Visit, Hike, Fish, and Photograph. The “crisis” is over for now, but the places are still viable for anyone wanting to see other areas of Jackson Hole.

Please Note: All of the images on this page are fully copyrighted with the US Copyright Office.  ©2013 Mike R. Jackson – All Rights Reserved

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Comments (2)

  1. Lowell Schechter

    you did a pretty good job getting great photos
    before they close the Park. I am sure you knew that
    the government shutdown was not going to last that long.
    But in the meantime with the weather changing every day, a lot of opportunities were missed.

  2. My only BIG regret was missing the peak foliage day or two at Oxbow Bend. But, I’ve been there lots of times and have plenty of good shots. On the other hand, being closed gave me the opportunity to go down the canyon and catch that color show this year. It was spectacular! I have that on the queue to make a new feature post soon.

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