The Teton Basin Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is seeking public comments on the proposed Teton Canyon Trailhead, Campground, & Dispersed Recreation Improvements Project. This project is a response to an increase in demand for dispersed camping opportunities, day recreation opportunities, and trailhead congestion while providing for visitor safety, protection of municipal water infrastructure, and preserving watershed and aquatic resources.
This proposal will allow for the winter singletrack grooming of Sheep Bridge for fat bike use.
Submit your comments by 09/11/2017 to:
Teton Basin Ranger District
495 S. Main/PO Box 777
Driggs, ID 83422
The project area is road #009 east of Alta, WY.
Purpose and Need for Action: The 1997 Revised Targhee Forest Plan designated much of lower Teton Canyon as a dispersed camping prescription to maintain a quality dispersed recreation experience for the public and still protect other resource values that occur in the same area. Teton Canyon also facilitates access to two main wilderness trailheads, two non-wilderness trailheads, two campgrounds, and an organizational Boy Scout Camp. On a typical week, hundreds to thousands of recreationists utilize the trailheads, dispersed camping opportunities, and developed campground facilities. In the winter, Teton Canyon has a very popular winter trailhead primarily serving two winter non-motorized trails.
The demand for recreation opportunities has increased to a level where further management is necessary to protect natural resources and minimize conflicts between users.
The purpose of this project is to allow for developed and dispersed recreation in Teton Canyon while ensuring visitor safety and resource protection. This Environmental Analysis will provide the Teton Basin Ranger District implementation options and directions to reconstruct Teton Canyon trailheads, obliterate inappropriate dispersed recreation sites, harden or define properly located high use recreation areas, and direct forest visitors to appropriate developed areas while allowing for the conservation of numerous natural resource qualities that makes this area highly desirable.