Grand Teton National Park Foundation

inspiring journeys:
a campaign for jenny lake

A Partnership Between
Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Inspiring Journeys is a $16 million public-private project that is renewing Jenny Lake’s trails, bridges, key destinations, and visitor complex to meet the curiosity of today’s worldwide visitors. This initiative also celebrates an extraordinary milestone in America’s conservation history—the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. As the agency approaches its centennial, Inspiring Journeys will create an inviting trail system and captivating visitor experience for the 21st century—one that educates, inspires, and addresses resource protection and accessibility, all while retaining the timeless Civilian Conservation Corps aesthetic that visitors associate with our national parks.

From dramatic on-the-ground changes that will enrich the classic Grand Teton experience and enable new levels of backcountry exploration, to an enhanced understanding of the people, the place, and the preservation efforts that shaped the park, Inspiring Journeys will transform Jenny Lake into a portal for hands-on discovery and allow visitors of varying abilities to connect with the park in meaningful, memorable ways.

today at jenny lake

Grand Teton, one of our country’s most popular national parks, is home to diverse wildlife and plant communities, rich cultural history, and spectacular scenery. Jenny Lake, Grand Teton’s most visited destination, is where a trip to this famous park begins for nearly 1.9 million people each year, a number that was inconceivable in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps crews built park trails. Some visitors stroll to the shore where granite pinnacles meet the glacial lake, while others climb aboard a boat for the short ride to the west side of the lake and trails that lead to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point—two of the park’s quintessential wilderness destinations.

Over the years, this area has become worn and ragged as visitors seek the famous views that define Jenny Lake. The cumulative damage now threatens fragile habitat and prevents people with limited abilities or wilderness experience from exploring all the area has to offer. Past planning efforts provided for some of the site’s needs, but significant opportunities exist to improve the experience and convey the importance of protecting resources to a multitude of park visitors.

Despite these challenges, Jenny Lake continues to be the place where visitors choose to have an on-the-ground introduction to Grand Teton’s fascinating history and come face-to-face with the grandeur of the Teton Range. With a gateway to wilderness and an audience that continues to grow, this area is ideally suited to be a vibrant touchstone for the park’s long conservation story.

you can help

Join us in celebrating Jenny Lake’s timeless ability to inspire and invigorate those who visit its shores. You will be part of a legacy project that enables unforgettable experiences, expands understanding of this singular place, and ultimately awakens a desire to protect and preserve national parks for future generations.

For more information about Inspiring Journeys: A Campaign for Jenny Lake contact Foundation President Leslie Mattson at or (307) 732-0629.

tel: 307-732-0629 fax: 307-732-0639 • mail: PO Box 249 Moose, WY 83012 • location: 25 S. Willow Suite 10, Jackson WY 83001 • e-mail:
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