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.
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.
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 email@example.com or (307) 732-0629.