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Wilderness Experiences

for generations of park visitors

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Opportunities to Convey

a sense of place to visitors

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Outdoor Visitor Complex

worthy of this premier destination

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Project Overview

The purpose of Inspiring Journeys: A Campaign for Jenny Lake is to create a cohesive, durable, and timeless complex of trails, bridges, and other facilities at Jenny Lake.

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Why It Matters

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton’s most visited destination, hosts more than 1 million people each year—a number that was inconceivable in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps crews built park trails.

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What GTNPF Is Doing

Grand Teton National Park Foundation is the park’s primary fundraising partner and will provide $14 million to improve the Jenny Lake area. Grand Teton will contribute $4 million to the project. The campaign ends August 25, 2016.

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Backcountry Trails

Backcountry improvements will provide a well-planned, artfully constructed, and intuitive network of trials, connecting more durable and better defined gathering areas at key destinations in order to allow meaningful wilderness experiences for generations of park visitors.


The white “super sacks” are made of a woven polypropylene and each carried over 2,000 lbs. of material. In all, over 500 tons of imported rock was incorporated into the Inspiration Point trail in 2015.


The original 1930s wall on the trail to Inspiration Point was showing signs of failure. The trail above the wall was in terrible shape and required reconstruction. The entire wall was removed and rebuilt to a higher standard while still using the traditional dry-laid stone masonry techniques originally employed by the CCC craftsman.


The new wall that was built is a classic dry-laid stone masonry construction. No mortar, only friction and gravity hold this 12-foot high wall in place.


Two bridges over Cascade Creek, just downstream from Hidden Falls, were replaced in 2015. The new bridges incorporate steel beams in order to increase their lifespan. Both bridges were completed just before winter.


Voila! A finished section of the trail is ready for use.


Delineating the main trail, providing durable viewing and gathering areas, and generally clarifying where hikers should and should not go are all techniques that were incorporated at “Exclamation Point,” the first major vista point encountered while climbing up the trail.


Hidden Falls viewing area has degraded significantly. Major improvements are planned for this area in 2016.

Behind The Scenes

Learn how this project has come together through amazing partnerships with some of the best and brightest.


The Sibbett Group is working to to design durable outdoors features and exhibits that will orient, connect, and inspire visitors to the Jenny Lake area.


The Dry Stone Conservancy had trained Grand Teton trail crews in advanced dry-stone masonry techniques. They are helping to ensure that the many stone walls are durable, beautiful, and complementary to the overall improvements in the area.


HDR, Inc. is the design principal for the project and has provided architectural and civil engineering services. Construction logistics and cost estimating services are provided by Zaist Construction Management



This is the beginning of any Jenny Lake adventure. Through excellent design and quality construction, the collection of buildings, trails, hardscape, landscape, and many interpretive features will coalesce into an outdoor visitor complex worthy of this premier destination.


2016 frontcountry improvements along the Jenny Lake shoreline will include the creation of beautiful lake overlooks, water access points, and accessible paved trails.


A design sketch of the area post-construction.

Get Involved

Make your gift to Grand Teton National Park Foundation’s Inspiring Journeys campaign today and double your impact. Gifts up to $500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and an anonymous donor. With a goal of raising $50,000 in matching gifts, this challenge will become $100,000 in on-the-ground project funding.