Fall 2018 marked the end of the fifth and final year of major construction associated with our Inspiring Journeys campaign, an effort to renew Grand Teton’s most popular destination—Jenny Lake. Although a handful of areas will require further attention in spring 2019, crews have finished significant projects that will be open to the public next year.
In the frontcountry, the West Entry, Gateway Plaza, and Interpretive Plaza are nearly complete. The ADA trail system throughout the area is finished and provides access to visitors of all abilities to experience Jenny Lake. These upgrades earned Grand Teton National Park the 2018 National Architectural Design Accessibility Achievement Award.
Grand Teton’s trail crew completed significant work in the backcountry this summer. The new Chasm Bridge was finished in October and provides a breath-taking overlook above Cascade Creek. The project site includes extensive dry-stack masonry approaches to the bridge, which display the intricate detail involved in construction of these trail structures.
Jenny Lake Chasm Bridge from GTNP Foundation on Vimeo.
We are pleased to share that work at Jenny Lake will wrap-up next spring. Stay tuned for updates—we can’t wait for visitors to experience all of the renewed areas and enhancements in 2019!