This year we celebrated National Trails Day! This nationwide holiday occurs every year on the first Saturday of June. The day was devoted to celebrating and promoting the extensive trail systems throughout the country. Trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, solitude, and inspiration. They also provide an opportunity to support both good physical and mental health by giving us heart pumping exercise, relieving our stresses, and awakening our senses.
Our National Trails Day event in Grand Teton was a huge success thanks to a group of ambitious volunteers and park rangers. The team worked for five hours on the Valley Trail near Bradley and Taggart lakes in Grand Teton National Park. The focus of their work was trail brushing, which engaged volunteers in trimming vegetation that was growing on or over the trail. This work is very important because it helps maintain the trail corridor, allowing easy access and navigation of the trail system. Although the work was strenuous, our volunteers had the pleasure of enjoying beautiful views and blooming wildflowers at the base of the Tetons!
Thanks again to our volunteers and rangers for their hard work and effort last Saturday! We truly appreciate your willingness to spend your afternoon with us and your support of Grand Teton National Park Foundation. If you were not able to volunteer and are interested in trail work or volunteering for GTNPF in the future, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming events.