Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton Nationalpark, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park will offer new experiences for visitors by the end of the summer of 2007 with the opening,
September 1, of more than one thousand acres of JY Ranch, long held private by the John D Rockefeller Jr. family.
John’s son Laurance donated the JY land - located on the east shore of Phelps Lake - in 2001.
The JY was the first dude ranch in Jackson Hole (1907) and became a Rockefeller family retreat in the 1930s.
Laurance Rockefeller had previously given over some two thousand acres of the original JY Ranch and the latest gift
provides Grand Teton National Park all of the remaining property.
The new Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve features a
new trail system allowing hikers first time access to forests and meadows and will provide people the chance to “discover and enjoy a
contemplative experience in nature,” as stated by the National Park Service. More information is available at: NPS Park of the week
The new Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center will officially open to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 11.
With its innovative architectural design, inspirational and interactive exhibits, and picture-window views of the Teton Range,
this spectacular facility will be a "don't miss" attraction for anyone visiting the park in mid August and beyond.
Jackson Lake / Grand Teton